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14 Apr

Is TripAdvisor destroying your experience?


It's a stunning day. We pass a beautiful square and on the edge of the square is a nice looking restaurant. It seems to be the perfect location for some good people-watching and a light lunch. We look at the menu. It's the standard tourist menu. Nothing fantastic, all the usual gringo suspects, at very reasonable prices. I would happily eat here, I would go in with low expectations and be delighted to be surprised.

31 Mar

Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca; THE chill out spot in Bolivia

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After being on the road in Bolivia for a few weeks, relaxing somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of La Paz is more than welcome. Let me introduce you to the most amazing chill out spot in Bolivia - Isla del Sol.

The Incan's believe that the the sun actually came from this small island on Lake Titicaca in North Western Bolivia. Now it's home to a few locals who mostly rely on income from agriculture and some tourism. There are no cars but plenty of donkeys.

17 Mar

I was almost shot by a bogan in the Outback


When I decided to go backpacking, I knew ultimately at some point that the money would run out, but it would be cool, I thought, it's part and parcel right? Eating noodles, scraping together a few dollars here and there for a beer, begging any hostel to let me clean a few beds for a roof over my head.

But my fail-proof plan, well, it failed...

12 Mar

All About you!


We recently asked you to tell us a bit about yourselves. Some of the questions were random, some of the answers even more so. So, which celebrities do you want to go drinking with, what's your proudest moment, what's your favourite joke...

Read on to find out a bit more about some of the backpackers who stay with us at Nomads!

20 Feb

What these backpackers did on a pool table will shock you!


Emergency callouts are common at hostels, from fire alarms being set off in the middle of the night to backpackers locking themselves out after too much to drink and they've forgotten how doors work, but the emergency phone call this hostel worker got one particular night had him racing out of the house and into his car in his PJ's!

Yes... he'd just got the phone call that no hostel manager wants to receive!

28 Jan

The Ultimate Backpacker Challenge!

Knost Vans Noosa Festival of Surfing

Ever fancied learning to surf? Well the Noosa Festival of Surfing is coming up and this year, for the first time, they're running the 'Ultimate backpacker challenge'. Backpackers will complete a crash course in surfing on their way to Noosa on a Mojo Surf Tour, then they'll be competing in front of a packed opening weekend at the worlds biggest surfing event, the Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing.

Are you brave enough to take part?

22 Jan

Worlds Best Travel Bloggers Top 3 destinations for 2014

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Need inspiration for your next holiday or adventure? Sometimes it's hard to know where your next travel destination should be, so we thought we'd give you a little bit of help in choosing your next destination by talking to some of the Worlds best travel bloggers and asking them what their Top 3 destinations for 2014 are and why. A few places came up several times and other locations were a bit of a surprise (Iran and Kyrgyzstan may not have been on your list before now but they might be after reading this).

So did one place come out on top? Well yes! In the Number 1 spot: South Africa (5 of our contributing bloggers all chose South Africa as one of their Top Destinations to travel to this year). Number 2: Jordan (following closely behind South Africa is Jordan with 4 mentions). Number 3: Scotland or Peru (Scotland and Peru took joint number 3 spot with 3 mentions each in total).

17 Jan

Confessions of a backpacker: Sex, Drugs and Flashpacking

Dorm Room Sex

When I first arrived in Australia I was staying in a backpackers hostel in Sydney. My room mates explained to me that I was in fact a flashpacker, not a backpacker, due to the fact I didn't have a backpack – I chose a suitcase with wheels and had all my lovely girly things with me – My hair straighteners, makeup, curling tongs, wax kit... basically everything but the kitchen sink.

I watched so many girls struggling at the airport with backpacks bigger than them!! It made me giggle to myself so I was quite glad to be a so-called 'flashpacker'.

14 Jan

Free or Cheap things to do in Auckland


Auckland is a popular destination for people from all over the world and is often ranked as 'most liveable city' or in lists of the Top Ten most popular places to visit. But Auckland has two main drawbacks. Firstly, lots of people think Auckland is just a place for a quick stopover before moving on to other parts of Auckland and secondly it has recently been ranked as one of the most expensive places to visit. Well, we know a few secrets to help you see and experience Auckland on a budget and to convince you to stay in town for a little bit longer than one or two days!

08 Jan

Australia Day


Just what is the significance of Australia Day? These days, especially for many backpackers visiting Australia, it's a day off work and an opportunity to drink with their friends. But Australia Day signifies something very important from this countries history.

Australia Day falls on the 26th January every year. If the 26th happens to fall at the weekend then a public holiday will follow the Monday directly afterwards (like this year, the 27th January 2014 is the actual public holiday, but most celebrations will still occur on the Sunday.)