January 29, 2023

The ultimate ethical travel checklist

If you’re someone who loves travelling but worries that one day your bucket list destinations will have been destroyed by – you guessed it – travellers, then look no further. I often find myself conflicted about backpacking when looking at flight emissions, watching heartbreaking nature documentaries and listening to local tour guides discuss the amount…

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63 bucket list ideas for the ultimate backpacker

We asked a bunch of our favourite travel bloggers for some of the off-the-beaten-path highlights of their travels so far, and have formed a list of 63 bucket list ideas for the ultimate backpacker. If you are looking to bulk up your log of 100 things to do before you die, we’ve got you covered!…

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Best solo travel destinations for 2023

2022 has seen travellers dust off their backpacks, dig out their passports, and return to the bunkbeds. With borders reopening across the world earlier this year, we saw adventurers both flock back to backpacker hotspots and head to pastures new, with solo travel in particular seeing epic growth over the past 12 months. Whether it’s…

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Tackling travel disasters: what to do when things go wrong

Travelling is magical. Regardless of where you go or what you do, you’ll come back with new memories, new friends, and some crazy new stories to tell. But, as with most things that involve a bit of risk, there are a few bits & bobs that can go wrong. Luckily, there’s not much that can’t…

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5 lesser-known tours and adventures to get you off grid

Aside from meeting new people, finding the world’s most epic adventures is the best part of travelling. If you’re solo travelling, booking a tour or organised activity can be a great way to meet other backpackers at your hostel and beyond with a similar taste for fun! Joining a tour group can take the pressure…

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How to travel sustainably… Stay in a hostel!

Travelling with a clean, green conscience. Can it really be done? It’s no secret that explorers are becoming more aware of the impact that travelling has on the planet, and everyone from gap year-ers to silver surfers wants to know how to travel sustainably. With nearly 70% of hostel travellers claiming that climate change is…

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Introducing… Gap Year Diaries x Hostelworld Podcast

Stories have been passed between travellers for hundreds of years and, in our opinion, it’s one of the best ways to find out about all that the world has to offer. From lesser-known islands, to under-rated party spots, to awesome adrenaline adventures, some of the top experiences out there can come from friends’ recommendations. Travel…

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