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

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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

Still backpacking at 39 – why I’ll never stop travelling

As my regular readers know I’m an avid backpacker. I work summer seasons and travel every winter. This has pretty much been my life since graduating from university when I was twenty-one, when I went off to New Zealand on a twelve month working holiday visa, via California and Fiji. Instead of returning home afterwards,…… Continue reading Still backpacking at 39 – why I’ll never stop travelling

How to plan a backpacking trip

As my post on backpacking travel tips proved so popular, I thought I’d share the process I go through when planning a trip. I don’t really have a checklist as such but it occurred to me that I do follow a set routine when planning a trip and there’s actually quite a lot of  research…… Continue reading How to plan a backpacking trip

Backpacking isn’t just for exotic foreign places – how to be a Backpacker At Home

I’ve been back in the UK, my home country, for two months now (and yes, it feels like a lifetime since I was eating delicious street food and swimming in volcanic lakes in Central America). I’m back home to work the summer season, save enough money to put some away for when I’m old and grey…… Continue reading Backpacking isn’t just for exotic foreign places – how to be a Backpacker At Home

Kiev to Lviv – a week backpacking in Ukraine

Okay, so I might only just have returned from three  months in Central America, but when I realised I had a completely free week before starting work again, I was straight on Skyscanner. I love searching for United Kingdom to ‘everywhere’ to find cheap flights to random places. Who could refuse £38 return to Ukraine…… Continue reading Kiev to Lviv – a week backpacking in Ukraine

Exploring the site of the worlds largest nuclear disaster – Chernobyl, Ukraine

After a last minute decision to have a week in Ukraine I immediately signed up for a tour of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster site. It’s now a 30km no-go ‘exclusion zone’ with nearly 200 deserted villages and towns. I was inspired by a great book I read recently by Dom Joly about ‘dark tourism’,…… Continue reading Exploring the site of the worlds largest nuclear disaster – Chernobyl, Ukraine

How to visit 12 countries in 12 months – while working full time

So, there was this very brief period when I decided I might want to ‘settle down’ and I ended up staying in Bristol, England for a whole eighteen months (although I managed to have three different jobs and live in three different houses during that time!). It didn’t end well and I quickly went back…… Continue reading How to visit 12 countries in 12 months – while working full time

10 everyday Belize sights you can’t help but love

Belize is my last new country on this trip,  so this is my final ‘everyday sights’ for a while. But, check out what makes El Salvador a little bit different to Honduras and what differentiates Guatemala from Mexico. Belikin The beer of Belize fills every fridge in every supermarket and graces most store and restaurant…… Continue reading 10 everyday Belize sights you can’t help but love

Dos and Don’ts of backpacking Belize

  Okay, so I’m only eight days into my Belize trip so I’m no expert, but here’s what I’ve learnt so far about this fascinating country… Don’t expect everyone’s first language to be English Although the official language is English, Belize is a wonderful mix of distinct cultures. On the bus there’ll be a conversation…… Continue reading Dos and Don’ts of backpacking Belize