Two days in St Petersburg in the winter – sightseeing itinerary

Top sights in St Petersburg in February St Petersburg is a great starting point for the Trans-Mongolia Express I’ve finally started my Trans-Mongolia train journey from St Petersburg to Ulan Bator in Mongolia. I’m taking two weeks to travel across Russia, starting with two days in historic St Petersburg. Then I’m staying in Mongolia for…… Continue reading Two days in St Petersburg in the winter – sightseeing itinerary

Organising a Trans-Mongolia train journey independently – it’s easier than you might think

From getting a Russian visa to booking train journeys through Russia – how to plan a Trans-Mongolia train journey independently When I first started planning my Russia to Mongolia train journey I was quite sure it’d be easy enough to do independently. I’ve never used travel agencies or been on a package holiday and I’m…… Continue reading Organising a Trans-Mongolia train journey independently – it’s easier than you might think

Gardening, painting and lazy afternoons at the beach – volunteering in Uruguay

Volunteering and travelling in South America – two weeks in an off-the-grid cabin helping a local family on their property Three hours work a day in exchange for free accommodation in an off-the-grid cabin and use of a bicycle for beach and supermarket trips? Hmm, I’ll take it! Being a Workaway volunteer in Uruguay That…… Continue reading Gardening, painting and lazy afternoons at the beach – volunteering in Uruguay

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

Planning a Trans-Siberian or Trans-Mongolian train trip? Eight decisions you need to make first

Taking a train across Russia is something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s at the top of many bucket lists and quite rightly so, the official route being over 9,000 km long and passing through eight different time zones. I have romantic notions of being ferried across the continent in a glamorous sleeping compartment, just…… Continue reading Planning a Trans-Siberian or Trans-Mongolian train trip? Eight decisions you need to make first

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

A backpackers guide to beach hopping along the Uruguay coastline

A seven day Uruguay itinerary taking in the best of the gorgeous coastal areas and beaches Uruguay may be one of the smallest South American countries but it’s still around the size of Wales and England combined. The entire coastline of Uruguay is 660km long. Landing at Colonia del Sacremento on the ferry from Argentina…… Continue reading A backpackers guide to beach hopping along the Uruguay coastline

Exploring the stunning beaches and forest of Santa Teresa national park in Uruguay by bicycle

Santa Teresa national park is a perfect day trip from hippy beach town Punta del Diablo in eastern Uruguay A highlight on my seven day Uruguay itinerary hopping from town to town along its amazing coastline was my cycle day trip to the Santa Teresa national park. I’d travelled 467 km along Uruguay’s stunning coastline…… Continue reading Exploring the stunning beaches and forest of Santa Teresa national park in Uruguay by bicycle

From vineyards to mountains – a day tour from Mendoza exploring the mountains on the way to the Chile border

A day tour along the mountain road to Puente de Inca and Christ the Redeemer statue high above the Argentina-Chile border. From 750m above sea level in Mendoza to 4,000m above sea level at the Christ the Redeemer statue, this day trip from Mendoza was a highlight for me. We decided we didn’t have enough…… Continue reading From vineyards to mountains – a day tour from Mendoza exploring the mountains on the way to the Chile border

A week in Paraguay – from the Itaipu dam to partying on the beach via historic Asunción

A one week itinerary for backpacking Paraguay For backpackers visiting Iguazu Falls in Argentina, a trip over the border to Brazil and Paraguay is a must do. As British citizens there’s no requirement for pre-arrival visas – just an entry stamp at the border. It’s as easy as getting on a bus! Paraguay is a…… Continue reading A week in Paraguay – from the Itaipu dam to partying on the beach via historic Asunción