Jo Fitzsimons

Freelance Travel & Lifestyle Writer

10 Bars With Views Worth Blowing The Budget For

Seeing the classic sights will feature highly on most travel itineraries, but getting away from the masses and exploring beyond the usual vistas can add extra depth to your stay. … Continue reading

June 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Dangerous Liaisons: Should You Add “Unsafe” Destinations to Your RTW Trip?

Fear is individually unique. One person’s definition of a safe destination can equal another’s worst nightmare. However, regardless of whether you sport a high fear factor or quiver at the … Continue reading

June 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Helping You Embrace Coming Home After Your RTW Trip

It’s over. The trip of your dreams has come to an end and you’re homeward bound. As sad as going home can be, the reality of long-term travel can be … Continue reading

May 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

“I’m Taking Off to See the World!” How to Tell your Parents

Your parents are experts in the art of worry. Let’s face it, they’ve been practicing your whole life, and the bombshell that you’re about to pack up your belongings in … Continue reading

May 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Don’t Make Trip Planning a Marathon Task: From Dreaming to Doing in 4 Weeks

Now what? You’ve decided to take a long-term trip, and the next task is to transform that germ of an idea into action, but the list of things you need … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Swapping your Blackberry for a Backpack: What to Expect

Rewind a generation, and the backpackers breaking the first ground of the banana pancake trail in the 1960s were largely students exploring beyond their childhood horizons before committing to a … Continue reading

April 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

How to Open your Own Hostel: The Ultimate Guide

Budget travel accommodations can be a lucrative market. If you’ve ever stayed at a guesthouse or hostel and thought you could run it better, here are 50 tips on how … Continue reading

April 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

50 Ways to Save Money on your Next Cruise

Did you feel like you were the only one who paid top dollar for your last cruise? If so, or even if you didn’t, here are 50 ways to save … Continue reading

April 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Flashpacker Hostels: Redefining Communal Sleeping

Bed bugs, hair-ridden showers and unspeakable toilet facilities put many solo travelers off the communal living style associated with hostels. And in many of the pack-em-in doss houses that offer cheaper than … Continue reading

March 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Caribbean Without the Cost: 5 Great Beach Spots in Latin America

There’s something about the colors of the Caribbean Sea that can hold your gaze until your eyes sting. Add sugar white sands, palms perfect for slinging up a hammock and … Continue reading

January 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Delights of Delhi

  Like a scabby old dog, many backpackers shudder at the idea of Delhi, and it can be easy to see why, with its deep dirt, incessant horns blaring and … Continue reading

September 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Backpacking to Isla Ometepe

    Off the beaten track – these four small words sit on every backpacker’s lips and are the very reason most people are inspired to travel. Sadly, getting away from … Continue reading

September 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Backpacking in Beijing – Beyond the Great Wall

China can be a bit daunting for backpackers who don’t have a grasp of the language and, in truth, unless you are a whiz with languages or are going to … Continue reading

September 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

Kuala Lumpur – A Backpacking Must-See?

Bright lights, big city, the draw of the Petronas Towers, hawker-stalls galore, this should be a natural destination for backpackers, but before I even stepped foot into Malaysia’s capital, I … Continue reading

August 16, 2011 · Leave a comment