South East Asia’s Most Overrated Destinations.

South East Asia is one of the most popular regions in the world for backpackers heading off on their gap year, and in general has a well deserved reputation that draws travellers to it time and time again. But not every part of the region is deserving of that adulation and there are some parts of south east Asia that are overrated in the extreme. Here are just some of my choices for the most overrated destinations in south east Asia. I absolutely love south east Asia, I really do…

Top 5 Australian Road Trip Itineraries.

A road trip through Australia has to be one of the most popular bucket list items on any gap year. Here are some of the best road trip itineraries to inspire you to take one of your own. Taking a road trip through some of Australia’s most stunning landscapes is almost a …

Best Caribbean Islands for Families

To help you figure out where to take your kids on holidays to the Caribbean, I’ve compiled a list of the best Caribbean islands for families. Since I became a mother, I’ve become a strong advocate for family travel. Travel can do wonders for kids: it brings a sense of adventure and a break from routine to both parents and kids. Travel teaches kids things that they can never learn from school. On the road, kids learn to be adaptable, curious and adventurous. But choosing the right destination can make or…

My Bucket List for 2017

 My Bucket List for 2017 Every other year, I update my bucket list to cross off items that I’ve done and add in new items that have appeared on my travel radar. Some people say travel isn’t about ticking off lists, but I like to see travel as a challenge and a form of self-improvement. Keeping track of …

10 of My Favorite Places in the World

This Adventure Travel Blogger’s Favorite Places in the World Of all the questions I get asked as an adventure travel blogger, this is probably the most popular one:  “What’s your favorite place in the world?” For me, it’s also the hardest question to answer. Having traveled to 106 countries (and counting…), I’ve had my fair share of amazing experiences in far-flung, gorgeous parts of the world. Earth is a beautiful place and there are just SO …

Top 10 Awesome Filipino Dishes You Have To Try.

Filipino food has a bit of a bad reputation as being bland or boring, but nothing could be further from the truth! Check out these amazing dishes that will blow your tastebuds away and turn your entire image of Filipino cuisine on its head! Filipino food does have a bit of a dull reputation, but this is almost wholly unfair. South East…

6 Of The Best Flight Booking Resources.

Researching and booking your flights around the world has become so much easier in the last 15 years I have been travelling the world, and thanks to the internet the potential traveller is now spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing who to book their flights with. Here are a list of some of the best online resources for booking your flights.  STA travel. One of my perennial favourite sites, and also the one I booked my very first flight with all those years ago! This is an awesome company for…

Top Budget Apps For Travelling.

Keeping on budget on your gap year can be difficult. Here are a few of the best apps on the market at the moment to help you keep your bank balance steady on the road. The way travellers interact with services and providers has changed a lot in recent years, and apps and social media …

10 Places to See Before They Disappear

The world is a beautiful place and it’s packed with a string of incredible natural attractions. Sadly, climate change and human activities are causing many of these places to disappear. Scientists are raising concerns that climate change is affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, islands, and glaciers, leading to potentially drastic changes. We’ve put together a list of 10 places to see before they disappear. Soon these places will be changed forever, so if you’ve been longing to …

Where To Travel In 2016.

With so many amazing destinations to choose from when planning your 2016 gap year, how do you make a decision on where to go? The Bemused Backpacker 2016 destination guide is here to help you and let you know where all the upcoming destinations are for this year, including a few that might just surprise you! I’ve been to some amazing places over the last year, and plan to discover even more of the world in 2016, but…

My 7 Favorite Travel Blogs of 2015

I love travel stories — whether entire books, short stories, or blog posts. I can never get enough! Since I’m on my computer so often, I’m always looking for new blogs to quench my literary thirst. I read hundreds of new blogs each year, and most of them I decide I can live without. But I always find a few gems, and I want to showcase the blogs I started reading often in 2015: The Blonde Abroad Kiersten’s site focuses on the intersection of fashion and travel. She gives tips and advice …

5 Free Things To Do In Venice.

Ah, Venice. The Romance, the history, the price tag. Venice will sweep you up very easily in it’s romantic grandeur, and invite you to get lost inside its winding streets, grand canals and faded architecture, but with many of the impressive must see sites charging an entrance fee a day or two here can really eat into your budget, especially if you succumb to the lures of the many restaurants along your wanders. So it is even more important that you enjoy the free things to do so you have some money left over for that …

My Top 10 Most Popular Posts So Far.

Now that Bemused Backpacker has had its second birthday and is heading into its third year, I thought this would be a good time to look back and reflect on my most popular posts of the last year.  In a lot of ways I’m never sure if anything I write will be popular – or even read at all – until it is published, and when it is the random unpredictability of the internet ensures that the reason why any given article becomes popular is often as much random chance as it is anything else. Some of these posts…

5 Epic Travel Sites to See in 2015

The world is full of incredible icons, both natural and man-made, but how many have you actually seen in the flesh? Make 2015 the year you go and experience some of the most breathtaking sights around the world. There are plenty to choose from, but we’ve chosen 5 below which we found truly spectacular and awe-inspiring. If you can do them all in 2015 we’ll be mighty impressed, and so will you… 1. Taj Mahal, India Taj Mahal is one of the most popular tourist hot spots…