Tags archives: backpacking

Wheeling around Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Exploring a new place epitomizes all the excitement of traveling: discovering tiny corners and allies which reveal hidden treasures of cafes/stalls/wall art, places you would never have discovered until you got away from tours and strike out alone. However, it can also be tres boring if your trapped in the midday sun, traipsing around with a map that you dis[...]

Travel mishaps - what to do when things go wrong

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Meet my right foot. This is what it looked like in summer 2004, which I spent in India. Pretty gross, right? What happed, you're asking? On the night train I slipped off the iron stairs to the upper bed and fell. My foot was broken in various places, a few muscles torn, the whole shebang. My India experience was put on hold for 3 weeks which I was [...]

Tips for legitimately traveling LIGHT.

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Okay, let's be honest here. We've heard the screams or semi-pleasant whispers of, "less is more," and I KNOW that you probably claim to believe it, to the hilt, every day of your life. EXCEPT for when it's time to pack for a series of semi-short trips smooshed into a big, long trip. This applies particularly when you know you will be staying in a foreign pla[...]

How to.... make friends while traveling

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Here you go. You did it. You brought up the courage to leave friends, family and everything else behind to go traveling the world all by yourself. Bravo for that! Now all you have to do is meet new people and have a good time, right? The people you meet while traveling have a huge impact on your trip. Hang with the right crowd and you will have the time o[...]

Bangkok: To Khao San Road, and step on it!

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I knew it would happen, it was inevitable. As I had mentioned before, I definitely hadn't faced the reality of the extent of my trip and it all just seemed like a dream that would never be fully undertaken... until I peeped out the plane window and was faced with an alien Thai landscape. Then it hit me: the inevitable fear. Cue a mini stroke with the cold ha[...]

Quit one life, plan another

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‘To Whom it may Concern, I have thoroughly enjoyed working for this establishment over the past few months. Everyone has been very kind and welcoming, however I would like to take this opportunity to give in my notice. I’m getting the hell out of England, enjoy the office – bye!’ Ok, the last sentence was a bit of improvisation on my behalf, but yes. Today[...]

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