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When I first told my family and friends that I was planning on backpacking for a month on my own in Iran, they looked at me like I was a bit crazy. Though I could understand their doubts and reluctance (let’s be honest, Iran is generally not on the top of the world’s most touristy places), I was just excited and curious to see for myself what this country was …

[ Written by guest | 20 Jul 2015 | 20 Comments | ]

The first thing you notice about Boracay is the colour. Cerulean skies sink into seas that are fifty shades of blue and green, fringed by milk-white, velvet sands. If paradise printed postcards, surely they would look a little something like this?

Although I’ve been lucky enough to travel many parts of Asia, the Philippines have always eluded me. Maybe it’s because there’s a rather wide expanse of sea between this archipelago …

[ Written by Alex | 12 Jul 2015 | 8 Comments | ]

A backpacker community living on a paradise island, far removed from the hustling tourist hordes of the mainland – sound familiar? Considering that Alex Garland lived in the Philippines for six months before penning his backpacker classic The Beach, it wasn’t a surprise to learn that there are more beautiful beaches and undeveloped islands in this magical archipelago than you can shake a stick at. You could quite happily spend …

[ Written by Alex | 21 Jun 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

A weary bus ride up a windy road on a Saturday afternoon was finally close to its end, as we were creeping up into the small town of Bac Ha, Vietnam. It felt tiny and yet full of hotels – I certainly did not get any sense of character of its own. I wasn’t sure whether I would have good time there.
But once a new week started afresh on Sunday, the town changed its face. …

[ Written by guest | 7 Jun 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

I’m sure you know it all; that terrible feeling when you sit at the airport gate, suddenly a flash of stinging pain shoots through your brain and you realise, you left your hair brush next to your bed. Or your toothpaste in the bathroom. Or your phone charger attached to the plug behind your bed… Argh – again! Over the years I have developed some exit strategies for these little mistakes, like …

[ Written by Kathi | 22 Apr 2015 | 25 Comments | ]

Ahhh the notorious night buses of Asia. You may be familiar with the many horror stories that filter down through backpackers of how awful, traumatic and dangerous they can be, but I’m here to tell ya that they can be fun! Well, perhaps I should say that they can be entertaining, confusing, bewildering, adrenaline pumping and bonding. If that’s what you’d class as fun then you might not mind taking …

[ Written by Sophie | 13 Apr 2015 | 12 Comments | ]

“I’m cooking,” my friend Julia declares and tries to cool herself with a self-made banana leaf fan. “You are boiling, not cooking,” Jatoo, our guide, corrects her. His English is not only excellent, he is also a very brave man; I wouldn’t have quibbled with her over semantics in the state we are all in. We are well into the third day of hiking in the mountains outside of Chiang Mai …

[ Written by Annika | 8 Apr 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch – I say they’re wrong! I am notoriously useless when it comes to organising my finances. I have such respect for those people who work hard, like the ants in Aesop’s fable, storing their grains away until suddenly, POW! They’ve bought their dream house with a white picket fence. Unfortunately, I am more of the grasshopper clan, the ones who sing …

[ Written by Alex | 25 Mar 2015 | 12 Comments | ]

As ever so often during university, I had big dreams but only little money. One of them was wanting to see the lakes, cities and mountains of North America, and take as much time for it as I needed (a month, it turned out, wasn’t enough). Alas, my bank was constantly pestering me with reminder emails of overdraft charges – oh the joys. With months of overtime hours, and saving pennies …

[ Written by Caroline | 24 Mar 2015 | 8 Comments | ]

I used to be a superstar trip planner. I’d research locations and cultures for days, weeks and months leading up to my trip, so that the minute I stepped off of the plane, it was like second nature to me.
Some travelers are just naturally good at planning – they enjoy it, and feel it helps them get through rough situations. It’s important to really know a place before you get …

[ Written by Katka | 16 Mar 2015 | 14 Comments | ]