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16 ways to get off the tourist trail

Ever tried to 'get away from it all' and then realised with a sinking heart that everyone else had the ...
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17 reasons why coming home is great

At some point, for most people anyway, you eventually have to stop travelling and head home, and it can feel ...
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A bus, a boat and a bribe and I’m finally in Bolivia

My journey to Bolivia started in Cusco, where I got on a bus at 10pm only to find my Polish ...
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A quick trip to Disneyland, Machu Picchu

Leaving Huaraz, I was sent off at the bus station by Hannes, Katherine, Jim, his wife and Lucas, then settled ...
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All aboard the cargo ship along the Amazon

After years of dreaming of visiting the Amazon, I’m finally here! Sadly, the Amazon attracts the twattiest of travellers - ...
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All aboard the puke bus to Bogota

The morning after my fun jaunt through the death zone of Medellin was finally time to move on - to ...
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Alternative Friday Night: Transport back to the 1940s

The worst thing about a fancy dress party is the lack of effort most people make. A Halloween party you ...
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And you say he’s just a friend

About a month ago, my dream scenario became a reality: I had no job, no rent to pay and some ...
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Back to nature in Cairns, Australia

Cairns, North Queensland, doesn't have to be a blur of alcohol and muddy beaches, you just have to look a ...
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Backpack not required: exploring in style

Getting off the beaten path doesn't mean discovering a new country or taking a boat, bus and tractor just to ...
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Carnaval in Colombia

So the day after getting back from Cabo de la Vela (which I promised to continue - basically we had ...
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Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Costa Rica Day 10 Another night in the tent, which was so much fun. It was also quite interesting to ...
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Crazy Cartagena, Colombia

My experience of Colombia really began when I got on the plane in Panama City. After chasing an ambulance through ...
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Cuba: Latin America’s Marmite?

It's funny how people either love or hate Cuba. On my travels I met several people who were thinking about ...
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Expanding my waistline in Taganga

After cramming more exercise into five days than I have in my entire life, I just wanted to lay my ...
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Farting puppies and snotty kids in Huaraz, Peru

I feel like I should talk a bit about the volunteer work I was given the opportunity to do, as ...
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First day in Cuba: getting scammed in Havana

I don't want to start the story of my Latin American journey with a complaint, but I feel like I ...
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Football matches, English classes and partying hard in Brazil

I thought the border crossing from Colombia to Peru was a joke (it happened in a bar), but the one ...
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Further off the beaten path in Colombia…

After Cartagena Laura and I went off the beaten path (even more so than just being in Colombia…) to a ...
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Get to know the real Turkey in Patara

Set in the foothills of the imposing, thickly forested Taurus mountains, Patara is a small, friendly village, untouched by mass ...
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Getting hot in Chile

Coming straight into desert of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, from the Uyuni salt flats tour, we were treated to ...
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Getting my chocolate and churros on in Madrid

Last week I was summoned to jury service. Over the two weeks I had a gun case and a drugs ...
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Getting very high at Laguna 69

Three hours on a bus, three hours climbing a mountain at 4,800m altitude and this is my favourite picture of ...
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Hiking in Amalfi, Italy

The Amalfi Coast in Italy is an idyllic area and popular with the rich and famous. As such, even a ...
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Hitchhiking through NW Argentina and eating everything in my way

I love Argentina - and I haven't even eaten the steak yet. There's too much else to eat. Churros, ice ...
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Huaraz, Peru: Way Inn Lodge

I arrived in Huaraz at 5.30am, in the pitch dark, only to be accosted by two other travellers (Dutch Sabina ...
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Iceland – hot springs, volcano and the Northern Lights

I have a lot of hobbies. I like to skate, I love baking cupcakes, I enjoy dance classes and I'm ...
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Iguacu Falls

Saying goodbye to Buenos Aires, even after spending only six days there, was a sad day. Not least because as ...
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In which I get really drunk in Medellin

I’m now four/five days into my homestay and Saturday night was a great turning point with my family - we ...
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India – Delhi, Jodhpur, Kolkata and Varanasi

India is an assault on the senses. It’s colourful, loud (honking the horn is not just encouraged but actually required) ...
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Is it a book? Is it a laptop? Sneaky ways to disguise your valuables

I had yet another brilliant brainwave the other day: to put a hardback book's dust sheet over my mini netbook ...
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Koh Yao Noi – Thailand’s hidden isle

This small island just an hour away from Phuket offers a rare taste of the real Thailand, with perfect beaches, ...
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La Paz, Bolivia – no me gusta…

The days following Death Road I spent wandering around La Paz. I’m not taken by the city. It’s busy, fumey ...
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Leaving La Paz

My flight out of La Paz, Bolivia, finally arrived not a moment too soon, and within an hour I was ...
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New Year’s Dive, Scheveningen, the Netherlands

I hate New Year's Eve. Normal pubs charge you money to get in, people seem to think they can act ...
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New Zealand travel tips

Some things are meant to be - and when my Kiwi hairdresser in Brighton told me she was getting married ...
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Ok, here’s why I love Colombia, summed up in one short afternoon

The very morning I had to extend my visa for being here too long (never done that before) was the ...
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Ometepe, Nicaragua

Day 14 - last week Santa Cruz, Ometepe, Nicaragua Today was our first full day on Ometepe, the volcano island ...
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Panama

A retrospective post about Panama, as things have been such a whirlwind that I’ve blasted through to Colombia and been ...
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Panama, Bocas Del Toro, in which I tell everyone I poo for five days

Panama Day 1 Panama day 1 really kind of starts in Costa Rica. We were held up in traffic on ...
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Pura vida in Costa Rica

Flying from Cuba to San Jose, Costa Rica, I was finally officially travelling on my own. I'd left my boyfriend ...
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Scotland – Skye, Moray and Edinburgh

A couple of weeks ago I went on a little holiday to Scotland with Thomas - we went walking in ...
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Secret squats, daytime raves and crazy locals – discover the hidden Berlin

Fancy partying in a bombed-out train depot? Or getting messy with the street artists? How about getting to know the ...
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Seeing red at the world’s biggest food fight: La Tomatina

Just as I’m fastening my goggles to my face, the crowd pushes inwards and my ribs are almost crushed. I ...
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Six long days in Buenos Aires

I have had twelve hours' sleep in the past six days. In BA, people don't eat till 10pm, and if ...
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Slumming it in Medellin

My last day in Medellin started off well - my visa got sorted in five minutes and then I went ...
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Tamarama Beach, best beach in Sydney

Like London with a beach, it can be difficult to get a square inch of space to yourself in Sydney, ...
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Team Trek America hit the Rockies

I just came back from a two-week tour around the Western Canadian Rockies. It is 5am and I am still ...
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The real mojito in Cuba’s Vinales

I was quite happy to be leaving Havana to be honest. It had been frustrating to say the least. But ...
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The World’s Most Dangerous Road by bike? Piece of cake

Having ummed and ahhed for months about cycling Bolivia's Death Road I was so excited to be actually doing it ...
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Trek America part II – the bear! And other stuff…

Day two with Trek America began the same way all our mornings did: with Thomas and Tristan knocking on our ...
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Trek America part III – reporting straight from Holland

It’s been a while since I last posted, and there’s a good reason for that: my memory is terrible and ...
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Vietnam on two wheels: Hanoi to Ha Giang

The best way to see Vietnam is on a motorbike. For a start, nothing beats being out in the open, ...
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What’s that? Oh, just another baby jaguar pawprint… Iquitos, the Amazon, Peru

We got off the boat in Iquitos, Peru, at a ridiculous hour (5:30am), but somehow managed to find an almost ...
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Why the UK isn’t so bad after all

Just like every other British person, I love to moan about Britain. What awful weather we have. Why must the ...
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Why you must always throw a cat upstream – the Ciudad Perdida trek

First of all, I should explain why I wanted to drag my exercise-shy ass through a muddy, mosquito-infested jungle for ...
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