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The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

There’s one big problem with Western Europe: there’s simply so much to see, and so little time. How on earth do you choose between checking out the Colosseum, spending a day surrounded by art in the Louvre or simply gazing, awestruck, at the Alhambra?

The answer is to take your time, and see where the fancy takes you! You might not end up exactly where you planned (tempting diversions are plentiful!) but you’ll certainly have the time of your life along the way.

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a pint of Guinness from Dublin, Ireland The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France London Royal Guards


Dracula's Castle

Eastern Europe is a million miles away from the well-worn paths of its western neighbour. Striking capital cities like Bucharest, Bratislava, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius may be attracting increasing numbers of backpackers, but much of the rest of the region remains relatively unexplored.

Castles, dramatically perched on cliff tops, ancient monasteries cut out of the bare rock, picturesque medieval villages around every bend in the road.

For the more imaginative and adventurous traveller, Eastern Europe is a treasure trove of antiquity waiting to be unlocked.

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Krakow, Poland Berlin, Germany

Mysterious temples swathed in thick jungle; endless strips of white sand stretching away as far as the eye can see that give onto sparkling turquoise waters; the rich aromatic smells and endless hustle and bustle of the night markets…

Chinese symbol for the word LOYAL

Whether it’s China, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam, for the breathless backpacker travelling around the region, one thing’s for certain: it is, unmistakeably, Southeast Asia.

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From the souk-filled medinas of Morocco, to the shifting sands of the Sahara Desert and the magnificent Pharaonic monuments of Egypt, there’s an exoticism that defines travelling in North Africa. And Sub-Saharan Africa is no less rich in things to see and do!

In addition to the endless wonders of the Safari, adventure travel features pretty prominently. Whether it’s Tanzania or Kenya, South Africa or Mozambique, there are more opportunities to bungee jump, mountain bike, white-water raft, dive, horse ride and trek than you can shake a stick at! 

A South African Lion King

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South America is a seemingly immeasurable and, at times, almost incomprehensible landmass. Between the mighty Amazon River and the high Andes lie endless sandy beaches, steamy jungles, desolate, windswept salt flaps – geographically, South America’s got it all.  The assorted ruins of ancient cultures – like Machu Picchu, Chan-Chan and the Lost City – are scattered across the continent. A series of mystical places, the only conceivable reaction is to look on, awestruck.

But for the backpacker in South America, it’s undoubtedly the great cities, such as Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Lima that demand the most attention. Rippling with life and energy and packed full of sights, they’re amongst the most exciting travel destinations in the world.

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Kangaroos, Ayers Rock & Australia

Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, the Great Barrier Reef, Ayer’s Rock… Australia trips off the tongue like a roll call of iconic backpacking sights. Add to this an unbeatable climate and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere throughout and you’ve got an authentic travel mecca.

And New Zealand’s no different: a raft of great cities like Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, sit alongside one of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. Soaring peaks capped with snow; crashing surf along the length and breadth of a ‘the land of the long white cloud’… it’s a captivating place!

And then, of course, there’s the hopelessly exotic, far-flung Pacific Islands… Australasia’s not just a backpacking destination, it’s backpacking nirvana!

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Lots of Sheep in New Zealand Great White Shark
The Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California
Niagra Falls on the Canadian/US Border ancient Aztec temple in Teotihuacan, Mexico

Nowhere in the world screams travel like North America. It’s an almost mythical place; land of the road trip, from the icy wastes of the north to the broiling deserts of the southern United States and Mexico, it’s riddled with highways stretching on towards the distant horizon.

Away from the big household name destinations like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto and Montreal and Mexico City there’s a seemingly endless list of lesser known – but no less absorbing – destinations that stud the vast landmass.

Ultimately, a trip to North America rarely just engages the traveller, it utterly consumes them.

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Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada American Indian


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