A Complete Guide to the Australian Second Year Visa

A Complete Guide to the Australian Second Year Visa

I’ve just begun the epic struggle for my second working holiday visa in Australia. The days are long, the work is monotonous, and the pay ain’t all that great. But it’s worth it, if I want to stay in this beautiful country another year. (I do.) Thousands of backpackers go through the second year visa process every year. But a lot of people are mixed up about exactly what you […]

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The Gap Year Gift Guide 2016

There are currently about a million and one travel gift guides out there, aimed at finding the perfect present for your gap year pals. Is mine going to be any different? Well, I’d like to think so. If you’ve got a friend (or son, daughter, distant relation), who is mad on travel, or about to depart on a long-term trip, this will be perfect for them. I’m (metaphorically) on the road right […]

Don’t Panic: A Guide to Fighting the Fear Before Travel

Have a read of my advice on how to overcome the fear that is an inevitable part of first-time travel. Get your gap year or backpacking trip off to a good start using these tips!

Gap Year Guides: The Rookie’s Guide to Travel Insurance

It’s a boring topic, insurance. Getting it sorted is probably my least favourite thing to do before planning a long trip. But finding the right insurance is both tricky and incredibly important. Sadly. So read on for some helpful tips – essential if you’re new to planning your own trip! Remember: research beforehand, be responsible whilst you’re away, and be diligent once you get back if you’ve got something to claim […]

Gap Year Guides: How Not to Be a Gap Year Bore

  Gap years are great. They can be inspiring, informative, educational, incredibly exciting; they can give you incredible experiences and friends for life. But don’t let your gap year story turn into a ‘gap yah’ lecture; don’t change it from something amazing and interesting into a yawn-fest that you bring up in every other conversation. Sure, some of it probably was life changing, but isn’t that enough in itself? Do […]

Gap Year Guides: How to Fundraise Effectively

Following on from my post on sustainable volunteering, I thought I’d come up with some tips on how to get the most out of fundraising – because once you’ve decided on an organisation to volunteer with, you’re probably going to have to raise money to pay for the trip, or for a donation towards the charity! Fundraising can be really difficult and frustrating – especially when you know you’d hit your target in […]

Gap Year Guides: How to Volunteer Sustainably

It can be very difficult to wade through all the different volunteering opportunities out there – so here is my handy guide to help you along the way, and make sure your volunteering is valuable.

Gap Year Guides: The Pre Trip To Do List

Gap Year Guides: The Pre-Trip To-Do List

In the time leading up to your first big trip, the sheer number of things you need to do can seem overwhelming and often things can get lost along the way. Hopefully this checklist will help to make sure nothing gets left out!

How to Pick a Hostel

Gap Year Guides: How to Pick a Hostel

Hostels are perhaps the best thing about backpacking. They can be fun, safe, sociable places, which can take your trip from being just ‘good’ to being absolutely brilliant. But getting it wrong can be a disaster. Not just scalding-hot-then-icy-cold showers, bedbugs and other infestations, and broken air-con; a bad hostel can mean feeling isolated and unhappy in a place far removed from home, and ultimately can lead to your stuff […]