Author: Sophie Fern

Solo travel vs. travelling in a couple: what you need to know

Solo travel vs. travelling in a couple: what you need to know

We think backpacking is a brilliant experience, whether you’re with your partner, a group of friends or taking the world on solo. But what are the key differences and things to consider before deciding who (if anyone) you’d like to take along as your travel buddy? I’ve travelled long term solo and gone travelling in…

Best sustainable activities to spice up your next trip

Best sustainable activities to spice up your next trip

We all want to make a positive impact on the places we visit, so what are our top tips for sustainable travel? Packing plastic-free items, staying in hostels and avoiding planes are all good for the environment. Supporting family-run cafes and tour companies makes a difference to local communities. But what are the best sustainable…

Where to go in El Salvador, a 2-week itinerary of this small but sensational country

Where to go in El Salvador, a 2-week itinerary of this small but sensational country

El Salvador is fast becoming a popular spot on the backpacker trail. In 2021, I spent two weeks there and had absolutely no idea what to expect. It turned out to be one of my favourite countries for both its wonderfully friendly locals and the ‘untouched’ feel it still possesses. From towering volcanoes to world-class…

The top 5 countries leading the way in sustainable development & why you should visit them

The top 5 countries leading the way in sustainable development & why you should visit them

There are many reasons to look after our planet and, of course, the freedom to keep exploring wonderful places is a reason high on many backpackers’ lists. The United Nations adopted 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) in 2015 to work on social, economic and environmental issues. It may be no surprise to hear that Northern…

The ultimate ethical travel checklist

The ultimate ethical travel checklist

If you’re someone who loves travelling but worries that one day your bucket list destinations will have been destroyed by – you guessed it – travellers, then look no further. I often find myself conflicted about backpacking when looking at flight emissions, watching heartbreaking nature documentaries and listening to local tour guides discuss the amount…

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