Practical tips for your Eurotrip

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  • Go on a walking tour – you’ll get your bearings of the city, you learn lots of facts, it’s usually tip-based (you pay how much you think it was worth, guides will work really hard to make their tours interesting and memorable!); get food recommendations from the guide (they know all the local favourites especially for those whom authentic cuisine)Get your bearings, or you could get lost. Santorini looks pretty terrible, right? 😋
  • Sock money – tuck money (in £, € or USD – easily exchanged) in your sock for emergencies and/or have been pickpocketed (it happens sometimes)
  • Don’t stand too close to an open flame – Are you travelling during European winter? If you’re an Aussie, you’re probably not used to excessive rain/cold/snow. Fire places are a wonderful novelty, if you haven’t experienced these environments. Seriously, don’t stand too close. You could get burnt or melt your clothing. Layer up and cover all your extremities including your head!
  • Stay at hostels – Are you budget conscious? Are you travelling with children? Do you like free breakfast/free wifi/free activities? Hostels are perfect for all of the above. Hostels can have a bit of a reputation for cheap lodgings for dirty, smell backpackers, but not always true. There’s a range of room types (dorm v private), easily accessible by public transport, and I’ve seen (well-behaved) kiddies as young as 6 months old (We would know, we were travelling with our friends and they brought their baby with them! 😉). Use search sites such hostelworld.com or hostelbookers.com (*Bonus tip: search both sites, prices and availability can vary! Read the reviews- especially for recent bedbug outbreaks or poor plumbing)
  • There’s no such thing as bad weather – just incorrect footwear. If you know what kind of activities you are going to do, bring suitable socks and pack accordingly. Consider how much walking you’ll do, summer v winter, versatility (can it be worn during the day and on a night out?), any hardcore adventure sports, how heavy are they?? Most importantly, bring a pair of thongs (jandals, flip flops, etc) to wear in the shower. You don’t want to risk foot fungi :/Hiking in Switzerland
  • Helpful appsGoogle Maps (download the offline map or screenshot where you’re heading), Google Translate (again, download regularly used language for offline use or use to speak to a local if your pronunciation sucks), Kindle/Audible (to read or listen to books; keep yourself entertained or any creepers at a safe distance), Google Drive/DropBox (cloud storage for all your precious photos, notes and journal entries)On an overnight train with my Kindle
  • Have fun and be observant – be a ‘yes man’ and say yes to new adventures. Try new food, explore places not listed in guide books, breathe deeply, be present and enjoy. People watch – take note of what the locals are doing, so you don’t draw unnecessary attention to yourselves. Are they standing on the left or right side of the escalator? Are you sunbathing somewhere you shouldn’t? Are you being loud and inappropriate at a place of worship? Use all your senses. Reflect on them. Go slow. Take the train. Realise how lucky you are to travel to Europe!
  • Passport and credit card – if there’s two absolute must-haves, bring passport and have access to money. It’s Europe, not the backstreets of (insert place most ‘foreign’ to you). You can buy everything you need. (*Bonus tip: tell your bank where you are travelling and for how long, so they don’t put a hold on your card thinking its’suspicious activity’ 😋)Bring your passport, and send a copy to your email address

    So, what do you think? Have we missed any key tips?
    Happy Eurotripping

    Prue and Rob: Bag Most Travelled

    love & marriage

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    A lot has happened since our last post. And I mean, A LOT. Six months ago, we got married! So, it’s our half-versary today 💙 I won’t gush too much about it now but will write a separate post about our wedding soon. There’s a travel ‘theme’, practical considerations, and summary of costs (especially for those of you planning your own wedding).

    (Massive thank you to Perth Event Photography).

    So, where did the last six months go? Yep, I’ve been thinking the same thing! (I swear, the same thing happened last year. I think there’s a pattern!) Here’s a quick recap:

    • Amazingly wonderful wedding day in Perth which doubled for my birthday and family reunion (neither of us should forget the date 😋)
    • Speedy Singapore trip to attend a work conference
    • Honeymoon to the insanely fun USA and New Zealand (Not to mention inviting some of our parents along)
    • Further exploration of the breathtaking Pilbara
    • A couple more swan-in, swan-out trips in Perth

    To quote Rob, our life is pretty fricken ‘hashtagged blessed’. We’ve been travelling and spending our time with loved ones (More social, less media), so there’s scraps of paper, online journals, video and conversations to be collated and squashed together before it’ll make any sense to anybody.

    We love The Blog and sharing our experiences (We thrive on travel talk!), but boy, does it take some time, energy and creative effort to produce a post. You’ll see some content real soon (and may be backdated to when it was originally written). Devastatingly, our laptop was stolen recently, which is a technological setback (I’m still in a little bit of denial, like it happened in some alternate universe)… Fortunately, we’d double, no triple, backed up our photos, so they’re all safe but we lost several posts that we were working on. If this quick post makes it online successfully, you now know it was written on a smartphone. Oooh first time for everything! Wish us luck! 🤖

    So, let’s start this whole revamp again. If you don’t already follow us, check out our Instagram – it’s by far the easiest app for us to share our adventures in fun, little bursts. 

    Ok everyone, there’s 26 days left of 2016. There’s trips to be planned and items to be added to the bucket list. Let’s make it count! 

    Happy adventures
    BMT

    50 More Ideas to Save Money for Your Next Big Trip

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    Last year, I wrote all about my first backpacking adventure and how I saved money to make it happen. Have you read it? Check it out here.

    Here’s so more ideas to get you on your trip quicker!

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    The Wonderful World of Perth

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    What many people won’t know, both of us were born in Sydney, Australia; but since living in Perth for a significant number of years, it’s where we call ‘home’. But since we haven’t lived in Perth for over two years (and home is where the heart is), we thought we’d share our love for one of the world’s most isolated cities, Perth especially since it’s where we are tying the knot ❤

    Despite it’s ‘negative’ award, Lonely Planet listed WA in the Top 10 best value destinations to visit in 2016 (with Fremantle coming in at #7 for best city) and the New York Times described Perth as a hipster heaven.

    When we travel, I am definitely WA’s best advocate. Spreading the love and awesomeness of WA. We’ll do a WA post soon but for now, check out our list of OG things to do and see. (OG means original gangster, in case you were wondering)

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    16 essential backpacking items

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    Backpackers are perceived to be a bunch of dirty, disorganised hippies (sometimes true) but really, they’re organised and resourceful (and ridiculously good-looking 😉 ). Whether you’re backpacking out of necessity (budget) or for pure enjoyment, backpackers carefully select essential items to help them along the way. Why are they essential you ask? Good question, reader! We’ll show you…

    Tasmania's Overland Track
    Tasmania’s Overland Track

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    A Guide to Travelling with Parents

    A guide to travelling with your parents
    A guide to travelling with your parents
    A guide to travelling with your parents

    As an adult, you’ve developed your own interests, routines and experiences. You’ve survived being an adulty adult. Sure, some of this enhanced by your upbringing but you are your own person. If you’ve got parents like ours, they don’t travel as much (or make return trips to familiar destinations). I guess, somebody’s gotta stay home and check your mail!

    Have you ever returned to your childhood home after living on your own? Or stayed with your parents, as an adult, for an extended time? If so, have you realised they’ve resumed ‘parent mode’ and ask you where you are going and whom with? (I can guarantee you both the parents and the adult children have complaints about this!) Look no further, this guide is definitely for you!

    Airport drop-off (again)

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    The Bestest Posts of 2015

    My journals from our world trip

    Bestest (n, adv., adj.) excellent, awesome, highest quality, successful, outdone, desirable, supreme, unbeatable, favourable, ideal, perfect, most wonderful, crème de la crème, supreme, almighty, finest, greatest…

    It’s always lovely to get feedback via social media or email about our posts, whether it’s positive, constructive criticism or a suggestion. Or even a bit of travel advice. It’s especially humbling when people talk about the blog IRL (that’s in real life  for those not down with the lingo). So, thank you.

    Statistics and numbers don’t mean much to us. Quality over quantity as the saying goes, and we truly believe that. So, if you enjoy what you’re reading, please let us know and of course, share it with your family, friends, neighbours, pets and random strangers (that’s what I do!). We create this blog from our love and enthusiasm for travel. And we hope it shows ❤

    It’s time to relive a little magic! Here are your favourite Bag Most Travelled posts of 2015:

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