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Why Getting ‘Fat’ On Holidays Doesn’t Matter

I (KG here) recently turned 28. This fairly unremarkable birthday gave me pause to reflect on how I have changed since we first started travelling 10 years ago. I was lucky enough to spend my birthday drinking wine and eating great food at a wine chateau in Georgia. Once upon a time, I would have worried about the extra kilo (or five) that this treat would add to my waistline. The younger version of me constantly worried about my weight while travelling. I knew it was…

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travel fails

Photo Essay: Our Greatest Travel Fails of 2016

Travel bloggers so often focus on all the ‘awesome’ and ‘wanderlust-inspiring’ things about travel.  We try to be realistic here at The Travelators – whether it’s talking about the sh*thouse roads in Armenia to the rather ‘meh’ atmosphere of Dubai – but even we fall into the trap of just showing the ‘good bits’ in our photos. Hence why we thought it appropriate to display some of our travel fails from the last 12 months. Don’t get us wrong –…

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Solo travel

Solo Travel: Tips & Tricks From Personal Experience

This is a guest post by our great friend Heather from The Urban Gypsy. We met Heather in Central America in 2013, and have kept in touch ever since. You can follow Heather’s journey on her website, and read more about her in the bio below. In this article, Heather shares some tips and tricks for solo travel. There are times when finding a travel partner can be quite a tall order. Not only do you have to agree on where…

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How Travelling Changes Couples (Hopefully For The Better!)

There is no doubt that travelling together will change your relationship. You will both be seeing and doing incredible things together. But you will also find yourself being pushed to your limits, meeting new people and away from the comforts of home. Here are 9 ways we think travelling changes couples – hopefully for the best! You quickly find out who your partner really is We have lived together for 9 years and have been married for 5 of those but nothing brings…

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Guide to Car Hire

A Backpackers’ Guide to Car Hire

Hiring a car is an awesome way to see a country, and if you share the cost between two (or more) can be even cheaper than buses or trains. We have hired cars around the world, including Argentina, Scotland, Romania, Cyprus and Spain. In this guide we will share our top tips on getting the best car hire deals. 1. Get your International Driving Permit To be honest, we have rarely been asked for a copy of our International Driving Permit (IDP)….

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A guide to the JR Rail Pass

Japan By Rail: Guide to the JR Rail Pass

Speaking as a both a tourist and a travel agent, there are not many transport passes around that offer better value for money than the JR Rail Pass. There is no better way to get around Japan. Speeding along at 300km/h on a brand new shinkansen will be one of the highlights of your time in Japan. This guide will help you with purchasing and using your pass. Purchasing Your Pass Which pass should I buy? The JR Rail Pass has a number of…

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Choosing a travel partner

7 Tips For Choosing Your Travel Partner

We have met plenty of people over the years who have shared horror stories about falling out with friends or partners while travelling. Choosing the right travel partner is important, as your ability to wear the ups and downs of travel together will have a huge impact on your trip. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision. 1. Length of your trip together If you are planning a long trip (say 12 months), check…

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Hostel Cooking Recipes

Hostel Cooking Recipes

I really enjoy cooking at home, so I always try to cook while we are on the road. It’s a great money saver and a good way to meet other travellers. Here are a few of my go-to recipes for two. Your Travelling Pantry Before you leave home there are a couple of hostel kitchen basics I would recommend packing to create your own travelling pantry. Most hostels with kitchens will have pots, pans and knives for you to use, but the…

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10 Essential Items For Your Backpack

10 Essential Items For Your Backpack

On our first trip, we took waaaay too much stuff. We just had no idea what to pack! Now we take good quality, light gear that is essential to our trip (i.e. no more hair straighteners). Here are our top 10 must pack items: 1. Smart phone While us ‘older’ backpackers often lament how smart phones have changed hostel common rooms for the worse, we won’t leave home without one now. Free wi fi is everywhere now, and having a…

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How To Manage Your Travel Budget

How To Manage Your Travel Budget

One of our biggest worries when travelling long term was that we would run out of money on the road and have to make that call to our parents begging for money. But huzzah! We are not broke yet. Here are our top tips on how to manage your travel budget so you can retain your dignity and stay on the road for longer. 1. Set a budget before you leave home Before you depart, it is helpful to calculate your daily travel budget….

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