Exploring at home – how to be a backpacker in your own country

See your home country through new eyes. Be a stay at home backpacker! With the coronavirus discouraging people from travelling overseas and many countries closing their borders, perhaps for the forseeable future, exploring our home countries may the only option for travel hungry backpackers. Obviously it is important to follow government advice and like many…… Continue reading Exploring at home – how to be a backpacker in your own country

Make travel a habit – how to be a budget backpacker

You don’t have to save for years to have just one backpacking trip.  Travel every year with these budget backpacking tips I travel every year for a few months and have been doing so for nearly twenty years. I’m not rich, I’m not a paid travel blogger nor do I have a particularly well paid…… Continue reading Make travel a habit – how to be a budget backpacker

Frozen bananas, wild swimming and American school buses in Guatemala – Tors Travel Tales

Cooking lessons, hiking and volunteering as I backpack across Guatemala I travelled through Central America for five months in late 2018, doing a figure of eight route through five countries. I started and finished in El Salvador, taking in Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Belize along the way. I have the luxury of travelling every winter…… Continue reading Frozen bananas, wild swimming and American school buses in Guatemala – Tors Travel Tales

Yaks, frozen rivers and a picnic lunch – enjoying a hike in the mountains above Tsetserleg in Mongolia

An energetic four hour hike from Fairfield Guesthouse in Tsetserleg, Arkhangai It’s no hardship being trapped for seven days in the beautiful surroundings of Tsetserleg in Arkhangai aimag in Mongolia. I’d managed to escape Ulaanbaatar just before a new seven day travel ban came into force, after the first confirmed coronovirus case in Mongolia was…… Continue reading Yaks, frozen rivers and a picnic lunch – enjoying a hike in the mountains above Tsetserleg in Mongolia

Ger homestays, dramatic sand dunes and ice canyons – a seven day Gobi desert tour in Mongolia

From Terelj National Park to the depths of the Gobi desert – what to expect from a Gobi desert van tour in the winter  I was so excited to be out in the Mongolian countryside at last. I’d just experienced five days in Ulaanbaatar, a city on virtual lockdown due to government coronovirus precautions. So…… Continue reading Ger homestays, dramatic sand dunes and ice canyons – a seven day Gobi desert tour in Mongolia

Life on the Trans-Mongolia Express Train across Russia – travel tips, behaviour etiquette and instant noodles

What is it really like to take the train across Russia, from St Petersburg into Mongolia to Ulaanbaatar? The Trans Mongolia Express in Winter I’ve just arrived in Mongolia after experiencing a two week trip across Russia by train. The Trans Mongolian or Trans Siberian train is on many people’s bucket list and for good…… Continue reading Life on the Trans-Mongolia Express Train across Russia – travel tips, behaviour etiquette and instant noodles

Five days on coronavirus lockdown down in Ulaanbaatar , Mongolia – how to pass the time!

Sights and activities in Ulaanbaatar when everything is closed due to Mongolian government Covid 19 restrictions Well, I was not expecting to have five days trying to amuse myself in a city on lockdown. Arriving in Ulaanbaatar on the Trans Mongolia train I was so excited to cross the border from Russia to Mongolia on…… Continue reading Five days on coronavirus lockdown down in Ulaanbaatar , Mongolia – how to pass the time!