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Selfies are Changing the Fundamental Reasons Why we Travel The rise of social media is creating a new breed of travelers for whom the ability to instantly publicize their trip is as important as the experience itself. read more
Panama is a bridge between two worlds. It separates North America from South America. It is a melting pot of cultures. If there is one place to go to experience the best of Americas, it would be Panama. read more
Transat Holidays Offers a Hurricane Policy

Transat Holidays and Nolitours now offer their clients true peace of mind that they are protected should a hurricane affect your destination city in Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean or Central or South America.

There are four options to choose from. Some conditions apply, of course, so read all the details in this document.

Its beaches are spectacular and its rich culture is the best you will find from here all the way to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Its gastronomy sector is rivaled only by that of Peru in all of the Americas. Yeah...it is an interesting place to visit. read more
At 6,592,800 square miles, Russia is the largest country on earth. It covers about an eighth of the world's occupied territory. Much of Eastern Europe and northern Asia are covered by Russia. The country features a whopping 9 time zones. The country's diverse landscapes, weather and other physical features make it a must visit for those with explorers' heart. read more
If you are not from North America, you will not know what a taco is. Let me explain. A taco is a traditional Mexican delicacy that is made of corn or wheat tortilla rolled and then filled with other delicacies such as seafood, vegetables, pork, beef, chicken and cheese. read more
Everywhere you look around the city, there is some history attached. The city is thus fondly referred to as the 'Athens of South America'. read more

If you’re not convinced, here are 10 reasons why backpacks suck.

 

1. You have to carry them

Come on guys, it’s the 21st century and wheels were invented for a very good reason. Let’s use the incredible invention of the wheel and stop carrying heavy things!

 

2. They’re awkward to carry and they hurt

I’m sure Action Man doesn’t have any problem swinging his backpack onto his back but I do. I really do.

 

3. You barely ever need to carry your luggage

Admittedly, there are times when you need to carry your luggage but these times are few and far between. Everyone likes to think they’re going on an adventure and getting off the beaten track but 9 times out of 10 you’ll be able to wheel a suitcase everywhere.

 

4. Creased clothes

I have never mastered the art of packing a backpack and not getting totally crumpled clothes. I always roll my clothes and I often use packing cubes. Everything is fine for 2-3 days but anything longer than this and I have a chaotic pile of crumpled clothes.

 

5. Day packs

While I hate backpacks, I am a fan of the day pack. Basically, just a mini backpack you use for days out. If you’re going trekking for a couple of days, you’d take a small day pack rather than the large backpack.

Travelling with a backpack

6. It’s difficult to find stuff in them

If you have a top opening backpack then you can say goodbye to anything that slips to the bottom. You won’t be seeing that for a long time.

 

7. They’re difficult to organise

Lots of backpacks have one large, main compartment which makes it difficult to organise anything and your belongings get muddled and lost.

 

8. Things get broken

The soft fabric of a backpack won’t protect your belongings against the bag being thrown around. I’m not suggesting anyone travels with a china tea set but you won’t want anything breakable in there.

Paddington Bear

If it’s good enough for Paddington… 

9. Odd Sized Baggage

Backpacks usually have to go to a special ‘Odd Sized Baggage’ conveyor belt at the airport to avoid the straps getting caught in any machinery. This can often take longer and be located in a weird place. It’s not the end of the world but it’s an extra stress and hassle if you’re running late.

 

10. They’re not waterproof or easy to clean

Hard-shelled suitcases are both waterproof and easy to clean. Some people like having a dirty backpack because it makes them look like ‘a real traveller’. I don’t.

 

My tips for backpacking with a suitcase

If you’re convinced that backpacks suck and you’d like to go travelling with a suitcase, there are a few things you need to remember.

 

You still need to pack light

I never travel with a bag I can’t lift. This is mainly because I don’t want to be that girl who has to pitifully ask a man to carry my bag for me. I’m not going to get all feminist on you but, ladies, if you can’t carry your own bag, it’s too heavy.

You still need a small, lightweight case that you can easily carry up a flight of stairs.

 

Caribee Fast TrackConsider a wheeled backpack

I’m a massive fan of the Caribee Fast Track Wheeled Backpack. I can’t recommend this bag enough if you’re not quite ready to hang up your backpack but you realise backpacks suck 

You would be forgiven for trying to recapture those moments once more at the spots discussed herein. read more
Ever been to South America? Please start with Lima, Peru. You will thank me later. It's not only the gastronomy capital of the Latin America, but it also possesses the allure of Old Spain. read more
From Napa Valley in the United States to Tuscany hills in Italy, you will find wineries that will entice you to become a wine connoisseur. Today we bring the top 10 vineyards around the world. read more
Whether you are into wintersports or the sunny summer, this region will have something special for you.Here, you get to hike, ski, fine dine, sightseeing and photography and many more. read more
Aurora Borealis, or more commonly the Northern Lights is a sky phenomenon that emanates from collision of particles and the magnetic fields of the Arctic Circle. read more
Apparently, not even extensive manufacturing base, the busiest port in Africa, subtropical climate and beautiful beaches are enough to put the South African city of Durban on the world tourism and travel map. Well, not until you visit the city and your idea of Africa will take a turn around. Why don't you watch the video and see for yourself...? read more
That the surrounding area teems with the amazing African wildlife is a major plus. Carry your binoculars and get a vantage point to see the magical jungles of Africa from Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira volcanic cones at the summit of the mountain. read more
The beautiful sights, waterfront cafes, postcard perfect neighborhoods and knowledgeable tour guides makes you want to visit the Parisian canals over and over again. read more
Satisfy your cravings, carry some chocolate for evening and the day after. Beware...you might get addicted to chocolate! read more
5 Daily escapes in Costa Rica If there is something more dangerous than hiking into a national park that has an active volcano, then I would like to know...for now, I will say you are crazy to be even within a mile of the volcano, let alone on its foothills. All in all, it is one of the most satisfying experiences ever - and the reason why you will throw caution to the wind and attempt this. read more
Roman Cathedrals - here's 9 reasons why you should visit Travel magazines, travel agents, and even travel blogs like this one always insists that you visit this or that cathedral, right? You have been wondering why the cathedrals are so big in the travel world, no? Well, below are 9 reasons why you should visit a cathedral. read more
5 farmers markets you need to check out in Amsterdam  If you are in the city, you have already realized how expensive it is to eat out. If you are yet to travel, then today is your lucky day. You will learn how to save on your food budget. Listed below are the top farmers markets in Amsterdam. read more
5 Boutique Hotels you need to consider staying at in San Francisco Headed for the West Coast of the United States for business or leisure? Chances are that you are going to either Los Angeles or San Francisco. If you are going to the latter, you are well advised to consider the following boutique hotels for your ultimate luxury experience. read more
5 Boutique Hotels you need to consider staying at in Sydney Sydney is Australia's largest and most important city. It thus sees a lot of business and leisure travellers. If you ever find yourself in the city, see that you stay in any of the following boutique hotels. You will be given the best Sydneysider hospitality. read more
 Baan Manali Resort Located on the idyllic Nai-wok Bay, the Baan Manali Resort is a 14-bungalow resort that clearly knows how to treat guests if the number of the guests it gets every year is anything to by. The resort is located just a 10-minutes' walk from the inviting village of Thongsala. read more
 Pariya Resort & Villas Koh Pha Ngan The landscape surrounding the Pariya Resort & Villas Koh Pha Ngan is defined by lush tropical vegetation, rolling green hills and mountains, cobalt-blue sea and white sand beaches. In short, it is a holidaymakers' dream destination. read more
 Sunset Cove Resort If you want quiet and nice, if you want simple and cost-friendly, think Sunset Cove in Koh Phangan, Thailand. It offers you a chance at the delights of the beach life, and yet remains the little quaint Thai village that always leaves one's heart mellow. read more