In this section you’ll find articles dedicated towards helping you get the most out of backpacking and independent travel as possible. There is nothing more liberating than slinging on a backpack and travelling the world on your own terms, and we firmly believe that’s definitely the best way to do it.
It’s important to realise that backpacking is very different to a normal holiday; you will have to pack the bare minimum, be prepared for almost constant spontaneity and get used to having to meet new and exciting people on an almost daily basis.( Just three reasons why it’s so awesome!)
One of the key themes of this section is the art of packing itself. Tempting as it is to try and cram your entire wardrobe (literally) into your bag, you will quickly discover that sacrifices must be made. This is all part of the fun, and we’re on hand with heaps of great articles to help every step of the way.
Nothing matches the excitement of the first time you travel, but at some point you're bound to embarrass yourself. Don't worry: we've all been there.
Backpacking and gap year travel is considered something for those aged 18+ only. How hard is it to go travelling if you're 17 years old?
Travelling takes you out of your comfort zone, and with inhibitions lowered you'll probably do a lot of things that are fun but unwise.
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.
Being a backpacker in another country is a bit like being a kid again, and it might bring up all sorts of insecurities you didn't know you still had.
Travelling solo is awesome. Tough, trying, and exhausting, but absolutely brilliant. Vicky has been doing it for over two years. Here are her tips.
Travelling solo is one of those things that seems scarier in theory than in actual practice. We’re here to give you the pep talk for your solo adventure.
Thailand is a destination for many first-time travellers, so common myths can cause a lot of worry. We're here to clear them all up for you.
Travel advice often focuses on the big stuff, without telling you how to find a good shower or climb into an awkward bunk bed. Time to change that.
A backpackers' guide to the island of Palawan, one of the most stunning places in South East Asia and one of the top highlights of the Philippines.