How to keep fit while traveling

Sometimes it’s nice to venture off on a journey or a holiday without a care in the world about keeping fit. But for those of you who will be on the road for a longer stretch of time, or who don’t want those months of building up your physical fitness to go to waste, following tips below ensure that you can maintain a good level of fitness whilst on the road. I will show you that keeping fit on your trip doesn’t have to be hard work, and can actually be a lot of fun!

Don’t forget, though, that it’s also important to let your body relax and indulge in drinks and local cuisine while away too. Putting too much pressure on yourself is counteractive and unnecessary, and more often than not, you’ll only end up disappointing yourself anyway. But if maintenance of general fitness is what you’re after, then following these tips will ensure you achieve this without it becoming hard work!

Build physical challenge into your trip

This is my favourite way to enjoy travel and feel fit and healthy at the same time! I love building a physical challenge into my trip, be it a long hike, bike ride or a mountain climb. This way, a day of intense sweat and adventure leaves me feeling free to chill for the next few days, knowing that I not only deserve it, but my body NEEDS it too. For me, these challenges have included climbing Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia, spending the day biking around hilly San Fransisco, hiking in New Zealand’s mountains, and much more.

DSCN0704This can also be done on a smaller scale, if you’re not keen on a full day of action. For instance, on a recent trip to Croatia, I chose to get up early to beat the heat and go on a 3-hour hike up a nearby mountain. I was back before lunch, and enjoyed lying on the beach afterwards so much more as a result. And lets face it – what would you have done with that time otherwise, probably sleep in, right?

Explore by foot (rather than bus or train)

Particularly on city visits, this is easy to do. Rather than jumping from sight to sight via bus or taxi, wander around by foot. Taking in the new sights at the same time is also a good distraction – the time will fly before you realise you’ve already walked a whole heap of kilometres! There are also so many aspects of a new place you will pick up on when you explore by foot, because you can take your time, and there’s no disappearing into dark tunnels for underground transport. If you do need to make a trip via public transport, you can also jump of the bus a station early.

Opt for physical activities

Similar to the point above, choose to do physical activities during the day rather than ones that don’t require movement. Go for walks, go swimming, hire a pedal boat, walk up to that lookout instead of taking the cable car or visit that adventure park. Most of the time, you’ll be having too much fun to even realise that you’ve been working out. Keeping active during the day also means you’ll feel oh-so-much more deserving of that afternoon lying in the sun or indulging in food and drink in the evening.

Maintain elements of your regular exercise schedule

I put this tip last on the list for a reason. I don’t recommend forcing yourself to stick to a regular exercise routine, mainly because this is exactly the point of travel and holidays – to escape that routine and the feeling of HAVING to do something. If you’re feeling sluggish, or if it’s convenient, however, then go for a run or do some sit-ups, but don’t schedule your trip around the fact that you have to get that workout session in. Listen to your body, only you know what it needs.

6 essential hand luggage items for long haul flights

FullSizeRender_1Long haul flights can be both exhilarating and exhausting experiences. After making the lengthy 40-hour journey between Europe and New Zealand many a time, I have created a list of essential items, which I do not travel without! Making sure to pack the following items into your hand luggage can make a long and tiring journey exceedingly more comfortable.

1. A pashmina (or scarf of similar size and fabric)

This amazing item of clothing can serve numerous functions when traveling long distances. From a scarf to a blanket, pashminas are great when they crank up the air conditioning and you complementary blanket isn’t quite enough to keep you warm. It can also be folded it up to create a pillow or neck support, saving you from dragging a bulky neck pillow along with you which just takes up space. They also add an elegant touch to any outfit, keeping you looking stylish rather than sluggish while on the move!

2. Moisturiser

Air conditioning on planes can leave your skin feeling incredibly dry and dehydrated. Having moisturiser at hand can help keep the skin on your face and hands feeling fresh and hydrated when you start to shrivel up. Buy a small travel-sized tube of moisturiser from your local supermarket, or fill a small travel container (less than 100mls) with your regular moisturiser, so that you always have some at the ready.

3. A water bottle

Similar to the last point, always having a bottle of water at hand is crucial in maintaining a good level of hydration at all stages of the journey. This is particularly useful on the plane, so you do not need to constantly ask the flight attendants for a top up of water. Just make sure to empty your bottle before going through customs, and fill it up again at the other side, before you board the plane.

4. A change of underwear and tshirt

I know no one wants to have to plan for having a missing suitcase, but it does happen. This has happened to me more than once, the longest being 6 days before the suitcase made it’s way to it’s correct destination. Sure you can always make an emergency shopping trip when needed, but when you first arrive at your destination, going shopping will be the last thing you want to do. No one feels fresh after a long haul flight, so having an extra tshirt and change of underwear at hand can make the first day or night at your destination SO much more comfortable!

5. Ear plugs

I, like many others, am not good at sleeping anywhere other than in a bed. Trying to get some shut-eye on a long haul flight can be hard, with the noise of the aircraft, other passengers, and flight attendants moving around the cabin. Using ear plugs helps to remove the sensory interference of sound, making your chances of catching a few Zs just that little bit higher.

6. Pain killers

Now I don’t mean to imply that long haul flights are always pain-inducing experiences, but having painkillers at hand can be a lifesaver on long haul flights. Even if you are feeling fit and fresh at the beginning of your journey, the intense air conditioning on planes, lack of sleep and changing of time zones are perfect ingredients for a headache. In the case of a headache, throwing back a painkiller or two can prevent you from feeling a little worse for wear on arrival.

Happy flying!

How to save money FASTER, so you can travel SOONER (and for longer)

There are countless ways to save money while planning a trip. Every cost you can save in the planning and preparation process can make a huge difference in the long run, boosting your savings, and allowing you to travel sooner and for longer!

You will have to make sacrifices in the short term, there’s no way around that. But in the long run, the rewards are honestly so worth it! These tips have helped me to save money faster so I can travel more often and for longer!

Keep your goal in focus

This is biggest tip I can offer, and it comes from a certain state of mind. When I was 16 and planning for my first six-month backpacking trip overseas, my goal of being able to travel was always in sharp focus. Every money-related decision I had to make was with the goal in mind of saving more to be able to travel sooner and for longer. Every time I would catch myself about to spend money on a hot chocolate or a meal out, I would ask myself, would I rather enjoy this coffee now, or wait and enjoy it in Europe instead? The answer always made my decision easier! This strategy became central to my money-saving schemes.

In the planning process

Plan to spend more time in cheaper destinations, and less time in the more expensive ones. For example, I knew Switzerland was going to be expensive, which is why I opted for five days there and three weeks in Turkey. Some countries are a lot more budget friendly for travelers than others. This doesn’t mean you need to miss out on visiting the places you want to see, just be aware of average daily costs of the destinations you choose to visit and factor this into your budget.DSC03596.JPG x

Book in advance when you know you will be visiting somewhere in peak travel season. I made sure to book accommodation and transport as early as possible when I knew I was going to be somewhere in summer, because prices sky rocket when you book last minute for certain destinations. For off-peak months (such as September through to November in Europe), you can keep your plans a bit more open.

Life before departure

There are so many ways you can cut costs while saving to travel! Every little cost adds up, so every cost you can cut will help boost your savings. Keeping a tab on what you are spending and what you have saved can also help. If anything, this makes you aware of how much of a difference every cost-cut can make.

Invite friends over for a meal or drinks, rather than going out to restaurants and bars. Avoid buying unnecessary new clothing, and sell items you don’t wear or need. Stop buying that daily coffee, and make it at home to take with you in a take away cup instead. Repair old electronics before buying new ones. Walk or bike to work or school instead of driving or taking the bus. Take up extra shifts at work. Make lunch at home and take it with you, rather than buying lunch. Stay living at home, and offer to help your family out around the house instead of paying rent.

On the road

So now you’ve finished planning and you’re on your merry way! There are many more ways to save money whilst on the road too.

Opt for picnic meals instead of dining in restaurants. Sure, you have to enjoy restaurant meals occasionally on your journey, but this doesn’t have to include every single meal. Make the most of the free breakfast provided by many hostels and backpackers as well. Explore new destinations by foot rather than taking taxis or buses. Make the most of free attractions and free walking tours (where only a small tip is required). Choose to couch surf or stay in mixed dormitories rather than private rooms or hotels.

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Phewpf! There are so many other ways to save money and be economical on your trip too, but these tips have been the most helpful to me. I hope they will be useful for you too, happy planning!

5 Essential Backpacking Items

When you’re on the road and wanting to save money on accommodation, staying in dormitory rooms in hostels and backpackers is a great choice. I love staying in dormitories, because it’s such a good way to meet new people AND save money at the same time! When sharing a room with others, there are things you need to be aware of, however. In my experience as a backpacker, I have found the following five items to make your stay in a dormitory so much more comfortable and enjoyable.

Padlock

This item is at the top of my list for a reason. I have forgotten to take a padlock before and it makes life very difficult! Part of the stress of backpacking is having to keep an eye on your things all the time. Most hostels and backpackers offer lockers to store valuables in, but often this requires bringing your own padlock. Carrying a padlock is essential, so that you can store your valuables safely in a locker at the hostel before venturing out for the day. Knowing your valuables are locked up safely takes a huge weight off your shoulders while you’re out exploring!

Where lockers aren’t provided, attaching a padlock to a closable area of your suitcase or backpack is a good alternative.

Small torch or head torch

This is extremely useful when staying in a dormitory. Nobody wants to be that annoying traveler who comes into the room late at night and needs to turn the light on to find their toothbrush. Respect the other travelers, some people need to get up early in the morning, so don’t turn the light on at 3am. Instead, have a torch ready so you can easily find things at night without disturbing everyone else. Even better, head torches give you the freedom to have both hands free, making the search for your toothbrush much easier. Many mobile phones have built in torches anyway, which is also a good alternative.

Earplugs

It’s unavoidable – when staying in hostels and backpackers, 90 percent of the time, you will find yourself in a room with either someone who snores, has a cough, or makes a racket when they come rolling in drunk in the middle of the night. Using earplugs is hugely helpful in cutting out unwelcome noises which would otherwise disturb your precious sleep. I am not a heavy sleeper, especially when in a foreign environment, and earplugs have honestly saved me from having to spend my days wandering around like a zombie!

External charger for phones/cameras

Sharing is caring when staying in a dormitory, and sometimes this means having the grace to let your neighbour use the last free plug to charge their phone overnight. This can throw your own plan off, however, so having a portable power source with you gives you the freedom and flexibility to charge your items whenever you need to, without having to be gracious and share with others. This is also extremely useful when on the road and your phone or camera dies. Before owning a portable charger, I remember missing more than one great photo opportunity because my camera had died!

Plenty of (plastic) bags

Backpacks and suitcases can become a chaotic mess of mixed up clothing and washing items, which can be extremely frustrating. Having separate bags for everything helps you to keep everything in order, making it much easier to find items without having a suitcase explosion all over your dormitory floor. Some dorms are really small, and no one wants to be the one whose stuff takes up the whole room. Having bags to separate items and washing in your backpack or suitcase can help in maintaining organisation and avoiding the sprawl of your things across the dormitory.

How to Book Cheap International Flights

When it comes to booking cheap international flights, even the most experienced travelers have issues knowing when the best time is to book. The truth is, you can research flight prices all you like, but when it comes to booking, you are always going to have to take a bit of a gamble. But to help you stay on the right track, I have compiled a list of tips, which in my own experience have been extremely helpful!

Start looking early

If you start looking early (up to a year in advance), it’s easier to get a feel for what constitutes a good price versus a bad price for the journey you are after. This way, you can get a feel for how much prices generally fall and rise, and you’ll know what a good price looks like when you’re ready to book. Don’t book right away, though. When airlines drop their fares, others are likely to do so too, shortly after. Prices also change depending on the day of the week, so keep an eye out for general trends. In saying this, however …

… When you see a good deal, grab it!

I have made this mistake, many, MANY a time. I start looking, watch prices for a while, then come across a good deal, but I always think, “what if it gets even cheaper?” The truth is, the chance that a good deal will get even cheaper is much smaller than the chance that you miss out and the price goes up! If you have followed the above tip, and found what looks like a great deal, then strike while the iron is hot!

Be flexible with dates

It’s amazing how much of a difference just a day or two can make! If at all possible, check out the prices of flights +/-5 days of the date you would ideally like to travel on, and you might find yourself saving hundreds of dollars. Also, flights are generally cheaper at unpopular times or on unpopular days of the week, so if your schedule allows it, try traveling at these times (middle of the week, Saturdays, at the crack of dawn).

Be flexible in general

A small inconvenience can save you a whole lot of money. Although you might want to reach your destination as fast as possible, flights with connections or transfers are generally a lot cheaper than direct flights. This also applies to flights with long layover times.

Also, you can save a lot of money if you are willing to sacrifice comforts like in flight meals and entertainment. Many budget airlines offer screens and food for an extra cost, so keep the price low by opting out of these options in favour of a homemade sandwich and your iPod instead.

Compare airlines

Never just look at one airline. Shop around! Use sites designed to compare airlines, my favourite is skyscanner.com. You can see the best prices of all major airlines side by side, providing a good comparison based on factors such as duration of the flight, how many layovers and more.

Happy flight booking!

How to Pack Lightly for a Backpacking Trip

Packing lightly for long (and short) trips is a fine art, one that has taken me a long time to learn, and one that I am still perfecting! I was 18 when I went on my first solo overseas adventure, and knew that I would be on the road for the next six months. So what did I take with me? Just about everything except the kitchen sink! Luckily, I had family in Berlin who would serve as my ‘home base’ while I was away, so I was able to shed a few kilos of luggage early on, after quickly learning how much easier life would be without them.

Five years later, I am now a much more cutthroat packer. My shoulders and arms thank me for it and yours will too. Following the tips below will help you avoid making the same mistakes that I did!

If you haven’t worn it in the last month, it’s not coming with you!

This rule has a few exceptions, of course. But in terms of clothing, if you haven’t worn that t-shirt in the last month, the chance that you are going to want to wear it on your trip is very slim. You might think “but what if the occasion arises”. Trust me, it won’t. If you haven’t worn it in the last month, it’s not coming with you. Simple as that.

I mentioned that there are exceptions, though. This includes seasonal items that you may not have needed recently, such as a rain jacket or polar fleece.

Avoid unnecessary bulky items

I have met many travelers who have taken sleeping bags with them. My advice to you, however, is to avoid taking a sleeping bag, unless you are absolutely certain that you will be camping. 99% of hostels and backpackers will provide sheets, or at least give you the option to rent them. In the few rare instances in which a sleeping bag would be useful, you can always make do with other items, such as a sweatshirt or a scarf. The same goes for pillows or large beach towels. Most of the time you won’t need them. If you do, there will always be other items in your luggage, which you can use as an alternative.

Avoid heavy items

This includes items such as heavy shoes, books, electronics or paper. Don’t make the mistake of carrying multiple books with you. I know having reading material is great for killing time on long journeys, but try loading some books onto a kindle if you have one, or choose one book to take. After you’ve read it, do a swap with another traveler or leave it at the backpackers for someone else to enjoy. The same goes for other electronics, and paper. I tend to print off all important documents and tickets that need to be printed, and have the others ready to present on my smartphone. I also avoid carrying a laptop, because it is both heavy and valuable, and you’ll spend half your time worrying whether you’ve locked it away safely or not.

Limit the footwear

Similar to the point above, shoes can add unnecessary bulk and weight, and lets face it, you can do without the luxury of having a massive shoe choice for a while. When traveling, trust me, no one cares if you have your favourite heels on when you hit the bars or not. Pack footwear which is light and versatile. For shorter trips, I tend to pack a pair of flip flops, my favourite converse sneakers, and if I really know I’ll be doing a lot of hiking or walking, a pair of lightweight trainers. That’s it.

Limit the liquids

When you are at your home base, having a variety of shampoos and products at the ready is a luxury. Traveling is not the time to be high maintenance in your appearance! Take the essentials, the things you need to feel clean and comfortably presented. I promise, no one is going to judge you for not having perfectly styled hair or a full face of make up when you are on the road. Personally, I tend to pack small bottles of shampoo and conditioner, sun block, moisturiser and foundation (in case I am feeling like I need a little extra coverage one day!). But everyone is different, so pack what you need to feel comfortable and confident without overdoing it.

Pack versatile items

We saw this already with the shoes example. This advice can be extended, however, to include clothing and other items. For instance, one of my favourite items to pack is a pashmina or similar type of scarf. They function as scarves, blankets and pillows, or to cover your head or knees when visiting temples, churches or mosques. Pack a cardigan that you can wear with any dress or outfit. Pack shorts that you can pair with any t-shirt, or wear for hiking. Pack dresses which can be worn in winter with tights, or in summer without. Avoid packing items which can only be worn in a particular way, for a particular type of event, in a particular type of weather.

Hopefully these tips will help you decide what passes the test and comes with you on your trip. And remember; if in doubt, leave it out! Happy packing 🙂

Pros and Cons of Traveling in a Tour Group

282506_10150352754335390_2303298_nTraveling as part of a tour group can be a blast. With so many companies these days offering an extensive variety of tours, there is bound to be a tour out there to suit your wants and desires. Traveling as part of a tour group, however, isn’t for everyone. Like all other modes of travel, it has its pros and cons.

Before you decide to go ahead and book your spot in a tour group, have a think about what it is you want to get out of your trip, and whether or not joining a tour will help you achieve this. The following list of pros and cons come from my own experience as part of a tour, and will help you get an idea on whether traveling in a tour group is for you or not.

Pro 1 – Travel Stress Free

This seems like the most obvious pro of joining a tour group. Whether you are unsure on how to go about planning and booking your own adventure, or you’re simply after a stress free trip, tour companies have got you covered. They make the decisions, so that you don’t have to. They do the planning, leaving you free to sit back and enjoy the ride. While some get a kick out of planning their own adventures, others enjoy being able to see the sights without worrying about how to get from A to B, and everything in between.

Pro 2 – Friends for Life!

I can guarantee you, that at the end of your tour, you’ll have made some pretty solid connections. You’ll be having experiences of a lifetime, and being able to share these experiences and new impressions with others will bond you in a way which nothing else can. When you spend eight hours on a bus together every other day, and all your free time together roaming unfamiliar streets, you’ll get to know your other tour buddies pretty well.

Pro 3 – Once in a Lifetime Opportunities

Tour groups have their connections, and often strike deals with other companies which give you the opportunity to experience things you wouldn’t normally think of doing as an independent traveller. In my experience on a 28-day tour of Europe, I had the chance to go paragliding in a remote Austrian valley, spend a day on a boat visiting secluded beaches in Greece, and overnight in an old chateau in the French countryside. While such activities can be done as a solo traveller as well, doing them as part of a tour group often means you get to have these experiences for bargain prices, and it is less of a logistical headache to organise.

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Con 1 – Say goodbye to freedom

My biggest issue with traveling as part of a tour group was having to stick to a schedule. There were days where I just didn’t want to get on that bus at 7am, and I got pretty cranky when our on-the-road pit stops interfered with my nice bus ride naps. While schedules mean that there are less decisions to be made alone, there is also beauty in being able to go where you want, when you want, and how you want to. Some tour groups offer some degree of freedom, with optional extra activities available. But for someone who enjoys independence and moving at their own pace, traveling in a tour group may not be the way to go.

Con 2 – Clicky-ness

Regardless of age, unfortunately, clicks are bound to form, and you aren’t going to get on as a merry bunch of travellers 100 percent of the time. When you spend all day every day together, clicks are inevitable, and groups will form. There will be personalities that get on your nerves, although this will happen regardless of how you choose to travel. When you join a tour group, there is no choosing who you travel with, and this can either work out amazingly or personalities can clash. That’s a risk you just have to take!

Con 3 – Lack of individual experience

Maybe for some people this isn’t so important, but you can be sure that when you retell your travel stories, there is less of an original flavour to them. There will be thousands of others who have been carted around on the same route that you’ve been on, doing the same activities, and eating the same food. But this doesn’t have to be a con, and depends what is important to you as a traveller! As an individual, your experience is always unique in it’s own way.

 

5 Tips for Overcoming Jetlag Quickly

Jetlag, a temporary physiological condition, can have an impact on our bodies when we travel across two or more time zones in one go. It can be frustrating, a hindrance, and everybody experiences jetlag to different degrees. But never fear, there are ways to minimise the symptoms of jetlag, and to adjust to your new time zone as quickly as possible! From my own experience, I have found the following tips to be the most useful in fighting jetlag, allowing you to make the most of every moment at your destination!

1. Sleep as much as possible on the flight

I know this probably isn’t what you wanted to hear. With amazing entertainment systems on long haul flights, this can seem like a perfect opportunity to catch up on all those movies you wanted to see. But trust me, your body will thank you when you reach your destination and are able to focus and stay awake without sticking matchsticks in your eyes. Whether you are arriving at your destination early in the morning or later on at night, getting enough shut-eye on the plane will help your body to adjust to the new time zone quickly and easily.

2. Stay awake until a normal time

This may be excruciating on the first day, but when you reach your destination, avoid falling asleep until a relatively normal bedtime hour. If you arrive early in the morning, this might seem an impossible task, but this will make it so much easier to fall asleep later on and sleep through the night. If you get really desperate, allow yourself a nap, but don’t sleep longer than half an hour! Otherwise you risk falling into a deep sleep, which will only reinforce a bad sleeping pattern and encourage your body to be awake late into the night.

3. Eat at normal times

One unusual side effect of jetlag is feeling hungry at odd times, and not hungry at typical meal times. Fight those food cravings in the middle of the night, and even if you aren’t hungry at breakfast time, try and get a good meal in. Your body gets used to being nourished at certain times of the day, and just like your sleeping pattern, your eating pattern needs time to readjust.

3. Get out in the sunlight

Sun and daylight are crucial ingredients in resetting our circadian rhythms. Your body will be used to a particular day-night rhythm, and will need time to adjust to that of your destination. Light helps to inhibit the production of melatonin in the brain, a hormone that makes us feel sleepy. So, light exposure will help to reassure your body of its new rhythm, helping you to adjust quickly. If you arrive at your destination early in the morning or during the day, don’t mope around inside. Rather, get your body out and about in the daylight.

5. Use a sleep-aiding medication

Everybody is different, and everyone reacts differently to sleeping tablets, so be careful with this piece of advice. When I travel across more than eight time zones, I often find a herbal based sleeping supplement helps me to relax and doze off at the right time in the evening. Maybe this is just a placebo effect, but as long as you follow your doctor or pharmacists instructions carefully, it can’t do you any harm. But know your body, assess the impact of a sleeping pill on your body carefully the first time you use it, and follow the instructions from your doctor or pharmacist.

The Benefits of Traveling Solo

11912874_10154106253867662_2067083568_nFor some, embarking on a solo journey requires no second thoughts. For others, it requires a big leap of faith. Making the decision to venture off on your lonesome can seem daunting at first, but there are so many reasons to go ahead and do it!

While I absolutely love going new places with a friend or family member to share the experience with, I can say that, without a doubt, my experiences as a solo traveler have by far been the best! Here is why.

You can focus on your relationship with YOU

I know this might sound corny, but our longest relationship in life is that we have with ourselves, and there is no better way to work on this relationship than by spending time traveling solo. First and foremost, you learn to make decisions for yourself, and trust yourself in making those decisions. I always want to know in life that I am making the best possible choice, and often this means seeking a second opinion. When traveling solo, however, there are so many decisions to be made, both big and small, and there is only one person who can make them: you!

There is also an immense feeling of satisfaction that comes with navigating new territory, or reaching your destination all by yourself. Finding your way from place to place and overcoming those obstacles in the way lead to a serious feeling of achievement! In doing so, you really learn to trust your own abilities and problem solving skills.

Traveling alone doesn’t mean being lonely!

As a solo traveler, you will make a lot of new friends! I always find that others are more likely to approach me as a solo traveler than when I’m traveling in a group. When traveling solo, you automatically become a lot more approachable and open, and people will find you less intimidating to approach. Others are also more likely to invite you to join in on whatever it is they are doing or planning, when they see that you are on your own. In saying this, it goes the other way too. I’m naturally a shy person, but after ten hours on a bus by myself, I’ll make conversation with just about anyone! Sometimes after a long journey or a hard day, you will just want to vent to whoever will listen, and this openness and vulnerability can lead to fast bonding with other travelers.

Be whoever you want to be

Traveling solo really gives you the chance to be whoever you want to be! You don’t have to be the person your friends and family know you to be at home. If you are typically an introvert, try being bubbly for a day. If you typically love being organized and following schedules, try being completely spontaneous. If you typically like stay in your comfort zone, try being a dare devil, and do that bungee jump, or try that exotic new dish. Spending time traveling solo really gives you the chance to experiment, try out a life in the shoes of others and be anyone you want to be.

The world really is YOUR oyster!

When you travel solo, you can be selfish. You can go wherever you want to go, and when you want to. While planning a trip together with someone can be a lot of fun, anyone who has done it before will know that there are a lot of compromises involved. Traveling solo gives you the freedom and luxury to go where you want to, when you want to, and move from place to place at your own speed.

On a similar note, as a solo traveler, you have the luxury to make plans that suit your own budget and traveling style. We all like to travel differently, and some prefer higher levels of comfort than others. Make the most of this opportunity to make decisions for yourself on what level of comfort you would prefer, and how you spend your money.

J4 - Ile de Brac - Bol,Vidova gora (78)As a solo traveler, I can assure you that there will be times when you want nothing more than to share an experience with your best friend, have a cuddle with you partner, or just hang out with someone familiar without having to make an effort. But the experiences you have, the friends you gain and the memories you make will be unforgettable. And most of all, you’ll come out of the experience feeling like you’ve gotten to know yourself better than ever before.