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To Kathmandu

NEPAL | Fri, 28 Mar 2014 | By timhughes55 | Views [72]

Checked in a 13kg backpack and carried on another 8kg of stuff that didn't fit in it. All these bags I seem to need... a backpack to carry, a duffle to give to the porters, a day pack for rest days and a bag to leave in Kathmandu.... Too much stuff I'm ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, everest base camp, people, trekking

Week 2 - Phnom Penh

CAMBODIA | Fri, 31 Jan 2014 | By escape | Views [38]

Being a volunteer in international development, I had expected life to be a little hard. Cambodia after all is a “third world” country. I'm sure it is for many of the locals here, including the 1/3 who live below the poverty line, however, ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, cambodia, cheap, phnom penh, travel, volunteer

Summarising a Year on The Road

UNITED KINGDOM | Tue, 21 Jan 2014 | By butterfly-freed | Views [180] | Comments [1]

I'm trying to remember that person who set out to follow her dream over fifty weeks ago. The one who decided that if you were not happy with your life, it made sense to do something about it by getting rid of unwanted encumbrances and make a fresh ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, blogs, career break, gap year, travelling, useful items

Sunset on SE Asia

THAILAND | Fri, 10 Jan 2014 | By butterfly-freed | Views [177]

Six months ago I arrived in Bangkok to a culture for which I had no yardstick, no previous point of reference and for which I was unprepared. Arriving in The Land of Smiles to find none, and in fact finding more a feeling of hostility towards 'just another ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, bali, cambodia, healing, journey, penang, singapore, thailand, travelling, vietnam

Loitering around Rabat

MOROCCO | Mon, 16 Dec 2013 | By macedonboy | Views [85]

I’m heading up to Rabat on the train today. The trains to Rabat are quite regular at two hours apart. So I figured I’d sleep early the night before aiming for 0855 morning train. I do get up early enough to both get some breakfast at the ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, morocco, rabat

Vancouver a city to make you wet!

CANADA | Thu, 3 Oct 2013 | By farawayfromhome | Views [65]

We decided to man up and embrace the miserable overcast weather and see the city. With wrong one turn we ended up through Chinatown into the derelict/homeless part of town. On the bright side weed seems pretty cheap at $5 a quarter. Any takers? I can ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, rain, travel

Bon Voyage...for now!

USA | Tue, 20 Aug 2013 | By thekevman | Views [123]

I've finally made the difficult decision and taken the plunge....quit that cushy salaried job I could have worked at until i retired, abandoned that nice weekly paycheck and the financial security that comes along with it. Plus not to mention all the ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, couchsurf, europe, gap year, hostel, month, trekking

Spontaneous vs Planned Travel

ITALY | Tue, 20 Aug 2013 | By esthermanning | Views [140]

Let me just say from the outset which side of this debate I sit on.  Spontaneous travel is WAY more fun. Please don't think that I'm suggesting you don't plan at least some part of your holiday/trip in advance.  Let's start with the essentials:... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, italy, lost, venice, wander

Singapore & Kuala Lumpur

SINGAPORE | Sat, 17 Aug 2013 | By butterfly-freed | Views [370]

Getting around Singapore couldn't be easier. My first trip entails a sight-seeing tour on an open top bus. It may the ultimate tourist option, but it's a great way to get your bearings. What better start than to make my first watering hole stop the iconic ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, grasslands coaches, kuala lumpur, seri pacific hotel, singapore

Singapore Surprises

SINGAPORE | Wed, 14 Aug 2013 | By butterfly-freed | Views [202]

It's quite staggering what you can pack into just under 700km2. How about 5.5m people, skyscrapers of all descriptions, parks, attractions and of course sufficient living space. Welcome to Singapore - island, city and state. A fusion of nationalities ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, pods, sentosa, singapore

Breaking Through Barriers - Bangkok

THAILAND | Wed, 17 Jul 2013 | By butterfly-freed | Views [268]

The first thing that hits you as you disembark in Bangkok is the wall of humid heat. After struggling with the ATM and then changing larger notes into smaller ones (a generally recommended practice), I search for the metered taxis. It is possible to ... Read more >

Tags: asia, backpacking, bangkok, temples

Signing Out of Australia

AUSTRALIA | Mon, 15 Jul 2013 | By butterfly-freed | Views [163]

Comfort zone. That place where we feel most at ease - familiar, understanding our surroundings and our expectations, daring to believe we have a degree of control in our daily lives. Travel to different cultures challenges us to step outside of all ... Read more >

Tags: australia, backpacking, cairns, mission beach, port douglas

Stepping Into Postcard Paradise

AUSTRALIA | Wed, 3 Jul 2013 | By butterfly-freed | Views [407]

Arriving in Airlie Beach after a 14 hour bus trip, I am more than a little grateful to be met by the minibus from Backpackers By the Bay. It’s only a short ride to the hostel, but as anyone travelling with heavy luggage will know, the less it needs ... Read more >

Tags: airlie beach, australia, backpacker by the bay, backpacking, sailing, sv hammer, whitehaven beach, whitsunday islands

The Party Scene

HUNGARY | Mon, 24 Jun 2013 | By paul_meet_world | Views [145]

On the train to Budapest I met two girls from Australia who where  headed towards Pamplona for the running of the bulls. I had totally  forgotten! A year ago I had started a list of festivals, events, etc I  should try to see if I ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, hostels, party, sex, train

Kia Ora New Zealand!

NEW ZEALAND | Mon, 10 Jun 2013 | By butterfly-freed | Views [257]

Kia Ora New Zealand. I have packed so much into the 24 days I have been here, seen so much and yet I leave with so much left unseen. It is certainly a land to be explored and I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering some of the wonders it holds. With ... Read more >

Tags: auckland, backpacking, car hire, new zealand, ponsonby, relocation car hire, seabeds, watsons way

Maori & Mud Packs

NEW ZEALAND | Fri, 7 Jun 2013 | By butterfly-freed | Views [228]

The North Island bus trip begins just as it is getting light on Bank Holiday Monday. Much has been made of the Queen’s birthday weekend, and I suspect that there is more patriotism over here than on her home turf! The trip up to Paihia on the ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, maori, new zealand, paihia, rotorua, tamaki

Northward Bound

NEW ZEALAND | Thu, 6 Jun 2013 | By butterfly-freed | Views [161]

All ferry crossings the following day were cancelled! Again I was lucky although it was far from a smooth trip. Arriving in Wellington in the dark, I find that navigation here is no easy task. I know that the hostel is about 20 minutes away and that ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, car hire, mt egmont, new zealand

New Zealand - A Land of Two Halves

NEW ZEALAND | Sun, 2 Jun 2013 | By butterfly-freed | Views [232]

I examine my expectations of New Zealand and find that I had envisaged seeing a few pretty sights and that just over 3 weeks would probably be more than sufficient time to do so. I couldn’t have been more wrong and I am ashamed by the almost flippant ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, ferry, new zealand

Te Anau to Christchurch (RT part IV)

NEW ZEALAND | Sun, 26 May 2013 | By butterfly-freed | Views [320]

They told me New Zealand was beautiful, but I never really understood just how incredibly beautiful it is. If I have to draw a parallel, driving from Te Anau up to Queenstown resembles driving around Lake Geneva. The scenery is dramatic as large mountains ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, lake tekapo, new zealand, queentown, te anau, tekapo springs, touring

Stranded on the Delta

VIETNAM | Sun, 26 May 2013 | By paul_meet_world | Views [71]

While in Ho Chi Minh City, I met a fellow American named Rachel (from NC) who helped nudge me over a little boundary that had been holding me back most of my time in Asia. Every time I'd landed in a new country, I'd wound up spending all my time in the ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, culture shock, sketchy, travel

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