Alec Bertram

Alec is a London-based kiwi, dedicated broke traveller, digital marketer, and all-round nice guy. You can get hold of him by emailing him, tweeting him @KiwiAlec, or by walking around London and calling out his name.

Contiki Alternatives

Travel is one of the most rewarding things you can do, and going with a group on a set itinerary can be a great way to start if you’ve never travelled solo before. Contiki is a company which runs group bus trips all over the world – the format is simple: Get on a bus, see […]

Travel Writing: Share Your Stories and Earn

Want to earn a bit of extra cash while you’re backpacking? Do you have experience writing? We’ll pay you for your tips and stories! All of the content on this website is written by real backpackers while they’re on a big trip – we ran out of things to say a long time ago, so pay […]

Working In Hostels – The Ultimate Guide

As hostels are the beginning and end of most of the crazy stories that backpackers have, most fantasize about one day owning a hostel, or at least working in one. Hostels are a very legitimate source of work while on the road, are a lot of fun (even when you’re on the other side of […]

Packing Like A Pro (A guy’s perspective)

Guys, you’re going to hear it a million times – when packing for a backpacking trip you should pack what you think is the absolute minimum then throw away half of it. This advice is bullshit. If you pack what you think you need, you’re going to end up dragging a bunch of stuff you […]

Why There Is So Much More To Laos Than Vang Vieng

It must be pretty tough for Laos, being sandwiched between the SE Asian giants of Thailand and Vietnam; then there’s Cambodia coming up the rear, stealing any chance of a coastline. As a result, landlocked Laos has instead drawn backpackers to her rivers, particularly the Nam Song in the small town of Vang Vieng- tubing, […]

An Alternative Olympics: Naadam Festival, Mongolia

Cut back to mid-July: Londoners everywhere were getting excited/worried/generally worked up about the Olympics coming to their home city. The Londoner writing this article, however, was instead experiencing an unusual sporting event elsewhere in the world. Archers, wrestlers, horse jockeys and anklebone throwers (what, you’ve never met one of those?) are the sporting sensations of […]

Cape Reinga to the Bluff: Driving across New Zealand

This is a guest post, written by the guys at TransferCar – mainly because I like their company (free car hire in NZ!).  Taking on the ‘top to bottom’ drive through New Zealand isn’t something that anyone should take lightly. It is a grueling and demanding drive that will challenge you mentally and physically – especially […]

Working on the road: An Introduction

Money. It makes the world go round, and if you’re reading this blog, chances are that you don’t have very much of it. Working on the road, whether it’s legit or under the table, can be quite easy if you know where to go. Having a visa vs. Working while on a tourist permit I’m […]

Bodrum: Tips you won’t find in any guidebook

Bodrum’s a nice place to begin or end a Turkish holiday – while it’s full of tourists on package-holidays, there are some gems that most people miss out on, such as: Best place for a beer Romantic: Take a walk up to the windmills to watch the sunset Party: Check out the beach on the […]

Amsterdam, The Netherlands City Guide

It’s a thing of beauty and the life of the party. Its reputation precedes it by several miles. It is the incomparable Amsterdam. The Amsterdam we all hear about, the Amsterdam that draws flocks of college kids every year, is the ultimate illicit fun vacation: everything you wouldn’t want to write home to mom about. […]

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