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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...

What To Know When Traveling To Cuba

Every once in a while within the world of travel, a country or region appears from being buried under the global sand of tourism. Travelers surge to seek and take a part of that country with them, before anyone else. There has been a boom in traveling to South America as of the last few years, Central America too, but it’s a little further north that one country is on many people’s radars right now. Cuba is that country and everyone’s talking about it. A stuck in the 50’s, Latin American, cigar puffing, communist teaching, Chevy driving country that has for the past 50 years or so, been in the headlines. With the Castro’s determination still strong, it’s in recent months that there strained relationship with the USA is seemingly turning a corner. American’s are finally allowed into C...

This Is The Ideal Hostel

Let’s face it; we’ve all been in some amazing hostels and then some that are not so amazing. I’m sure you have fond memories of the ones you felt you could have stayed forever, perhaps because of the location, the price, or you created your own little backpacker family. Then on the other side of things, maybe a hostel that isn’t so nice because of the squeaky beds, cold floors and clueless staff. Now it’s 2016 and hostels are trying incorporate the many luxuries of home into their features, hostels are becoming better and better. Well, let’s take a look at some of the best features from some hostels in the world that would make the IDEAL hostel. We’re taking our best features from South East Asia, South America and Australiasia only, as well, they are the places that have the best hostels ...

Reasons Why People Love Buenos Aires

When it comes to city life in South America, there is some big competition to where travelers and backpackers like the best. For a lot of wanderers heading to cities aren’t the biggest priority, in fact you’ll regularly hear travelers sniggering at the talk of going to a city. “It’s just a big city” or “I hate cities”. If you are backpacking taking every place as it comes, embracing it for what it is and living in the moment should be the correct attitude, right? A city maybe a place full of traffic, high rises and less natural surroundings but you can also find convenience in a city as well as hidden areas. Finding a quirky local restaurant with great prices or a dive bar that has no signs surely relates to the term exploring. South America has some real options when it comes to interesti...

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...

SE Asia’s Best Backpacker Chill Out Destinations

South East Asia has many places to go and things to see. It has chaotic cities like Bangkok, roads filled with mopeds in Hanoi and hundreds of temples in Bagan. But what happens when it all gets a bit too much? We associate a beach with relaxation but at some beaches, do you really get that with some though? Haad Rin is the opposite, and White Beach in Boracay is hoarded with travelers, so where else is there to go sit back and chill out? You might be that way inclined, a quiet person or an introvert, or you’ve had enough craziness for the time being so you want to sit back, read a book, wander softly and do some yoga. Well backpackers, have a look at this list that you can go and hibernate once more.   Pai, Thailand In the north of Thailand, Pai is a quiet village rural area that onl...

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...

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