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

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

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

Exploring colourful Buddhist temples and finding a giant Lenin Head in Ulan Ude – sixth stop on the Trans Mongolia trains through Russia

The Buryat region is predominantly Buddhist and Ivolginsky is the largest datsun or temple complex in Russia A half-day trip from Ulan Ude to spin the prayer wheels, attend a hural or prayer ceremony and receive a blessing from a Buddhist monk at Ivolginsky temple Ulan Ude is 5,600km from Moscow and it’s taken us…… Continue reading Exploring colourful Buddhist temples and finding a giant Lenin Head in Ulan Ude – sixth stop on the Trans Mongolia trains through Russia

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

Tasting traditional Tartar snacks and admiring a beautiful blue and white Kremlin in Kazan – stop three on the Trans-Mongolia train

The hardest thing about travelling across Russia on the Trans-Mongolia train is deciding where to break the journey Top sights in Kazan, Russia I’ve always wanted to take the train across Russia to Mongolia. In fact the guidebook I’m using on this trip is from 2007 when I first started thinking about this epic journey.…… Continue reading Tasting traditional Tartar snacks and admiring a beautiful blue and white Kremlin in Kazan – stop three on the Trans-Mongolia train

A day in Moscow – sightseeing must-sees include Lenin’s embalmed body and enjoying an ice cream in historic GUM department store

One day in Moscow – first stop on the Trans-Mongolia train journey across Russia We left St Petersburg on the 13.10 train direct to Moscow. A speedy journey of four hours, covering 700 km, had us arriving with traditional Russian accuracy on time at 17.25. Snow covered the Moscow streets as we emerged from our…… Continue reading A day in Moscow – sightseeing must-sees include Lenin’s embalmed body and enjoying an ice cream in historic GUM department store

5 Perfect Autumn Walks around Bristol – all accessible on public transport

I hate being stuck indoors all day, so rain or shine, I go exploring even if it’s just for an hour. I always feel so much worse if I stay inside all day. At the moment I’m living in Bristol, in a house I’m sad to say, it being a bit too cold for vanlife…… Continue reading 5 Perfect Autumn Walks around Bristol – all accessible on public transport

Adventure and Johnny Cakes in Belize – Tor’s Travel Tales

A perfect Backpacking Itinerary in Belize Belize is a fascinating country. When I visited there, as part of a four month trip in Central America in the winter of 2018, I’d never heard of it before. Well, I’d heard of it, I just had no idea where it was! I certainly didn’t know it was…… Continue reading Adventure and Johnny Cakes in Belize – Tor’s Travel Tales