Articles for the Month of May 2017

A life of luxury on the Greek Islands on a backpacker budget.

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A life of luxury on the Greek Islands on a backpacker budget.

I know what you’re all thinking, the first time I venture in to the continent of Europe I head straight for the big one, the Greek islands. So many people have asked me how I afforded this trip without any debt or loans, but the trick is just so know how to budget, be willing to skimp on some luxuries, and trust me, you can afford to travel! Yes, even on those pristine Greek Islands! I realise that staying in hostels and strategically planning meals isn’t the kind of holiday everyone wants, but if even some of these tips help you budget your holiday, it leaves you with all the more cash for souvenirs and cocktails! I decided for my trip to visit Santorini, for the views, duh. And Milos, a lesser known island that is known for its tranquility and pristine beaches. No Mykonos or Ios for this traveler. Partly because I’m not particularly interested in partying which admittedly helps the wallet and partly because I wanted to go somewhere a little off the beaten track, which I found Milos certainly was, more on that later!

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Riding solo and arrival in Athens

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Riding solo and arrival in Athens

Here we go again, the international terminal of the airport. At country number 24 in 4 years I am no stranger to the process. I started traveling at the age of 21 and haven’t been able to stop. But here it was again, the butterflies in the pit of my stomach, am I really doing this? I couldn’t work out why I was so particularly nervous for this trip. Heading to Greece, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro and wherever else I end up, this is the first time I have actually ventured in to traveling first world countries. I am so excited to meet up with my two best girlfriends for the Croatia leg of the trip, but my time in all the other countries will be on my lonesome. A lot of my travel in the past has been solo, but I was always meeting up with a tour or volunteer program. This is my first time legitimately backpacking it by myself, sure. But I had acutely become aware that here I was a woman, venturing out in to the big wide world without much of a plan and nothing but a backpack. These are things I had never really thought about on previous trips, or I probably had, but the amazing experiences that followed had wiped those memories clean.

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