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Backpacker Travel Advice

From gap years to snap years, our long stay section offers plenty of tips and advice for those thinking about taking a long trip abroad. Whether you're a student ready to explore the world or simply looking to take a break from your career to travel, here you will find everything you need to get started!

Preparation

It can be scary to think of leaving your friends and family to backpack around the world. This section offers advice and guidance to help you on your way.

How to Protect your Gadgets when you go Backpacking - Your backpacking holiday is fast-approaching and you’re deciding what to take with you. Should you bring your brand new camera,…

How Can a Gap Year Improve Your Career Prospects? - Gap years are an increasingly popular phenomenon amongst young people, providing an exciting means to see the world after exams,…

Backpacker Glossary - We understand that when you're looking into going on a gap year can mean you're stuck in front of a…

Gap Year Travel for Charity - That long stretch of summer before people head of into the big wide world of University is usually spent in…

Working Abroad – What Are the Options? - If you're thinking of leaping abroad and earning some money, it's well worth knowing what sort of options there are…

10 Reasons You Should Take a Gap Year - Getting a taste of the world is becoming more and more of a popular option amongst those deciding to take…

Backpacker’s Guide to the World - You've managed to convince your parents that a gap year is a good idea, now is the time to prove…

Advice For Parents - So your teenager has come home from College or University and announced that they want to take a gap year.…

Preparation

Pre-Travel

This section explains all you need to know before you embark on your adventure of a lifetime. Make sure you don’t forget to pack the essentials and get your vaccinations!

What You Need to Know About Working as a Summer Camp Counsellor - One of the most popular ways to travel around America is by volunteering in various projects or working in a…

The Pros and Cons of Taking a Gap Year - Taking a gap year and travelling the world is usually something that most people want to do. The tricky thing…

Preparation for Taking Gap Years & Backpacker Travel - If you're looking to get away from the daily grind, or whether you're just looking to explore the world after…

Advice for Adults Taking a Gap Year - Taking a long planned break and stepping off the treadmill of the everyday grind can be scary if you haven't…

How to Budget for a Gap Year - It's one of the boring things that you have to do but can't seem to find the time or the…

Backpacker FAQs - What should I pack? Make sure you only pack what you really need and be brutal with your items. Make…

Anti-Theft Travel Gadgets - Even for the seasoned traveller, the last thing you want to worry about is theft and being robbed when you're…

Taking Gadgets Backpacking: The Pros and Cons - We live in an age where our lives are becoming increasingly dependent on the latest technology - over 88.5% of…

The Essential Gap Year Checklist - You're ready. You've saved your money, you've studied the area you're visiting, your departure date is looming and you have…

Backpacking Checklist - If you're planning a backpacking trip of a lifetime, whether on a gap year or as a break from the…

Pre-Travel

Travelling

There are many tips and tricks backpackers pick up along the way. This section will explain some of them so that you can take full advantage of making your trip a complete breeze.

‘A baboon stole my phone!’ – 7 weird ways travellers have lost their gadgets - Going on holiday soon? If so, the chances are that you’ll be packing a few valuable gadgets into your hand…

Tips & Tricks for Surviving Long Journeys - Long journeys are nearly always tiresome and boring but throw in cramped conditions and weather extremes and things can get…

Stings, Bites and Scratches – Animals and Creatures You Should Avoid Whilst Travelling - The last thing you want when embarking on a holiday abroad is to have an unfortunate run in with a…

The Guide to Sexual Health Whilst Travelling - If you are considering packing your bags and jetting off to travel the world, the chances are you are fairly…

The Gap Year Guide to Dining Solo - As part of the desire and appeal to go traveling, there are is a hunger to discover pastures new. Whether…

Keeping in Touch on Your Gap Year - Staying in touch with people back at home like your friends and your family can be difficult when you're travelling.…

Sharing Your Gap Year Experiences - Going on a gap year is one of the most exciting and life-changing things that people can go on, so…

Backpacking Whilst Pregnant - Venturing abroad can mean you're literally living the dream of travelling throughout some of the world's most beautiful and culturally rich…

How to Survive a Hostel - It's not unusual to spend a night in a hostel and wonder if you'll even make it out alive. Hostels…

Travelling Alone vs Travelling With Friends - Taking a gap year comes with a serious amount of planning: destinations, itineraries, accommodation, budget, what to pack... not to…

Staying Safe Whilst Backpacking Solo - Travelling alone is the ultimate indulgence - you can do whatever you want to do, everything you've ever dreamed about…

How to Cope With Homesickness - Homesickness is a type of anxiety that you feel when everything - your surroundings and your life at that current…

A Quick and Easy Guide to Inter-Railing Through Europe - Inter-railing is quite often seen as a rite of passage for teenagers and young adults fresh out of education and…

How to Prevent Theft Abroad - Having your belongings stolen or being robbed whilst you're away travelling can be devastating, especially if you're backpacking on a…

Medicare - Medicare is a form of national healthcare system, which applies to citizens of countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand and…

Tips for Couchsurfing Abroad - A social and travel phenomena, Couchsurfers is an online hospitality exchange network which allows others to 'host' couches, and offer…

Volunteering Abroad – A How to Guide - Volunteering abroad can not only show you the world around you but also allow you to experience new things and…

Snap Years - A Snap Year is a relatively new term, it describes a wave of people who either cannot afford, or do…

Keeping it Simple - "œOnly by going alone, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is…

How to Get Free Wi-Fi - If you're heading abroad, chances are you will want to keep in contact with your friends and family back home.…

How to Haggle Whilst Abroad - When travelling abroad, chances are you will come across shops, stalls and independent craftspeople that have a wide variety of…

Travelling Alone - So you've decided to travel around the world as a solo backpacker. You feel the world is your oyster as…

Travelling

Destination Guides

With so many wonderful and interesting places to visit – where should you go first? Below you will find our destination guides which illustrate what to see and do in each country.

Exclusive Backpacking Destinations – a Must to Visit - 6 Of the most exciting and exclusive places to visit on your backpacking travels...

A Guide to Backpacking South America – Part 3 - Here we are at the last part of our backpacking guide to South America! So far we’ve taken you through…

A Guide to Backpacking South America – Part 2 - Welcome to part 2 of our Backpacking Guide to South America! We hope you enjoyed part 1? This second part…

A Guide to Backpacking South America – Part 1 - South America is an incredibly popular destination for backpackers because it's absolutely full of incredible landscapes, rich culture and awesome…

A Guide to Travelling Southeast Asia – Part 2 - If you're searching for a long-haul destination which offers something completely different, seemingly transports you millions of miles away from…

A Guide to Travelling South East Asia – Part 1 - If you're seeking a destination which possesses in abundance unbelievable landscape, beautiful beaches, warm people and some of the most…

A Guide to Backpacking in the USA - When it comes to backpacking, America is always a top choice. Thanks to the many destinations you can visit and…

A Guide to Thailand for the Gap Year Traveller - Thailand has long been a Mecca for students and travellers venturing outside Europe for the first time. Unofficially, it is…

South Africa for the Animal Lover - South Africa is a country of diversity. Sprawling across the tip of Africa from Cape Town to Durban, the country…

A Guide to Amsterdam for the Budget Backpacker - Once a powerful marine port, Amsterdam is known widely for its decadence and laid-back attitude, which often makes it a…

A Guide to Japan for the Shoestring Traveller - Despite the busy working culture and impressive technological innovations that are integrated into Japanese life, visiting Japan on a budget…

A Guide to New Zealand for the Adrenaline Junkie - New Zealand, home to the rolling green hills of Peter Jackson's Shire, bungee-jumping, the All-Blacks rugby team and their impressive…

A Guide to Australia for the Budget Backpacker - Backpacking through Australia is becoming a rite of passage for many students that are putting down their study books and…

Most Popular Gap Year Routes and Destinations - Are you one of the hundreds of thousands of students looking to escape the rat race after studying and working…

Destination Guides

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