My Travel Gadget Essentials

I’m not one to travel with many gadgets. As I’ve talked about before, both my phone and my laptop have seen better days. And those better days were back in 2010.

But there are some gadgets that I don’t mind spending my money on. The ones that actually do need updating regularly, or simply those that I just couldn’t travel without. The ones that make travel days and differing accommodation easier to handle. Here are my travel gadget essentials for every trip I take, long or short.

My Travel Gadget Essentials

Mini Surge Protector

Before we set off on our trip, I never would have known how useful this thing would be. Not only does it protect you from blowing up sockets with electronics that have a different voltage to the country you’re visiting (trust me, we’ve had that happen before), but it also allows you to plug several gadgets into one plug without needed to use up every socket in the hostel room or coffee shop. Your wallet will thank you, and so will your fellow dorm mates or digital nomads.

Things I’m Afraid To Tell You

Things I'm Afraid To Tell You

This was a meme that went around in the blogosphere a couple of years ago, but I never saw it at the time (read: was lazy and didn’t participate). It’s all about being totally open and honest and sharing with your readers what bothers and unnerves you; what worries you and what you wouldn’t normally talk about in a regular post. It’s what I’m afraid to tell you, except that now I will.

Blogging is a lonely business

Maybe this should actually be titled “working from home is a lonely business”. I don’t blog all the time – obviously I work freelance on many different projects and blogging is just one part of that. But I work from home, for myself, by myself. I no longer have work colleagues (which I really miss) and talking to people online or via social media just isn’t the same. Working from home is lonely and sometimes boring. You have to motivate yourself and plan your own goals, with no help or conversation from anyone else. There are days when I want to pack it all in and work in an office again, be able to joke with people about what was on TV last night or go out for lunch together. It’s hard.

My Tips For A Successful Christmas Market City Break

My Tips For A Successful Christmas Market City Break /

I know, I know; some of you will think that it’s still *way* too early to be talking about this. But the sad truth is, Christmas is now just around the corner. Well, Christmas market season, to be exact.

Most of the European Christmas markets start in mid or late November, which really isn’t that far away at all. I personally love extending the Christmas season as long as I can, because after that it’s all dreary grey weather, grumpy moods and slushy snow.

We’re hoping to visit some more Christmas markets again this year (hopefully different to the ones we visited last year), but as now is the time for people to start planning their Christmas market city breaks, I thought I’d bring you a few tips from our experiences last year.

Review: Hostelworld Android App

Hostelworld Android App

After hearing that Hostelworld had recently updated their Anroid app, and having conveniently just purchased a new Android phone, I was keen to check it out. I’ve been a Hostelworld customer for 3 years and used them countless times to book accommodation during my RTW trip. I used to use the iPhone app to look up reviews and prices of prospective hostels on our upcoming itinerary and I was interested to see how this new Android app fared against the old one I’d used previously.

Firstly, the imagery on this app is great. The start screen, the search results lists and each hostel listing have large, colourful images of each of the properties, making it really easy to see whether you like the look of it from first glance. Once you click through to a chosen hostel, you can then swipe through further images and lists of facilities, see a large on-screen map which gives directions and plots the location of each hostel in your search listings, as well as quickly scan through reviews and prices.