Travel Tips, Stories & Guides

On this page you will find links through to all of my travel content – from tips and planning guides through to destinations and country guides.

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๐Ÿ’ก Travel Tips

General Tips
13 Alternative Travel Tips I Use On Every Trip
31 Travel Tips From Experienced Travellers
UNESCO Heritage Sites

Packing
A Simple Technique to Shrink Your Travel Packing Time
Everything We Took for 3 Months in SE Asia


๐Ÿ’ป Travel Planning Guides

In this section you will find guides to help you plan your trips more effectively:

Using Travel Blogs To Plan Your Trips
35 Things To Do Before Travelling Abroad [Checklist]
How To Find The Visa Requirements For Any Country
4 Way To Quickly Learn a Language Before You Travel


๐ŸŒ Destinations

I love a list, and I love a map, which is why things like this are dangerous for me! Travel is not all about ticking things off, but it is interesting to see where Iโ€™ve been in the world, and I love setting myself targets.

Key:
Green = Visited & articles available
Blue = Visited but no content yet written
Red dots
 = Small islands or countries not on the map

The list below may look a bit different from the normal list of 195 countries that are currently in the world. I use a list from a book called โ€˜The Worldโ€˜ by Lonely Planet. It has a list of 231 countries and territories.

If you want to see how and why I came to the decision to use this list, then have a read of my post โ€˜How Many Countries are There to Visit?โ€˜.

To count as an official visit in my book, two things need to have happened:

  • Leaving the airport.
  • Staying overnight.

And if I haven’t been there, you won’t find it on the list. I’m not one of those travel blogs that just collates information, I have to have been there for it to make it on here.


๐ŸŒ Country Guides

<<< My Current Total 28/231 >>>

Africa (3/54)
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ Zimbabwe
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ Seychelles

Asia (4/30)
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Laos
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Vietnam

Central America (0/7)

Europe (18/56)
๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ England
๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Scotland
๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Wales
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ The Netherlands
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ Vatican City
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bosnia & Herzegovina

Middle East (0/10)

North America (0/4)

Pacific (1/23)
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia

South America (1/14)
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru

Caribbean (1/29)
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ St Lucia


๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธ Adventure Stories

Love a good story?

Me too!

Here are some of my favourite adventures from the last 10 years:


๐Ÿ“– Best Travel Books

The Lonely Planet Guides are simply the best books for huge amounts of information in a small space. We grab one for every country we visit and use them to build our routes. The only downside is the lack of imagery, so if you are a more visual person I would suggest the Eyewitness Travel Guides as they contain a lot more photos, maps an illustrations along with great info.

The World forms the basis of my country list. It has the highlights of every country on Earth and never fails to inspire me!

When it comes to travel writers Paul Theroux and Bill Bryson are my favourites. Paul’s ability to describe characters on his journies is simply incredible and Bill is just hilarious! I have visited many places based just on the stories these two have told. Start with The Great Railway Bazaar for Paul Theroux and Notes From A Small Island for Bill Bryson.


What To Read Nextโ€ฆ

This site is designed to flow from the point you hear about a sabbatical right through to coming home. Below is a suggested order to make your way through the sections.

Sabbatical 101
โญฃ
Sabbatical Inspiration
โญฃ
Financing a Sabbatical
โญฃ
Sabbaticals & Your Career
โญฃ
Planning a Sabbatical
โญฃ
Travel Guides
(You Are Here)
โญฃ
Returning From Sabbatical

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Juan
6 months ago

When i travel around the world the first i get into the bag its the “The fish and the old man” of Hemingway. Its the best book ever.

If you want to go to Amรฉrica, come to Argentina and learn the spanish course buenos aires https://expanish.com/school-buenos-aires/spanish-courses/


Useful Tools for Booking Your Sabbatical

Flights

I always use Skyscanner or Agoda alongside Google Flights to make sure Iโ€™ve got the best price. I use Google Flights to save a route and monitor price changes and a combination of Skyscanner and Agoda to get the cheapest tickets. 

If you are in the UK I would also highly recommend signing up for Jackโ€™s Flight Club to get incredible flight deals sent to your email inbox every week.

Accommodation

When booking accommodation I always start with Booking.com as they generally have the best range and prices. I also regularly use Airbnb for longer stays and apartments in cities (use this link for ยฃ25 off your first stay). For a different experience try signing up to Housecarers for free house-sitting opportunities (get 10% off membership with this link).

Insurance

Travel insurance might seem like an unnecessary cost, but when a flight gets cancelled, injury occurs or you damage a piece of gear youโ€™ll regret not paying in advance. Iโ€™ve used  World Nomads for two sabbaticals and (after badly damaging a hire car in Laos!) found the claim process to be simple and transparent.

Tours

Using local guides is one of my favourite travel tips. The easiest way to find a local guide is to use Get Your Guide who offer tours with local guides all over the world.

Gear

Check out my gear page for my favourite travel gear, here for a detailed 3-month packing list for men and women and here to find 38 great travel gifts.

Transfers

Getting from the airport to your destinations is an added stress after a tiring flight, so take the guesswork out and pre-book with JayRide.com. Their prices often beat the local taxis and I've found them to be reliable and easy to use.

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