How to plan and book independent travel. Ten top tips for backpackers, solo travellers and globetrotters.

Tips on planning and booking independent travel, from visas to accommodation to deciding what to pack…

The best apps to download before you travelĀ 

1. Maps.me Never get lost again with maps.me. This app is so handy for travellers. Before you set off download the maps you will need. You will then be able to use the map offline- so useful for when you have no wifi or data connection! Whether your…

My top five highlights of Ecuador

Get your adrenaline rush in Banos- this famous town close to the active volcano of Tungurahua attracts backpackers and tourists in their droves. The highlights aren’t the town itself, but the many attractions nearby. One of my favourite days was when I hired a bike and set off…

The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

I arrived in Cusco by bus from Bolivia with a few days to spare before embarking on our Inca Trail trek where we would spend three full days walking through the Andes mountains until we reached Machu Picchu. I wasn’t expecting much from Cusco thinking it would be…