IN THE LAND OF VOLCANOES: THE TOP 5 HIKES IN NICARAGUA

Peppered with the smoking calderas of countless volcanoes, beset by deep and misty stretches of primeval forest, trodden by curious tree frogs and jaguars, white-headed capuchin monkeys and ocelots alike, it’s hardly surprising that Nicaragua is the go to place for trekkers in Central America these days. Check out this list of the nation’s top hikes, some of which are on the menu of our acclaimed Nica itineraries!

IN THE LAND OF VOLCANOES: THE TOP 5 HIKES IN NICARAGUA

10 TIPS FOR MAKING FRIENDS WHILE ON THE ROAD

Even though we're certain you'll be fine when it comes to making mates on the road, we've slung together this list of 10 great socializing tips for the budding globetrotter in 2017 anyway. Hey, you can never have too many travel buddies, right?

10 TIPS FOR MAKING FRIENDS WHILE ON THE ROAD

The Travel Trends To Watch Out For In The Coming Years

Elon Musk chatting about colonizing Mars. Seminars about extra-terrestrial arcs and tourism in space. Thoughts of super-sonic transportation devices to replace airplanes. Driverless cars on the horizon. The end of diesel and petrol. It's all going down these days.

The Travel Trends To Watch Out For In The Coming Years

5 Places You NEED To Do NYE This Year

Ninety-five and married, nineteen and single, twenty-eight with children, thirty and travelling - New Years Eve is the one day of the year every human is connected for a few moments. Whether your into culture, glam fiestas, or beaches with friends everyone celebrates NYE. You're not done yet - find the top 5 places you need to do NYE this year - lets make it a memorable one! 

5 Places You NEED To Do NYE This Year

The People Of Vietnam

We are now two weeks into the Vietnam explorer trip and I have nothing but good things to say about the people I've met. I ditched the locked day pack a week ago and traded it in for a little purse I bought from an old woman in Sapa. Im starting to think that the people who wrote those reviews online never came to Vietnam to see the people for themselves.

The People Of Vietnam

Adventuring Cusco

Cusco is one one the places in Peru that has absolutely everything. Bungee jumping, river rafting, chocolate classes, historical tours, hiking, biking... you name it and it's there.  And let's not forget Machu Picchu! Cusco is a dream come true for thrill seekers, adventure lovers, history buffs and foodies alike. Luckily we had lots of time to spend exploring.

Adventuring Cusco
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And We Danced!

You've landed. You and the rest of the bodies that were occupying the aircraft are now exiting. There's that first breath; you feel the humidity hit your veins, your skin prickles as the warmth surrounds you, and then you're brain jumps to action, to remind you... you're no longer at home. 

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And We Danced!

8 Central American Spots To Spend That Spring Break

Ah, spring break: that blowout of booze and partying that everyone’s looking forward to. Yes, we know the beaches of south Cali or Florida are fun when the sun strikes and lectures recede, but why not try something a little different this year and head for the sultry reaches south of the border? You can expect everything from world-class surf to steaming volcanos, not to mention uber-cheap tequila shots, potent mojitos and more cerveza than you can shake a Nicaraguan gallo pinto at!

8 Central American Spots To Spend That Spring Break

Lazy Days And Long Nights On The Gili Islands

I remember gasping when my salt-washed long boat pulled into the jetty of the Gili Islands. I'd whizzed across the ocean from Senggigi on the far shores of Lombok, fresh from a week of mountain trekking, town hopping, and surfing on the remote swells. This place was the paradise I'd been searching for; a place ringed by cotton-white sands; a place peppered with lanky palms; and somewhere which had more ramshackle bamboo bars than you could shake a cold Bintang beer at. It was perfect. It was a great spot for a session of lazy days and long nights before making the trek back across the sea to Bali.

Lazy Days And Long Nights On The Gili Islands

7 Reasons to Ditch the Smartphone & Reconnect to the World

Whether you’re an incurable tech head or just a casual phone user, a serial news feed scroller or a die-hard Instagram fiend, be sure to take a moment and peruse these reasons why it’s worth leaving the internet behind for a spell now and again. Hopefully they’ll get you engaged and reconnected to the world around you, conversing with strangers, and enjoying everywhere you visit to the full. It’s okay to disconnect once you’re done reading by the way…

7 Reasons to Ditch the Smartphone & Reconnect to the World
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The Mysteries Of Ubud

Ubud is Bali's monkey town; Bali's artsy town; Bali's temple town. It's a place where you can spy out the ageing remnants of half-crumbled stupas in the jungles, sip mint tea with yogis, and spend your evenings haggling through frantic marketplaces bursting with Hindu trinkets and tit bits. I headed there to see exactly why people said it was so different to everywhere else on the Isle of the Gods. I discovered a place of culture and mystery and macaques…

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The Mysteries Of Ubud
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A Backpackers Guide To La Fortuna, Costa Rica

La Fortuna is a stop often skipped by tourists opting to forgo the unpredictable weather. We say bring it on! La Fortuna is jam packed with amazing activities, views, and laughs! We aren’t sure if it was the swim under a giant waterfall, the magic river, or the rapid rafting but we can’t get enough of La Fortuna, Costa Rica!

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A Backpackers Guide To La Fortuna, Costa Rica

10 Reasons To Pack Your Bag

Toying with the idea of a round the world trip? Just fancy escaping the rat race for a spell? Or, do you have something specific in mind; treks to the tops of the Himalaya; a surfing trip to Caribbean; a culinary adventure in Vietnam? Whatever’s got your wanderlust stirring, be sure to check this list of 10 reasons that’ll make it stir just a little bit more...

10 Reasons To Pack Your Bag

An Aegean Odyssey: Sailing The Greek Islands

“What are the children of men, but as leaves that drop at the wind's breath?” It's the last message I read as I slam shut my dog-eared copy of The Odyssey – compulsory reading when you're whizzing across the blue-green waters of the Aegean Sea. The wind, the same warming, revitalizing Greek wind that Homer himself would have felt as he roamed the cliffs of Turkish Anatolia, streams through my hair now, and catches the sail. It billows and we're off. I, like the fabled leaves of Homer's image, am blowing in the salty gales that have taken so many across this beautiful corner of the Med.

An Aegean Odyssey: Sailing The Greek Islands

14 Things You Definitely Need In Your Backpack While Abroad

Narrow city streets are our playgrounds, jungles are our local hangouts, and beach hammocks are where we lay our heads. We catch memories and live in the moment, and hold only the most important things dear. However, don’t let your light backpacking ways leave you up a creek without a paddle! Here are 14 lightweight things to keep in your backpack that will make your backpacking trip a breeze!

14 Things You Definitely Need In Your Backpack While Abroad

The Hill Adventure From Chiang Mai To Pai

Ah, Thailand. With ivory-white beaches and macaque-spotted jungles, awesome Buddhist shrines and perhaps the happiest locals on the globe, you offer plenty to love. But you're not all homogenous. From north to south you change entirely, which is precisely what I discovered as I traveled away from the glowing beaches of the Andaman, past buzzing Bangkok and up to the gateway to the north: Chiang Mai. It was just the start of an odyssey into the hills, up to where little Pai town beckons the more adventurous backpackers among us…

The Hill Adventure From Chiang Mai To Pai