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Chat to other travellers, publish blogs, post photos and live the dream!
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Travelling solo sounds kind of cool, but usually it's much more fun with friends!
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Kick-start your travel writing career with us

Welcome to the community. This is the heart of the website and where you’ll find a load of likeminded people who all have one thing in common: we love travel and we love to talk about it. This site has always been a site written by backpackers for backpackers, so if you want to get out there and see the world and need information and inspiration, you’re in the right place!

Why should I join?

Reasons why you should join

The message boards

The message boards are where you’ll find questions, answers and conversations about pretty much any travelling topic you can think of. They are always alive with activity and have been for the last 15 years, since the very beginning of If you’re looking for unbiased advice on something but can’t find it, just start up a new thread and you’ll have a group chat going before you know it.

Finding travel mates

As well as providing comprehensive and up to date information on all things travel, the message boards are also the perfect place to find travel mates. Going around the world solo can be pretty daunting and certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If this sounds like you, fear not because there are loads of people out there in the same boat who are looking for travel buddies.

Blogs and photo galleries

Signing up to will provide you with an awesome platform to showcase your adventures. You’ll be able to write blog posts under your personal profile and share your amazing photos using the galleries feature. This is a creative way to not only keep your friends and family updated on what you’re up to, but also the rest of the community.

You could end up writing for us

Many of our homepage articles have been written by members of the community, so if you’re thinking about a career in travel writing or photography, could be the perfect place to start! If you have an idea for a topic which would make an awesome travel article, whether it’s an anecdote or just great advice, drop us an email at

Sign me up!

Joining the community is easy!

On the homepage just click on ‘Join the Community’ (the big orange button on the left).

You’ll then have to fill in some basic details, like your email address and the username you want to display on your profile.

Once you’ve activated your account, there are then five steps to creating a full account.

You can skip all of them if you want, but it will be much easier to connect with other community members if you give a bit of information about yourself. These bits and bobs include your current travel status, the places you’d like to visit in the future, a profile picture and your favourite country.

There is also a chance for you to link to your various online accounts, like Twitter, Flickr and YouTube, and also your travel blog if you have one.

Blogger of the Month

Maddy in London

London blogger Maddy, originally from New Delhi, India, has been producing some awesome posts in the last few weeks and we love him!

So far he's been covering everything from how to live in London on a student budget to UNESCO World Heritage sites in the city to the best places to head for gay nightlife.

He plans to travel to Australia, Brazil, Canada and Dubai, so make sure you follow him for more great updates and advice!

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We love a bit of social media, so come say "Hi!"

Find us on all the major channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

A One Stop Shop for All Your Needs

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The Best Articles Written by the Community

This has always been a site written by backpackers, for backpackers, and this is no more evident than in our humungous selection of articles which advise on all things travelling. These are the best of the best, 50 absolute crackers which you MUST READ before taking your gap year.

Do you want to be a travel writer?

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Calling all travel writers and photographers!

If you'd like to become a travel writer or photographer, we've got just the thing for you.

Introducing the writer's academy, a tool set up to help first-time travel writers break into the industry by developing their writing skills and helping them get published.

You'll have the chance to boost your portfolio and recieve feedback on every piece of content you submit.

Inspired by Maddy?

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Be a Blogging Legend!

Read this awesome article by top blogger Monica Stott on how to produce a perfect blog post.

She gives advice on titles, length, catchy openings, photography and even how to share your masterpiece once it's written!

The Big Question

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33... Too Old To Travel?

Community member Juan Ramierez, who is thinking about taking a career break to see the world, recently put this query out there on the message boards.

Can you guess what everyone's response was? Come and have your say now...

Top February Event

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Sapporo Snow Festival

The world-famous Sapporo Snow Festival is underway in Hokkaido, Japan. The event see the city transform into a surreal winter wonderland dominated by enormous ice and snow sculptures.

Travel Mates

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Need a travel mate?

Whether you're planning your trip, hitting your first destination or already on the road, find a travel mate for you gap year...

Site Legend

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Nikki Smith

Nikki has been an active community member on since 2009, and has heaps of awesome advice to her name!