Travel Tips

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

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

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

Post Travel Blues
Experiencing feelings of sadness, nostalgia and discontent is common after returning home from a vacation or trip around the world. Even after two-week vacations people experience the post travel blues and are unhappy returning to their monotonous routines.  Now if you have only ever taken a short holiday, you wouldn’t have experienced the same level of post travel blues as me, but to anyone who has sold all their belonging, packed their lives into a bag and lived overseas, HOLA! I know you feel me. I returned to Australia a year of backpacking and spent weeks struggling to settle into reality. Looking back I have put together a list of things I should have done to reduce my post travel blues. I recommend you take my advice and…   Don’t convince yourself you wont get it You probably will! Sure you will get home, it will be exciting to see your family and friends, visit your favorite café and head to your favorite local spot, but once the “honey moon” phase ends, you will want to be on the next plane out. When we travel, we learn so much, and change so much, but don’t often realize this until we are […]

How to Beat Post Travel Blues

Mount Royal Montreal
The transition from travel to work is never an enjoyable one, but there are ways to make it easier. After spending a fun filled week in Vancouver, I jumped on a bus to Lake Louise where I would begin work. I didn’t want to leave Vancouver as the late nights out and long days of exploring were much more appealing than work… ehhh. However I have to fund my travel adventures somehow. When I arrived in Lake Louise I had no time to rest, I literally started work that night. No one wants to work on a holiday, but there are so many benefits to it, as I remind myself everyday (that Im at work anyway). The transition can be much more pleasant by using the power of positive thinking. I always remind myself that working on my holiday will allow me to stay abroad for much longer, and see much more than I would in a 2 week trip. The way I have always travelled is through working holidays. I generally move overseas, spend a few weeks travelling then start work. Once working there is no need to spend your savings. After 3-4 months of work I go travelling […]

The transition from travel to work

Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica
Obviously a valid passport, Visas and travel Insurance is essential, but what other items do backpackers NEED? This blog covers my 10 essential items for backpackers. 1. Good Hiking Shoes and Comfortable walking shoes: If you are adventurous and like to climb mountains like I do, you will need a good pair of hiking shoes. They are the most valuable things that I carry. I also recommend you get yourself comfortable walking shoes. When you are backpacking, you spend so much time on your feet. Keep them comfy. I travel with these shoes.  2. A comfortable backpack: When you are backpacking, it is likely that you will move destinations often, and sometimes you will carry your luggage long distances to get to and from the bus stop. A comfortable backpack at a comfortable weight will make your travels much more enjoyable. Trust me, trying to backpack with excessive luggage is not fun. I recommend a 50L backpack.  See my Packing for South America Guide here… 3. A good camera and a Go Pro: You don’t want to miss the perfect shot. I travel with Canon PowerShot SX500 IS. I chose this Camera as it takes amazing photos but doesn’t take up […]

10 Essential Items For Backpackers