An easy way to volunteer for short periods while travelling using Workaway

Break up long travelling stints with a few weeks volunteering here and there with local families I’ve been using the Workaway website to find short volunteering placements since 2012. I travel for three to five months each year and find that a few two-week volunteering placements really enhance my trip. I’ve made jam with a…… Continue reading An easy way to volunteer for short periods while travelling using Workaway

Make travel a habit – how a minimalist lifestyle makes it possible

How to travel for six months every year Everyone should travel more. People often say to me ‘I wish I had your life’. Well, of course, my answer is ‘you can’! Even with a full-time job you can easily commit to making travel a habit, not a one-off. And the first step is to spend…… Continue reading Make travel a habit – how a minimalist lifestyle makes it possible

Freedom Camping in New Zealand – Tor’s Traveller Tales

At the moment I’m counting the days until I leave work and start my winter travels again. I’m lucky enough to earn enough money in the summer (mainly because I live in my van and spend nothing!) so that I can travel every winter, a life I’ll never get tired of. Why? Because there’s always…… Continue reading Freedom Camping in New Zealand – Tor’s Traveller Tales

Top places to travel as a solo female backpacker – from China to Belize

My favourite places to visit as a single female traveller and why I’ve travelled all over the world as a solo female backpacker and never really thought twice about it. I’ve loved everywhere I’ve been. But of course, there are some locations that stand out over others. As a solo traveller, or even when travelling…… Continue reading Top places to travel as a solo female backpacker – from China to Belize

What’s in Tors bag? How to pack for a three month backpacking trip

Minimalist packing for an overseas trip What’s in my bag never really changes. In fact my bag doesn’t even change. I bought my travelling rucksack in 2002 in Melbourne for A$20, in preparation for a side trip to South East Asia. I’d left home with a cheapie Argos top-loading 65 litre rucksack and rarely delved…… Continue reading What’s in Tors bag? How to pack for a three month backpacking trip

Still backpacking at 39 – why I’ll never stop travelling

As my regular readers know I’m an avid backpacker. I work summer seasons and travel every winter. This has pretty much been my life since graduating from university when I was twenty-one, when I went off to New Zealand on a twelve month working holiday visa, via California and Fiji. Instead of returning home afterwards,…… Continue reading Still backpacking at 39 – why I’ll never stop travelling

How to plan a backpacking trip

As my post on backpacking travel tips proved so popular, I thought I’d share the process I go through when planning a trip. I don’t really have a checklist as such but it occurred to me that I do follow a set routine when planning a trip and there’s actually quite a lot of  research…… Continue reading How to plan a backpacking trip