Tags archives: personal-experiences

How Living Out of a Backpack Changed My Life

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It all started with a battered 35l backpack. Lugged through muddy fields at festivals, dumped in damp tents and stuffed to the brim with secret stashes of alcohol, my cheap £30 pack had been pushed to its limits for years. Before my first long-term adventure, I had deliberated about whether to ditch it and upgrade. However the sentimental memories associ[...]

Why sometimes the hardest part of traveling is not leaving, it’s coming home

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I’ve come to find that there’s two opposing feelings when travelling – that elation and excitement about heading off on an adventure and the sheer apprehension of returning home. The former, that feeling of uncontrollable joy before boarding a flight to another destination, is understandable and easy to relate to. But what about when you return home after yo[...]

The only 3 things you need to know about Bacalar- Mexico’s secret paradise

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When I first started planning my trip to Mexico here’s what I imagined. Enjoying the white beaches and washing down Modelos in Playa Del Carmen and Cancun. A quick break in a luxurious resort on the Riviera Maya (if I could get a good deal). Checking out some Mayan ruins in Tulum and finishing my trip in the notoriously dangerous Mexico City (just bec[...]

10 Observations from a Brit in Australia

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It’s been four months now since I made the move from the UK to Melbourne. With native Australia having been invaded by the British in 1788 and us flooding over in the masses ever since, you may think that despite the huge distance between us both, the cultural differences would be minimal. To a certain extent you’d be totally right - it’s probably one of the[...]

Saudi Arabia- Is this the world’s newest, most controversial travel destination?

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“Cover your hair sister, you’re in Saudi Arabia now.” Something I became all too used to hearing on the streets of 2012 Riyadh. Only 6 years ago. But under the rule of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and the implementation of ‘Vision 2030’, just maybe, Saudi Arabia is in with a legitimate chance of becoming a tourist destination. Probably quite the c[...]

San Andrés Island: Colombia’s Little Secret

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A little guide, for a little island... As my extended stay in Colombia edged towards a close, I found myself in the same position I had found myself in all too often; desperately trying to squeeze six months worth of activities into two hectic weeks. I had wanted to visit San Andrés Island ever since I’d first heard it mentioned over the clinking of cocktai[...]

Why I fell in love with the Middle East and why you should too

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Finding my feet through all the hustle and bustle, the hypnotizing sound of the Arabic language singing in my ears, the smell of cardamom filling my nose from the streets. The sun laying on my skin like velvet. I remember why it was so easy to for me to fall in love with the Middle East the first time. 4 years living in Saudi Arabia and travelling [...]

Dark tourism: The Graveyard Tour at Highgate Cemetery, London

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It’s my first time in London during autumn for several years, and I’m pretty excited by the genuinely okay-ish weather the UK has been seeing so far. So in the spirit of autumn and all things naughty/nice and pumpkin spiced I decided to embrace the season and explore one of London’s most impressive graveyards to get knee-deep in seasonal feels and capture[...]

5 travel mistakes I made, so you don’t have to

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It’s kind of hard to believe that I traveled for so long and came so far without any major hiccups. But then 2018 seemed to be a year of epic travel and epic mistakes. I don’t think I slackened my defenses. I guess some years are just luckier than others, and clearly, the more you travel the more you’re at risk of at least a few fails. We’ve all proba[...]

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