Best Backpack for Travelling: The Ultimate Guide

There are a lot of articles on the internet about the best backpack for travelling, so why read this one? Because I travel. A lot. I quit my job in 2010 and have been backpacking around the world ever since. From epic round-the-world trips to summers in Europe to long-stays in cities and weeks trekking through jungles, … Read more

Malaria Facts Every Traveller Should Know

Compared to planning your travel route, booking tickets and packing for your adventure, the topic of malaria and travel health can easily fall down your priority list but given malaria can be deadly, it’s a subject that shouldn’t be overlooked. I’ve been considering writing an article about malaria for a while but without a medical qualification, I … Read more

What’s it Like to Travel as a Gay Couple?

Travelling as a solo female can come with its challenges, particularly in countries that have a machismo culture or where it’s just not common for woman to travel on their own, but I never have to face the reality that in some countries it’s illegal for me to be who I am.  Astonishingly there are 76 countries … Read more

Banged-Up in A Panama Prison

“I spent nearly a week in a Panama prison,” Tim told me. He was dressed like Hansel (from Hansel and Gretel – did I mention it was Halloween?) and as a clean-cut guy from a small town in Australia, he looked like the least likely character to be doing time anywhere, let alone in Central America. … Read more

Best Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

What are the best destinations for solo female travelers? It’s a good question and one I’ve given a lot of thought to. I travel as a solo female traveler about 98% of the time. I travel around 9 months per year. And I’ve been doing that for over four years. Oh, and I’ve visited over … Read more

How Much Does it Cost to Travel? The Answer…

Mix of currency and money

“How much does it cost to travel to [Spain/Japan/for 3 months in Mexico/Around the World*]” *insert trip plans as appropriate I get asked this question a lot. After three dull head thumps on my desk, I have to start my response with, “It depends…” Do you want to stay at 5-star hotels? Are you going … Read more

Best Travel Videos That Will Make You Want to Pack a Bag

best travel videos

I wrote this post about the best travel videos a few years ago. (You’ll see it was a few years ago, dated by the selfie-stick reference – boy, I am glad that phase seems to have mostly passed). Anyway, it doesn’t get less relevant so I’ve decided to update it and will keep adding videos … Read more

How to Plan a Trip: Planning An Itinerary

Taking your dream trip is one of the most exciting things you can do. Planning that trip, not so much. Stressful and at times overwhelming, it can be a challenge to know where to start. The good new: I’m going to take you through everything you need to know about planning your trip. From planning your … Read more

Best Gifts for Travelers

Best gifts for travellers

What are the best gifts for travelers? When I had a static location and endless cupboards to stash my possessions (instead of a nylon rucksack for my home), gift shopping for me was much simpler. These days, as family and friends watch me select clothes based on weight and drying speed, I can understand the trickery they … Read more

The Best Places to Visit in Colombia

Best places to visit in Colombia

After spending two months of (slow) travel in Colombia, here’s my list of the best places to visit in Colombia and what to see and do when you’re there. This article isn’t intended to be a detailed guide to the country, more of a taster of the things to do in Colombia during a first visit. Whether you … Read more