Support your travelling family member

Scratch maps are an excellent way for the traveller to have a visual picture of the vast amount of the world they have had the chance to visit. It also allows them to see what countries you have not yet visited.

With travelling being so popular now, with more and more taking gap years allowing them to tick activities off their bucket list. Getting a travel related gift lets the traveller know you support their choice in travelling and want them to explore the world as much as they can.

The scratch map works by having the world map printed onto a large poster, the countries are all covered with a gold or silver foil layer. Once the country has been visited and explored you simple get a coin and scratch off the foil revealing a colourful country beneath, the more colourful, the more countries have been visited.

Holidays to Bali

Bali is a very popular holiday destination due to its fine weather throughout the course of the year. Many people from Asia, Australia and New Zealand holiday in Bali but it is also an attractive place for people from further afield like America and Europe. It’s not just the weather that holidaymakers rave about, it’s the fact that you can do all kinds of activities such as watersports, relaxing on the beach, visiting monuments, climbing mountains and snorkeling in clear blue waters. Bali to many is paradise and it’s certainly a place that you simply have to visit if you’re ever nearby. If you’re considering visiting Australia or New Zealand anytime soon, you may want to consider heading to Bali because the scenery really is out of this world. Don’t take our word for it though, go and see it for yourself.

A guided tour from Perth to Darwin

Great news for adventurers, you can travel from the national parks of the Outback to the pristine coast of Western Australia with experts at a fair price, but you need to be pretty fit to do so. Many people choose a guided tour in Australia, and it’s important to pick a professional guide to keep you safe on your travels, but by doing this kind of trip, which takes around a month, you will see Kalbarri National Park, feed the dolphins of Monkey Mia and snorkel in search of turtles and whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef. What’s more, you’ll discover the natural treasures of Karijini National Park, creep through Echidna Chasm in the Bungle Bungles and enjoy a splash in Katherine Gorge. There’s so much to do on the journey from Perth to Darwin but it’s fair to say the accommodation on this journey can be a bit rough. You may have to camp, stay in hostels and budget hotels along the way, but it will be worth it when you visit these famous landmarks.

Preparing for a last minute holidays

Last minute holidays are booked quickly, sometimes on impulse and this is fine if you’re already prepared. It’s not fine if you haven’t thought about the most obvious aspects of holidaying. As an example, you should always check your passport before booking a holiday. It’s easy to forget but there will come a time when it expires, and it’s essential to check it with plenty of time to spare in case there are any issues. You’ll also need to ensure that your passport is in good condition and that the picture and all the details on your passport are correct and not too worn or damaged. You should also check on the visa requirements before choosing a country to visit. If you do need a visa, you’ll need to give yourself enough time to get your application approved, otherwise your holiday will go down the drain. These two obvious checks are the most important when booking a last minute holiday.

Travelling with a frontpack and a backpack

When you’re planning on traveling Asia, Africa or Australasia, it’s easy to picture yourself wearing a light backpack with a smile on your face and a warm sun beaming down on you in the background. While part of that painting may be true, the bit about the light backpack won’t. To travel for long periods of time you need a backpack that can store everything you need. Your backpack is your best friend. You live out of it. You’ll likely have a front pack too, this will be a backpack which you wear on your front, and it will be smaller with fewer items in there. You need to make sure both of these are durable, comfortable and secure. Make sure you do your research before you head off to a new country with nothing other than a cheap lightweight backpack with no room for your belongings.

Redheads – Surviving in the sun

Travelling to a hot country is an easy transition for some, but as redheads are more likely to burn faster, steps need to be taken to prevent risk of serious sun damage. Australia is one of the hottest countries in the world, yet these a surprising number of redheads living there, so how do they do it?

Well, they don’t stay indoors 24 hours a day, but keeping out of the peak hours of 12-2pm is a good start. This will mean you avoid the harsh sunlight. Wearing cream every minute of everyday makes sense too because you can burn on overcast days too. It will just become part of your daily routine, like it is for many Australians. Wearing large hats can also help and many European backpackers cover up with hats when roaming around. The only downside with this one is that you really will stand out as a tourist.

Why buying the right backpack is everything

When you’re planning to go travelling for a long period of time, it’s easy to think about the clothes you’re taking, your phone, passport, camera and chargers rather than the item that’s going to be storing all of your possessions; your backpack. Finding the right backpack is extremely important because it needs to last you, it needs to keep your items secure, it needs to make your life easy and it needs to be your best friend in many ways. There’s an extensive collection of backpacks to choose between and finding the right one for your travel requirements can take come consideration. You’re probably better off visiting a mountaineering shop to see the backpack in real life, because when you buy one online you don’t get a feel for its weight or size.

Taking ‘glam’ out of glamping

I’ve been glamping a few times now, and I have to say, there really isn’t anything ‘glamorous’ about it. The last time I went, I was in a large canvas tent. It was okay, it had a bed and it was a little bit warmer than your standard nylon tent. Other than that it was the same as camping. There was a zip you’d have to reach down to pull, breaking your back in the process, whilst candlelights were placed on a table nearby. Perhaps I’ve been to the wrong places but when I hear the word ‘glamping’ I’m expecting big things, such as heating, tea and coffee, solar powered lights and perhaps electricity. Is that too much to ask?

Travelling in 2016: How to pack light

Whether you’re soon to be travelling around Europe, Asia, Australasia, America or Africa, you’re going to need to pack your suitcase or backpack light. It’s not going to be feasible to fit a year’s worth of clothes in your backpack, and you have to make sure every item you put in your bag is there for a reason. Depending on the weather, you may only need to wear swimming shorts and t-shirts the majority of the time, so taking some basic clothes and sun cream can be enough. Whatever else you need you can get while you’re out there. You’ll buy clothes whilst you’re on the move, and you’ll make do with ‘bad hair days’ by taking a dip in the water. Travelling is about living a bit rough, but as long as you take some clothes for the first week, as well as all of your important documents, as well as a camera and a mobile phone, you’ll be fine. Don’t panic.

All-inclusive holidays – Why Brits absolutely love them

There’s something about an all-inclusive holiday. I’m not sure whether it’s the fact you get unlimited food and drink, or the fact that you’re only ever a short walk away from an ice cream, a beer or a plate of chips. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying the fact that us Brits love an all-inclusive holiday.

The other reason for this love of ours is of course because they’re extremely cheap nowadays. You can head to Spain, Greece or Turkey on a budget, staying in a 4 or 5 star hotel at a very good price. You’re guaranteed hot weather, delicious food and comfortable accommodation, which is pretty much everything you need on a two-week holiday. An all-inclusive holiday does tend to be extremely relaxing, and not that adventurous. You eat all your meals in one place, and spend a lot of time by the pool, so it’s probably not the best option for those who love to explore.