Minimalist Packing List for a Week in the European Winter

Travel teaches you a lot of things: how to make friends, how to enjoy your own company, how to be free, how to live. It also teaches you how to pack a backpack. I have previously published a packing list for my two month trip to SE Asia (my first ever long solo trip). It’s a post I still refer back to to ensure I haven’t forgotten anything. But, it’s time for an update. I’ve downsized since then. After starting work, I’m taking shorter trips. Which means I can carry a minimal amount of items to comfortably spend a week abroad. Here’s my list: Continue reading “Minimalist Packing List for a Week in the European Winter”

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How I travelled the Balkans for 66 days for £850 (£13 a day)

In almost 10 weeks I spent what some people spend on a weekend. We all have different travel styles and enjoy different things. Extreme budget travel isn’t for everyone but I truly believe that travelling without much money gives you richer experiences.

This article will breakdown the main costs associated with travel: transport, accommodation, food and activities.

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My 8 favourite places of 2018

I have been incredibly lucky this year and managed to visit seventeen countries. Some were new to me and some old but in all of them I managed to have some truly unique experiences. 2018 saw me visit some tourist hot spots such as New York (visiting friends and seeing some of the sights I missed last time) and San Francisco (a thanksgiving to remember). I also spent time in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. A region I can now say is one of my favourites ever. I went to the unrecognised republic of Uzipis. I seem to have made a trend of visiting one every year. Two months in Central America were spent avoiding corn tortilla but enjoying some breath-taking scenery. And of course, I kept up my now annual tradition of the Edinburgh fringe festival. Here are 8 of my favourite places of the year. Continue reading “My 8 favourite places of 2018”

RANKED: The Villages of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan was a surprising highlight of my time in Central America. I didn’t know much about the lake when I arrived but I soon discovered that this isn’t a place you can see in a couple of days, you’d need a few weeks to discover all of the amazing places around this lake. I visited eight of the villages and towns that border Lake Atitlan and have given you my verdict on my favourite places to visit.

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10 things I learnt by not having a home for a year

This post is a little bit different. During my final year of medical school I decided I would not rent a place in London whilst I studied. I chose placements that provided accommodation, stayed with friends and traveled a lot. I usually spent just a few weeks in each place at a time and always had a backpack and suitcase with me as I carried everything I needed for over a year with me. Here are a few things I learnt:

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Best budget bed in Costa Rica: Bolita Rainforest Hostel (Osa Peninsula)

I always choose the cheapest hostel. Some were disgusting, some were scary, and some give me nightmares until this day. Luckily, by going budget, I have also discovered some of the most amazing, cosy and unique hostels in the world. This series of posts will give you some ideas of where to go for a budget break that won’t break the bank. Continue reading “Best budget bed in Costa Rica: Bolita Rainforest Hostel (Osa Peninsula)”

Best budget bed in Belize: Tiny Houses (Belmopan)

I always choose the cheapest hostel. Some were disgusting, some were scary, and some give me nightmares until this day. Luckily, by going budget, I have also discovered some of the most amazing, cosy and unique hostels in the world. This series of posts will give you some ideas of where to go for a budget break that won’t break the bank. Continue reading “Best budget bed in Belize: Tiny Houses (Belmopan)”

Best budget bed in Georgia: Hostel Ajime (Telavi)

I always choose the cheapest hostel. Some were disgusting, some were scary, and some give me nightmares until this day. Luckily, by going budget, I have also discovered some of the most amazing, cosy and unique hostels in the world. This series of posts will give you some ideas of where to go for a budget break that won’t break the bank. Continue reading “Best budget bed in Georgia: Hostel Ajime (Telavi)”

Best budget bed in Guatemala: La Iguana Perdida (Lake Atitlan)

I always choose the cheapest hostel. Some were disgusting, some were scary, and some give me nightmares until this day. Luckily, by going budget, I have also discovered some of the most amazing, cosy and unique hostels in the world. This series of posts will give you some ideas of where to go for a budget break that won’t break the bank.

Continue reading “Best budget bed in Guatemala: La Iguana Perdida (Lake Atitlan)”

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