A mini survival guide to sleeper trains

By | May 21st, 2015|Travel tips|

Sleeper trains, they're great, but can be hard work.  But if I'm honest, while I may have had trouble actually sleeping on them in the past, the effort was worth it, as there's nothing quite like waking up and watching the sunrise from a locomotive racing through an incredible landscape. Travel by train is by [...]

Using Google maps offline and never (rarely) getting lost again

By | January 17th, 2014|Travel Blogging, Travel tips, Wordpress/Tech tips|

'OK Maps' That's all it takes with Google Maps. Two words, two simple words.  With these two words the world is your oyster, the offline world that is. What do you do when you get lost whilst on the road?  I mean hopelessly lost, not the type of lost where you can enjoy the ride [...]

Backpacking myths busted – five things you were totally wrong about

By | May 26th, 2013|Travel tips|

Backpacking has been a favourite way to see the world for many generations of travellers but like anything else there is a considerable mythology that has built up around it. Here are five myths about backpacking that don't stand up to a little scrutiny: Backpacking myth 1 - Backpackers are poor Ok so we're not minted, [...]

Top 5 items you’ll need to survive a British Festival.

By | March 19th, 2012|Top 5's, Travel tips|

Festival season is just around the corner, simely face.  Tickets are slowly going on sale to eager punters and dirty ticket touts (I hate you touts), both of whom are crashing endless websites with their demand.  Have you got your tickets?  Did you make sure you got them from an official supplier? ... good, you did.  We dont you [...]

Alternative accommodation in London (2012 Olympics)

By | March 7th, 2012|Travel tips|

Did you get tickets?  I didn’t (sad face).  London’s a pretty busy place, but in a couple of months it’s going to got a whole lot busier, encase you hadn’t heard, we’re hosting the Olympics.   It’s kind of a big deal. The main Olympic site in east London is well under construction, the tube (underground) [...]

The troubles of a travel blogger in 2011

By | January 4th, 2012|Travel Blogging, Travel tips, Wordpress/Tech tips|

2011 saw me create www.backpacksandbunkbeds.co.uk, the site you are currently reading. I’d been messing around with websites for 18 months or so prior to its creation, learning to code etc. I had designed a few sites for other people and casually created my own blog at www.getoutofmyfacebook.co.uk , but I wasn’t taking anything too seriously. Just [...]

Last night a screenshot saved my life

By | December 12th, 2011|Travel Blogging, Travel tips, Wordpress/Tech tips|

Have you ever had that rather annoying scenario where you turn up to a hostel/hotel/tour/flight and proceed to rumage through your rucksack looking for your booking form only to be dissapointed at its non existance within said rucksack?  Tis a bit of a b*stard.  Some of you may have taken this one step further and [...]

Bungee Jumping or Sky diving

By | December 9th, 2011|Travel, Travel tips|

Bungee Jumping or Sky diving, which is it to be?  Both maybe? So we save and we save and we save to go travelling, the 9-5, the unsociable hours, the graveyard shifts, whatever it takes.  We save our money and we get out, away from the crap and out into the world.  The saved cash [...]

Top 10 ways to save money when travelling

By | November 18th, 2011|Budget Travel, Travel tips|

Travelling can be quite expensive, especially when paying for flights, accommodation, clothing, backpacking gear, vaccinations, food, drink and of course any trips/excursions along the way, but if you’re wise with your money; there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy yourself and not spend every penny you’ve saved for so long for. Below are some tips [...]

Sydney in a day

By | September 13th, 2011|Australia, Travel, Travel tips|

I lived/dossed in Sydney for the best part of 3 months between 2006 and 2007. In that time I think I got to know the place pretty well and would quite often just wander around the city, taking in the atmosphere whilst slowley cooking in my embarrassingly pale English skin.  There's so many awesome things to see [...]