Author: Maya Hawes

10 best cities of Central America, backpacker’s choice

10 best cities of Central America, backpacker’s choice

Central America is fast becoming the go-to destination. More travellers than ever before are heading to these idyllic shores to sample the flamboyant local flavour and bathe in the splendour of ancient civilizations. Recently, I’ve noticed many-an-Instagram-story of the palm-fringed beaches of Tulum or the colourful (if not sometimes creepy) costumes of Día de los…

Central America soars in popularity, backpacker data shows

Central America soars in popularity, backpacker data shows

Setting off into the Central American sunset; a dream for many, a reality for many more. It’s no secret that explorers are enticed to dive into gaping Mexican cenotes or wander through crumbling Mayan capitals. But in recent years, this cluster of culturally rich countries has seen a 70% increase in backpackers washing up on…

My first 24 hours as a solo traveller

My first 24 hours as a solo traveller

Solo travellers. Crawling through countless cities, countries, and continents; you’re weather-beaten, street-savvy ramblers of the highest order. You know your Kanpai’s from your Yamas’; you’re not afraid to eat out alone; you’ve got at least 10 different tourist visas plastering the pages of your bruised and battered passport. But, young masters, we all start somewhere….

Anime in real life: the top 10 spots that inspired your favourite anime scenery

Anime in real life: the top 10 spots that inspired your favourite anime scenery

Not a day goes by that I don’t wish I was the main character in my favourite anime. The rich visuals, emotive storylines, and intoxicating landscapes have me attempting to dive through my TV screen on a weekly basis. Seriously, don’t try this at home. From Studio Ghibli staples to old-school Seinen series, anime scenery…

Best Islands in Thailand for Any Type of Traveller

Best Islands in Thailand for Any Type of Traveller

Wondering where to go for your next island getaway? We’ve got you covered. Let’s head to Thailand. The country where it’s somewhat okay to wake up on a tropical beach every morning covered in neon paint. Unsurprisingly though, there’s SO much more to this backpacking mecca than getting a bamboo tattoo of an elephant, spilling…

11 best bars in Porto: local’s choice

11 best bars in Porto: local’s choice

Looking to bar-hop your way through the cobbled streets of Porto? You’re in luck. We’ve got a whole load of bars, boozers and beer gardens to see you through your next city break. Lisbon’s less subscribed (but equally colourful) sister is the stuff of legends. Travellers are tempted with cosy cafes, wine bars and age-old…

13 Advantages of organised group travel Friends watching the sunset on sand dunes

13 Advantages of organised group travel

Have you been dreaming of adventure travel, but haven’t got around to planning a trip? Behind every amazing trip is someone organising it. Unless you’re an obsessive planner, travel logistics can take the fizz out of your Mojito. All that hostel booking, itinerary planning, and general no-good worrying can take the joy out of packing…

Backpackers choice: 10 trending destinations to visit in 2022 Traveling female walking on European city street, tourism in Europe, travel background

Backpackers choice: 10 trending destinations to visit in 2022

Wow, the time has flown. 2021 is drawing to a close, and what a year we’ve had. The main highlight? Travel came back, baby! Many of our favourite destinations opened their arms and borders, ready for backpackers to get their much-needed travel fix. We’ve noticed a lot of you have been booking ahead for 2022….

Fiestas, tapas & playas: the full travel guide for backpacking Spain

Fiestas, tapas & playas: the full travel guide for backpacking Spain

Ah Spain, the land of sun, sea, flamenco, fiesta and siesta. With this guide we want to help you make the most out of your stay by avoiding tacky, tourist traps, stretching your money and living like a local. The best time to visit Spain Traditional Spanish celebrations Best music festivals in Spain Spain travel costs…

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