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Need help on figuring out which jabs you need before you travel? Wondering how to meet people in hostels? Want to move off auto mode and take some seriously cool pictures with that brand spanking new camera you got for your birthday?

We’ve got it covered. Everything. This section will answer pretty much any travel-related question imaginable. It is dedicated to gap year advice and boasts one of the most comprehensive sections of travel articles on the web. Our travel articles have always been written by backpackers, for backpackers, so all the advice and information you find here, be it packing the right things in the right way, dealing with homesickness or raising money to buy that dream ticket, are borne out of first-hand experience.

To filter everything down we’ve divided the article categories into eight sections: adventure and sport, documenting your trip, cultural advice, getting around, gap year advice, travel essentials, volunteering and eco travel, and advice on working abroad.

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11 Weird Things to See in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city of two halves; on one side there are beautiful canals and quirky buildings, and on the other side lies the downright strange and utterly bewildering.

Ross Kemp's Fascinatingly Foldable Face

Ross Kemp. Investigative journalist. EastEnders icon. BAFTA award winner. And the focus of a bizarre face-folding origami off-shoot known as Kemp Folds.

An Unexpected Journey in Africa

This is a story about a journey from Brighton, England, to Kartong, the Gambia, via Portugal, Senegal and the Banjul River, where all that happened was a surprise...

Combining Surfing with Backpacking

The surfing lifestyle complements the backpacking lifestyle perfectly. The ethos of travel runs deep and surfers are some of the most well-travelled people you'll ever meet.

Explosively Awesome Close-Up Images of a Volcano Spewing Fiery Lava in Iceland

These phenomenal images were taken at the lava field of Holuhraun in the highlands of Iceland, a hotbed of volcanic activity which has been erupting since the start of September.

Musings on the True Zen of Travel

Why do people travel? Why do people put themselves in that awkward situation of not knowing anybody and being alone? Is it madness? Interesting questions with interesting answers...

The Strangest Foods in the World

Stephanie reveals the weirdest food traditions around the world, from festivals to standard Sunday afternoon fare. Would you eat poisonous fish? Fried spider? Fertilised egg?

A Moment of Life in Wartime Damascus

For the last three years Damascus, the ancient capital of Syria, has been at the centre of a tumultuous civil war. In this article we find out what life is like behind the lines.

The 11 Commandments of Travel

Backpackers: take note of these 11 commandments of travel. Failure to heed them will result in all manner of terrible afflications - mainly becoming a social outcast, which just won't do.

New York on a Backpacker Budget

If you want to visit New York, with just a little bit of planning and research you can find fun places to explore and activities that won’t have your wallet screaming for mercy.

Travel Mishaps: Finding the Positivity

No matter how intricate your plans, how overstocked your first aid kid, or how many passport stamps you have, sometimes backpacking doesn’t go to plan, but there is always a silver lining!

How to Travel Independently in Russia

This article is jam-packed with brilliant and really useful advice on firstly how to get into Russia (not as easy as you might expect) and secondly on how to travel around the country once inside.

Twitter Reactions to A-Level Results 2014

A-level results day was never going to go unnoticed by the Twittersphere and it's opinionated users. Here is a round up of the most hilarious and absolutely ludicrous tweets from the day.

Gap Years For Ages 16, 17 and 18

Planning a gap year at sixteen or seventeen may not be easy, but that doesn't mean it's impossible! Here is a guide on how under 18's can deal with age restrictions and travel the world.

My Little Red Book of Freedom

My British passport is ragged, dog-eared and plastered with stamps, and the photo of me causes hilarity whenever it's viewed. But it is also my key to the world, my freedom.

Discovering the Offbeat Side of Japan

Japan: home of the samurai, anime, the bullet train and… that’s all, right? Wrong. This awesome country has so much to offer, from crazy sumo bouts to unbelievably tasty grub.

Places to Hot Air Balloon on Your Gap Year

With the annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta fast approaching we've been looking at the most epic locations around the world to take a hot air balloon ride on your gap year.

Backpacking Europe on a Shoestring

Many backpackers are put off travelling around Europe on their gap year because of exorbitant price tags, but some of the best cities are actually easy to explore on a budget.

What to expect at the Fringe Fest 2014

A guide on who to see and what to do at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. With more performances than ever before, the world's largest arts festival will not disappoint.

8 Awesome Travel Apps for 2014

An update on some of the best travel apps every backpacker needs for their gap year. From sunscreen alarms to personal assistants, smart-phone applications have got you covered.

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