Europe is an amazing place to travel around solo for a first time traveller. But it is also pretty big! And, it can quickly get expensive. So, though it'll all be great, you want to make sure you hit the highlights. I asked 13 fellow travel bloggers their opinion on the best places to travel alone in Europe. Their responses might surprise you...
Trekking in Cambodia should be on anyone’s list of things to do in this wonderful country. I was lucky enough to go on an overnight jungle trek in Mondulkiri, Eastern Cambodia, last summer and it was an incredible experience that I highly recommend. Here’s why you should do it, some tips on how to make the most of it and the life lessons it’ll teach you.
If you’re going travelling it’s highly likely that you’ll stay in hostels along the way. They’re cheap, fun and sociable places to spend the night, which make them a traveller’s best friend. However, there’s a certain ‘hostel etiquette’ that’s useful to know before you go! Read on for my guide on the unwritten rules of hostel stays.
New Zealand is an enchanting country that draws travellers to its shores in droves every year. But with a cost of living comparable to the UK, it isn’t the cheapest place to go. Rest assured though, there are ways to cut down on the cost. Here are some of my top New Zealand budget travel tips.
Travel possesses a special power when it comes to falling for someone on the road. After all, with all the excitement and intensity involved, the environment is incredibly well suited for emotions to run riot and relationships to blossom! Here are 10 things to think about when it comes to relationships and sex while travelling.
New Zealand is one of my favourite countries in the World. Not only is it crammed full of incredible things to see and do, but it is also safe, well travelled and easy to get around, making it the ideal place for a first time traveller. Here’s a guide for anyone backpacking New Zealand as their first foray in travel.
Europe is a hugely popular travel destination. But how much will a European adventure set you back? Simply, how much does it cost to travel Europe?
Never before has travel been so straight forward. Just hop on a plane and before you know it you’re on the other side of the World. It's amazing, but for someone who has never flown before it can also be a scary & uncertain prospect. Equally, a fear of flying can be a serious obstacle to many people’s travel plans. So, to settle any nerves and help you prepare for what’s to come, here are my travel tips for first time flyers and aerophobics.
The Siem Reap temples of Angkor should be on any aspiring traveller’s bucket list. There’s a magical element to the Angkor temples that captures the imagination and plunges you head first into an ancient world. Read on for a comprehensive guide!
With countless dive sites, from sea caves, rock formations and shipwrecks to vibrant coral reefs and a huge variety of marine wildlife, diving is a hugely popular activity among travellers to Sri Lanka. For anyone planning their first visit to the country, eager to explore its deep blue underwater world, I thought I’d put together a guide to diving Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is a beautiful, teardrop shaped island off the Southern tip of India that has only recently been rediscovered by tourists and travellers. I wanted to highlight some of the essential info and best bits for any first time travellers planning their Sri Lanka itinerary!
There’s immense beauty and opportunity for adventure around every corner in New Zealand. So, if you’re a first time traveller lucky enough to be there, it’s unlikely that you’ll struggle to find amazing things to see and do! Nonetheless, it’s useful to know what’s out there to ensure you don’t miss out on the best bits. Read on for my pick of the top 10 New Zealand North Island attractions.
New Zealand’s South Island has to be one of the most spectacular places on Earth. For anyone considering a visit, here's my pick of the 10 ‘must-dos’ for your New Zealand South Island Itinerary.
Who better to learn the ropes of travel from than those who travel day in and day out, exploring the furthest reaches of the world, sampling new adventures and documenting their travels every step of the way; who ‘live the dream’ and make travel their profession as well as a vocation?
It was with this idea that I started reaching out to leading travel bloggers from all over the world.
I asked 20 leading travel bloggers for answers to three questions that I hoped would help a first time traveller come away feeling inspired and advised.
Here's an infographic with the top quotes from question 2's answers: the best advice they'd give to someone considering travel for the first time!
Much to my ongoing disappointment, travel (though absolutely possible on a budget) usually isn’t cheap. And alas, it definitely isn’t free...I’ve spoken about money and travel a few times before. However, as it’s such a big topic I think it’s worth coming back to- this time with a simple travel saving mnemonic.
Staying present is a key skill for any traveller to develop...I think it’s so important that I thought I’d reemphasise, and risk belabouring, the point here. The more I reflect on it, the more I come to see the discipline of being present on your travels as the only way to reap the full rewards on offer...Let me try to explain..
Mindfulness is great at any time and for almost everyone. However, I think it has the potential to be a particularly useful trick up the sleeve of travellers hoping to fully experience their trip, while remaining grounded in what can be a trying and tumultuous way of life...In this post I define what mindfulness actually is before exploring why it could be particularly helpful for travellers and how it might be put into practice.
“I want out. I’ve gotta go somewhere- have to get away! I need to travel again...preferably for a long time”...It was nothing debilitating, but I had the sudden and powerful urge to travel, to just get up and away from everything...The issue reminded me of something I think is important when it comes to travelling and that I’d forgotten in my immediate reaction to get up and go.
Another potential obstacle to travel is an ironic one really. Essentially, for aspiring travellers there can be so many places we want to go, so many things we want to see and so much stuff we want to do that it can be too difficult to decide on any one of them. We end up doing nothing. This is a piece looking at how to decide where to travel.
In pursuit of making the most of your travels, it's easy and tempting to get drawn into the habit of rushing around from one amazing experience to another. However, this approach can end up biting you. In this blog I talk about the two reasons I recommend slowwwwiiing down on your trip as a key piece of travel advice.
Stress can be used as a positive tool in travel and life. However, in our society today we spend a lot of time and effort avoiding discomfort. As a result, we've come to a point where we’re now immensely stress-averse. We’ve come to see it as something that’s downright bad. And it’s true: stress is never nice and in extremes it can lead to really negative consequences. Yet, it's also evident that at low levels, real good can come of it too.
We all know how great travel is. Seriously, I’m the first to rave about the sheer awesomeness of it and have done so countless times through Coddiwomp, both on the website and social media...I honestly think travelling is one of the best things anyone can do in their lives....However, travel isn’t always great. And, where travel bloggers and content producers understandably often focus on the immense positive qualities of travel, there’s a tendency not to talk about the multitude of challenges involved too.
There can be quite a lot to think about in the lead up to your travels. So, here’s my pre-departure checklist of everything you could be considering before you go. I’ve tried to make it as comprehensive as possible but like I’ve said before, travel is an individual endeavour and we all do things differently. The way you prepare and the order in which you do things will be unique to you. So, though I hope this will be a useful guide for any first time traveller, it doesn’t necessarily have to be followed to a T!
A thought stirred in my mind during a recent trip to Cambodia. It related to a question I’ve frequently asked myself: how long could I travel for before it lost its appeal? Ultimately, in the pursuit for an answer I found myself considering how we can maintain our passion for travel while on the road. In so doing, I landed on the importance of purpose.
Sometimes travel doesn’t feel like a choice. For some, the urge to explore the world and break away from the banality of daily life in exchange for adventure is so intense that travel becomes almost inevitable...In this post I explore this urge and how it relates to dissatisfaction with the idea of an ordinary, banal life.
What is Travel? This might seem like a strange question. And yes, on one hand, the answer’s obvious. As Google helpfully informs us, travel means to ‘make a journey, typically of some length’. Not the most inspiring definition though, is it? In this blog post I describe how I define travel, in the hope that it will help any aspiring traveller realise exactly what they're getting into...
There’s no ‘right’ way to travel. And, as long as basic steps are taken to respect the people and places you visit, I’m not sure there’s a ‘wrong’ way to travel either...Having said that, certain approaches to travel may be more conducive to positive experience than others...
Travelling can feel out of reach and off limits when your bank balance is running low. However, you shouldn’t take travel off your agenda solely through having limited funds. With a bit of graft, some slight mindset shifts and possible alterations to your aspirations, travelling on a budget is absolutely possible.
Ever dream of the simple life? Well, travelling is a superbly effective way of learning how to live it. If you want to take a step back from material living and live in a more basic, minimalist way, going travelling is a perfect starting point.
Travel fatigue is a big hurdle for any traveller. In this piece I go into some of the main reasons for tiredness to rear its ugly head and give some tips for how to protect yourself against them.
Check out this list of countries that seem especially suited to first time travel. Ultimately, knowing who you are and what you want is the best starting point for making any travel decision, especially when it comes to deciding where you want to go. However, if you’re seeking ideas for your first travel destination, I really hope this list helps!
The process of travel lends itself very well to feeling lonely. I mean, you literally wave goodbye to friends, family and loved ones at the airport and suddenly it is just you, walking into the unknown. What helps when you experience loneliness while travelling alone?
Travel homesickness is a natural reaction part of the experience. I mean, quite fundamentally, for an extended period of time you're a long way away from home- it seems reasonable to miss it once in a while. Here are 4 steps to help overcome it.
Travelling can be incredibly uncomfortable at times. Learning to embrace that discomfort and leap into the challenge of it all can be equally rewarding. I wanted to take a look at the value of getting comfortable being uncomfortable while travelling.
Post Travel Depression is a common difficulty for a traveller. Here, I share my experiences with it and some idea for how to overcome the challenges involved with coming home from travel.