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Moments in Southeast Asia You’ll Never Forget…

Moments in Southeast Asia You’ll Never Forget…

Despite the open-mindedness that travel brings, destination snobbery is still prevalent in certain traveler communities. I’ve heard experienced backpackers describe Southeast Asia with phrases like ‘over traveled’ and ‘inauthentic’. After two years in the region, I could not be more convinced that they’re wrong. With the right attitude, travel in Southeast Asia rarely fails to provide wonderful, surprising, awe-inspiring moments. So, here’s to those moments, the ones you’ll never forget.

Is Analog Photography Valuable in a Digital World?

Is Analog Photography Valuable in a Digital World?

Have you ever thought about the way that digital cameras have changed our behaviour when we travel? Click. Click. Click. Do we ever stop to think about what we are photographing anymore? Gone are the days of waiting a week, when we return home, for our travel photos to develop so that we can drool over images and relive memories from our trip of a lifetime. From analog cameras to the days of smart phones and instant gratification, have we lot something in the process?

4-Day Sailing Adventure From Lombok to Flores

4-Day Sailing Adventure From Lombok to Flores

Want a once in a lifetime chance to cruise across the Indonesian coast with 20 other backpackers in a party boat? Why not spend three nights and four days sailing from Lombok to Flores in Indonesia, and explore Komodo National Park along the way!

What is Permaculture? Interview with Rico Zook

What is Permaculture? Interview with Rico Zook

Last month, we took a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in Arambol, Goa, India with well-known Permaculture designer and teacher, Rico Zook, of Itinerant Permaculture. During the course we learnt many things, one of them, something that you think we should have known before taking the course in the first place – what permaculture actually is.

Hot “Begpacking”: Backpackers Behaving Badly?

<span class="hot">Hot <i class="fa fa-bolt"></i></span> “Begpacking”: Backpackers Behaving Badly?

Over the past few days a photo has been going viral on Facebook showing two backpackers in the street selling postcards to fund their travels. I can’t help but think that this story is being blown way out of proportion by the Western media and the image of these two young, naïve backpackers is being used as a scapegoat for the inequality of the world. Before you get angry with me, here are some thoughts I’d like you to consider…

Songkran Survival Guide for Scrooges

Songkran Survival Guide for Scrooges

As people gear up for the world’s biggest water fight, if you’re secretly dreading it and are wondering if it’s okay to book yourself a posh hotel, buy lots of beer and avoid the next three – five days, then read this guide on how to survive Songkran, and make up your mind…

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You Know You’re a Backpacker When…

You Know You’re a Backpacker When…

Call yourself a backpacker!? With scruffy hair, dozens of bracelets tied around your wrist and mismatched flip flops, you certainly look the part. But have you truly entered into the South East Asian backpacker spirit yet? Have you left the old, (clean) ‘you’ behind to discover a new ‘travelling you?’ Someone who is a lot less fussy, a load more spontaneous and maybe, just maybe a little wiser? There are times during your travels when you will even shock yourself with how well you have adapted to your new backpacker lifestyle! If you nod in agreement to any of these twenty-five statements then you are well on your way to earning your backpacker stripes…

Backpacker Visa Guide to Southeast Asia

Backpacker Visa Guide to Southeast Asia

As a backpacker in South East Asia crossing borders becomes a regular undertaking. Each country has a different rule of entry and some countries will require you to apply for a visa before you travel. As visa requirements often change, for travellers it can be difficult to plan things like budget and duration of travel. Here, we’ve done our best to compile the latest visa information in South East Asia to make it easier to plan your trip!

Backpackers! Give A Little Respect…

Backpackers! Give A Little Respect…

My mum always told me from a young age: “Treat people the way you want to be treated”. This quote is very true. So why do people tend to forget this when they travel? Backpacker Ambassador Alesha Bradford highlights some of the do’s, don’ts and ‘absolute don’ts!’ of backpacking in South East Asia…

What was it like to Backpack Southeast Asia 50 years ago?

What was it like to Backpack Southeast Asia 50 years ago?

In an era when love and peace perfumed the air and travellers hopped on hippie buses taking them from Europe overland to Asia, Londoner, Barrie Scott embarked upon what turned into a four year epic adventure (1967-71)! Hitch-hiking, busking, sleeping in a Thai temple with monks, building a boat with some travel buddies and sailing to islands that hadn’t seen foreigners since colonial times, his story sheds light on how the concept of backpacking has changed over the past 50 years. For the better? We ask Barrie what he thinks…

10 Tips for Hiring a Motorbike in Thailand

10 Tips for Hiring a Motorbike in Thailand

Regarded by many travellers as the most dangerous vehicle on the road, motorbikes, if treated with respect, can also be the most fun! (Don’t tell your mum we said that) There is nothing better than riding in the beautiful countryside, with the wind on your face and the sun shining, free to go wherever the road takes you… It is without doubt one of the best ways to get off the beaten track and away from other tourists as fast as possible! Here are a few tips that will help you get the most out of your experience and most of all stay safe and in one piece…

50 Inspiring Travel Bloggers

50 Inspiring Travel Bloggers

Over the years, we’ve worked with some amazing travel bloggers who have sent in articles to our magazine. From insider tips about how to get off the beaten track, specialist advice about backpacking as a family or a solo female, or just inspiration for the armchair traveller – the world of travel blogging is crammed full of fantastic info – if you just know where to look! Here are 50 bloggers whose sites we reckon are worth a browse over a mince pie and mulled wine this Christmas…