What's top of the backpacker bucket list? Featuring bungee jumps, North Korean nightclubs and eating snake hearts, here's our things to do before you die.
Why do gap year travellers spend their money, time and effort to volunteer when they can simply throw on their backpack and have a care-free experience?
I understand the argument that once you’ve spent a certain amount of time on the road, you’ll never be satisfied with two weeks Benidorm, but there are alternatives.
Volunteering is one of the most popular opportunities on a gap year, but the question is, long term volunteering or short term volunteering? Let the debate begin.
For me an expedition is something a bit more special and conjures up a number of exciting possibilities that 'normal' travel doesn't - an expedition allows you to totally immerse yourself in an unfamiliar culture or environment. It teaches you how to work in a team, overcome adversity and become self-sufficient. The best expeditions live on long after you have returned home.
It's common sense that the better you are prepared for an expedition the safer and more rewarding it will be. So, in the months leading up to your departure you will probably need to get physically fit. Even if you are planning a trip at the more gentle end of the expeditioning scale, your body will still experience physical strains and challenges that it is probably not used to.
We arrived at Delhi airport at 7am and after settling into the hotel we found the energy to go on an adventure in an auto rickshaw to the tourist office to get a map. Not that exciting I hear you say...you clearly have not been driving in India. It was an experience. The only two rules of the road here seem to be; use your horn whenever possible and only give way (grudgingly) to cars that are bigger than you.
An interview with Yann Rashid about his expedition on the island of Svalbard, near the North Pole (it's Europe's northernmost territory). His main aim out there was to explore and conduct scientific research, however, the first few weeks were dedicated to simply surviving the harsh arctic winter and undergoing snow and ice training, such as crevasse rescuing. Here's his story.
Sam Eve raced to the North Pole! She was part of the first all-female team to complete the Scott Dunn Polar Challenge, a 650km race from Canada to the Magnetic North Pole! Sam's team finished sixth out of sixteen teams, which is an incredible achievement! Read our interview with her here.
Benedict Allen's greatest journeys have included a five-and-a-half month trek by horse and camel from the forests of Siberia, and a 3,600 mile crossing of the Amazon Basin at its widest point, without navigation by map or compass, but with help from the Matses Indians. His latest book, The Faber Book of Exploration, is an anthology of the world's greatest explorers. Here he talks about what going on an expedition means to him.