12 Sep 2017

Backpacking in Guatemala: Costs, Tips and Places to See

Firmly on the Central America backpacker trail (AKA the Gringo Trail); Guatemala is home to all sorts of natural and historic wonders. From the jungle pyramids of the north to one of the most atmospheric colonial cities in the Americas there is so much to see while backpacking in Guatemala.

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Backpacking in Mexico: costs, tips and places to see
20 May 2017

Backpacking in Mexico: Costs, Tips and Places to See

We spent a month in Mexico during our trip around the world and barely scratched the surface of what this country has to offer. From its giant pyramids to its stylish colonial towns, Mexico is full of throwbacks to a colourful (and often horrific) past. Add in plenty of delicious

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02 May 2017

Cenotes Near Valladolid: Unique Natural Wonders in Mexico

The cenotes near Valladolid are magical underground water worlds and exploring them quickly became a highlight of my time in Mexico. The translucent water, the streaks of natural light and the rocky enclosures make for some of the most surreal swimming holes you’ll ever see — no wonder the Mayans once

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Two days in Oaxaca, Mexico
14 Feb 2017

Two Days in Oaxaca, Mexico: Colonial History and Ancient Ruins

Mexico is full of colourful colonial towns and mysterious ancient ruins, and if you’re spending 2 days in Oaxaca you’ll get to see great examples of both. The city’s colonial core boasts bustling markets, imposing churches and a sprawling convent, while Monte Alban, the Zapotec ruins above town, offers a

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Backpacking in Hawaii: Oahu on a Budget
08 Sep 2016

Backpacking in Hawaii: Oahu on a Budget

I’d never given too much thought to backpacking in Hawaii. I always figured it’d be too expensive, but when the cheap flight gods revealed to me that the most cost effective way to get from New Zealand to Mexico was via Hawaii (and Las Vegas), we jumped at the chance to

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A day trip to Teotihuacan, pyramids near Mexico City
29 Aug 2016

Teotihuacan: Massive Pyramids near Mexico City

Mexico City is a daunting, chaotic metropolis that is currently the 6th biggest city in the world (by population in the metropolitan area). The colonial centre is a great place to explore, but a day trip to Teotihuacan is the undisputed highlight of any trip to the city known locally as DF (Distrito

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A trip to Lago de Coatepeque, El Salvador
01 Jun 2016

A Trip to Lago de Coatepeque, El Salvador’s Luxury Lake

El Salvador isn’t a country you associate with luxury. While this tiny Central American country is relatively poor, it is home to plenty of rich people, and a lot of them seem to have houses next to Lago de Coatepeque. That’s not great news for tourists though. Huge sections of

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backpacking in Nicaragua -- Las Isletas
16 Apr 2016

Backpacking in Nicaragua: Costs, Tips and Places to See

Why should you go backpacking in Nicaragua…? Well, this diverse Central American country is full of beautiful nature, great beaches and picturesque towns — and it also gets far fewer tourists than neighbouring Costa Rica. I spent just over a month backpacking in Nicaragua, from north to south and from

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