How to Enjoy Travel as a Shy …

  My name is Vanessa: I enjoy travel, staying in new countries, and eating exotic food – I am also extremely shy, and not made of money. On the other side of the world, in a lively Australian hostel I came to the realisation that I didn’t quite fit in with the majority of the outgoing backpackers around me, and…

COPING WITH POST TRAVEL DEPRESSION

We spend so long lusting over other people’s trips, and happily recounting our fantastic adventures to others, but what really happens when the excitement is over? Welcome to post travel depression.   Preparing for my (what was supposed to be a two year) trip to Australia was a life changing experience. On top of the actual time spent away from…

LOSING MY HOSTEL VIRGINITY

  Over hyped, painful, sweaty, and leaving you wondering why everyone raves about it. Losing my hostel virginity really wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be.   In case you’re new here, let me give you some background info. I am a savvy researcher, and quite skilled at finding ways to live a luxurious life on a tight…

Know Your Travel Photography Rights

DO YOU KNOW YOUR TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY RIGHTS? As bloggers we love to take photos. In order to fully share an experience with our readers, we need to have good visual imagery to get our stories across. Just like our fellow non-bloggers and photographers, we know that DSLRs in hand can make us stand out. Sometimes the reception is good, sometimes people…

ARE ‘ALL-INCLUSIVE HOLIDAYS’ REALLY “TRAVEL”?

  I know what you’re thinking. What kind of self-titled “Travel Blogger” writes about all-inclusive holidays? But hear me out. Sun-seeking holiday makers looking for a bargain, or spending big bucks on luxurious all-inclusive holidays are worlds apart from your do-it-yourself adventure driven backpacker. It’s not uncommon for the words ‘travel’ and ‘holiday’ to be used exclusively from each other,…

FINANCING LONG TERM TRAVEL

I took to Twitter to ask what you Travel topics you wanted to read about most, and overwhelmingly you all wanted to read about travel and finance.   So today I will be using my own personal experience on how I’m raising money for my future travels to Australia, and what extras you need to consider saving for when planning…

BOOHOO GAMES: BAG DIVING

I was recently approached by BooHoo.com who asked if I would like to take part in their Rio Olympics inspired blogger ‘games’. I was nominated the ‘sport’ of Bag Diving, by which you have to fit the most items into your bag, in a Mary Poppins or Hermione Grainger sort of way. I decided to try and pack for a weekend…

TRAVELLING WITH A WHEELCHAIR

  Travelling must be in my blood. Quite a lot of my trips have been with family members, who have also spent a lifetime wandering far and wide. Over half of my European city breaks have been with my Grandma, let’s call her ‘WanderNan’, who also shares my love of history, culture, and architecture.   Only WanderNan is very sick,…

I BOOKED THE WRONG HOTEL…AGAIN (+COMMON …

Only photos of delicious street food in Japan can make me feel any better about what I’ve done (again). You usually don’t make the same mistake twice, but call me a over-excited/enthusiastic traveler because my butter fingers have booked me the wrong hotel twice in one year. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone, and it…