The Hostel Inspector: The Garden Backpacker – Seville
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The Hostel Inspector: The Garden Backpacker – Seville

Welcome to my newest series – the Hostel Inspector. Each week I’ll be giving an in-depth post on a hostel I’ve recently stayed at. I’m promising truthful reviews, tips and all the information you need to decide whether this hostel is for you.  This week the spotlight is on The Garden Backpacker in Seville, or … Continue reading

The Ryanair Survival Guide: How to fly Ryanair without getting ripped off
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The Ryanair Survival Guide: How to fly Ryanair without getting ripped off

Tired of getting ripped off by Ryanair? Here are the 10 most common mistakes people make when flying with Ryanair (and how to avoid them) For budget travellers, low cost airlines are the best thing since sliced bread. And no one does low cost like European super-cheap carrier Ryanair. I can split my travel life into two, … Continue reading

Visiting concentration camps: Part I – Auschwitz-Birkenau
Europe / Poland / travel advice

Visiting concentration camps: Part I – Auschwitz-Birkenau

WARNING: This post contains images and information that some people might find distressing. About The term concentration camp conjures up a thousand distressing and horrifying images. Emaciated bodies, gas chambers, barbed wire fences, railway tracks and swastika-clad SS officers among them. I’ve always been fascinated by history, and studied it at university for my undergraduate … Continue reading

5 tips for staying safe at Koh Phangan’s Full Moon Party
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5 tips for staying safe at Koh Phangan’s Full Moon Party

Koh Phangan’s Full Moon parties get a lot of bad publicity, and with the tragic shooting of British tourist Stephen Ashton in the popular party area of Haad Rin earlier this year, legitimate concerns have been raised about how safe a destination it is. Every year there are reports of deaths, sexual assaults and thefts, … Continue reading

Avoiding visa scams at the Cambodian border
Cambodia / South East Asia / Thailand / travel advice

Avoiding visa scams at the Cambodian border

The only experience which really shook me up in South East Asia was getting scammed at the Thai/Cambodian border. I’d love to make sure that no one else travelling from Thailand to Cambodia overland has to go through the same scam, so I’m writing this to highlight some common problems you might encounter at the … Continue reading

Beauty and the backpack: My travel glamour essentials
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Beauty and the backpack: My travel glamour essentials

Warning: This is one for the girls, sorry boys. ‘Dirty backpacker’ anyone? Innumerable hours spent on grimy public transport, attempting to shower under nothing more than an ice cold trickle (sometimes with a banana spider or three for company) and sleeping in rather questionable hostels (what exactly is that stain?) won’t exactly leave you a … Continue reading