If your Facebook news feed is anything like mine, it is probably overrun by pictures of your friends and acquaintances from crazy backpacking trips in Europe, in Asia, in South America. Looking at those pictures from our sometimes grim perspectives of everyday life surely makes us long for such adventures ourselves, but how do we make that leap of faith and actually go backpacking?
Well, number one could be the obvious – buying an actual backpack. Sometimes, if it is an option, the best way to start an adventure is to do it spontaneously, so book your ticket, pack your bags and keep an open mind – best stories always start with crazy decisions.
Of course, such an approach can be too much, and, sometimes, it is simply not an option. But that’s not a problem. In today’s globalised world it is very easy to inform oneself about everything you need to know before actually setting out into the wide world. If you are travelling on a budget, a good way to cut corners in the budget is to use sites such as Couchsurfing or Workaway. These sites will give you a chance not only to meet locals and get their perspective of the country you are visiting but also to meet fellow travellers inside the country.
Google is your friend. Through Skyscanner you can find the cheapest flights, Booking.com will provide you with numerous reviews of hotels and hostels, Tripadvisor will give you ideas for your itineraries, stories from travel blogs such as ours will fill you with the spirit of adventure.
But what it ultimately comes down to is you. Sure those pictures in our news feed seem alluring. Sure they call for action. But we shouldn’t feel rushed or compelled to do anything. Sometimes the best course of action is watching a good documentary. It can quench our thirst for an adventure, or, better yet, make us more determined in our decision.
Where ever you decide your next venture is, making sure you are covered by a reliable health insurance is just as important as having your backpack on your back and your passport safe and dry.
Any travellers alike know that travelling is one of the healthiest addictions to have, however, travelling doesn’t come without its risks. Research and planning are essential for optimum safety.
There are many different styles of travelling, whether you choose the luxury route or take is back to basics and sleep beneath the stars, it is recommended that you choose a tour group and guide to take you on your ventures. Tour guides have the knowledge and first aid knowledge needed to keep you safe- plus they know which areas as safe to sleep and which are inhabited by crocodiles at night. Putting your health first is important- make sure you have the fitness level required to trek and partake in activities. Know your limits as you don’t want to have to use your insurance for taking the wrong risks.
If you are brave enough to venture out from your everyday lifestyle and decide to take that leap and go travelling, it will be the best decision you would make.
However, having coeliac disease and wanted to venture to multiple countries may put you off. Well, it definitely shouldn’t. More and more people are living gluten free and the knowledge of gluten free requirements in restaurants and supermarkets is also apparent.
Cards can be used with your requirements written in the language needed are a must for countries that do not speak your native tongue. Using these cards in Asia has definitely been a great way to stop them using soy sauce in your dish and they love to cater to your needs.
Countries such as Australia and New Zealand are well ahead of the game and pretty much have gluten free options all over their menus.
So happy gluten free travelling.
If you’ve never been to a boat party, you may wonder what actually goes on. Many clubbing destinations around the world have boat parties each night, especially club-central locations like Ibiza, Malia and Zante to name a few. A boat party is exactly like being in a club, but outdoors with beautiful scenery and plenty of people. If you’re a hardcore clubber then you’ll love this type of trip, but for those who aren’t quite so wild, it can be a lot to take in. People have drunk a lot of alcohol so there can be a lot of people being sick, whilst there isn’t really escape from the loud music and not many opportunities to speak to your friends. It’s also easy to get lost on a big boat so if you do attend a boat party make sure you do so with caution.
Australia has some of the highest UV levels in the world and that’s why it has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world. UVA penetrates deep into the skin causing damage like wrinkles and discolouration, and exposure to UVB causes sunburn, which can cause permanent skin damage. It doesn’t matter whether it’s severe or mild, you can get skin cancer, so it’s important to cover up properly in Australia. The best way to protect yourself from sunburn and other forms of skin damage are by putting on protective clothing, slapping on suncream, wearing hats, seeking shade and wearing sunglasses. Ignoring these when you’re in the sun can significantly increase your chances of gaining skin cancer, so do take care, especially in Australia and Australasia! Remember, Ozone in the atmosphere varies on a daily basis and has an effect on UV levels, so you should check the weather forecast daily for a better insight.