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15 Things Backpackers Can (And Probably Will) Do Whilst Based In Cancun

Mexico is a big place. It’s a place for backpackers, vacations and pretty much offers everything you can hope for in a travel destination. It has a rich history of Mayan culture, some of the world’s idyllic beaches, tons of dense jungle and the food, well is an international favourite. Cancun though, provides a bit of a different perspective. Many think it’s an extension of the USA. Expensive, tacky and not ‘real’ Mexico. Sure, it has the huge nightclubs and fancy hotels, but there is a lot more to Cancun than meets the eye. It’s a great place for backpackers on a budget, and for the whole Yucatan area, an ideal place to base yourself. One thing is for sure, stay in Mezcal Hostel. This place is year on year voted the best hostel in Cancun. You’ll m...

10 Questions You’ll Get Asked By Friends Who Don’t Travel

Traveling will always provide the stage for new things to be learnt, experiences to be made and for stories to be told. That’s what makes traveling so beautiful and addictive, is that it is constantly providing us with new knowledge and experiences. We maybe headed to the exotic areas of Latin America or the cultural ways of Southeast Asia; it doesn’t matter where we go, there will always be questions made. It’s easy to talk about traveling and experiences with other like-minded folk. The conversations will flow, your ideas and tales will be appreciated and you’ll have a deep stronghold within the back-and-forth plethora of words. Yet, what about talking to the people back home, whom haven’t traveled as much? What about the people curious, or not, and find it ...

7 Reasons To Visit Vietnam

Vietnam has became one of the most sought-after destinations in Southeast Asia and it is easy to see why.  Preserving its traditional Vietnamese heritage but a modern approach makes Vietnam easy for anyone to adapt too. The country itself is one big strip, North to South, South to North, so your itinerary will not be complicated. Vietnam has exotic areas, historical monuments, chilly scenery and a refreshing coast. Vietnam is somewhere between Thailand’s mass popularity, Laos’s innocence and Cambodia’s tenacity, all into one. Bustling cities Hanoi in the North is many peoples favourite city, having a blend of old quarter areas, proud historical spots and a dynamic lifestyle. Hanoi isn’t too big for its own boots, making its just right for backpacker, tourist or expa...

Visiting Cancun? Don’t Stop There!

Be it for its crazy parties, pristine beaches, or massive hotels many people have heard about Cancun. Believe it or not, Cancun only had 3 residents in 1970! It wasn’t until very recent times that Cancun began developing. It grew extremely fast, mostly due to tourism, now having become a major tourist destination worldwide (the 61st most visited city in the world as of 2015). Many people go to Cancun, stay at a resort and leave without exploring the surrounding area called the Yucatan Peninsula. This leaves out most of the best experiences. The Yucatan Peninsula has much to offer for all kinds of tastes. And what we like best is the variety of amazing places that you can visit. Therefore, if you are planning on visiting Cancun check out our top recommendations for where to go below. ...

Costa Rica – Recommendations For The Country Of “Pura Vida”

When thinking of Costa Rica the first thing that typically comes to mind is an image of lush green forests full of life. With over 500,000 plant and animal species, this is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. Not only is this a country with beautiful nature to explore, but it also gives you the peace of mind that many other countries cannot- it offers clean tap water throughout most areas, its food is generally safe to eat, it has one of the best health care programs around, not to mention that the chances of conflict while you are there are basically zero to none, having had no military for the last 60 years. Additionally, if you are into sustainability, Costa Rica will quickly get on your good side as it is now only 1% shy from becoming the first carbon-neutral country, o...

A 21-Day Tourist Visa Itinerary For The Philippines

For many travelers to the Philippines, a 21-day tourist visa is granted on arrival. This is country dependent of course, but three weeks is a good amount of time to spend in this idyllic country. Some will say you need much more time in this country. There is so much to do here but also the Philippines is broken up into many islands it takes a longer time to get from A to B.  On top of that, it’s really becoming more and more popular for travelers that see it as how Thailand was 15 years ago because to its paradise-like islands and rarely explored environs. Having said, surprisingly   the Philippines is still not included in the typical itinerary for backpackers who plan a 3-month trip around in South East Asia; a period that on average is most popular. If you do venture out east ove...

15 Types Of Backpackers You’ll Meet Today

Hitting the road to go backpacking will always make you think what weird and wonderful people you are going to meet. Backpacking is an international activity and experience that nowadays interests many different people. Years ago, the thought of backpacking was for the overly curious people, some looking for a different life and others genuinely interested in a culture in a smaller world. The world of backpackers was a lot smaller then. Now, there is more to it than that and backpacking is more often than not accepted as of 2016 as a ‘life experience’. The echo’s of ‘you only life once’ are for anyone to say and are almost excuses that one gives themself to motivate them for doing something they may class as out of the ordinary. Nevertheless, the road is jam packed more than ever and it do...

How To Have Authentic Travel Experiences

When deciding to travel, it’s easy to get caught up in the touristic type of travel. We pick the top 3 recommended spots to see in each place and once our list is checked we move on to the next destination. We then come back with the same experiences as everyone else does. And while it’s fun and exciting to constantly see new places, traveling in this way can become monotonous and boring, accumulating souvenir after souvenir but never really getting to know where we have been. If we want to have travel experiences that we will remember and that may even impact us for the rest our lives then we should make our travel authentic. There are many ways of doing this and it might even happen by accident. Some tips to keep in mind to have a more genuine traveling experience are the fol...

How To Get Over The Fear Of Solo Backpacking

Whether you are going for a small 2 week trip to a round the world one, there is always that initial feeling of excitement and anxiety that comes when thinking of taking off to explore what’s out there. This is especially true when you are about to get on your first solo backpacking journey. Many times we can end up planning for too long as a way of procrastinating. We keep saying we will do it when we have it all planned but the day never comes. I was this person too. I even did this on my second and third solo trip. The following is what I recommend that you do so that the journey ahead becomes a little less scary and a bit easier and more exciting to take on. Go to social events to meet people Solo travel can be scary because you are not sure you will be able to make friends. In o...

15 Things That’ll Happen When You Go Backpacking

Intro You’ve made the decision to venture out into the world and go backpacking. For whatever reason you’re going for, whether you’ve always wanted to travel, you’re interested in different cultures or you just want more beach time, there really is no turning back now. This is down to you now, this is your experience and by its bound to be a good one. I bet you’re thinking there is so many places to do and see, and so many things that you don’t know about yet. That’s fine, its natural. Are you a little scared? Don’t worry, we all were at first. You’re taking a huge step towards independence at its highest level. Backpacking is incredible but is not meant to be easy. Sometimes it’s best not having any expectations but now and again...

The Reasons Why People Love Melbourne

Intro It’s pretty safe to say that Australia is a country most people are fond of. Its laid back attitude, many job opportunities, high salaries, great weather and high focus on safety makes the quality of life here one of the best. When we first think about Australia, we probably think Kangaroo’s, outback territories, the Sydney Opera House and scorching weather. Yet, there is a place that you don’t associate any of them things with it thats getting all the plaudits in Australia. That place is Melbourne. Melbourne, the cosmopolitan cultural capital of Australia, is more of a European-influenced City than anything stereotypically Ozzie. A place where you have to live to appreciate its full demeanour and easy going ways. Melbourne is after all, the most liveable City in th...

What To Expect From Bangkok’s Khao San Road

Intro Everyone who visits Thailand for the first time, will more often than not begin in Bangkok. Known for its controlled chaos, Bangkok is a bustling Asian City that has a large Western influence. Not only this, Bangkok is coupled with delicious food, tuk-tuks, city smog, fabulous shopping malls, hundreds of markets, relentless crowds and well pretty much everything else. Its difficult not to think about Bangkok as the gateway to South East Asia, but if we’re talking about a gateway within the gateway, especially for backpackers and curious travellers stop no further than Khao San Road. This place really needs no introduction, Khao San Road is full of life. Love it or hate it, it is what it is. It’s a great way to be exposed to a new, crazy area especially in comparison to mo...

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