10 Travel Hotspots That Prove You Shouldn’t Miss Malaysia On Your Gap Year.

South East Asia is one of the hottest gap year destination hotspots in the world, with countries like Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia permanent fixtures on the banana pancake trail, but why do so many backpackers overlook and ignore Malaysia? Here is exactly why they shouldn’t! Every backpacker knows to head to south east Asia for their gap years, the mixture of easy going backpacker communities and infrastructure, perfect island paradises, hedonistic nights out, varied cultures and some of the…

And the winner is….

I know you all have been eagerly waiting to hear who has won my round the world giveaway…and today, the wait is over. We got thousands of entries and it was really hard to narrow it down. It took me a lot longer to read the entries than I originally thought and it took even longer to narrow down a winner. There were a lot of good submissions but, in the end, there can be only one and I had to pick a winner. And that winner is… Heather T. from …

Memories

Spurred by the writing of my next book about my years on the road, I find myself wandering the halls of memory reminiscing about my last decade of travel. I dig through old photos and journal entries. I search Facebook for people I met years ago. Stories and faces long forgotten zoom back into my mind as I wonder where they are and what they are doing. Those whose lives briefly intersected with my own on the highway of life. …

8 Reasons You Need More Adventure Travel In Your Life Now.

The advantages of taking a gap year or travelling are well known and documented, but if you really want to make the most of your gap year and reap even more benefits, then you should throw a little bit of adventure in there too!  Going on a round the world trip or a gap year is an adventure in and …

East Timor Travel Guide

For the curious traveler, here’s my East Timor travel guide with tips on how to navigate your way around the newest nation in Asia. East Timor, or Timor-Leste as it is called now, is a country that is rarely under the tourist radar. It is after all the newest country in Asia, having gained full independence only in 2002. I was first…

Top 10 Tips For A Stress Free Trip.

Travel can be stressful, especially if you are heading off on a long term gap year or backpacking trip, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are my top tips for staying stress free on your next trip, most of which have been learned the hard way!  Travel isn’t always as easy or glamorous as a lot of people make out. It isn’t always as simple as hopping on a plane and living it up on a…

Is Australia Becoming Too Dangerous For Backpackers Fearful Of Sexual Assault?

With one more high profile case of a woman being held against her will and raped in Australia being sensationalised in the media, questions are being asked whether or not Australia is becoming too dangerous for young female backpackers.  A recent dramatic rescue by Australian police has brought to light the case of a young British backpacker who had been kidnapped, held against …

Where To Travel In 2017.

With so many amazing destinations to choose from when planning your gap year or backpacking trip for 2017, how do you make a decision on where to go? The Bemused Backpacker 2017 destination guide is here to help you and let you know where all the upcoming destinations are for this year.  Here are my personal top picks for where you should be making travel plans…

How To Pack A Kick Ass Carry On And Travel Like A Boss!

Travelling with carry on only is an absolute life saver when you are heading off on a trip, making getting through the airports a hell of a lot easier and saving you from the compacted spinal pain from the dreaded backpackers hump later in life, to name just a couple of benefits. But packing a carry on pack is a fine art that not everyone gets right; let me show you how I do it. After years of backpacking around the world I have learned the …

The Importance Of An Exit Strategy On Your Gap Year.

Would you know what to do if something went horribly wrong on your gap year? If something terrible happens while you are travelling and you need to bail quickly, it is essential that you have an exit strategy that will get you out of that situation and to a place of safety…

Staying Safe Online When Travelling.

In a modern digital age travellers are very rarely offline and often have at least one connected device on them at all times. The problem is those devices often have a wealth of personal information about us, our family, our finances, our entire lives, and many travellers do not think about the security or protection of those devices and can leave…

Backpacking 101: Six Essential Tips for your Inaugural Thru-Hike

Ben King grew up exploring the wilds that surround Bryson City, North Carolina. He turned this passion into a career when he opened Bryson City Outfitters last April. His quaint, downtown shop houses gear, offers advice, and upholds a community-minded ethos. “Community over commerce,” says King. “Local independent shops have a lot of experience and knowledge to impart…

Should You Learn Self Defence Before Your Gap Year?

Is learning a martial art or a bit of self defence a good idea for your gap year? Well the problem is the answer isn’t exactly clear cut. This article asks should you learn self defence before you go travelling and questions whether it is a good idea or not. Alongside the questions of whether taking a gap year is safe, many first time backpackers also ask the…

Is Backpacking Around The World Safe?

The question of whether it is really safe to take a gap  year or travel around the world comes up a lot, and there is often a lot of confusion between levels of personal fear and genuine danger, so given that it is such an important topic I just want to take a moment to discuss whether travelling the world is safe or not…