How to make friends as a solo traveller
Travelling alone can seem like a scary thing to do, but the reality is that so many people do travel alone and are looking for travel companions just like yourself. Here are my tips for making friends as a solo traveller. How to make friends as a solo traveller 1. Always stay in hostels You simply can’t beat the social aspect of staying in a hostel. Don’t just take my word for it, ask any solo traveller and they’ll say the same thing. If you don’t like the idea of sharing a room with 9 other people, don’t worry, you can get a private room for a little bit more $$. You will still meet people around the hostel, in the bar, on the free tours or at the free breakfast. 2. Go on hostel activities I love the tours that hostel puts on, in fact I use to be an activity coordinator at a hostel and led many tours myself. Tours are a great way to explore a new city with a knowledgeable and friendly guide and make friends along the way. 3. Hang out in hostel bars Perhaps the easiest way to make new friends while travelling in […]

10 Tips on How to Make Friends as a Solo ...

We all love travelling to new destinations, flying there however can be another story. Luckily, there are some small things you can do to make a long flight seem a little less long. I suggest considering these tips for flying before your next trip. Top tips for flying   Don’t arrive too early Sure, you don’t want to arrive late either, but getting to the airport too early can make the whole flying process drag on longer than it needs to. Don’t carry too much stuff There is nothing worse than walking around the airport with a large amount of carry on luggage. Pack light so you can easily get around the airport, into the bathrooms and onto the plane without taking anyone out with your luggage. There are so many benefits of packing light.  Carry head ache tablets, lipgloss, moisturiser and a tooth brush close to you This are essential flying items that you MUST have accessible at all times Request a window or aisle seat at the front of the plane Being stuck in the middle of two strangers can be an uncomfortable experience, especially when you to climb over them to get to the bathroom. I’m personally a […]

Tips For Flying

The Best of Mexico
Travelling alone is my favourite way to travel. My first overseas trip was solo and ever since then I have loved setting off on solo adventures around the world. Travelling alone has changed my life and it will change yours too. Here are 52 reasons why you should travel alone: You get to do what you want, when you want You don’t have to wait for anyone else to wake up and get ready You can eat anywhere you want You will find your true passion because the decisions you make will be your own The places you go and adventures you take will be the ones you want to do You will make more friends travelling alone You will come across more opportunities to join in on other peoples adventures You are more spontaneous You get better at talking to people You learn to put yourself out there You will find that you are never truly alone – there are other solo travellers everywhere You will become more self aware Travelling alone teaches you independence You will become a confident decision maker You will overcome your fears and do things you never imagined possible You will learn to love […]

52 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone

I have learnt the benefits of packing light the hard way. When I went on my first overseas trip I had a suitcase weighing 30kgs. My last trip to Bali, I had a backpack weighting 5kgs. I ALWAYS opt to travel light when I backpack and these are the reasons you should too. 1. No need to worry about checking your bag in  Keep your bag with you, saving you time on luggage scans and money on unexpected overweight fees. 2. You don’t have to wait for your luggage at the baggage carousel I don’t know about you, but when I land I cant wait to get out of the airport and start exploring. Having my bag with me at all times means I can run off while everyone waits around the luggage carousel 3. You are in control of your belongings No need to worry about your bags getting lost or damaged as you are in control 4. You wont get a sore back and feet from lugging a heavy bag around When we backpack we spend so much time walking from our hostel to bus stop with our luggage. A light back pack will make it so much […]

10 Benefits of Packing Light When Backpacking

Taking a gap year
When I finished high school my parents were set on me going straight to university and getting a degree. They thought that if I had a year off I wouldn’t go back. While they had good intentions, a gap year truly was what I needed to find myself, my passions and a career that suited me.   As we finish high school we feel so much pressure to make a decision for our future, yet we haven’t really had a chance to discovered ourselves and what we genuinely like/ dislike. Most people choose a degree because it sounds good, or their friends are doing it, which turns into an EXPENSIVE decision. Study is expensive, time consuming and stressful and you shouldn’t enrol unless you are certain you know what you want to do. A gap year can be the best way to find out what you are passionate about and what career will suit you. You may even discover that university isn’t for you and that is totally okay, University isn’t for everyone.   This blog focuses on the benefits of taking a gap year before university. I suggest doing a working holiday on your gap year, but you can do anything […]

Don’t listen to your parents: Take a gap year before ...

How to save money for travel
First and foremost, I want to make it clear that every trip I have been on has been funded by myself, from money I earnt. When I first started travelling the world alone at 18, people would always ask how I could afford to travel and assume that I had rich parents who gave me money. This is FAR from the truth. I have NEVER taken money from my parents to fund my travels. So how can I afford to travel? I have ALWAYS been a hard worker and money saver. For as long as I can remember I have had a good old fashion piggy bank, saving up my birthday and Christmas money. At the age of 14 and 9 months I got my first real job in a café and since then I have not stopped working. I can easily say I worked more hours than any of my friends throughout high school, which meant I missed a lot, but ultimately allowed me to travel the world. During my degree I was always working multiple jobs, studying full time and completing internships simultaneously. On top of this I have sacrificed ALOT. The key to saving is to make […]

Travel Tips: How To Save Money For Travel

Snowboarding Canada Lake louise A travellers footsteps travel blog
If you want to see more with less money, a working holiday is the way to go. My first two overseas trips were working holidays in Canada. During both of my working Holidays in Canada, I based myself in Lake Louise and travelled around the US, Mexico and South and Central America. I generally worked three months then travelled one, however you can do a working holiday in a number of ways. There are so many benefits of a working holiday, which I have highlighted below.   The Benefits of a Working Holiday As soon as you start working, you don’t need to spend your savings Both times I did a working holiday, I had a job organised before I arrived in the country. This meant I would fly in, spend a week exploring then head to my new town and start work. As soon as the money starts rolling in, you don’t need to spend your savings. You can live off your earnings and even save more money for travel. Fully immerse yourself into another country, culture and way of life Your experience in another country will be 100% different if you go on a three week holiday compared to […]

Benefits of a Working Holiday

Tips for Backpacking South America
I spent three amazing months backpacking around South America. I spend my first month hiking around Peru, Machu Picchu and camping in the Amazon. I then flew to Columbia where I camped on the beach in hammocks and explored the beautiful walled city of Cartagena before sailing north to Panama. Reflecting back on my trip, I have put together 12 tips for anyone heading to South America. Learn basic Spanish before you arrive At a minimum learn to say: hi, thank you, sorry, numbers and do you speak English. Locals love it when you try to speak their language, often they speak basic English but will appreciate your effort. Having a basic understanding of the language will make it easier for you to get around.   Pack light You will be moving around a lot and will have to carry you bag with you, so make sure you pack light. Whatever you have packed – halve it, seriously.   Take a backpack, not a suitcase. Getting around South America can be a challenge. Get ready for LONG bus rides and long walks from the bus /to your hotel with your luggage. The streets of South America are far from even […]

12 Tips for Backpacking South America