Category Archives: backpacker

House Sitting: Your First Assignment

Considering house sitting? Find out exactly what to expect from your first assignment.

Recently I revealed I’d started house sitting. I realised that it could really complement my life as a travel blogger. Along with looking after a cute pet, you also get to experience life in different places around the world.

After many months travelling, interspersed with short periods at my family home, I’ve started to REALLY miss my former London life. I used to go for walks along the river, discover cute local pubs and restaurants, and thrived on that all-encompassing London buzz.

Primrose Hill View
Missing London

While Trusted Housesitters has properties available all over the world, I decided for my first assignment I’d like to head back to London. I applied for four house sits in the space of week. They were all looking for someone for a few days in January. Two had over 20 applicants and after playing the waiting game I received generic “thanks but no thanks” messages via my account. Continue reading House Sitting: Your First Assignment

How House Sitting Can Help You Travel The World On A Budget

House sitting offers you free accommodation in amazing locations around the world. Plus, you get the bonus of looking after some cute pets along the way! Sounds too good to be true huh?

The thing about us travel bloggers is we’re never in one place for long. But with that lifestyle comes the problem of where to live.

Playing with Enzo at our first house sitting assignment
Playing with Enzo at our first house sitting assignment

Last year, I spent several months living in London, a month in South America and jetted off on 47 flights to 16 different countries. In between trips I spent a week or two at home. Yes my family home. I knew it was temporary but it still took some getting used to! Goodbye London life, independence and quick drinks with friends after work. But then again, how often was I even in the country to do that these days anyway? Continue reading How House Sitting Can Help You Travel The World On A Budget

Top Travel Experiences Of 2016

I’ve already revealed a few of my highlights from 2016, so now it’s time to hand over to some of the top travel bloggers on the planet.

So when you travel for a living, is it harder to impress you? What makes a trip truly special? Is it all about luxury? Or do you want to return home after several adventures with a crazy story or two?  Highlights for this bunch of bloggers range from icebergs in Greenland to paradise beaches in the Maldives, and even a few dragons! If you haven’t planned your travels for 2017, this should give you some serious inspiration.

Emily from Emily Luxton Travels

It’s really hard to choose my favourite, but I think it has to be Indonesia! I was there for six weeks and fell head over heels for this incredible country. I loved everything; people, the food, and the stunning landscapes – not to mention the epic animal encounters I had, including swimming with manta rays and getting up close to some wild komodo dragons!

Read more about Emily’s travels in Indonesia. Continue reading Top Travel Experiences Of 2016

3 Amazing Ways To Meet People While Travelling Solo

Nervous about travelling solo? You’ll never get lonely with my tried and tested ways to meet people while exploring the world!

I’m a huge fan of jetting off on holiday with my best friends, but there are certain times when the travel experience is heightened by travelling solo. When you only have yourself to think about, you can create a trip that’s totally suited to you. Plus, without anyone to hide behind, you tend to make more friends, take a leap out of your comfort zone, and relish the adventure! Hey, I never would have gone volcano boarding in Nicaragua or hang-glided in Rio if I had some of my scaredy-cat friends there to chicken out with!

Volcano Boarding Nicaragua
Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua
Enjoying the view in Yosemite National Park
Enjoying the view in Yosemite National Park, USA

It’s fair to say solo travel has a bit of a stigma. Not only is it a daunting prospect for the one doing it… it’s also the kind of thing your mum will have a big opinion about! Will you be safe? What crazy things are you planning to do? And after days of fun… what happens when you get lonely? Continue reading 3 Amazing Ways To Meet People While Travelling Solo