5 days in Israel

If you know me (or follow my blog) you’ll know I can’t resist a new country. I love to maximise value from my travels and if there’s a new country within reach, I’ll visit it. I’ve been to over 80 countries now – read my blog about how to make travelling a habit! Sunset at…… Continue reading 5 days in Israel

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Lake Bunyonyi – independent solo travel in Uganda

If you make the long journey to Bunyonyi Lake, with its appealing steeply terraced hillsides in the west of Uganda, you’re rewarded with temperate climes, fresh air and the relaxing rhythms of the agricultural communities based around the lakeside. View of Lake Bunyonyi from Itambira island View of lake from mainland hike It’s not a…… Continue reading Lake Bunyonyi – independent solo travel in Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park on a budget – independent solo travel in Uganda

Those of you who follow my blog know how loathe I am to do an organised tour, preferring by far to travel as independently as possible. And while it’s not totally impossible to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park, the second largest national park in Uganda (after Murchison Falls) on your own, it is far easier…… Continue reading Queen Elizabeth National Park on a budget – independent solo travel in Uganda

Five scenic half-day walks just outside Bristol, perfect for staying local exploring

Lace up your hiking boots and go exploring! I love exploring. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a whole new country or merely a new walk to the shop. I love looking at maps and choosing a new route or destination. I’m pretty sure there’s a scientific explanation for why travelling is addictive and I expect…… Continue reading Five scenic half-day walks just outside Bristol, perfect for staying local exploring

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

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

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