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 […]
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 […]
Hundreds of thousands of young travellers head to Australia to work and travel each year. On a working holiday visa, you are allowed a year’s worth of travel, with the bonus of being able to work to fund yourself along the way. The Australian economy is well equipped to provide for travellers taking this route, with thousands of temporary jobs waiting for the broke backpacker. As of January 2017, the cost […]
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!
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 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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!
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 […]