These days every traveller, no matter how inexperienced, has the ability to find their own accommodation. Travel agents, at least in this regard, are completely obselete. It doesn’t matter if you’re booking six months in advance, the day before your flight, or simply showing up Read more
Depending on where you live, flights can be a real suck on your travel budget. Thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars. How do you find a cheap flight? It’s the bane of every budget traveller. Over the last few years I’ve learned a few tricks, and flights are no longer the Read more
So you want some packing tips.
Don’t really have many good ones, to be honest. But I can tell you what I like to carry.
My backpack has all the usual stuff in it – underpants, toothbrush, pet giraffe – but I also carry a few things that might not be so obvious.
How much does it really cost to travel Europe? This year I went to find out. After a short jaunt with my family, I took off to backpack the continent solo for five months. 11 countries, 23 cities, 40 beds and 10,101km later, it’s finally over. Truthfully, I was a little nervous doing my Read more
Note: New Zealand passport holders have slightly different Schengen rules to other countries. If you are not a New Zealand passport holder, this post will not apply to you. You can read about the standard Schengen rules here. If you’ve travelled to Europe, you will be familiar with the Read more
Right now, I’m sitting on my bed in a hostel dorm in Berlin. My crap is all over the floor. The girl sleeping in the bed beside me also has her crap all over the floor. And then there’s a couple of tidy guys, with all their stuff locked and zipped up. Nobody has made their bed (why Read more
I got another email today about an American buried in college debt with no job and hating their life and wondering where in the world they could go to run away from all their problems. I wasn’t surprised. I get this email a lot. In fact, I met with a reader from the US a few weeks back who Read more
Today I want to introduce you to a travel style that dominates almost all of my trips overseas. While I’ve always considered myself both a backpacker and budget traveller, I’ve also been a very slow traveller. In five years of full time travel, I’ve only visited 30+ countries. Read more
Most people associate retirement with walking sticks, nursing homes, grandchildren and wearing funny slippers. But that’s what your grandparents did. Times have changed. ‘Waiting until retirement’ was a catchphrase that benefit everyone except the actual retiree. The government Read more
So I lied. It’s not really possible to travel the world for zero dollars. Eventually you’re going to spend a dollar somewhere. Maybe to buy a cocktail for that pretty Balinese girl, or to get your nails done before that Indian wedding you’re about to attend. But that Read more