THE BEAUTIFUL BLISSFUL BALI

After 2 days of travel, Blissful Bali.. I have arrived!

I arrived in Kuta in anxious excitement to meet up with the crew I would be spending the next 3 weeks with. I checked in and got my bags situated when Petty, our guide, popped in to take me down to the beach, where the others were gathered. I had a feeling there would be a decent age gap between me and the others in the group and wondered whether it might b an issue. I quickly realized it wouldn't be at all, when you all share a similar passion (in this case travel), conversation becomes effortless. I learned that quite a few of them had already met on a previous LBW tour to Thailand and there were also others who were following up this tour with a Thailand tour.

THE BEAUTIFUL BLISSFUL BALI

10 UP AND COMING DESTINATIONS FOR DIGITAL NOMADS

As the world of digital nomadism continues to boom, more and more suitable destinations for the globetrotting worker are becoming available. Putting the usual haunts of location independent folk – Berlin, Chiang Mai, Bali - aside for a moment, this list of 10 upcoming destinations for digital nomads has everything from roaring surf to buzzing post-industrial bars. Which will you choose?

10 UP AND COMING DESTINATIONS FOR DIGITAL NOMADS

10 TYPICAL EXCUSES FOR NOT TRAVELLING THAT YOU NEED TO STOP MAKING

At LBW Travel, we don't have time for excuses. We don't want to hear it if you're apprehensive about the language barrier or simply think you don't have time to hit the road. We'd prefer you to be getting excited for long, lazy days on the beaches of Southeast Asia, encounters with elephants and all those new mates you're going to meet in the forests of Monteverde. That's why this list is essential reading if you're in two minds about backpacking this year…

10 TYPICAL EXCUSES FOR NOT TRAVELLING THAT YOU NEED TO STOP MAKING

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF KUTA, BALI

Well tip one I learnt upon arriving in Bali, is that the ATM are a lil reversed compared to Canada! Take your money first, then your credit card! Learnt that the hard-ish way (currency exchange had it). The views and the architecture alone had captivated me right out of the airport. I felt the humidity on every part of my body, and yet it still had not clicked that my year of waiting was here. 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF KUTA, BALI

9 SKILLS YOU NEVER THOUGHT TAKING A GAP YEAR COULD GIVE YOU

Whether it's the know-how for going underwater in the company of rare sea turtles or the ability to carve through the pistes of the Alps on snow pillows, a gap year is the perfect opportunity to gain new skills. Check them out…

9 SKILLS YOU NEVER THOUGHT TAKING A GAP YEAR COULD GIVE YOU

12 THINGS YOU'LL DO DIFFERENTLY ONCE YOU'VE TRAVELLED THE WORLD

From cooking skills to social etiquette to uplifting moments that change your whole outlook, travel can have effects on life that you never even realized. Check them out…

12 THINGS YOU'LL DO DIFFERENTLY ONCE YOU'VE TRAVELLED THE WORLD

THE MOST AWESOME NATIONAL PARKS IN PERU TO VISIT

Ah, Peru: A chart-topper in the history department thanks to its Sacred Valley, elegant colonial cityscapes and the bucket-list-busting Machu Picchu; a must-visit for its vibrant, Pisco sour-fueled nightlife; a great destination for beach lovers and culture buffs. What more could you want? How about some of the most biodiverse national parks on the globe? Why not…

THE MOST AWESOME NATIONAL PARKS IN PERU TO VISIT

11 THINGS TO DO WHILE TRAVELLING TO MAKE YOUR HOME FRIENDS JEALOUS

From sunbathing selfies to traditional postcard wins, this list of 11 things to do while traveling to make your home friends jealous is sure to garner just a few green faces back in the nest…

11 THINGS TO DO WHILE TRAVELLING TO MAKE YOUR HOME FRIENDS JEALOUS

A GUIDE TO TON SAI, THAILAND

Hidden behind one of the craggiest, most chiseled sections of clifftop on this stretch of the Andaman coast, and cut off from the bustling sand strips of Krabi proper by walls of impenetrable rock and jungle, little Ton Sai has managed to retain something of an off-the-beaten-path feel, even while spa hotels and luxury resorts begin to pop up on the beaches all around it.

A GUIDE TO TON SAI, THAILAND

THE MOST AWESOME NATIONAL PARKS IN PANAMA TO VISIT

In a nation famed across the globe for its untouched backcountry, magma-belching volcanos and pristine coastline (on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea), it's hardly surprising that such a mouthwatering, wanderlust-inducing medley of national parks awaits. Here's just a taster of some of LBW's favourites…

THE MOST AWESOME NATIONAL PARKS IN PANAMA TO VISIT

10 SIGNS YOU'RE A VETERAN BACKPACKER

Do you remember the first time you hit the road? The first time you hopped across to a new destination? The first time you set foot on the backpacking trail of Thailand? The first time you dove in tropical waters? The first time you sampled the spicy chilli mixes of South America? If you answered 'no' (and not because you've never done em'!) to any of the above, then you might just fit the bill of the veteran backpacker. The LBW fam is guilty of the whole shebang methinks…

10 SIGNS YOU'RE A VETERAN BACKPACKER

10 HAWKER STREET FOODS YOU HAVE TO TRY IN ASIA

From tapioca-infused teas between the hectic streets of Taiwan to fresh, lime-doused papaya salads in the Land of Smiles, this list of the top street food treats in Asia is sure to have something for everyone. Enjoy…

10 HAWKER STREET FOODS YOU HAVE TO TRY IN ASIA

10 THINGS TO DO IN THE BALI RAINY SEASON

If you happen to be traveling Bali in the midst (and mist) of the rainy season (typically running between November and March each year), don't despair. There are actually plenty of things to keep you busy while the droplets fall on the jungles outside. Check them out…

10 THINGS TO DO IN THE BALI RAINY SEASON

8 HISTORICAL FIGURES WHO SUM UP THE TRAVELLING SPIRIT

From intrepid explorers who tackled the wild wastes of the Arabian Desert to 20th-century writers and cult figures who galvanized the romanticism of globetrotting, this list of eight people who sum up the traveling spirit is essential reading for any would-be backpacker. It's got Columbus, Polo et al, along with just a few you might not expect…

8 HISTORICAL FIGURES WHO SUM UP THE TRAVELLING SPIRIT

7 GREAT SURFING SPOTS IN VIETNAM

Vietnam might live in the shadow of Bali and Indo when it comes to surfing, but a long coastline of over 3,000 kilometres right in the middle of Southeast Asia surely can't be without its own swells, right? Damn right! From Nha Trang to buzzing Da Nang, pretty Hoi An beach and beyond, there are plenty of places to wax up the board and hit the rollers in Vietnam. Here are just seven of the best

7 GREAT SURFING SPOTS IN VIETNAM

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