When you're heading out on a months-long journey around the world, figuring out what to pack is no easy task. When I was planning my RTW trip a few years ago, I knew I was following warm weather around the planet, but I also wasn't quite sure how I'd pull off living with only one pair of pants. But I did it. I still have that pair of pants, almost four years later, with a blown-out knee, and a nearly blown-out bum, now a much lighter shade of blue than they were when they started, but I don't think I can ever get rid of them. So, what can you do with nine months and one pair of jeans? A whole lot, as it turns out. Here's just a peek. Read more »
By guest blogger and HI employee — Heather
When I was plotting out my route for my round-the-world trip a few years ago, I had to make a pretty big decision. Would I include South America in my trip, or would I go to Africa? It was one or the other, because I only had nine months to cram everything in and this world is a pretty big place. After a bit of strategizing, and even trying to figure out how to get both of them in, my decision was made. And I've still never been to South America. Read more »
A year and a half ago, I decided that I needed to go travel, and I needed to go for a long time. I spent eight-and-a-half months on the road and have been back in Canada for a few weeks. After the obligatory questions of "How was your trip?" and "What was your favourite place?" a lot of people want to know just how I pulled a stunt like this off.
Get the low down after the jump. Read more »
Well, that's a wrap. After eight-and-a-half months of travel, I'm back on Canadian soil, trying to digest just what exactly this incredible year has been all about. Read more »
I think I spoke too soon last week when I ran through the tips for splurging on a private room. By this point, I thought I'd seen it all but this is a new one. Little did I know that a stroke of luck would land me in my own private Portuguese villa overlooking the ocean for 14€ a night. Read more »
As much as backpacking is about the people you meet and the fun times you have, you'd be a fool to ignore all the things you can learn first hand about the histories of the world. Europe is teeming with the stuff and in many parts, WWII seems to be one of the relatively recent events that really left no part untouched. I spent the better part of this week in Berlin and Dresden, reminding myself once again that what you read in books can never measure up to what you see in person. Read more »
It's hard to find a hostel without private rooms these days, with hotel-quality accommodation at a fraction of the price. But as a solo traveller, private rooms sometimes seem like the realm of couples and friends alone. But after weeks and weeks of dorms, a private room is a nice, worthwhile splurge. Here are a few tips for figuring out the time and place for a sweet, glorious upgrade.