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

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

First stop in Paraguay – Top sights in Cuidad del Este, Paraguay

A one day itinerary in Cuidad del Este, including Itaipu dam and Saltos del Monday waterfalls Cuidad del Este is Paraguay’s second largest city, known for its vast Itaipu dam which powers most of Paraguay, as well as offering endless duty free shopping. It’s just across the border from Brazil and Argentina in an area…… Continue reading First stop in Paraguay – Top sights in Cuidad del Este, Paraguay