With our first backpacking stint having begun just over a week ago we thought we would share with you a check list we made when we were organising our trip. Backpacking for the first time can be an intimidating prospect and despite all our excitement we were also often overcome with what we needed to
As Italy was the first stop of our long term travels, we realised very quickly that many things stretched our tight budget. We spent a total of around 10-11 days travelling from Milan (with a day trip to lake Como) to Bolzano, from Bolzano to Badia and finally Badia down to Venice. So one thing
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
Backpacking around South East Asia is an amazing adventure, travelling through amazingly diverse landscapes and from country to country like a true explorer. When we discovered the amazing, picturesque and beautiful adventure that is the Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang slow boat we knew we had to do it. We always like to add to the adventure
Mt Popa probably isn’t on your itinerary for Myanmar (Burma) but it should be! Just an hour away from wonderful but busy and hot Bagan is this temperate retreat. Meaning “flower” in Burmese this mountain really lives up to its colourful name. Heading up the winding roads through tiny villages from Bagan the air began
Heading to Bagan there is a wealth of places to stay now in this growing tourist hub of Myanmar. With the dry heat of the dusty streets as you explore this wonderful ancient town you need to plan your retreat well. Selecting a place which offers you the rest needed to get up early for
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
When we arrived in Riga we were tired and a little overwhelmed. After travelling on night buses for a few consecutive evenings we were looking for a comfortable, warm and welcoming place to stay. But at the same time we hadn’t had all that much time to research the city either and worried we might
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
Over the last couple of months of backpacking we’ve come to realised a very important thing. That your accommodation makes a larger impression on whether you love a place or not. It’s not whether it’s fancy or if it is full of gimmicks. But whether you feel at home or not, if you feel safe,
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!
AirBnB! What is is and what does it even mean! We didn’t have a clue for a long time, was it staying in someones house or was it just a unique hotel? We decided to take the plunge when we couldn’t find any hotels or hostels for our stay in the tiny alpine village of
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!