Travelling RTW: Last-Minute Tips

You’ve made your decision, marked your map, counted your pennies and balled your socks—you’re ready to hit the road, right? Well, almost. Here are a few last-minute tips to note before setting out to escape fro...

Travelling RTW: How to Pack

By Sue Bedford Backpacking RTW requires a certain skill set, like how to politely point out that your tuk-tuk driver has been circling the block to rack up the meter charge without shouting and “losing face”...

Travelling RTW: Budget

Scrimpin’ and Pinchin’ One of travel’s most daunting components is the expense. The majority of backpackers must set aside money for years (yes, plural) to fund their RTW trip. To give you an idea of cost: my ...

Travelling RTW: What To Do

Once you have (reluctantly) pared down your list of where to go, it’s time to decide what to do when you get there. Since you’re already venturing out of your comfort zone, this is the ideal opportunity to p...

How to Travel Round the World

This is the first installment in a five-part series on How to Travel RTW (round' the world). Subsequent articles will examine What to Do, How to Budget, How to Pack and Last Minute Tips. If you make only one w...

Fast Travel vs. Slow Travel: Which is Better?

When international backpacking first emerged in the 1970s, it was vastly different than it is now. The lack of touristic infrastructure resulted in many travellers sleeping on the porches of bemused locals, wai...

Tips for Solo Female Travellers

I was an ideologically absorbent preteen at the zenith of the Girl Power movement in the mid-nineties. This elicited the beliefs that a) girls can do anything boys can do and b) platform sneakers are a wholl...

The Accidental Backpacker

Following “How many parasites do you have” and “How many times have you been kidnapped?” the question I am most frequently asked is: “How did you get into indie travel?” With a modest laugh, I explain that I...