When deciding on your travel accomodation, there are a few different options to consider. The one you choose will depend on your preferences when it comes to: privacy, safety, budget, proximity to city centres and places of interest, and the amount of people you’re traveling with. I travel with my partner, Russell. I’ve only ever traveled solo once, and that was with Contiki, so I wasn’t really alone anyway! Russell and I like our privacy, and we’re happy to budget a little bit more for cheap accomodation that’s still comfortable. If you’re a backpacker, you probably want to spend as little on accomodation as possible. That’s why it’s best to know what your options are before booking anything! Post #1:…

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If you’re a serious over-packer like I am, writing a packing list is the best possible thing you can do! Heading off on an international adventure can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first overseas experience! It can be hard knowing what you’ll need to take with you, what you can afford to leave behind, and what’s easy to pick up along the way. Because of this, packing can be one of the worst things about travel! You either love packing or you hate it. There’s really no in between. I’m a severe over-packer. Basically, I shove far too much into my suitcase, thinking I’ll need those 4 pairs of leggings. Realistically, I wear the same pair every day until…

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As a travel blogger, I’ve been on quite a few international flights. I know first hand how horrible 15 hour plane trips are. I despise those tiny seats with horridly little leg room. And plane food makes me wish I had packed a bag full of treats every single time. But that could also be partly because I’m a super picky eater! Planning your first international trip can be stressful. If you’ve decided to do it yourself instead of going through a travel agent, I’m here to help! I’ve taken everything I know when it comes to planning an international trip and organised it in an easy to read, check-list style article! Here are the steps you should take when booking…

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Tokyo is without a doubt, the craziest place I have ever visited. But in such a wonderful way! The sheer amount of people crammed into such small places, is overwhelming to see. The seemingly endless number of trains, arriving exactly on time, ready to transport the 13 million around Tokyo. The bustling Tokyo city, surrounded by incredible mountain scenery. If you didn’t think Tokyo was the perfect base to explore some mountainous landscapes, think again. My partner Russell and I stayed in Tokyo for 12 nights. We managed to find a nice, decently priced hotel, located conveniently close to Shinjuku Station. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings were right across the road, giving us super close access to Tokyo’s free Observation…

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Back in 2015, I made one of the biggest decisions I’ve ever made. After dreaming about New York City for most of my life, I started doing some research. I couldn’t find anyone who was able to travel overseas with me, so I looked into solo travel. There are quite a few choices available when it comes to safe and easy solo travel, and the one I went with was Contiki! I’d heard a bit about Contiki before, but not enough to be able to make an educated decision right there and then. So I researched as much as I could and spoke to a couple of people I knew had done a Contiki tour before. Eventually, I took a…

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