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Travel The World At Dollywood, Tennessee

It was a difficult thing to hear that some people don’t know Dolly Parton has a multi-million dollar theme park when I moved to the UK. Mostly because for the past twenty-something years of my life my parent’s have held season passes and I have gone there several times a year since the time I…

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How To Travel And Make Money At The Same Time

Travelling is great. Broadening horizons, encountering different cultures, or just getting lost somewhere hot and humid. But travel can also be expensive; accommodation, food, insurance and of course flights mean costs soon add up. But there is a simple way round this; work abroad. Whilst there are certain stigmas attached to season work, I couldn’t…

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7 Things You Can Do In Washington, DC On A Backpacker’s Budget

Washington, DC might not seem like a budget location to travel to but, with all the Smithsonian museums being completely free, there are definitely ways to make this historic location a cheap trip. There are many things to do in DC within walking distance, or by metro, so it is hard to choose how best…

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The Secret Gardens of Oxford

Summer is (hopefully) just around the corner, and it’s time to kick back and relax in of Britain’s beautiful gardens. Where better to unpack your picnic (i.e. Pimms and strawberries) than in the most quintessential of all British towns, Oxford?   Oxford University Parks Okay, so these ones aren’t so secret but that’s mostly because…

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5 Items Every Backpacker Should Have

Clothes? Check. Toothbrush? Check. Passport? Check. Anything else I’m missing? Backpacking is without a doubt one of the most rewarding experiences many of us will ever have but when it comes to knowing what to take it can be a headache at best. You’re going to spend the next few weeks or months living out…

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Why You Should Add Guatemala To Your Travel Itinerary

Guatemala seems to have gotten a bad name amongst backpackers. Western travellers are constantly warned of the high crime rates, the corruption, the dangerous drug cartels and the prevalent gang culture, and are generally discouraged from going there. The country’s reputation definitely puts people off wanting to explore Guatemala, which, while understandable, is a real…

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Dubai on a Dirham

So the title is slightly misleading, because having lived in Dubai for 22 years, I’ve only found two things you can buy here for 1 Dirham (18pence!), and one of them is a bottle of water! Dubai isn’t a notorious backpacker destination partly due to all of the 5* hotels and the life of luxury…

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Spanish Marks: A New Way To Improve Your Spanish

With over 405 million speakers and around 20 countries that use it as an official national language, having a smattering of Spanish has never looked so appealing. However, most of us aren’t willing to fork out the extortionate prices charged by the likes of Rosetta Stone for their software but find the free apps you…

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Melbourne Beach, Florida: Without a Car and on a Budget

Do you want an inexpensive winter escape to a warmer climate? Get yourself down to Melbourne Beach, Florida for a holiday that will leave both you and your bank card refreshed and glowing. Located on a narrow island bordering the Atlantic Coast, with the salt water on ocean side and the Indian River’s brackish water…

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7 Things to Do in Menorca on a Budget

Menorca is a stunning, surprisingly untouched by tourism, holiday destination where all sorts of activities are available to suit all tastes! A great way to keep costs down is to share the cost of a villa with a group of friends. Owner’s Direct is a great website for finding cheap accommodation I found the villa…