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Flying is a wondrous past time.

Most people flying are jetting off on holiday to experience a new country and culture, see friends and family, or in a lot of cases these days, get absolutely off their trolley.

What you get up to between your outbound and return journey will likely be pretty special and form memories that will stay with you forever, or you’ll form some infections if you’re off to Ayia Napa.

The flying experience to and from your destination can be also be great, and hopefully infection free.

Flying is so exciting!

However, when you cram so many people into a small metal tube for multiple hours then it’s inevitable that frustrations can occasionally rise.

These frustrations could easily get someones holiday off to a salty start and we don’t want that to happen to anyone, including you!

So, heres some tongue in cheek tips on how to make yours and everyones flying experience a good one, and how not to be a dick.


“We’d like to board people in zone 1 only please”

*everyone gets up and rushes to board*

People have an assigned seat, and their group will be called, everyone will get on board before the plane leaves.

All these people do is slow everyone else down and annoy the stewards who will calmly tell you them to piss off.

My top tip is to wait till the end, no queuing!


Please, stand in the aisle when everyone is trying to get past. 

Here’s the process: walk to your isle, bag in overhead bin, and swooosh, down you go into your seat to let the next people past.

Get the stuff you need out your bags before you’re even on the plane.

None of this rummaging around in bags and pockets while you stand in the middle of the isle, otherwise my suitcase might accidentally run over your foot.


Oh of course, you want to sit in my seat, that I specifically booked.

Now this has never happened to me before but I have plenty of friends who it has happened to.

You get on your plane where you have a specific seat reserved, only to board and find someone sitting in it pleading the 5th.

If it’s a genuine reason then I don’t blame someone for asking, but let the person sit in their seat first then ask them, don’t just automatically sit in it!


Yes, please help yourself to my arm rest.

Some people are just all elbows aren’t they?

If someone only has one arm rest, don’t hog it or elbow there arm off it.


Use the long arm of the law on your kids.

No, I don’t mean beat them with your long ass arm. I mean instil some discipline in them.

Flying can be tiring and uncomfortable for many, so if your kid is kicking the chair in front them, tell them to stop.

If your kid is yelling the plane down because they didn’t get the window seat, calmly sedate them.

If you your child is constantly asking, “are we there yet?”, tell them that every time they ask that again, they’ll get one less present at Christmas.

And anyway, families with small children, we all secretly give you the evils when you get to board first.


I don’t want your phone to make us crash.

I know the chance of it happening is like 0.00001%.

BUTTTTTT,

When the flight attendants ask you to turn off your electronic devices, just do it.

I’m sure twitter can wait for your latest hilarious anecdote.


I just love it when my meals finally come, then you shove your chair back.

I really did want to wear my food today instead of eat it.

At meal times simply bring your chair up. If you want to recline, just a little check behind you to see if the person behind is still eating wouldn’t hurt.


Dude, keep your socks on

Do I need to say more…?

And if you’re behind me, definitely don’t pout your feet on the back of my arm rest.


The wheels have touched the runway…goooo!

You always have a couple of eager beavers who try to get a head start as soon as the wheels touch the tarmac.

Let’s gooooo….

You hear those seat-buckles unclip, theres a sense of rush in the air, and you hear people rummaging around in those over head bins.

It’s a great feeling when the attendant calls over the tannoy for them to sit back in their seat that they’ve probably reclined so far back they think they’re already on the beach.


People in front of you Leave first…

This is a universal system, and the quickest one!

The rows of people in front of you leave then you leave.

I mean, look at the guy on the right!

If this system falls apart, then civilisations will fall, and the end of the world will be nigh.

You don’t want that on your shoulders do you?


Most importantly… be in a great mood, you’re on holiday!

The things listed above are bound to happen time to time on flights.

Its inevitable when you cram so many people into a small space that people will occasionally become annoyed with each other.

However, you’re going on holiday so these small things should be dwarfed by how excited you are about your trip!

Flying should be and is a enjoyable experience!

If you do find someone annoying you in the any of the ways listed above, or others, and its making your flight uncomfortable, with a smile just politely ask them if they could not do it anymore.

Happy flying people!

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As you probably already know, travelling can be a life changing experience.

It gives you the opportunity to see sights around the world that you’ve never seen before. You can join other cultures that you’d never normally experience, and be able to appreciate other climates than what you’re used to at home.

There are also many benefits of travel that can also bring many other things into your life that can make you a better person. Want to know more?

Here’s the benefits of travel and how travelling can make you a better person.

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We all know that the travelling lifestyle can take its tole on your body. Whether you’re away for 2 weeks or 2 years you can quickly see yourself lose whatever you had. I’ve met plenty of people who were toned/ripped at the beginning of their travels but let ‘themselves go’.

But fear not my young padawan, for there is another way!
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Everyone yearns to visit certain bucket list holidays more than others. There’s a certain allure that places a destination in your mind and it never leaves.

You always have that urge to visit those places and dream of the time you will spend exploring the sights. These destinations can be on our minds for years, it’s just down to us to visit them!

Here are my top 5 bucket list destinations, one may raise a few eyebrows!

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Travelling is undoubtedly extremely exciting and very rewarding, but it can be a bit of a nightmare at times too. Planning, packing, navigating your way through international airports – they can all cause you a major headache at times. The goods news is I’ve put together some Seasoned Traveller approved travel tips to make your next adventure a bit easier:

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Travelling, in all forms, is a journey of discovery. No matter where you go or how you travel, you’ll be discovering new ways of living, even if you’re not fully conscious at the time. When you’re trying to mumble through your broken French, or seeing whole cities pull down the blinds during siesta hours, you’re adding another layer to your education. If you thrive on this type of learning, then the world is your oyster. If you throw yourself into the deep end, at the end of your comfort zone no less, then you’ll be rewarded by awesome experience after awesome experience. Below, we take a look at five ways you can find the adventure you seek.

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Sometimes the lure of wanderlust is so powerful that you just want to take off and go on a whim. After all, isn’t that the ethos of travelling? It’s about freedom and following your passions, and wandering wherever your heart takes you. Unfortunately, real life gets in the way of this dream. However, it is still possible to jet off and follow those dreams (for a while) if you solve a few everyday problems first:

Continue reading “5 Areas of Your Life To Fix Before You Start Travelling.”

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Travelling is often a fierce and unwavering passion for some. They enjoy the thrill of seeing a new location, visiting a different country, or indulging in a new culture. Some people have a bucket list that they like to tick off as and when they visit one of those dream destinations. A bucket list is a pretty common thing to have these days, filled not only with travel ideas but also any experience, from eating in a Michelin starred restaurant through to swimming with dolphins. However, if we are honest, many bucket lists can be quite generic and it seems that people are lacking imagination when it comes to devising their own.

Continue reading “Top 5 Inspirational Travel Destinations To Add To Your Bucket List.”

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A lot of people out there dream of travelling the world. They dream of snorkelling in the clearest possible, the adrenaline rush of climbing a mountain, or exploring new cultures that are vastly different from their own. The world has so much to offer a person, you just have to be willing to put yourself into the world and look for those things.

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One of the many sayings I like to live life by is: “If you don’t ask, you don’t get”

This is especially true when flying.

Everyone loves a little bit of extra legroom on flights, I especially love it as I’m 6ft 4 and often fly 10 hour flights. Very rarely however, do I see people asking if they can sit in these godly exit seats; the seats where your legs can stretch out forever, and the whole plane puts their lives in your hands if there’s an emergency.

Well, start asking people, because its more than possible to get that couple of extra inches (get your mind out the gutter). Here’s how to go about it.


Ways to bag an exit seat

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Hey, you greedy little so and so! You want to keep on travelling forever don’t you?

Well, you can’t.

Ha I joke, sure you can. Here’s 4 ways to do it.

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I have a confession to make. Like many of you reading this, I’m a westerner. I’m used to living in the sometimes confusing world of consumerism, capitalism and all the traits and norms that come from living in this type of culture.

Continue reading “5 REASONS TO TRAVEL NON-WESTERN COUNTRIES.”

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There are two types of people in this world; those who have solo travelled and those who have not.

I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing both sides of this. I’ve travelled to destinations with people I knew; three weeks travelling through Thailand and three weeks travelling down the east coast of the USA.

I’ve also travelled solo a fair bit; I went around Europe for a month, spent 5 weeks in SE Asia wandering around Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos and recently returned from a weekend in Vienna where I was on my Larry.

I had a badass time on all these trips. However, I feel my solo travel experiences have been invaluable in many different ways compared to my experiences of traveling with friends.
Allow me to explain….

You’re MORE Sociable.

I’ve found the solo travellers I’ve met can easily spend a day walking round a city with their own company and absolutely love it. However, solo travellers are extremely sociable and by no means introverts. On the contrary, being a lone traveller you have to be quite extroverted if you want to make new friends. As you are on your own you have to go out of your way in order to meet people and make new friends. You actually become a bit crazy – you throw caution to the wind and trust people straight away only knowing their name and what country they’re from.

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You become a decision maker.

When you’re on your own there is no one else to make the decisions for you, and when you’re traveling there are a lot of decisions to make! Where to go next? How to get there? Where to stay? How much can I spend? You quickly learn the reasons a decision was a bad one and that delaying a decision can be costly! As a result you tend to make quick decisions that are based on (usually) sound judgement.

Responsibility & Problem Solving.

Travelling alone forces you to take responsibility – if something goes wrong you have no one else to blame but yourself. This can be little things like losing your hostel key, choosing the wrong hostel or missing a bus. However, it can also be the big things that really test you such as missing your flight. Once somethings gone south you then have to sort it out – meaning you become a problem solver. At the time you’re going to hate these situations but they’re going to help you so much in the future and teach you some important life lessons.

You don’t judge a soul.

While travelling alone you talk to all types of people you wouldn’t necessarily talk to if you were travelling with friends. You learn that everyone has a story to tell and the people you might not usually hang around with at home can be your best friends whilst travelling. Some of the least unlikely people can blow your mind.

You learn to like being out of your comfort zone.

I’m a strong believer that you grow as a person the most when you’re out of your comfort zone. Being comfortable is a sure way to stagnate. Solo travel puts you out of your comfort zone in so many ways; you have to introduce yourself to people and instigate social situations, you wander through cities where the signs are in another language, there’s different money, different customs. Throwing yourself headfirst into this is going to teach you so many lessons and help you in your future life when you’re thrown into unfamiliar territory.

You become a story storyteller

The shit you get up to when travelling always makes a good story that people want to listen to. You become a source of interest and intrigue. Trust me, talking about the time you trekked through dense jungle for two days to get to the 3rd largest cave in the world trumps a story of getting chlamydia in Zante every time.

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Mad life skills.

To top this all off I’ve found that solo travellers are independent, driven, determined and like to do things their own way even if it’s completely different from the norm. I feel this is so important in today’s world where there is the same standardised life plan for everyone set out by society. The solo travellers I’ve met and stayed in contact with are extremely driven and successful in their lives. Many are perusing their personal goals which include personal fitness, career development or personal development with such grit and determination. All this while still keeping up the wanderlust.

I honestly think travelling alone shapes the type of person you are for the better and prepares you well for what life will throw at you in the future. You encounter so many different situations that will both challenge and thrill you. Don’t listen to the people who say you’ll get bored, won’t meet anyone or get robbed. It’s most likely they haven’t been solo travelling before. If you haven’t solo travelled before I highly encourage you to, you never know what you will get up to and you might be surprised by what you find out about yourself.

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It’s the part they don’t tell you about…

We’ve all been there. I’ve been there countless times.

There you are having the best time with your new found friends in a foreign land. 

You’ve met them over a pint of beer, on a walking tour, or in the hostel lobby.

If you met these people back home they would probably become some of your closest friends.

You’ve known them for a few days, a few hours, or even a few minutes, but you’re exploring cites together, getting drunk together, and creating memories that you wont forget in a jiffy.

You’re experiencing the best aspect of travelling; being completely free and sharing it with the coolest people you could wish for.

Chilling with friends made at a festival in Helsinki

Then its over.

Just like that.

You’re travelling onto Budapest and they’re going to Berlin.

You exchange numbers and add them of Facebook. However, deep down you know that unfortunately you’re probably never going to see them again. Your paths may cross in future. But for now, its goodbye

You feel empty.

No matter how much you have traveled, It’s the one part of it all that you cant quite get used to – and i don’t think you ever can.

It’s especially hard to say goodbye to travel friends because you’ve met in a moment where your completely free, exploring the world. You become fiends with them through a shared interest; travelling! You’re like minded people who identify with each other and its rare to find people with such similar interests but when you go travelling, pretty much everyone you meet shares these interests with you!

When travelling you throw caution to the wind and trust people straight away only knowing their name and what country they’re from – it’s a bit crazy.

Parisian friends

Even though you don’t get used to these goodbyes, you come to terms with it and realize it’s part of travelling.

Travelling, and hostels especially, are like one big revolving door; when one awesome set of mates leave, another bunch will pop out of no where for you to have an awesome time with.

Its bitter sweet, but its the way it has to be, it’s also the best way for it to be. You’ve met these people, you’ve had the best of times together and you’ve said goodbye as the best of friends. Memories have been made that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

You’ve said  your goodbyes for now.

However, you know that if you were to ever meet again…it would be like you saw each other yesterday.

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1)Say hi to everyone. Literally everyone one you cross paths with. Hostels are a melting pot of personalities and you can make some great friends. The people that you chat to will probably end up being the people you explore your destination with and get drunk with on nights out. You might even travel to other destinations with them and become lifelong friends…… who knows! If you’re travelling on your own this is a pretty essential skill to have if you want to have a fun time!
2)Invite everyone out. So it’s likely you’re hostel is going to have organised nights out which everyone is invited to, these are great! However if you’re going on a night or day out with a few people, invite others out from your hostel, you never know what great personalities you’ll meet that just need to be nudged out of their shell.
3)Buy a Padlock. Buy one and keep it with ya. Most hostels have lockers or cabinets in your rooms to store stuff in but they’ll charge you for a padlock. Get your own and you have peace of mind J
4)Get to know the staff. Some hostels you visit are made great by the staff that work there! If you get to know them they’ll help you get the most out of the city and are a great laugh on nights out! Plus, you might get free drinks from the hostel bar 😉
5)Double check if there’s a curfew. On a night out make sure you don’t get locked out! I did this once in Laos and had to scale a fence with some friends which we broke by accident. Safe to say the hostel owner wasn’t a happy chap!
6)Go on hostel nights out! Quite often these include a lot of free drink and entry into clubs. They’ll take you to places that you wouldn’t have found on your own and are a great opportunity to chat to anyone you haven’t yet had the chance to!
7)Cook your own food! Fair enough, in some countries like Thailand and Laos it’s so cheap to eat out that it’s probably not worth your time preparing your own food. However, in more expensive European cities it’s definitely worth your time and will save you money. Go to a local shop and buy anything. Most hostels have a decent kitchen and you’ll be amazed at what recipes you can come up with!
8)Sister hostels. Arrive at a hostel and there’s no space? Often one hostel is linked to many other ones that might have space! It’s usually the case that they’re just around the corner and some of these connected hostels will come together on nights out to double up on the fun!