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 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

Five days on coronavirus lockdown down in Ulaanbaatar , Mongolia – how to pass the time!

Sights and activities in Ulaanbaatar when everything is closed due to Mongolian government Covid 19 restrictions Well, I was not expecting to have five days trying to amuse myself in a city on lockdown. Arriving in Ulaanbaatar on the Trans Mongolia train I was so excited to cross the border from Russia to Mongolia on…… Continue reading Five days on coronavirus lockdown down in Ulaanbaatar , Mongolia – how to pass the time!

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

Volunteer while travelling – my favourite Workaways, from making jam in Tasmania to helping in a guesthouse in El Salvador

How to volunteer while travelling with local families or communities Combining a backpacking trip with volunteering is a great way to extend the length of your trip without incurring any extra costs. It also allows backpackers to get more of a feel for what it’s like to live in that country and make a contribution…… Continue reading Volunteer while travelling – my favourite Workaways, from making jam in Tasmania to helping in a guesthouse in El Salvador

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

Backpacking Nepal – Tor’s Travel Tales

A one month itinerary for backpacking Nepal I’m lucky enough to travel the world every year for five months or so which means I’ve been to a lot of countries! I don’t really mind where I go as long as I haven’t been there before and that it’s affordable. I’m not rich – I work…… Continue reading Backpacking Nepal – Tor’s Travel Tales

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