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A guide to Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Tucson in Arizona is home to America’s largest cacti: the giant saguaro. This type of cacti has become a universal symbol of western America and one American National Park has even been named after it. They’re only found in a small part of the USA (the area around Tucson) and are protected within Saguaro National Park. Saguaro National Park is probably one of the less well known National Parks of America, but given its proximity ...

21 Travel Accessories for backpackers & adventurers

Let’s talk travel accessories. And, in particular, travel essentials. There are some travel accessories that everybody needs, such as somewhere to store your money, something to help you charge up your tech, and other travel accessories that just make travelling that little bit easier. You can get super fancy with your travel accessories (hello wine diaper), or if like me you’re a bit of a budget traveller, you can stick to the essentials. If you’re ...

How to take a day trip to Gibraltar from Spain & what to do there

Whilst on holiday in Almuñécar, southern Spain, we decided to take a break from the beach for a day and make a day trip to Gibraltar. Gibraltar is in southern Spain but has been owned by the British for longer than the United States has been American. Affectionately known as "The Rock" (thanks to the massive Rock that casts shadows over Gibraltar), takes its Britishness to whole new levels. You'll see red pillar boxes, fish and chip ...

Tips for being a language assistant on your year abroad

If you're studying a language at university and have to take a year abroad you may be weighing up your options. Perhaps you could work, study or become a language assistant on your year abroad. I studied French at The University of Warwick and spent my third year - the year abroad - in the town of Grenoble. Instead of opting to go to the university in Grenoble, I worked as a language assistant and ...

How to visit Fraser Island and what to do there

Along with the Whitsunday Islands, Fraser Island is a staple stop off for backpackers heading up, or down, Australia's East Coast. My friend, Rachel, and I stopped off at Fraser Island where we boarded a ferry with a group and spent two nights on this sandy island. If you'd like to plan a visit to Fraser Island here's how to get there along with what to pack and what to do during your visit to ...

Your ultimate guide to the Regata Storica in Venice, Italy

In 2013 I was invited on a trip to Venice with my university rowing club of which I was a part. We were to take part in the 2nd International University Regata. The fastest boats would then go on to race in the Regata Storica event which takes place annually along Venice's Grand Canal. Whilst our boats weren't one of the winners, we still go to join a procession down Venice's Grand Canal. Rowing down ...

How to visit the Whitsunday Islands in Australia

If you’re travelling up the east coast of Australia on a backpackers trip as I did when I was 20, then you’ll definitely want to add a visit to the Whitsunday Islands to your Australia itinerary. We opted for the traditional backpacker option of joining a small group on a yacht for a few days. Expect rather a lot of alcohol (or goon; a cheap box of wine), and an even larger amount of fun. ...

31 things to do & eat in Brisbane, Australia

Back in 2011 (years before I started this blog!) I visited Australia for the first time and spent a month going up the east coast from Sydney to Cairns with one of my best friends from university. Brisbane was one of the cities I remember the most (apart from Sydney!) and so I’ve put together a list of fun things to do in Brisbane. Whilst I didn’t get the time to do all of them, ...

The ultimate sea to sky adventure

Every winter's morning I've been waking up with the sunrise and glancing out of the windows before I do anything else. You know it's going to be a good day when the tops of the mountains have turned white. The trees covered in a dusting (or a dump) of snow. But, when the mountains aren't covered with snow it's not all that bad. There's the sea for swimming in, the forests for running and the ...

Best kayak day trips from Vancouver

As the temperatures are slowly starting to warm up it's got me thinking about summer adventures. And the type of adventure that's on my mind the most right now is kayaking. It might have something to do with the fact that Thom and I just bought ourselves these kayaks... Luckily we live on the Canadian west coast where there are so, SO many places to go kayaking. There's plenty of places where you could spend ...