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08 Jun
2009

Strangest Travel Insurance Claims

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When you head off on your 2 week holiday or your year long overseas adventure, travel insurance is one of those things that you really should consider buying. Look into it properly though, you don't want to break a leg doing something that isn't covered by an ill-advised travel insurance package and find yourself with a massive medical bill and other costs.

You never know though, you could be lucky and get your travel insurance claim accepted no matter how bizzarre the claim appears to be.

08 Jun
2009

Wet Weather Activities for Backpackers

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It’s not a good day today. Of course you might be reading this in 5 years time when the sun is shining, but trust me, here, right now the weather is just crappy. So what do you do as a fully fledged Tortoise (that’s backpacker to you) on crappy days?

Here are my top 6 suggestions for wet weather activities for backpackers!

1) Well obviously the first thing that comes to mind is just to stay in bed. Now if you are cosy with the one you love (or at least lust after for now), in your lovely ensuite room, this has to be the top suggestion.

08 Jun
2009

Backpacker Stereotypes - Which type of backpacker are you?

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Buildings and Temples are fantastic and food is always good to try, but I've always believed that it's the people you meet that make a journey. The strange thing is the more places you visit, and the more backpackers you meet, the more you can recognise the same character traits over and over again. It's true that there are some very typical backpacker stereotypes out there.

So I thought I’d list a few that I have noticed. You might want to have a look and see which backpacker stereotype you are? Or you might want to let me know the ones that I have missed. If you haven’t set off on your adventure yet, these are the backpackers you will meet, but don’t let that put you off.

08 Jun
2009

Swine Flu - You see, pigs can fly after all!

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So we have another thing that is going to kill the entire human population of the world and let the cockroaches take their place at the top. Swine Flu! It’s not that long ago that it was the evil birds that were going to be the death of us, now its good old porky.

So as far as I can make out it goes like this. Me, you and yes even you, strange smelly backpackers, have something in common with birds and pigs. We all get influenza. That’s not quite as serious as man flu, but little is. Now us hairless monkey’s can give the flu to pigs, and so can birds. This makes you feel a bit sorry for the pigs really.

08 Jun
2009

Guide Books - They're just a Guide you know!

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Don’t get me wrong if you are thinking of wandering off to a far off land with little more than a sleeping bag liner for protection it is handy having a little help to see you on your way. The problems start when you feel that you cannot move without it.

I’m sure there are many others, but the 2 main guide books I have used are the ‘Rough Guide’ series (funny, sarcastic very English sense of humour) or it's better known cousin the ‘Lonely Planet’ (Used by most people, a bit like an i pod I suppose, works very well, just not for me!).

08 Jun
2009

Am I a Backpacker or a Tourist?

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Never mind asking 'Am I a flashpacker or backpacker?', I want to know if I’m a backpacker or a tourist. At some point between there and here I was sitting in a fine drinking establishment reading the wall where over the years people had written hilarious pieces of imaginative wit. You know the sort of thing, ‘Kaz and shaz waz ere 1999’ and ‘ring 09******* for hot sex’. In amongst this rubbish was a piece of genius.

"No Fishermans pants, no tie dye, no dreadlocks, no head scarfs, in fact nothing you wouldn’t wear to visit your local pub. Just remember you are not a bloody backpacker, you’re just a tourist!"

08 Jun
2009

Flashpacker or Backpacker? What type of traveler are you?

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A term used more and more these days is "Flashpacker". What is a flashpacker and are flashpackers really that different to backpackers? What are the differences and how can you define the term? Find out if you're classed as a flashpacker or a backpacker or are you some other kind of budget traveler?

Having searched online dictionaries to find out what the official definition of a flashpacker is I discovered that so far only wikipedia has one, and it's probably as good a definition as any.

08 Jun
2009

Bed Bugs | Evil Little F**kers or Just Misunderstood?

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Nearly everyone who has done some traveling has come across Bed Bugs, whether they've personally shared a bed with them or seen the very distinctive bites on a friend. They truely are a backpackers worst nightmare! But don't worry, it's not just us backpackers who get eaten alive by these blood-sucking monsters, even 5 star hotels get bed bugs!

So what are they? What do they look like? How can you tell if you've been bitten by a bed bug? And how on earth do you get rid of the horrible critters? Read on and you'll find out more than you ever wanted to know about them.

08 Jun
2009

Backpacker Bus or Hitchhike around New Zealand?

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Although traveling New Zealand by car or campervan has some high points, it is not for everyone. If you are looking for a way to avoid driving yourself around the country consider the following transportation options.

Take a Bus

There are more backpacker bus companies competing in New Zealand's backpacker market than there are teenie bopper girls screaming at the last Hannah Montana concert. Each backpacker bus company offers a different schedule and range of options but the basic premise is the same.

08 Jun
2009

Buy or Rent a Car or Campervan in New Zealand?

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Should you buy or rent a car or campervan for your New Zealand trip? New Zealand offers backpackers a diverse number of transport options. With such a plethora of choices, determining the best mode of transport can be a bit daunting. Before considering all of the different modes of transport however, it is first necessary to understand your priorities. To do so, answer the following questions.

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Australia / NZ / Fiji
Australia
Adelaide
Adelaide Travellers Inn
Agnes Water - Town of 1770
1770 Southern Cross
Airlie Beach
Nomads Airlie Beach
Alice Springs
Toddys
Arrawarra
Spot X Surf
Brisbane
Bunk
Byron Bay
Arts Factory Lodge
Nomads Byron Bay
Cairns
Nomads Cairns
Nomads Esplanade
Cape Tribulation
Pk's Jungle Village
Coffs Harbour
Plantation Backpackers
Hobart
Tassie Backpackers
Melbourne
Nomads Melbourne
Nomads All Nations
Coffee Palace Backpackers
Noosa
Nomads Noosa
Perth
Billabong
Port Douglas
Parrot Fish Lodge
Surfers Paradise
Islander Backpackers
Sleeping Inn
Sydney
Nomads Westend
Funkhouse
New Zealand
Abel Tasman
Kaiteri Lodge
Auckland
Nomads Auckland
Nomads Fat Camel
Paihia
Bay Adventurer Apartments
Dunedin
On Top Backpackers
Queenstown
Nomads Queenstown
Rotorua
Crash Palace
Taupo
Taupo Urban Retreat
Waitomo
Kiwi paka
Wellington
Nomads Capital
Fiji
Beachcomber Island
Beachcomber Island Resort
Coral Coast
Beachouse Backpackers
Malolo Island
The Funky Fish Beach Resort
Nadi
Nadi Bay Hotel
Pacific Harbour
Uprising Beach Resort
Yasawa Islands
Mantaray Island Resort
Asia
Thailand
Bangkok
Saphaipae Hostel
Back Home Backpackers
Chiang Mai
Nomads Eco Resort
Koh Phangan
Sarana Bungalows
Koh Tao
Nomads Coral Grand
Europe
Spain
Barcelona
Urbany Hostel
Equity Point Centric
Equity Point Gothic
Equity Point Sea
Girona
Equity Point
Madrid
Equity Point
Sevilla
Urbany Hostel
Portugal
Lisbon
Equity Point
Germany
Berlin
One80º Hostel
UK
Birmingham
Hatters Hostel
Liverpool
Hatters Hostel
London
Clink261 Hostel
Clink78 Hostel
Equity Point London
Manchester
Hatters at Hilton Chambers
Hatters on Newton St
Edinburgh
Smartcityhostels
North America
USA
Las Vegas
Las Vegas Hostel
Los Angeles
Orange Drive Manor Hostel
USA Hostels Hollywood
Samesun LA
Maui
Lahaina's Last Resort
The Tiki Hale
New York
Equity Point
San Diego
Lucky D's
USA Hostels San Diego
San Francisco
USA Hostels San Francisco
Canada
Banff
Samesun Banff
Kelowna
Samesun Kelowna
Revelstoke
Samesun Revelstoke
Vancouver
Samesun Vancouver
Vernon
Silverstar Samesun Ski Lodge
South America
Peru
Cusco
Milhouse
Brazil
Botafogo
El Misti Hostel & Pousada
Buzios
El Misti Hostel Yellow
El Misti Hostel
Copacabana
El Misti Rooms
El Misti Hostel
El Misti House
Ilha Grande
El Misti Hostel
Paraty
El Misti Chill
Rio de Janeiro
El Misti Hostel
Salvador
El Misti Hostel
Argentina
Buenos Aires
Milhouse Avenue
Milhouse Hostel
Africa
South Africa
Cape Town
33 South Boutique
Penthouse On Long
Morocco
Marrakech
Equity Point