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The Value of Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor

What is the value of Trip Advisor? Trip Advisor is a great resource for gleaning information. However, just as in life there is a great deal of misinformation.

Self reviews and competitor reviews
I see many instances where the hotel or destination has written positive reviews about themselves (through pseudonyms). Furthermore, I see others where the competition has written negative reviews about them.

The real from the fake
Often you need to look at the wording and the credibility of the person writing these Trip Advisor reviews. For instance a person who has written just one review positive or negative is less trustworthy that a person who has written 100 reviews. A person who has written lots of reviews about the same establishment or negative reviews about other hotels in the same area has less credibility. Also, does the level of the language go consistently with the person who has written it. I often see reviews written in English by someone who purports to be from an English speaking country and posts a Caucasian photo yet has spelling/grammar consistent of a Chinese, etc. Have a look at the basis for the complaint or complement. Has the person a realistic reason for their positive or negative review? Does it really deserve the rank they gave it? If the hotel has all good reviews and then one bad review (or vice versa), normally I read carefully the reason but generally treat the outlier as just that, an outlier.

The value of trip advisor comes when you analyse the reviews no when you accept them as they are.

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Travel Packing Checklist

Below is a travel packing checklist. This should help you pack for any trip. Just vary it as you feel depending on where and when you are travelling.

Travel Essentials

 Passport
 Visas
 Tickets (Air/Accommodation/Tours/etc)
 Travel Insurance
 Vaccination Certificate
 Itinerary
 Smart Phone
 Notebook
Small pen to fit in money wallet
 Addresses/phone numbers (including embassies)


 Cash in the local currency of your arrival destination
 Cash in $US, $A, $C, GBP, EURO, etc
 Credit cards (Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted)
Money belt

Medical Kit

Make sure that you have prescriptions for any medicine that is being taken. Also, check that the medication is legal in the country you are entering. Your medical kit should contain the following:
 Band aids
 Compression bandages
 Cotton buds
 Cotton wool
 Antiseptic Powder
 Hydralyte (for rehydration)
 Cough and Cold Mixture/Tablets
 Tea Tree Oil (micro bottle)
 Gastro Stop – for Diarrhoea
 Gauzes
 Hydrogen peroxide (spray bottle)
 Tweezers
 Iodine (or Betadine)
 Motion sickness tablets
 Paracetamol
 Antibiotics – for Giardia
 Antibiotics – for Diarrhoea
 Thermometer


Clothing should be able to be layered, lightweight and quick drying so that it can be used in the variety of weather conditions that you may encounter. Research the weather and climate of the destinations you will be travelling before you go. Don’t bring clothes that need to be ironed. Down jackets are good as they can be stuffed in to pack. Good walking boots make the trip much more pleasurable if there is a lot of walking involved. With walking boots it is a matter of going into an outdoor shop and testing the boots out.

Men and Women

 Walking Boots (waterproof)
 Shoes
 Sandals
Socks Woollen or Synthetic (+inner socks)
 Underwear
 Thermals
 Swimming costume
 Trousers
 Jeans
 Shorts
 Shirts
 Long sleeve shirts
 Waterproof fleece vest
 Woollen Jumper
 Goretex Jacket
 Down Jacket
 Hat
 Sunglasses
 Belt with hidden compartment

Women Only

 Bra (sports and regular)
 Dresses
 Safety pins
 Sarong /Sari /Kikoy
 Scarf
 Skirts


There are a variety of lightweight waterproof toiletry bags available these days that make it easy to carry your toiletries.

Men and Women

 Comb or brush
 Contraceptives
 Contact lens equipment or glasses
 Dental floss (small size)
 Deodorant
 Shaver
 Razors
 Shampoo and conditioner
 Shaving cream (in tube)
 Soap (small travel size)
 Sunscreen
 Travel Toothbrush
 Toothpaste (small travel size)

Women Only

 Lip balm
 Make-up and Mirror
 Tampons and pads
 Moisturiser (face and body)

Useful Travel Accessories

 Camera – plus SD cards, charger and spare batteries
Combination locks (keys can be lost) and chains
Day pack
Dry sack (if doing water activities)
Waterproof cases (for phones or tablets)
Universal electrical adapter
Portable Power Unit (if travelling to areas without power)
Phrase book and/or dictionary
 International driving license (obtain from your automobile association)
Mosquito net
Water Purifiers (if travelling somewhere remote)
 Insect repellent (with DEET)
 Passport photos
Silicone bottles (for keeping food or toiletries)
Travel pillow
Travel organisers
 Sleeping bag & mat
Silk sleep sheet (keeps out dust mites and bed bugs)
Swiss army knife (with the lot)
Small torch
Travel towel
travel umbrella
 Waterproof watch with alarm or small alarm clock
 Hand sanitiser
Pegless clothes line
 Needle
Pack of waterproof cards (transcends languages)
Luggage tags (to quickly identify your luggage on the carousel)
 Sunglasses (plastic for cold climates)

Specialist Needs

 Glasses and spare set
 Hearing aids and spare batteries

Travelling with Children

 Milk bottle for baby
 Baby food
 Baby powder
 Backpack baby carrier
 Wet wipes
 Bibs
 Changing mat
 Children’s books
 Children’s pain reliever (Panadol)
 Doll or toy
 Extra clothes
 Lollies for in planes – take off and landing
 Disposable nappies
 Sun hat


Ensure that all gear does not exceed 20kgs per person (less if your flights have lower weight limits). If you can manage 10kgs, then you may be able to carry on your luggage. If you have breakables, pack them in socks and clothes. Stuff sacks, travel organisers and compression sacks can be useful in making more use of the space available.

Remember to pack light. If you can’t carry it don’t take it

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Keep your money safe when travelling!

Keep your money safe

When travelling, learning how to keep your money safe is one of the most important things. I have seen many travellers reduced to begging when they have lost all their money and or possessions. I have had a boys hand on my wallet in my front pocket in an attempted pick pocket and have managed to keep relatively safe. However, I know of people who have had credit cards charged many times the price of the service and have been seduced by many scams that led to them losing their money. I prevented a gypsy from taking all the vacation money from a pair of Swedes in an Italian train station scam.

High levels of petty theft occur even in countries that are considered extremely safe to travel. For example Belgium and Spain often occur at the top of the list of thefts per population yet are considered some of the safest countries to travel.

To ensure that you keep your money is safe, there are a number of precautions that you can take.

Separate your money into at least 4 places

Money Belt

A money belt that is hidden under clothing. You wear it inside your jeans and under any shirts and jackets that you are wearing. Your passport, spare credit card, medical vaccination certificates (if required) and some cash are kept in the money belt. Moreover, an RFID money belt stops your credit cards and passport being read.

Normal Belt with hidden compartment

A normal looking belt with a hidden compartment. This holds a small amount of cash to allow you to survive for a day or two if necessary. Travel Ideology has its own brand unique high quality dress leather belt that offers this function.


A wallet with the day’s cash and a credit card, generally carried in the front pocket. Back pockets are an easy target for pick pockets. If mugged, you can give away the wallet without serious implications to your trip.

Main Pack

Keep some money inside your main pack and ensure that your main pack is locked and locked to a piece of furniture when in a hotel room whenever you are not there. In many countries, the money that you take for your two week or four week vacation is enough for someone to live on for a year.

Worst Places to Keep Your Travel Money


Handbags scream out to thieves as easy targets. In Kenya, I travelled on a tour that was delayed for 3 days because one lady brought a handbag and took her eye off it for a few seconds.

Hotel Safes

Some people prefer to use a hotel safe. However, remember all hotel safes are designed so that they can be easily opened by the hotel management when the guests forgets their password. With this in mind, is it the safest spot for your valuables?

Day Packs

Day packs are often used when travelling. Minimum money should be carried in a day pack. If used, they should be carried on your front rather than on your back, especially in busy areas and markets. Also, when stopped for lunch, you should wrap the strap around your leg so that you will feel it if someone tries to take it. Some newer day packs include metal mesh inside the pack to stop the straps being slashed off and the pack from being opened with a knife easily. There is a trade off of extra weight for more theft proof.

Do you look like a local?

Thefts occur in highly touristed areas and on trains and transport hubs. Where there are lots of people, you may feel someone bump into you. Later, you will notice your wallet is gone or your bag has a hole in it with something missing. Someone may have come to help you when you looked lost and had a map held up in front of you and they have helped you out of your money (most people genuinely do want to help but do be aware that not all people do to be safe).

Generally walk against the traffic. In some areas of the world, pick pocketing take place by way of motorcycle.

Thefts also occur in areas where there are no other people. This means in dark alleyways or at night in areas where nobody will hear you yell out for help. Know the districts to keep away from. If you do need to walk through these areas walk down the middle of the street or the opposite side of the road to the people. If you see someone cross the road to meet you, cross over to the other side of the road or walk into a shop or catch a taxi, a bus or train out of the area. Walk at a fast consistent pace.

Above all in these situations, look like you know what you are doing and where you are going, even if you don’t.

ATMs and currency exchange

Be aware of people around you at ATMs. Be aware of card skimming technology that can be used to access your card details. There have been cases of hidden cameras at ATMS to record your pin number. People can empty your bank account with card skimming and RFID skimming technology and whilst many banks may pay back the money if you can prove it was not you accessing the back account and you were not negligent, that may not happen until after you need to use the money for your holiday.

Travellers Cheques

These are not really used these days. Most people do not know how to use them and they will take longer to negotiate. Better to use credit cards and cash.


There are many scams designed to separate the traveller and their money. Be aware of the scams that are being perpetrated, especially in the area you are travelling. Many of these involve taking you away from other people and can then involve drugging you (eg tea in Shanghai) or physically taking the money (Kenya and other parts of Africa). In Italy, beware of gypsies , especially at railway stations. There are scams where a woman shows off her baby and before you know it she has helped herself to your money.

Credit Cards

Keep the phone numbers and details required to obtain replacement cards in your money belt should something happen. Also, you should be be aware that whilst some credit card issuers can organise replacements relatively quickly, other can take weeks. Always carry at least one spare credit card (or prepaid credit card).


Keep your money safe whilst traveling.

Christmas Shopping List for the big trip.

Your Christmas Shopping List

There are a number of travel accessories that everyone needs on their Christmas shopping list for the big trip. Following are what you should have on your Christmas shopping list.

Travel More for Less

Travel More for Less helps people to travel the world, seeing and experiencing more for the same or less cost than they otherwise would have spent. It is the quintessential guide to planning and implementing any trip. It brims from cover to cover with tips that will save you money, expand your travel horizons and keep you safe no matter where you want to travel and at what standard you want to do it at.

Travel Towel

You need a Travel Towel. It is essential for any long term trip. The advantages of a high quality travel towel are that it will be compact, lightweight, quick drying, super absorbent, strong a durable, soft or the skin. Moreover, Travel Ideology’s travel towel is the best available in the market.

Money Belt

You need a Money Belt to keep your money, passport and credit cards safe and on your person. These days that means something that is RFID safe as well. The Travel Ideology Money Belt represents excellent value for money and is RFID safe and comfortable.

Small Pen

You need to have a Small Pen to complete your arrivals forms, make notes, take people’s phone numbers or write something on a card for someone. It needs to be small enough that you can keep it with you at all times.

First Aid Kit

For every long term or remote trip, you need to be prepared. A good First Aid Kit will get you out of trouble. Moreover, the Travel Ideology first aid kit is designed specifically for long term and remote travel.

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I wish I had a piece of travel gear that did that!!!

I wish I had a piece of travel gear that did that

Have you ever thought, “I wish I had a piece of travel gear that did something that you can’t find anywhere?”. Have you seen something overseas that is not available here? Could the quality of a travel accessory that you use be improved?

Travel Ideology would love to hear from you. We want to find a solution or create a product that solves your problem.

We are committed to solving the problems that exist in the currently available travel gear.

Many of our travel gear lines have come as a result of a traveller asking for something. They tell us that we should stock a particular item or that they wanted something that did a particular thing or served a particular purpose. What do you need?

Please contact us with what you are looking for and why the current offerings don’t work.


How do I save to travel the world?

How do I save to travel the world?

It is not difficult to save to travel the world if you are willing to change a few small things. Most people have the capacity to do a lot more travel than they think if it is a priority for them. People often ask me to give them some suggestions on how to do it. Here are some of my tips.


Pull the plug on any cable TV. Cable TV is expensive and the time can be better spent elsewhere when your priority is to see the world. By cutting Foxtel, you are adding a minimum of $26 a month ($312 per year) to your travel kitty. Some people spend a great deal more than the minimum.

Gym Membership

Ditch the Gym membership. It is expensive and the exercise you will get when travelling (walking will help to make you fit). I was the fittest I had ever been after a year of travel. Average gym costs are $65 per month ($780). By quitting the gym this is put back into your travel kitty.


Running a car is one of the most expensive items that most people have. For most people it can be avoided by taking the bus. Where you have two cars in a family, consider getting rid of one of the cars. Use a bus or train instead. Average running costs for a car are likely to be between and $5000 and $10000 per year. This includes registration, CTP, insurance, petrol, maintenance. The bus or train will always be cheaper. If it only costs $1500 to travel by bus or train for the year, this equates to a savings of between $3500 to $8500 per year.

The Daily Latte/Espresso

Many people buy their daily cappuccino/latte/espresso. This quickly costs a lot of money. At $4 per day and assuming 220 work days this is costing $880 per year.

Friday night drinks

Ditch the Friday night taxi and take the bus instead. Better still ditch the drinks altogether and have lunch together instead. Whilst this may risk your social status you will be saving a great deal of money. Many people spend $30 per Friday night on drinks and then take the taxi home. The taxi may be $20 even for a relatively local trip. If this is your case, this will save you $200+ per month and $2500 per year.


If you are a smoker and smoke a packet of cigarettes a day at $22 then this equates to over $8000 per year.

Restaurants/Take Away

Eating at restaurants can eat into any budget. Say you eat at restaurants once a week at a cost of $60 for 2, normally you could cook at home and eat for $15 for two people,a saving of $45 per week or $2340 per year.

Toll Roads

Take the long road rather than the toll roads. Yes. It will take longer. Between Sydney city and Beecroft the return tolls are $20. Say you travel this route once a week. Cost is $1000 per year.

Share accommodation

If you have your own place then consider getting a flatmate in. This can bring in an extra $150 to $400 per week ($7800 to $20000 per year) If not, consider renting a place and getting a flatmate in or moving in as someone else’s flatmate. This can save a great deal of money.

Work an extra job

If you have spare time now that you don’t have Foxtel, a Gym Membership, etc you possibly have time to take up a second job. By doing so, you can turn that spare time into extra cash. Say you work on Saturdays at $25 per hr for 8 hours is $10000 per year

Whilst not everyone is able to give up these things it provides some insight as to what is possible.

Some Statistics

SUMMARY (prices as at 2015)
Foxtel                                                 $313 per year
Gym Membership                           $780 per year
Car                                                     $3500 to $8500 per year.
Toll Roads                                        $1000 per year.
Daily Latte/Espresso                     $880 per year.
Friday night drinks                        $2500 per year.
Smoking                                           $8000 per year.
Restaurants                                     $2340 per year.
Share accommodation                  $7800 to $20000 per year.
Work an extra job                          $10,000 per year.

Say you manage to save $25000. This is enough for a family of 4 to live quite well in parts of South East Asia for a year.

With planning, it is enough for a solo traveller to travel extensively around the world for a year (with limited travel in more expensive countries such as USA, Canada and Europe).


10 best Travel Experiences not found in a travel agency

10 best Travel Experiences you won’t find in a travel agency

People often ask me what are the best places you have been or what are the best travel experiences you have had?

You won’t find these experiences advertised in a tour brochure. Here are some of them.

1. Sahara

On a trip to the Sahara, I hired a car with two French Canadian girls. During the days we spent in remote Morocco, we had police investigate our border town hotel room in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. We had a stone puncture our petrol tank whilst driving in the Sahara. It was repaired by a hitch hiker we had picked up who also invited us to a very colourful Berber wedding paid for by Moroccan royalty.

2. Colombian Amazon

When in Leticia (Amazonas, Colombia) I hired a guide with a Danish and Norwegian guy. We took a small boat down a small tributary of the Amazon bordering Colombia and Brazil to visit a tribe of natives who still told the time by distance and distance by how long it took to get there. On the way we left a German guy who spoke to Spanish or Portuguese to hunt local tiger with the natives who spoke to English or German. For the people we stayed with modern things like aircraft and cameras were difficult concepts to explain. Whilst we were there, they caught a 6ft python that lived below the hut. We stayed in hammocks.

3. Zaire – locals in a small remote village / firing bow and arrow with pygmies

We stopped the overland vehicle in a small remote village. The kids had never seen a vehicle stop nor had they ever seen a person with facial hair. I had a beard at the time. The kids were fascinated by it and could not resist touching it. The local men could not grow facial hair. Fortunately, the natives who lived here all spoke French and we spoke until it was time for everyone to go to bed.

In another area of Zaire,  I was taken down river by marijuana smoking pygmies in their dugout canoes. The pygmies taught me to shoot bow and arrows that they had constructed from what the local forest offered.

4.  Camerounian witch doctor

Whilst exploring the small town of Rhumsiki, I met the town’s witch doctor and had dinner with him on the floor of his small mud hut. He showed me his collection of potions, explaining what they were used for. Many seemed to be similar to the western remedies of old.

5. Sitting with kids in El Djem Tunisia

ElDjem housed an old Roman amphitheatre that tourists visited during the day. However,I missed the train out of El Djem. I was sitting in the shade of a tree and on a fence near to avoid the strong sun. School finished and the area became the school bus stop. Before long I was speaking with the 20 or so students and their teacher. It was a wonderful interaction as we compared the differences between our respective countries and lifestyles.

6. Death Highway in the back of a truck and flight out on a military airline

I took a ride in the back of a truck down Death Highway in Bolivia. The views were amazing, stretching from sea level to 6000 metres. At many times during the descent there were walls on either side that seemed to be 1000ft high with little crosses lining the sides where countless people had fallen to their deaths. At times, police inspected the vehicle for drugs. When we arrived at the jungle the truck made the last 10 kms under moon light with no headlights as they were no longer working.

In order to get to a brother’s wedding, I had to take the military airline back to La Paz and another flight to Santiago in Chile to get a flight back to Sydney. The problem was that the plane kept getting delayed. When we eventually arrived at the airstrip it was a grass strip with a building that said aeropuerto. There were no other signs. Inside, a man opened a cupboard and pulled out a table and a chair. He opened a box and sold the departure tax stamps. Meanwhile the plane landed and as there were not enough seats for everyone, I helped the crew load the gear to try and help my chances.At the same time, someone else was on a ladder checking the fuel. Once on board, I found that the plane had crash landed the day before. I was lucky enough to get a seat. Some people sat on the floor.

7. Ankor Wat motorcycle and ute taxis

I arrived at Ankor Wat on the back of a motorcycle taxi whilst my pack was brought between the legs of the rider. After seeing some remarkable ruins, I exited the country in the back of a ute, driving more off the roads than on them. On the way to Cambodia, kids collected tolls as we drove through their village.

8. Swimming with sea lions in the Enchanted Islands

One of my most amazing wildlife related experiences was swimming with playful sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. They were like playing with small puppy dogs. They would interact with my movements, blowing bubbles to each other. Their underwater aquobatics were a sight to behold as they changed direction effortlessly performing loop the loops in response to my own swimming patterns.

9. Kayaking with a humpback whale swimming under in Antarctica

When in Antarctica, I was lucky enough to kayak through areas with immense icebergs. Whilst the scenery was otherworldly and the penguins populations were both noisy and smelly, the highlight was having a couple of humpback whales swim under my kayak, turning as they did to investigate me. These curious gentle giants of the sea were as interested in me as I was in it, their huge eyes watching me as they swam under.

10. Shaking hands with wild lemurs in Madagascar / Road to Morondova

Whilst backpacking around Madagascar I was able to hand feed some wild lemurs outside one of the jungle lodges where I stayed. These gentile lemurs have very soft human like hands and were a pleasure to interact with.

In another instance, in a remote area of Madagascar, I had taken a minibus from Fiantarasoa to a remote area on the way to Morondova. We had entered the jungle and stopped at a small village. We entered the only restaurant. There were two choices I was told – chicken or fish. I settled on chicken as the fish was quite a way away. After dinner, I exited the restaurant and re-boarded the minibus. Someone had placed there live chicken in the foot well where my feet had been prior to the restaurant stop. It squawked as I almost trod on it. At the same time the  Madagascan lady was trying to say something to me.  It was jungle hot and humid and the radio was playing French music about the snow falling. As we set off the rain streamed down and we navigated our way through a jungle of pot holes. Later we passed a village with sellers asleep at their kerosene lamp lit tables .

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Buy travel gear from Travel Ideology.

Buy Travel Gear from Travel Ideology

Every wondered where is the best place to buy your travel gear and accessories? Maybe you think of Kent St in Sydney or Little Bourke St in Melbourne when you think of quality travel gear. You could always buy your travel gear there and that is great when you have money to burn, like to pay more for everything and like spending time waiting in a queue, sitting on a bus or finding an expensive parking spot. Instead buy travel gear from Travel Ideology and save money.

HOWEVER, there is now a much better way. Travel Ideology brings you all the best brands at the best prices in Australia.

You can now buy all of your travel accessories at Travel Ideology online at Travel Ideology Shop. Not only that, if you buy more than $50 at a time, delivery is free.What could be better than that? No cost for parking, No bus or train fares. No spending lots of time getting there. Spend your time doing things you love, spend your money here and still have more to do other things with.

With Travel Brands such as Victorinox, Leatherman, Sea to Summit, Eagle Creek, Bridgedale, LED Lenser, and many others, its hard to argue.

When you want the best travel knives or multitools, travel towels, money belts, packs or dry sacks, Travel Ideology has it ready for you.


10 reasons to buy travel gear online at Travel Ideology

Why buy at Travel Ideology

10 reasons to buy at Travel Ideology are:

  • you prefer to pay a lot less for exactly the same thing.
  • Generally, Travel Ideology’s prices are significantly cheaper.

  • maybe you don’t like to waste time going into physical stores.
  • Why spend time getting presentable, only to have to search for what you want, speak with unhelpful customer service officers, be told that they will have to get that in for you and come back.

  • possibly you buy your travel gear whilst naked and the people in Kent St just don’t understand.
  • You can order naked from your bed. Nobody will notice. In fact we are sure people do it all the time.

  • you don’t like paying someone else’s rent.
  • Kent St rent is very very expensive and this must be factored into their prices.

  • probably you don’t like store personnel insisting you buy something you don’t want.
  • How many times has a customer service person tried to sell you on something that you don’t need and don’t want because they needed to get rid of it?

  • you don’t like store personnel telling you to come back, it will be coming in.
  • Quite often the product is not in stock. That means that you either return or it will be sent just like an online store.

  • Travel Ideology have something not stocked in Kent st or the local store.
  • Not all the products we stock are available elsewhere. Some are unique and best in class.

  • you don’t like paying for high priced city salaries.
  • Labour cost of expensive customer service officers doing nothing when nobody’s there are trying to sell you on stuff you don’t need when you are there must also be factored into the price you pay.

  • maybe you’re a movie star and even dark glasses don’t stop the constant autograph requests.
  • We have a number of movie stars living in and visiting Sydney all the time.

  • Maybe you live remotely and it is inconvenient to get to a travel gear store.
  • Travel Ideology can ship anywhere in Australia. On special request, we can also ship overseas. However, unfortunately this is expensive.

you don’t like sitting next to that smelly or disease ridden person on the bus or train and the parking is too expensive.

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Gap Year Travel

Preparing for Gap Year Travel

Gap year travel can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life; it is an opportunity to expand your horizons, open your mind, forge new bonds and encounter countless truly life changing experiences.

When getting ready for your gap year, preparation is key. Although spontaneity is fun, you run the risk of missed opportunities, bad organisation and overlooking things that can ruin a trip. Its a great idea to keep things a little open and flexible to allow for last minute decisions whilst making adequate preparations to ensure your gap year runs smoothly.

Here are our four most important tips when preparing for a gap year of travel:

1. Do your research

Make a list of everything you want to do and see then sort all these things into: ‘absolutely have to do’, ‘would like to do’ and ‘wouldn’t be upset about missing’. Put a mark next to all the items that need to be pre booked and make your plans based on these, allowing time for the other items. This will allow maximum flexibility without missing out on anything.

2. Create a budget

Make a plan for all of your costs and work out your savings target. Be sure to include accommodation, food budget, travel insurance, transport, visas, experiences, spending money and emergency money.

3. Travel insurance!!

This cannot be stressed enough, make sure you have travel insurance that provides, at a minimum, generous medical cover. The last thing you want to do is to have an accident and end up cancelling your trip.

4. Make sure you have all your travel gear

It’s great to plan to pick up what you need as you go a long to keep your bag light, in most places you visit you’ll be able to pick up clothes and toiletries. However taking a few essential travel accessories can make your travels exponentially more comfortable. Picking up items such as a travel towel, money belt, first aid kit, padlock and travel pen will create a core travel kit of essential travel accessories.

5. Make sure you have “Travel More for Less” – the book

This book will help you with all the planning and an almost infinite amount of tips when it comes to long term travel. see Travel More for Less

Above all else, enjoy and spend your year creating unique memories and friendships that you’ll have for the rest of your life!

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