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Tales of grumpy backpackers

Sometimes travel doesn’t go as planned – you’ve been dreaming of a gap year for the last decade and then when you arrive in a destination you realise you don’t actually like it. D’ya know what though? These stories are often the best. A good gapper throws themselves into it and experiences life anyway. Then they come back and moan about it on gapyear.com for all of us to laugh at.

Think ‘An Idiot Abroad’, but younger and without the camera crew.

The Two Sides of the Algarve

Cormac Scanlan believes it's time to expose the ignorant and intolerant attitudes that divide tourism in Portugal's beautiful and historic Algarve region.

Your Guide to Sleeping with 12 Strangers

Warrick Howard has written a simple, handy guide to getting through dorm life without making any of the typical 'newbie' mistakes. Make sure you follow these rules!

The Dangers of Tubing

Vang Vieng, the quiet mountain town of Laos, is one of the most picturesque places in all of South East Asia, but there are dangers involved in tubing.

Andy McGinlay Hates Travel - Part 1

Follow our Grumpy Backpacker series - the bottom line is this: sometimes, travel sucks. Our grumpy backpacker is mad as hell about that, and he’s not going to take it any more. Join him as he complains his way around the world - he bitches about it so you don’t have to and let's be honest, we've all wanted to at one point or another.

Andy McGinlay Hates Travel - Part 2

Part 2 of our Grumpy Backpacker series - the bottom line is this: sometimes, travel sucks. Our grumpy backpacker is mad as hell about that, and he’s not going to take it any more. Join him as he complains his way around the world - he bitches about it so you don’t have to and let's be honest, we've all wanted to at one point or another.