what to expect traveling in china: China is a crazy, beautiful and shocking place. Many of us feel familiar with Asia and even Chinese culture. Especially as backpackers/ travellers as so many of us have visited the well trodden nations in the South East of the region. In the west we also have many China
Despite being well-seasoned travellers, China being our 45th country and having just completed 4 months in Eastern Europe we have yet to come across many scams. We are not the naïve first time traveller but at the same time we consider many of the regions we have been to as being well known for their
Night buses are a nightmare, literally! Sitting in the stifling heat packed closely together with a bunch of strangers or shivering away clinging to your belongings… at no point is sleep even mentioned! 12 hours, 16 hours even 24 hours and longer spent sat on a bus. You can’t just get up and walk around
After spending 2 weeks in an apartment with a pool down in Fethiye, Turkey visiting family and freinds and generally taking a break from hostels and backpacking we found ourselves in Bucharest. Back on the hostel scene we were both excited to be back out there and also not so much looking forward to sharing
Whilst we spent an amazing 5 days in the bustling and energetic city of Istanbul we needed a place to kick back and relax at the end of a tiring day exploring this huge city. But at the same time we wanted to be at the heart of the action, in a place where we
When we made our plans to travel through the Balkans we had heard many tales about Albania, mostly how scary it was and how hard it was to travel around. That timetables don’t exist and unless you have a car or are a local then you are basically screwed! We were a little nervous when
Occasionally when you are travelling you stumble upon a hostel that just has everything perfect. Sometimes it can be a hit and miss game that’s true. Some hostels look great but then turn out to be ruined by obnoxious idiots drinking their way around the world. Then others sell themselves short, but once you arrive
We have been travelling for almost 2 months now. During that time we have stayed in so many hostels, a few guest houses and one hotel! Some of them have been amazing….some not so much! So these days when choosing a hostel we have a better trained eye to spot the gems among the duds!
We had wanted to try couchsurfing for quite a while but the idea of rocking up at someone’s house and staying with them for free, sleeping in their bedrooms, eating their food and living alongside them is also quite a nerve wracking thing to do. But we were keen to give it a go, to
Well, you live and learn they say! Here we are, setting off on the journey of a life time, flying into Milan to complete the European leg of our backpacking adventure. Like any new backpackers we decided to book our accommodation for our first stop in advance to make sure we are prepared and can
The internet is a modern day resource for us travellers that provides us with a priceless and almost endless ability to book, research and plan out our trips. There are so many websites out there however and as helpful as they all are it is sometimes hard to sift through to find the best ones!
We all have seem to have a phone with us now when we travel, but do we realise just how helpful it can be!! From booking flights, to free calls home, finding your way to your accommodation and communicating with locals…or even just keeping you entertained on long journeys! There are a whole host of
Travelling as a couple can be a wonderful experience. I know that when I headed off last year for my first solo trip I missed the other renegade like mad…who knew I was so fond of him!! When you are both on the same page being a travel couple means sharing all those amazing experiences
With everything feeling like it is becoming more and more expensive over the past few years it can be hard to feel like travel is an affordable thing to do. But that is where many are mistaken and miss out on a whole world of adventure…the global economy might have struggled in some places, but
Ahh the humble hostel, the backpackers best friend and staple accommodation, often overlooked and misunderstood by the hotel dwellers they provide a unique, cheap and often much more connected way of travelling. We looked at those misconceptions and also how to make the most out of your hostel stay. Forget the opinion that a hostel