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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.

Continue reading “4 Ways to Travel for Work.”

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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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Prague is a truly pimpin’ city; a mesmerizing and bloody history – including being the medieval astronomy and alchemy center of Europe, a great nightlife and loads of quirky activities for you to indulge in both day and night. Here’s your comprehensive guide to this awesome city…

Continue reading “Pimpin’ Prague – City Guide”

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Budapest is a gem in the crown of European cities. It’s grand architecture, great bar scene and countless spas and pools make it a must see destination. If you haven’t visited Budapest you sure need to. Here’s how to do it right…
Continue reading “Budapest You Beauty – City Guide.”

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Today’s explorers have a small problem; every things been found.
The word explorer conjures up images of men on ships centuries ago blasting through the seven seas and discovering new lands. You’re struggling to think of any modern day explorers right? Well, modern day explorers do exist, and they’re all over the world, allow me to explain…
Continue reading “Crush The Status Quo & Explore.”

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It can be pretty overwhelming coming to London and deciding what to do! There’s soooooo much! Well relax, take a chill pill, all is well; a Londoner has written down 40 things for you to do….
Continue reading “The Top 40 Things To Do In London.”

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Europe is great for backpackers; unrestricted travel, great transport links, universal currency (apart from us Brits, we like the queen on our money), the best hostels and a diverse mix of great countries. Here are my top 10 European cities for backpackers and my favourite hostel in each destination.
Continue reading “The Top 10 European Destinations for Backpackers.”

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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.

Written by Michael

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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.