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Travel Tips

Travel Planning Checklist: 7 Things Not to Forget Before You Travel

(The following is a guest post by Isabel, from Bel Around The World blog)

 

If you’re about to head off around the world, lucky you. Some amazing opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences await you. You’ll meet new friends and encounter cultures you otherwise wouldn’t. People say travelling opens their eyes for a reason. There’s just so much to see around the world. But before you can soak it all in, there’s a lot to do before you go in this travel planning checklist. We’ve highlighted seven things you shouldn’t forget:

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Travel Tips

Couchsurfing Safety: Why I Recommend It and How to Be Safe

I love Couchsurfing. I wrote about it in several of my posts such as ‘How to make friends on the road‘ and ‘My 8 top tips every traveller should know’ so I have decided to dedicate a post just to Couchsurfing safety.

 

For those who don’t know, Couchsurfing is like a Facebook profile for travellers. But instead of sharing statuses about the hardships of life or if you are single, in a relationship or it’s complicated, you are sharing your sofa, spare room, floor space or your time to a traveller. The idea can have its own set of safety concerns- both for the surfer and the host. It is therefore important to observe couchsurfing safety tips at all times.

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Travel Tips

10 Essential Items Every Backpacker Needs

There are certain things which I really must take on my backpacking trip yet the rest of the time they stay in a box unused . .  . Unloved. However,  I would feel lost without them whilst backpacking. I have therefore compiled a list of essential items every backpacker needs to help those who have still not mastered the art of packing.

 

I wanted to share these items with you so that you don’t have the same trial and error that I had with these items. So here is my list of essential items every backpacker needs. 

 

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Asia, Destinations, India

Female Friendly Places in Anjuna, Goa

India is known to be tough to travel in as a lone female but how about the more liberal Goa? A place where things are more laid back but that comes with the problem of Indian tourists (and those of other places in the world) who are not used to the scantily clad Europeans who frequent Goa’s beach. The secret for me is to find female friendly places that I know will keep me safe and secure.

I have travelled all over the world as a lone female. Some people are shocked. However I have met plenty of females who are travelling solo. I have never had too much of a problem and this extends to Goa and India as a whole.

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Asia, Destinations, India

Solo Female Travel: Female Safety in Goa, India

After the tragic passing of Danielle in Goa, India recently, the place where I am now and that I love, I feel that it is important to talk about safety for solo female travel. Specifically, I want to shed light on the topic when travelling in India and in all places in the world.

 

Danielle, just like myself and many other females in India, was just looking to travel the world, have experiences she would not have at home and to learn about new cultures.

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Asia, Destinations, Malaysia, Travel Tips

Bed bugs and Bad Ethics

I had never met a bed bug until one afternoon in Kuala Lumpur. In the past eight years of extensive travels, I had heard many a tale about the terror of bed bugs. How they had ruined whole trips! And more seriously how difficult it is to get rid of bed bugs.

 

For those who haven’t really heard about bed bugs but don’t fancy a bug in the bed, they are more than just a harmless bug. They are the back packers nemesis.

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Destinations, Musings

Happy New Year – Reflecting on Travels for 2016

As the year of 2016 is over, I thought that this is the perfect opportunity to reflect on my travels for 2016 and what I have been doing. This year has been a great year for me in terms of travel. Not only have I now visited my 62nd country, I also took the massive steps of quitting my job and leaving my home to take a life of a travelling nomad.

 

So I thought I would write this post about my travels for 2016, where I have been this year, and the photos I took from each place. Shall we get started?

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Asia, Destinations, South Korea

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to South Korea

Many cars slowed down to take a look but few had the courage to stop. We were unsure if it was that they couldn’t speak English or if they were just not going that far. Some people did stop but decided not to give us a lift as they were not going to the exact place that we were going. Unable to communicate that they could take us as far as they were going, we had to let them go. If you are in South Korea, you need to read this hitchhiker’s guide to South Korea.

We learnt a lot in the two days of hitchhiking 350 km down the east coast of South Korea. Therefore, I have decided to put together some tips for others planning on hitchhiking in South Korea.

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