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Lonely Planet: 3 for 2 Promotion

Time for another Lonely Planet promotion, they are  offering 3 for 2 on all books, eBooks and digital chapters!

Bundle up any combination of print editions, PDF eBooks or individual chapters, and for the first time, this deal also includes our new print+digital bundles. For a couple of extra dollars you’ll get a print edition in the mail plus a digital version delivered to you straight away!!

Visit the Lonely Planet Store to snag a bargain!!


A new partnership

WorldNomadsIconI’m pretty pleased to announce that I have recently become a partner with my favourite travel insurance company, World Nomads.

I am personally a big advocate for travel insurance, because while you think you will never have to use it, sometimes, just sometimes, you need to fall back on travel insurance. So my personal opinion is that it’s something worth paying the money for.

While I don’t think I have ever had to claim on my travel insurance previously, I have been on the road now for 6.5 months and have had to make three claims. Thankfully not huge ones, but getting some money back from my insurance has been a massive help. Knowing I had it to fall back on encouraged me to see a doctor when I really needed to, but didn’t really want to fork out the money for it.

So maybe have a bit of a read of my blog post on travel insurance. Think about the pros and cons of getting insurance vs. not getting insurance. Look at what the different companies have to offer, get quotes and then make whatever decision is right for you.

Happy Travels!!


App Review: Galileo

iOS-App-Icons-2Galileo Offline Maps is an app made by Evgen Bodunov.

There’s a free version and a paid version, I have only ever used the free version (or a free version with in-app purchases). It’s available from the iTunes store and Google Play Store. 

It provides maps for use offline. It utilises the GPS in your phone and doesn’t require telephone reception or wifi to function. You just need to have downloaded the maps you want to use before you go offline.

It works in real time and happily finds you and tracks you as you move about. When a friend and I rented a car in Portugal and couldn’t get the car GPS to work, Galileo was a saviour!

It’s brilliant to be able to navigate for free wherever you are. It also provides indicators for where you can find restaurants, shops, beauty salons etc. 

It has loads of features and I have only used a tiny portion of what it has to offer, but that tiny portion has been brilliant in times when I haven’t been able to access the internet!!


Eurail Discounts!!

Get 20% off on all Global and Select passes!!

The promotion has just started so jump on it before December 31st!


In case you aren’t sure what Eurail is, it’s a European train ticket. You can buy them to allow you train access for a specific country, group of countries or a global pass that allows you to access the 28 countries that accept the Eurail pass. Compared to buying a ticket per ride, this rail pass is AWESOME!

9105864456_cc57530083_zWay back when I had my second gap year, in my early 20’s, I bought myself a two month unlimited Eurail global pass. So for two months I train-ed my way around Europe and I saw so many amazing things that I would otherwise not have had the opportunity to see.

Departing from The Netherlands, where I was living at the time, I started by heading north to Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Then I headed south and a bit east travelling through Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.  I finished by heading further south, but this time west to Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. I then had to get myself back to The Netherlands as quickly as possible before my rail pass expired.

The Eurail pass that I had saved me a lot of money on buying separate flights, train or bus tickets. In some places the rail pass also allowed you to use the local subway system; and there are sometimes other discounts you can get with your Eurail pass, such as on hotel accommodation and museum tickets etc. Occasionally I also saved money on accommodation by taking overnight trains to my next destination.

The Eurail prices are generally fairly expensive, though I would say they are still worth the money. But with this discount, it has never been such a great idea!!

Make sure you check if the train you want to catch requires a reservation, in many cases the reservation has no additional cost, but in some cases it does.

Get a Eurail pass now!!! Or at least find out more about them…



How Not To Travel The World

How Not To Travel The World is a book written by travel blogger Lauren Juliff.

Lauren is also the author of the travel blog Never Ending Footsteps, which I will admit I have not read and have only recently subscribed to.

I came across Lauren’s book and blog via her boyfriend Dave Dean, author of the travel blog What’s Dave Doing? and Too Many Adapters. In preparing for my current extended travel I sought out Dave’s help and advice for things tech related and he’s a super nice guy and ridiculously helpful.

Anyway, recently Dave posted about his girlfriend’s book which has recently been published: How Not To Travel The World. Having read the summary, I thought it sounded interesting and entertaining and it did not disappoint. I am however shocked and surprised at how anyone can be so unlucky!!!!

Fittingly I read the book while on my own adventure: lying in the sun by the river in Guatemala; on a bus journey crossing from Guatemala to Belize; and sunbathing by a cenote in Mexico. I love to travel and to read anything travel related so my opinion is biased. Nonetheless, I would recommend buying the book, it’s worth a read!

It was hitting rock bottom that convinced me to quit my job, sell everything I own, and travel the world alone. After a devastating breakup, I packed my life into a backpack and left for what I hoped would be an enriching journey of self-discovery. I’d spent years spent battling with debilitating anxiety, an eating disorder and a lack of common sense, and was determined to find and heal myself.

Instead, my travels were full of bad luck and near-death experiences. I was scammed, assaulted and robbed, lost teeth and swallowed a cockroach. Instead of finding myself, I lost a laptop, a camera, $1000 and a backpack. I fell into leech-infested rice paddies, had the brakes of my motorbike fail while riding down a mountain and a boat started to sink with me on board. I was caught up in a tsunami, sat beside a corpse and experienced a very unhappy ending during a massage in Thailand.

Though I didn’t realise it at the time, I was experiencing a transformation despite the terrible things that were happening to me. My frequent panic attacks faded away as I repeatedly forced myself to leave my narrow comfort zone. I overcame my eating issues, evolving from a person who had never eaten Asian food to one who wouldn’t think twice about trying fried crickets. I even found love along the way, meeting Dave, a handsome New Zealander who taught me not to be afraid of living.

How Not to Travel The World is about following your dreams, no matter how many curveballs life throws at you. It’s about learning to get out of your comfort zone, finding the humour in messed up situations and falling in love with life on the road.


Lonely Planet Promotion Time: 3 for 2!!

Time for another Lonely Planet Promotion.

The Lonely PLanet Shop is now offering 3 for 2 on all books, eBooks and digital chapters!

Bundle up any combination of print editions, PDF eBooks or individual chapters, and for the first time, this deal also includes our new print+digital bundles. For a couple of extra dollars you’ll get a print edition in the mail plus a digital version delivered to you straight away.