Exploring the UK – my favourite UK staycations and short trips

Ideas for UK Staycations I’m always going on about how many people overlook their own country in favour of backpacking more exotic climes, yet I’ve never actually written a blog post about travelling in the UK. Now is the time to remedy that! In our new Covid-19 world, overseas travel is going to be more…… Continue reading Exploring the UK – my favourite UK staycations and short trips

First time backpacker? Here’s a few of my top travel tips for new (or old) backpackers

So you’ve decided to become a backpacker? That’s excellent news! The Tor Goes Travelling Again mantra is to Make Travel a Habit. I believe anyone can become a backpacker no matter what your age. I recently dragged my 75 year old mother across Russia and Mongolia, giving her an insight into how I travel. That’s…… Continue reading First time backpacker? Here’s a few of my top travel tips for new (or old) backpackers

From Russia to Mongolia by train – Tors Travel Tales

I started writing Tors Travel Tales last year, with the aim to eventually write one about every country I’ve been to. I’m not making much headway so far. I think I still have about seventy odd to go!  Tors Travel Tales – an attempt to write a backpackers account of every country I’ve been to.…… Continue reading From Russia to Mongolia by train – Tors Travel Tales

Exploring at home – learn new skills and meet new people by travelling and volunteering

What will travel look like after Covid 19? Well it definitely looks like travel might be very much changed for the next year or so. One recent travel article I read even suggested that countries might not reopen their borders to travellers until vaccines are available for all and a Covid 19 travel vaccination might…… Continue reading Exploring at home – learn new skills and meet new people by travelling and volunteering

From backpacking the Maldives to hiking in Mongolia – a quick tour of the eighty one countries I’ve visited

A brief history of some of the countries I’ve visited during my nearly twenty years of backpacking Is country counting acceptable in the world of backpacking? There’s a lot of negativity around ‘country counting’ in the travel community, with some travellers being very disdainful of those who count. It’s not about the quantity, it’s the…… Continue reading From backpacking the Maldives to hiking in Mongolia – a quick tour of the eighty one countries I’ve visited

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

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

Travel tips for backpacking Russia – when you don’t speak a word of Russian

First-time in Russia? Travel survival tips for backpackers and travellers in Russia I have to admit to being a little apprehensive about travelling in Russia, despite having been to over seventy countries now. I did a lot more research than I would normally do, although admittedly most of that was about the weather and exactly…… Continue reading Travel tips for backpacking Russia – when you don’t speak a word of Russian

Stress Free Solo Travel Tips – how to enjoy travelling on your own

Great ideas for stress-free travel as a solo backpacker I always end up as a solo traveller and a female solo traveller too! It seems to be the topic of many travel forums – how to travel safely as a solo backpacker or solo female backpacker. But how about recognising that it can also be…… Continue reading Stress Free Solo Travel Tips – how to enjoy travelling on your own