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

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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

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

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