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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 | 9 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 | 7 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 | ]

When traveling between Paris and London on a budget, taking the bus will be your wallet’s saving grace. The trip takes 9-10 hours each way, so going overnight saves you some precious exploring time in each city. I figured it would also save me money, as I could sleep on the bus rather than having to pay for a hostel. Sleeping, that is, in theory.
There are two major companies offering routes …

[ Written by guest | 14 Mar 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

Ask most people who’ve been bitten by the travel bug the age-old question, “Where to next?” and they’ll probably have a confident reply ready. Unless they haven’t sealed the deal and booked the ticket quite yet, in which case the answer could be an extensive bucket list – one which, like a daily to-do list, keeps chopping and changing as our priorities shift through the evolving cycle of this funny …

[ Written by Alex | 7 Mar 2015 | 22 Comments | ]

While preparing my big trip to South East Asia, I was looking for something different to do than the classical route through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. When someone asked me ‘Why not try the Philippines!?’, I got curious. With direct flights to Manila from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Australia, and even budget airlines flying there, the Philippines are within easy reach. Long story short, as soon as my plane …

[ Written by guest | 28 Feb 2015 | 19 Comments | ]

While Borneo isn’t wild with a buzzing backpacker scene or filled with travelling party animals, it is a welcome treat of getting back to nature and witnessing things that you’ve only seen in National Geographic. Borneo and its 140 million year old rainforest definitely knocks you on the head and shouts, “Wake up! This is nature at its finest!”, whilst simultaneously lulling you into a fascinated stupor.

I covered some reasons …

[ Written by Sophie | 7 Feb 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

Borneo is one heck of an incredible and mysterious country, where things go bump in the night and it’s usually a creature that is both exotic and rare. Craggy mountains, rainforests drenched in mist, winding wide rivers and relaxing times await for you there. Malaysia’s Borneo is a destination on many people’s bucket list for a reason, as it’s natural beauty will blow your bloomin’ mind and you’ll find yourself falling …

[ Written by Sophie | 26 Jan 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

Admittedly, Iran, the beautiful country by the Persian Gulf, hasn’t had the best press coverage lately. All prejudice aside though: Iran’s magic will haunt you in a wonderful orientalist kind of way. Think Scheherazade – and the great Sufi poet Rumi!
In Iran, the lemons are sweet and the oranges are sour. There are snow-covered peaks and sunny beaches, lush forests and vast deserts. People are warm and welcoming. Iran is a backpackers’ …

[ Written by guest | 17 Jan 2015 | 28 Comments | ]

A good backpack can make or break your trip – you will either start punching and kicking it every time you relieve your poor shoulders to set it down on the ground, or… well to be fair, I’ve always felt that way even with a good backpack, because I overpack and start attaching more and more things to the outside straps of my pack. But that’s another story…
Back to your …

[ Written by Kathi | 12 Jan 2015 | 7 Comments | ]