6 Things You Need To Know To Make Friends At A Hostel

You have finally braved booking your first solo trip, you made it to the flight on time, found a taxi to take you to your hostel and claimed a bunk in 10 bed mixed dorm.  What now?  

Well lets face it, one of the benefits of travelling solo is that you get to do whatever you want.  No one to demand that you spend the day by the side of the pool when you are longing to go hiking, or want to eat in McDonalds because it is a place they recognise when you want to tuck into the best local street food.  Perfect.  The truth is of course, that it is always great to share life’s experiences and it is easy to feel lonely and isolated when you have been out exploring by yourself all day.  So, how do you go about making friends on holiday? (more…)

The Ultimate List Of Things To Do In Havana Before It Changes Forever

It is possible to walk between all of the places of interest in Havana, but do you really want to be walking 22 km a day in the midday Caribbean sun?  I would definitely recommend the open top bus tour instead.  This is the first place that I have ever used these tourist busses but in Havana it is the best way to explore.  However, do not just sit on the bus, get off and explore each stop to understand the real Havana.  There are local busses but you need to use local currency (CUP) and it is difficult to work out the routes if you are not fluent in Spanish. (more…)

12 Ways To Keep Yourself Amused On A Long Journey

Bus travel is certainly not as glamorous as other forms of transport, and it is rare you get the all singing all dancing entertainment you find on many long distance plane journeys.  Keeping your mind busy, and boredom at bay, on these long journeys you sometimes have to be a bit more creative.

  1. Write a postcard home

When was the last time you wrote to your parents, partner, best friend or even your pet dog? If you are anything like me you will have bought postcards earlier in your trip and stuffed them in your bag ready to write them at some point later, which usually ends up being on the plane home. If postcards aren’t your thing then think about writing a letter or recording your adventures in a journal for you to reflect back on in the future.  

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Why Not To Take A Book On Holiday

‘Where are your books’ my boyfriend asked me as I finally finished packing my case for the third time (an O.C.D habit I developed and now can’t get out of).

‘I’m not taking any‘, I reply looking over at the stack he has piled next to his already full bag.

Then he asked the question I always get asked.  ‘How can you not be taking any books on holiday?’ (more…)

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