Backpacking Tips

Backpacking can be hard work – between getting lost on the way to the hostel and trying to figure out exactly what kind of meat you’ve ordered, there’s barely time to read your guidebook (tip: don’t). Everyone who writes for broke.travel has been a backpacker for a while – we’ve eaten more kebabs than you can imagine; can spot the best bunk in a dorm within a second; and know exactly where to look for the cheap beers – we’ve all learned our lessons the hard way and are sharing them here so you don’t have to.

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 […]

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 […]

Trust People, See Stuff

In a country like Morocco, you are warned to ‘be on your guard’ and watch out for ‘scams’. We British really love to assume the worst in people, and it’s hard to get out of that mind frame when travelling, but it is worth doing. I don’t advise naive travelling or trusting a stranger with […]

Famous Landmarks vs. Abandoned Ruins

Imagine, if you will, a famous landmark that you’ve never been to – an ancient ruin perhaps, or one of the newer wonders of the world Most people imagine the romanticized and pristine locations that we see in the movies – beautiful and perfect snippets of history. Something like this –   But when they […]

Major backpacker hostel booking sites

What are the best hostel booking sites? Here are three of the more popular options in the European backpacking circuit: HostelWorld is the current market leader in hostel bookings. They deliver (anecdotally) 90% of all agency bookings to hostels, and hence, have a lot of power. Because of their large user base, HostelWorld usually has a […]

Should I book a hostel

… or just show up? Whether to book ahead, or simply show up unannounced at a hostel is one of the main issues facing backpackers. On one hand, prices may be cheaper online, and the cheapest beds may get booked out days before you arrive; but on the other, booking means inflexibility, and the risk […]

European Backpacking Budget

How much money does it cost to backpack around Europe? This is one of the main questions I’m asked by would-be backpackers. Obviously, it’ll cost however much you spend, but here are some rough estimates for a budget backpacker – while staying in hostels, eating from supermarkets, using public transport, and staying away from the […]

Sleeping rough

Can’t afford a hostel? You just might be the definition of homeless. Sleeping ‘rough’ can be dangerous or illegal, and at the very least, you won’t get a fantastic nights’ sleep. Don’t worry though – if you look and act like a foreigner, the locals are normally more than happy to help you out. Without […]