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Custom Travel Planning: Why You Need a Middle Man

Planning a first time backpacking trip is a journey in itself. There are so many things to remember, and one minor mistake could send the whole house of cards tumbling down. Even a relatively short journey can require days or weeks of advanced preparation. A longer journey may need to be planned months in advance. Not everybody has the time on their hands to dedicate...

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How To Plan a Solo Backpacking Trip

This blog is for anyone who has ever dreamed of travelling, but feared going alone. It is for anyone who believes that travelling alone is hard, dangerous or taboo. I want you to know that you’re not alone. You should not fear solo travel any more than any other type of travel. Exploring the world is so exciting, so empowering and one of the most interesting things...

How To Plan a First Trip Abroad

Planning your first backpacking trip abroad is harder than it sounds. When I planned my first backpacking trip abroad, I thought it would just be a case of booking my tickets, getting insurance, packing my bags and flying away. But once I started travelling, I realised that there was so much I missed out on due to lack of organisation. There were great places I could...

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Sordid Tales From The Streets of Bangkok

Bangkok, the City of Angels is like no other place on earth. I didn’t meet many angels while I was there, but I did encounter plenty of sinners. The Thai capital has earned itself quite a reputation over the years, and is known for its infamous red light district and party scene. I’d read so many twisted tales about the nightlife in Patpong and other red light...

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Top 6 Travel Mistakes To Avoid In Thailand: First Time Backpacking Tips

The first time I went to Thailand was magical. I wasn’t expecting much from such a popular tourist destination, but I definitely found my calling in Thailand. My reason for writing a blog about my top 6 first time backpacking tips is that I made so many mistakes. These blunders made my trip more expensive and less pleasant than it had to be. In fact, I think I fell...

A Week In The Mountains With The Karen Long Neck Hill Tribe

I’d heard so much about Thailand before going – the beautiful islands, the sand, the sea and of course, the infamous full moon party. Thailand is a popular hotspot among Westerners – we’ve all heard the sordid tales of the exotic dancers, and the ladyboys as well as tales of people getting drunk and enjoying the nightlife. So what the hell was I doing...

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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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