How backpacking around Europe has changed in the last decade

How backpacking around Europe has changed in the last decade

It was just over 10 summers ago that Europe welcomed its first wave of millennial backpackers (although back then we were more commonly known as Gen Y…). And now, as another wave of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed explorers set out on their rite-of-passage Eurotrip this summer, we thought it would be fun...

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9 reasons why solo travel is awesome

9 reasons why solo travel is awesome

Solo travel is awesome. It’s terrifying. It’s refreshing. It’s exhilarating. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself. The great thing about solo travel is that it doesn’t have to mean taking off on an epic round-the-world journey to 30 countries. It can be as low-key as taking an overnight...

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8 things solo travellers of different nationalities all have in common

8 things solo travellers of different nationalities all have in common

I’m usually not one to generalise (ahem, like writing an article on “things travellers have in common”), but on a recent road trip with new friends I had made while cycling and hiking the South and North Islands of New Zealand, I found that the similarities among us — despite...

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Living local in tourist-packed Venice

Living local in tourist-packed Venice

“Excuse me, can you tell me where is the bridge?” a tourist asked me the other day. “Of course…” I said, a little perplexed. As is often the case in Venice, you could see several bridges from where we were standing. “Do you mean Rialto?” I tried to narrow it...

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6 ways travel boosts your self-esteem

6 ways travel boosts your self-esteem

Travel can be many things: an escape, a chance to unwind and forget about deadlines for a few days, or the opportunity to explore a new place. But travel can also play a big role in boosting your self-esteem. So the next time you book a trip, consider that packing...

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17 relationship deal breakers that travellers can’t ignore

17 relationship deal breakers that travellers can’t ignore

We all know the greatest test of a relationship is travelling together. Sure a few fights are inevitable and you may even need to storm off for dramatic effect (until you realise you don’t have the hotel key). But these are a few deal breakers that have most travellers saying, so...

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20 mistakes you’ll make in Southeast Asia

20 mistakes you’ll make in Southeast Asia

It’s the familiar refrain of the experienced traveller, ‘If only I knew then what I know now.’ Landing in a foreign place, we always wish we had that local insight and seasoned wisdom that comes from spending a lot of time there (and making a lot of mistakes). But one...

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Photo of the week: Christmas with the Colonel

Photo of the week: Christmas with the Colonel

Japan always does things a little differently and Christmas is no exception! Likely one of the world’s quirkiest holiday traditions takes place on December 24th in cities across Japan from Kyoto to Tokyo when people line up for their holiday feast of…KFC! That’s right, the traditional meal for Christmas Eve...

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13 emotions you feel in the middle seat

13 emotions you feel in the middle seat

1. When you realise you got a middle seat:   2. When the flight is full and you can’t switch seats:    3. When you try to look out the window, and the window seat person catches you:   4. When the aisle seat person falls asleep:   5. When...

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Gift ideas that are guaranteed to get Instagrammed

Gift ideas that are guaranteed to get Instagrammed

The holiday spirit may be about giving rather than getting, but we admit, sometimes giving isn’t just about the act of sharing — it’s about getting shared. Social shares, we mean. We love finding just the right gift for someone, something that speaks to them, something that makes them cry,...

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