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Best Overseas Jobs For Black TEFL Teachers

Black backpackers face unique challenges when travelling overseas. These include concerns about discrimination, cultural barriers to backpacking and financial restrictions. In my last blog, one of the points I made was that black people are unlikely to face a significant increase in racist attacks or name-calling overseas than they would in their home country. This...

First Time Backpacking Advice For The Black Explorer

Before I began my first solo journey overseas, I was told by friends and family that travelling was dangerous. Well meaning family members told me that as a young, black woman travelling overseas for 8 months, not only would I face the same risk of attack as other women, but I would likely face heavy discrimination as well. Indeed, one of the things my family asked...

First Time Backpacking Advice For The Brave Explorer

I wrote this blog because I was tired of people telling me that death or random attacks was practically inevitable if I pursued my dream of travelling. The irony is that the more I explored the world, the more people I met from different corners of the globe that were all told how dangerous travelling is. Then you’ve got the people on the other side of the fence who...

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Exploring The 7 Sisters: Backpacking North East India

India has captured the imaginations of explorers since the beginning of time. While the world has fallen in love with the architectural beauty of the Taj Mahal, and the forts and palaces of Rajasthan, north east India is still an enchanting mystery to many who land on her shores. The 7 regions of north east India are known lovingly as the 7 Sisters, which are:...

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3 Awesome Cities to Add to Your West Coast Holiday Itinerary

Beaches, hot weather and wine. That’s what springs to mind whenever people think of the West Coast. And yes, you’ll find that here alright. But there’s so much more to it than that. In this blog, I’ll tell you exactly why the West Coast rocks, what you should do and what you should not, and most importantly, how to save money while you’re doing it. If you’re putting...

What Type of Traveller Are You?

  When you travel, you take on multiple personalities. These personalities vary according to your surroundings, people you meet and deals available. In order to understand what types of trips are going to give you the best memories and the best value for your money, you should really take a moment to understand what type of traveller you are. Take me for example...

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12 Awesome Backpacker Jobs You’ll Actually Love

The one thing that is standing between explorers and the rest of the world is money. There are so many blogs out there about how you can start your own business or become a freelancer but let’s face it, that’s easier said than done. Not everyone can be the next answer to Richard Branson, and many of the existing freelancer websites pays peanuts at best. The ones I...

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A day in the life at a Burmese village

I was in Myanmar when we walked into the dorm room. There were many elderly and disabled Burmese men in various states of suffering and the smell of sewage filled the air. The reason for that was because there was one very unwell and severely disabled man who was lying in his own excrement on a bed in the centre of the room. We learned that he had been left like that...

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Geisha shows and murder rooms in downtown Japan

This is a continuation of my last blog on Japan which you can read here:  On July 13th, I arrived back into Tokyo and eventually found my way to the Yawp backpackers hostel I was looking for. The problem was, it was closed. I peered inside, looking for some sort of clue, or a sign of hope. All I found were broken bits of furniture, cigarette butts and empty paint...

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