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Eiffel Tower at night

Five awesome things to do in Paris

April 12, 2010 | Advice, Article, France, Travel | 16 Comments

My five awesome things to do in Paris, that may involve getting drunk, being solicited and breaking traffic laws. Amongst other things.

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Backpack

6 Things to Consider When Buying Your First Backpack

When it comes to travelling for the first time, other than maybe buying a plane ticket I reckon there’s nothing that tells you that you’re really ‘doing it’ more than going into the store and buying your backpack. Striding up to the counter, credit card in hand and a big smile on your face, proudly telling the poor shop assistant exactly what it is that you plan to do with your new purchase. “Oh, I’ll be carrying this for six months around Europe”, you happen to slip into the conversation. “I hope this is big enough to fit in everything I need for my round the world trip”, you proudly proclaim.

As with all important purchases, however, it’s vital to pick the right option. Especially when that option is going to be sitting on your back with all of your possessions in it for the next several weeks, months or years. Getting it wrong will almost certainly result in frustration and unnecessary expense, limit your options and probably provide you with a visit to the chiropractor to boot. Here’s a few pointers that I’ve come up with over the years that I wish I’d known when hitting the travel stores for the first time.

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Tour group

Safety in Numbers: The Pros and Cons of Organised Tours

March 4, 2010 | Advice, Article, Travel | 6 Comments

If you’re looking to start a good argument in any hostel bar, discussing the pros and cons of organised group tours would be a great place to start. Some people love them, some people hate them and nearly every traveller seems to have an opinion on them.

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Camino backpack

Travelling Light, and How I Haven’t Managed It

January 14, 2010 | Advice, Travel | 7 Comments

My old pack had finally given up the ghost after a decade of being dragged around the world, and as I laid my shiny new one on the bed to fill it up with the ‘essentials’ it suddenly occurred to me how just how much I was putting in. That third pair of trousers. Half a dozen travel guides and other books. A toiletries bag so full that I had to put a few items in a plastic bag. Here was me, supposedly an experienced traveller, fighting with the zips on my backpack. Every item had a perfectly good justification for why it was included – but unless I also planned to pack a donkey to carry it all for me, I just couldn’t take it all. And yet I still tried.

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Crowded room

Goodbye stuff, hello world

December 28, 2009 | Advice, Article, Travel | 24 Comments

I’ve been asked many times over the years why it is that I am able to travel and move countries as much as I do, and the answer invariably comes down to one simple fact. I don’t accumulate stuff. Keeping my life free of unnecessary junk – and being happy to dispose of what little there is – provides the mental and physical freedom to drop everything and travel on a whim.

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Crowded Hanoi St

Travelling safely

December 27, 2009 | Advice, Travel | 0 Comments

Thanks to the good folks at indietravelpodcast.com, my first travel article has now been published online. It’s a basic guide on how to travel safely when you’re out there on the road.

The summary is in this post – follow the link to read the full article in all it’s glory…

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