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Why You Should Keep A Diary When Travelling

August 10, 2016

Life is full of wonderful experiences and when you’re surrounded by such fantastic sights and sounds, it seems impossible that you will ever forget this moment. But as we experience more and more equally wonderful moments, it can be hard to remember the little details which made it so special in the first place. This is why it’s important to keep a diary, especially when  travelling.

Ever since I was little I’ve been one to keep a diary. I now have lots of diaries to look back on from school days, holidays and everything in between. I cringe reading some of them again and I’m amazed at what I used to worry about. What scares me though is how many people and places I’ve forgotten about. They were important enough for me to mention in my diary and now I can barely recall them!

When you travel the world, you meet so many other travellers that it’s impossible to remember them all. You might only spend 1 day with them or it might extend to a few months. You add them on Facebook and then move on. But these people who you have crazy adventures with deserve to be remembered. So write about them! Put a face to the name when you discover pictures from your travels in years to come. It will prompt you to try and get back in touch with these people who were an important part of your life at one point.

Write everything you can about that trip you just went on. Describe the smells and the sounds as these are the first things you forget. Explain how something made you feel. It’s amazing how reading a diary can bring back so many memories. You’ll read your diary and find yourself laughing out loud one minute and crying the next as all the details come flooding back to you.

Lots of travellers I meet say that they started out with good intentions and kept a diary for the first couple of weeks but then forgot about it. I’m not saying you have to write in your diary everyday, you don’t want it to feel like a chore, but make the effort to write names, quotes and random memories down as much as possible. Add tickets, leaflets, photographs etc to your diary to help prompt the memories as well. If you’re anything like me then you will be keeping all of these things in your suitcase anyway!

Don’t let something as important as travel become a distant memory. Your diary will be worth more to you in years to come than that random vest you bought in Thailand.

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Classic books to read for Backpackers

May 15, 2016

If you’re going to be a backpacker then you need to read these classic books. These books are practically a right of passage for backpackers. They may be cliché but you’ll gain inspiration for your trip and get to visit the places you’re read about.

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The first book you should read is The Beach by Alex Garland. This is the book which inspired the film with Leonardo DiCaprio and is the reason everyone flocks to Maya Bay when they visit Thailand.

This is a definite must read if you’re going to Thailand. Reading about Khao San Road and the Thai Islands will get you seriously excited about your trip. You’ll want to go discover your own private beach but possibly not quite as secluded as the one in the book! I really enjoyed The Beach and read it really quickly. It’s action packed from start to finish and I was desperate to find out how it ended.

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The second book for Backpackers to read is The Backpacker by John Harris. This book will take you to India, Australia and all over Asia and really demonstrates the differences between each country.

This book will make you want to rid yourself of all your materialistic belongings and appreciate the country that you’re in. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as The Beach but it’s still worth a read.

Both of these books are full of crazy adventures which would scare your parents so make sure you don’t mention the plot to them unless you want your passport revoked.

Have you read either of these books? What other books would you recommend a backpacker read?

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Travel Guide Series #4 Experience Passport – Alex Egner – Chronicle Books

December 18, 2015

The Experience Passport by Alex Egner was one of my favourite gifts when I won Kara’s giveaway earlier in the year. It was such a hidden gem and here’s why…

So this book isn’t your typical travel guide. The book’s aim is for the reader to make the most out of every day. The blurb reads:

“This passport grants you access to life-enriching experiences. Break out of your routine, learn something new, and discover the world of inspiration around you.”

You can’t really ask for more than that can you?

I’m all for exploring your surroundings and seeing the extraordinary in what you think is ordinary. We need to break out of our mundane routines and make every day an adventure! That’s why I love this book.

The book is split into 45 different ‘experiences’. These can range from going on a hike to attending a music concert or simply drawing what you can see around. Each experience is designed to challenge you and help you learn something about yourself. I think pushing your boundaries is one of the main benefits of travelling. By testing your limits, you see the best in yourself and in others around you.

The book also comes with little stickers to show you completed an experience – brilliant for bringing out my inner child! I can’t wait to try out more of the ideas in the Experience Passport and I hope you give it a try too!

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Travel Guide Series #3 The Big Trip – Lonely Planet

December 12, 2015

When the idea of travelling the world first came in to my head when I graduated from university, I had no idea how to go about doing it. I was full of so many questions. How much money will I need? Where shall I go? How do I book this kind of trip? I decided to buy a book which would help me decide. That book was The Big Trip by Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet are the giants of travel guides and in my opinion always seem to be pretty trustworthy. This book is such a good buy if you’re thinking of going travelling. It’s full of so much useful information from pre-trip planning to stories from other travellers as well as maps and price guides.

The best part is the beautiful photographs through out to help you gain inspiration of where to go. You’ll be wanting to swim with dolphins off the coast of New Zealand one day and teach English to children in Ghana the next.

The book also helps you decide if you want to work, volunteer or just travel. I didn’t do any volunteering when I was away but I really wish I did. The best idea I came across was tending to orphan elephants in Sri Lanka, which sounds incredible!

The Big Trip book is regularly updated so the newer edition is slightly different than the one I have. This needs to be done so the price guides are as up to date as possible. 
As the name would suggest, this is a BIG book. It’s one to use before you go travelling and not take with you. Half of your weight allowance would be gone otherwise! So make the most of it before you go. Use it for inspiration and to find out the basics of where you decide to visit.

I hope you find the guide useful and that it brings you one step closer to having an adventure!



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Travel Guide Series #2 The Bright Side – Adventurer Coming Through Travel Journal

October 2, 2015

I love practically the whole of The Bright Side range. As per the name, it’s all about being happy and optimistic about life. I’ve bought cards and calendars from the collection before so imagine my delight when I discovered this travel journal! The Bright Side Adventurer Coming Through Travel Journal

The Adventurer Coming Through travel journal is perfect for planning your trip and noting down your travel memories. It’s very similar to the rest of The Bright Side pieces and designed to be fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a good gift idea for someone who probably won’t write loads every day but will want to make the odd few notes (This book was actually a gift for Stu and this is exactly what he did!).

The first few pages are designed to help you plan your trip with room to list what you need to pack etc and then it leaves more room for you to write about who you meet and what you see. I like the handy little pocket at the back for storing bits and bobs in. I always save all my tickets and little bits of paper when I’m travelling and it’s great to have somewhere to store them before they go into my scrapbook at home!

What do you think of this travel journal? Do you think you would use it? Comment below or tweet me @frankiegoesto__

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Travel Book Series #1 ‘The World Awaits’ by Kate Pocrass

September 19, 2015

Anyone who knows me, knows how I love to be organised. I really enjoying researching places before you visit them, writing lists and planning what to do. This meant that I bought travel books before I went away to pick up any advice I could. There’s a massive choice of literature out there for backpackers and it’s not easy to decide what to choose so I thought I’d give a little review of the books I have.

Today I’ve decided to talk about a book that I actually won as part of a giveaway that the lovely Heelsinmybackpack did earlier this year. The World Awaits by Kate Pocrass is a travel organizer with some ideas of places to visit both home and abroad.


It’s really good for travel inspiration and encourages you to visit places off the beaten track rather than the traditional backpacker route.


The book has lots of rooms to write your ideas, create lists and plan your trip. There’s also plenty of handy pockets to store any magazine cuttings, leaflets etc that you might find useful.

What I like about ‘The World Awaits’ is how colourful it is. The pictures are all drawn rather than photographs. This means that when you finally visit the destinations you haven’t seen a perfectly photo-shopped image which you end up comparing to the real thing.

You buy this organizer from Amazon for less than £13 so it’s not going to break the bank either – something every backpacker likes to hear!