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Planning solo and budget travel

Learning from my mistakes

Having traveled since 2010, over the years I've learnt to streamline my researching and planning for new trips. This post will hopefully help and guide you with your planning and save a lot of headache

planing for solo budget travel

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The various types of friendships we form whilst...


We backpackers are a weird bunch of people aren't we? and that's not a bad thing at all, not in my eyes anyway...What I mean is, backpackers, travelers, nomads or what ever you want to call yourself - Like it or not we are a different breed of people, we see things differently, we see people differently to others, we interact a little differently but have you ever thought about the friendships that you form when traveling?

The people we meet when while traveling are from all walks of life with varied backgrounds but yet we can make friends and create unique and strong bonds with people whom we've only known for 5 minutes. Maybe it's because of the situation we're thrust into, being in the same bubble, being in those intense hostel environments where the outside word doesn't exist, or maybe because we're all their for the same reason and your background just doesn't matter. Whatever the reason, strangers become friends overnight and sometimes with people you wouldn't do back home. However on the other hand, over the years I've met so many people that are so similar to me, in the way we think, behave, our personalities and characteristics. I have a theory on this and most people I tell it to agree, a few don't but my theory is -

"When your at home, you are that odd one out of the group, the one that is a little different to the others but when you go traveling you meet others that are the odd ones from their groups and you make friends with them"

You might be wondering where this has come, especially after the general flow of my last few posts I’m trying so hard… The grass may not be greener but…You might be wondering why I'm rambling on about traveling friendships?

The reason I'm writing this post is because a friend of mine that I met in Australia 6 years ago messaged me the other day, somebody whom I've not spoke to for ages. She messaged me to tell me that she mentioned me in her latest podcast episode which you can listen to here - harmonic whiskey tales (It's well worth a listen - ) Even though we haven't spoken for so long, it's not like we're strangers to each other now but it got me thinking. It made me think of the various types of friendships that are formed whilst traveling. I thought about the countless people I've crossed paths with from all over the world over the last 6 years. All those people I met in hostels and on excursions, the masses that became 'mates or Facebook buddies' and the very few I consider to be 'close friends'

Every single traveler, no matter if you're a solo traveler or start in a group, will want to make friends at some point in your travels. Making friends when traveling adds to your experience and in some cases the people your with is better than the place you're in. However to some it's pretty easy to make friends but to others it's a struggle as first, some people have outgoing personalities, others find it hard to come out their shell. I guess I was pretty lucky that when I first started to travel I met a special group of people who went from being strangers to being like family in a matter of weeks - It was a unique situation where so many similar personalities just came together at the same time in the same place and we all just gelled.

That's not saying that has been the case everywhere I've been and everybody that travels knows that you make various friendships when your traveling. Sometimes you might be best of friends while in each others company but then forget the other existed once one of you leaves, other times you'll bump into the same people along the route and become friends and sometimes you'll meet people who become closer than family.

Here is my list of various types of friendships made when traveling:

to continue reading please visit my sight at [[https://thebackpackingbubble.wordpress.com/2016/12/09/the-various-types-of-friendships-formed-whilst-traveling/|The various types of friendships formed whilst traveling]

Posted by av9901 09:53 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged travel backpacking traveling solo_travel travelblog Comments (0)

It cant be just me right ?

Since I have been writing, I’ve been thinking a lot about the past 5 and half years, remembering things that I forgot along the way, like…

I remembered while I was in Colombia last year, somebody found out how long I’ve been traveling for and said to me “So traveling isn’t a big thing for you anymore ? It’s just what you do. A way of life, it’s just normal for you?” I replied with a casual nonchalant nod, “Yeah it is.” –

That nod and the way I replied to that comment has only really hit me now – How ridiculous is the notion that traveling is just normal to me?

Traveler Z 14When did traveling turn into ‘just what I do?’ When did packing, unpacking and packing again, moving from hostel to hostel, moving from city to city, moving from country to country become normal as putting on a pair of socks (depending what country I’m in of course) I’ve been back at home for the longest period since I started to travel, I explained why I came home in my first ever post: Bubble burst, reality smacks ! but after 6 months of being back it still feels abnormal. (The only reason I am still at home is to deal with some minor health issues before I can leave again)

For me traveling is normal life and being home is not. In fact I often feel like I’m going on holiday when I return home, not the other way around when I go to another country. Here’s the funny thing; I can go to a brand new country, live with strangers in a hostel and adapt to that countries culture, to the people around me, I make myself feel at home wherever I am; but I find it difficult to adapt to being home. Surely I am not alone in thinking and feeling like this, other long term travelers feel the same right ?

for the rest of this post please continue reading at It can't be just me...right?

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backpacks and booze

go hand in hand

heya come and check out my new blog backpacks and booze I'm sure most backpackers will relate to this ..Happy friday reading :D

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packpacking peru

from the coast to the Andes via the desert

heya guys com and check out my new YouTube video, like and subscribe if you'd like to see more

backpacking Peru

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