Panama was a real surprise for me. I had very low expectations of the place, to be honest, and it delivered way over the odds – I loved spending time studying Spanish in Casco Viejo, hanging out on the beaches of Bocas del Toro, and of [...]
Hundreds of thousands of young travellers head to Australia on a work and travel visa each year. On an Australian working holiday visa, you are allowed a year’s worth of travel, with the bonus of being able to work to fund yourself along the way. The [...]
I’ve been through the epic struggle for my second working holiday visa in Australia. so I know how you feel. The days were long, the work was monotonous, and the pay wasn't all that great. But it was worth it, to get the chance to stay [...]
There are currently about a million and one travel gift guides out there, aimed at finding the perfect present for your gap year pals. Is mine going to be any different? Well, I'd like to think so. If you've got a friend (or son, daughter, distant [...]
Have a read of my advice on how to overcome the fear that is an inevitable part of first-time travel. Get your gap year or backpacking trip off to a good start using these tips!
It’s a boring topic, travel insurance. Getting your travel insurance sorted is probably my least favourite thing to do before planning a long trip. But finding the right policy is both tricky and incredibly important. Sadly. So read on for some helpful tips – essential if you’re [...]
Gap years are great. They can be inspiring, informative, educational, incredibly exciting; they can give you incredible experiences and friends for life. But don’t let your gap year story turn into a ‘gap yah’ lecture; don’t change it from something amazing and interesting into a [...]
Following on from my post on sustainable volunteering, I've come up with some tips on how to supercharge your fundraising efforts - because once you've decided on an organisation to volunteer with, you're probably going to have to fundraise some money to pay for the trip, or for a [...]
It can be very difficult to wade through all the different volunteering opportunities out there - so here is my handy guide to help you along the way, and make sure your volunteering is valuable.
In the time leading up to your first big trip, the sheer number of things you need to do can seem overwhelming and often things can get lost along the way. Hopefully this checklist will help to make sure nothing gets left out! […]