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What to pack in a backpack?

Thinking of travelling light or going on a backpacking trip? The first question that comes to mind after deciding your destination is what to pack. Or more importantly, “What not to pack?”

First rule of backpacking is  to keep it simple and small. You don’t want to carry  most of your wardrobe, or fill it up with gadgets that wont work in the country you are visiting. Cut out the things you think might be important but really aren’t. Instead of filling your backpacks with stuff you will almost never use, fill it up with the most important things that you need to travel!

A pair of Tee shirts or Polo shirts or one each will almost always suffice. A long sleeved shirt will also come in handy. Keep two pairs of trousers, plenty of socks  and underwear. Remember to keep a hat or cap depending on the climate of the region.

ATM and credit cards and some emergency cash along with important documents packed in a zip-lock are universally important. So are  First Aid kits with important medications and washing materials.

Do not pack yourself a ton of gadgets. Cellphones/smartphones, cameras, a torch, with their respective batteries, chargers and plug adapters,memory cards are the only important gadgets you need to pack.

If you need to travel a lot, make sure you get a compact, light weight and a sturdy backpack you can carry easily without discomfort! Keep everything safe with a padlock and have a safe trip!

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Which Country You Should Explore for Your Unforgettable Backpacking?

Previously, backpacking is the term for those nomads who need to find freedom and independence. These days, people who travel to countries for the sake of enjoying the beauty of nature are backpackers. Backpacking is very adventurous because backpackers only bring their backpacks containing their essentials during their journeys. Mostly, they go to places where the nature reveals its maximum beauty.

If you are one of those people who love exploring wonderful forests and capturing the magnificent wildlife activities, then you can just explore some countries which have the best natural resorts.

Nepal

Everything about Nepal is exotic and the classic culture of Asian is what backpackers can see. Backpackers always love its tropical nature in which they can just choose among several outdoor activities like trekking throughout the countryside. It seems that this country is the only one in Asia, which maintains its strong heritage. Temples of Buddhism and Hindu are scattered in almost every corner of each city. For true backpackers, they will need more than thirty days to explore the whole country.

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Indonesia

Bali is not the only place in Indonesia that backpackers can explore. Though it is true that Bali is the main destinations for worldwide tourists when they visit the country, Indonesia still has thousands of unexplored islands for every tourist to conquer. Rain forests and incredible wildlife in Sulawesi is only one example of some worth visiting places in this country. Sumatra is another island that hosts magnificent places like Harau Valley, Lake Toba, Lake Maninjau and so many bays for enjoying wonderful water activities. Beaches are also spreading out throughout the country.

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Albania

For those who dream to visit Europe without any desire to spend more budget, then Albania as the best option. With lower standard of living, backpackers can enjoy exploring the countries’ beautiful museums and historical places that reveal the grandeur of European empires. Hiking to Mount Dajti is another alternative for more challenging journeys. Albania can also offer warm sunshine on the beautiful Jala or Dhermi Beach.

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Best Packing Tips for Backpacking

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Backpackers tend to bring everything and there is nothing wrong with this. Actually, everything does not really mean ‘everything’. There should be some lists of the most important stuff to bring like their essentials or foods to accompany them in anywhere. First aid kits are vital and they are unavoidable. This is because backpackers always go to destinations where there are rare people and public places around. The next thing to bring is adventure tools like pocket knife and flashlights with adequate supplies of batteries.

Another important thing to bring is proper food. Backpackers should be in perfect health condition before starting their journeys and they should only bring foods which can maintain their bodies in prime condition. Surely, they do not have to buy foods on grocery stores like what their mothers need to cook. But at least, there are some vital intakes that they should pay attention seriously.

Common foods that backpackers bring are canned foods. However, backpackers should choose the ones with good brands as they can deliver good quality. Beware of some canned foods from eastern countries where they are merely full of preservatives and chemical color substances. Everyone can notice that foods from eastern countries are much cheaper though they can be very risky to human’s health. It is better to buy more expensive foods from reputable brands because they are already certified.

Other recommended foods are those with high calories. They are satisfying and they can keep backpackers in good condition during longer trips. Among those high calories food include nuts, bread, or fruits like avocados or bananas. Milk or yoghurt is also recommended because backpackers still need fats to keep them warm. Instant coffee is also other thing to bring as it can satisfy their crave in drinking tasty beverages.

Definitely, mineral water or other energy drink in good quality is compulsory because backpackers should be dehydrated all the time.

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How do You Enjoy Your Backpacking Experience?

When summer holiday is approaching, everyone makes his or her own plan to go for some places. There are some people who prefer to travel backpacking and they usually go to tropical countries where they do not have to bring too many clothes. Summer outfits are very simple, and this is the reason why backpackers love to visit those countries where the sun is shining for the whole year.

Backpacking is wonderful, especially when one prefers to travel alone. One may want to have his or her own privacy to go to anywhere that he or she wants to. Many backpackers go for finding beautiful, natural panoramas so that they can focus on taking pictures or spending their own great time. Backpacking is always a unique trip because a backpacker usually has no plan to visit certain places. He will visit some places which come across his mind right after he is browsing for interesting venues on the countries that he visit.

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Some people decide to go backpacking alone as there will be no limitation on where to go and what to eat. They also have freedom to choose what means of transportation that they take. They can be free to choose whether they want to try bungee jumping or walking along a tropical island like Bali. This is a total freedom. However, there are also many backpackers, who go along with their friends, as they want to share magnificent adventure together. Definitely, there are many some advantages and drawbacks on each travel, whether one wants to go alone or together with his or her mates.

Backpacking alone means that a person should face some risks by himself, especially when he has to go to another country. Though he has total freedom in choosing what activities that he can do, there should be good preparation for traveling alone like ID cards, some first aid kits, and emergency phone numbers so that he can find some help during unexpected things.

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Best Preparation on Backpacking Travel

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There is an outstanding experience when it comes to backpacking travel as a backpacker is merely enjoying the beauty of panoramas on his destination without any limitation on visiting certain places. Surely, the concept of backpacking travel is different with package deals when tourists only visit some destinations, which are already planned by the travel agents. It means, backpacking travel is much more challenging.

Though backpackers only have to bring their ‘backpacks’, it does not mean that they should not bring important stuff. On the other hand, backpackers have to prepare for almost everything that they need, just like what they need when they feel the convenient of their homes.  There are some basic stuff that they have to bring to survive as they will spend most of the time outdoors.

It is best to make proper preparation before deciding to enjoy backpacking. What backpackers need include:

  • Tent
  • Eating utensils
  • Stove
  • Water purifier
  • First Aid Kit
  • Proper clothes depending on the destination’s weather
  • Adequate amount of meals based on the time period of traveling
  • Pocket knife
  • Compass
  • Headlamp

And so forth

For those who decide to have solo backpacking, they have to make better preparation because there are no companionship around. This is even more challenging because it is hard to find help, especially when a backpacker decides to go to a place where there are rarely public places. It is recommended to have good knowledge about the destinations before deciding to go backpacking—whether it is a solo backpacking or traveling within a group. Backpackers should make sure that they know what to explore so that there will be no difficulty later on. The most important aspect is safety and backpackers should really make their hiking adventure less risky with proper preparation.

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How to Plan an Unforgettable Out of the Country Vacation Part 2

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In the first part of this series, we discussed the first steps that need to be taken when planning an unforgettable destination vacation. Here, you will find a list of important tips that can help make your trip memorable.

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. There is no such thing as a perfect plan. No matter how long you plan and even if you’ve planned everything out to the last detail, a few bumps in the road are sure to appear. For a stress-free vacation, don’t worry about them too much and just enjoy the ride.
  • Make sure all your documents are ready. There are countries that require additional documents such as visa, permits, and so on to be presented by tourists. Research on the documentation requirements of your destination before leaving for your trip.
  • Don’t forget your camera. While memories do last forever, it is still important to have a few snapshots of your vacation so you can show them to your future grandchildren. Along with a camera, make sure you have extra batteries and memory cards in your bag at all times.
  • Don’t hole up in your hotel room. While it may be tempting to just laze around in your hotel bed all day, you didn’t travel endless miles just to sleep. Make sure to explore the city, see the sights, and get to know the culture that your destination has to offer.
  • Be an adventurous eater. One of the first things your friends back home will be asking you about is the food. Saying you ate nothing but burgers and fries is not the best way to convince them that you had the time of your life. Step out of your comfort zone and try out the local cuisine.

 

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Backpackers in New Zealand

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New Zealand is one of the most famous countries for filming locations, and on the islands of New Zealand several blockbusters were filmed including the three parts of The Lord of the Rings, the Star Wars series, and the Hobbit who was entirely filmed on the island, the North and the South islands. In these movies you can see the majestic scenery of the country, great mountains with snowy peaks and beautiful green hills, and beneath them plains of green and the sight of the sea.

If these were enough reasons to visit New Zealand, grab you backpack and start to explore the islands, you will experience beautiful nature untouched by human hand, hiking and tracking on the numerous trails and tracks in the mountains, there are also tours that offer visits to the filming locations of the lord of the rings. While you are in the mountains and in nature you can see the abundant and unique flora and fauna of these most remote regions of the world. If you are more into walking and sightseeing head to the capital city of Wellington which quite cheap, yet beautiful, there are several museums that deserve to be seen in the city.

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Although New Zealand’s tourism is on the rise, prices are not that expensive and this is especially good for backpackers and those travelling on a low budget.  There are many bus lines on the islands that are cheap and perfect for backpackers, trains are also good option for moving around the island. When it comes to accommodation, hostels are the first choice of backpackers, it is cheap and it is a great way to make new friends from all around the world, and hostels in New Zealand offer many extras. There are many possibilities and things to be done in New Zealand for everyone.

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Backpackers in New Zealand

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New Zealand is one of the most famous countries for filming locations, and on the islands of New Zealand several blockbusters were filmed including the three parts of The Lord of the Rings, the Star Wars series, and the Hobbit who was entirely filmed on the island, the North and the South islands. In these movies you can see the majestic scenery of the country, great mountains with snowy peaks and beautiful green hills, and beneath them plains of green and the sight of the sea.

If these were enough reasons to visit New Zealand, grab you backpack and start to explore the islands, you will experience beautiful nature untouched by human hand, hiking and tracking on the numerous trails and tracks in the mountains, there are also tours that offer visits to the filming locations of the lord of the rings. While you are in the mountains and in nature you can see the abundant and unique flora and fauna of these most remote regions of the world. If you are more into walking and sightseeing head to the capital city of Wellington which quite cheap, yet beautiful, there are several museums that deserve to be seen in the city.

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Although New Zealand’s tourism is on the rise, prices are not that expensive and this is especially good for backpackers and those travelling on a low budget.  There are many bus lines on the islands that are cheap and perfect for backpackers, trains are also good option for moving around the island. When it comes to accommodation, hostels are the first choice of backpackers, it is cheap and it is a great way to make new friends from all around the world, and hostels in New Zealand offer many extras. There are many possibilities and things to be done in New Zealand for everyone.

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Backpacking South America

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The South American countries are among the cheapest countries in the world, almost all of the countries offer great diversity of flora and fauna, spectacular natural sights and one of the greatest natural systems – the Amazonian rainforest, South American and Latin people are especially friendly and kind hearted, this and many more are the reasons why you should grab your backpack and visit the South American continent.

Backpacking in the South America can be very cheap; the only places where you should be more cautious about prices are the popular tourist countries, such as Brazil and Chile, while in countries like Bolivia and Columbia you can expect low costs. When you are visiting foreign country you should always check the currency and the exchange rate, because in countries like those in Latin America you can easily be tricked.  Good information to be noted is the weather condition in the locations you are planning to visit, especially because they can vary a lot.

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South America offers spectacular sight whether you go hiking in the greatest range of mountains in the America , the Andes, or you go hiking and exploring in the Amazon rainforests there is much to be seen, so be sure to take a camera with you, there will be many and beautiful photography and with them memories. But when it comes to wearing a camera in most of the poorer parts of the continent be sure to hide it well, do the same with all your valuable accessories and documents and cash, be sure to have them at a secure place.

When you explore the continent be sure to try the local delicacies, tropical fruits, seafood, Argentina’s steaks etc. Also be sure to visit the many local bars where you can try great variety of cocktails for cheap prices.

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Backpacking Albania

If you go for backpacking and traveling on a lower budget, one of the best destinations to head is the Balkan Peninsula, and more precisely the Republic of Albania. Albania is located at the western part of the peninsula, on the shore of the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the countries where tourism is now on the rise, prices are quite low, but quality is not less than any commercial tourist sites.

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The Albanian Adriatic coast especially in the southern parts of the country has many beautiful beaches and the blue clear waters. It is no wonder that in recent years there is increased number of backpackers visiting the country and its coast. Down southern near the border with Greece are the most beautiful places, at the region of Ksamil, you can go exploring the many islands near the shores, go swimming around and visit the local establishments, bars and restaurants where fresh seafood is served, cocktails with fresh ingredients, and all this is very affordable.

Albania, as a country but also in its most popular tourist spots, offers accommodation both for those that go on a high budget, but it is especially popular for those that go on a low budget. There are hostels were renting a room will cost less around 15 dollars, and there are locals also that rent rooms for even lower prices than that. Food is also very cheap in Albanian cities and on the coast. There are also many attractive activities, such as water sports on some of the resorts on the Albanian Riviera and they all come in fair prices. Public transportation is also cheap, so you can move from city to city and from a tourist resort to another with low expenses, thus make your stay here very diverse.

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Backpacking Scandinavia

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One of the most beautiful and wealthiest regions of Europe is the Scandinavian Peninsula, where the kingdom of Sweden, Norway and Denmark and the Republic of Finland are located. It is a region where nature has not spend any resources, on the Scandinavian Peninsula you can see the fjords and glaciers of Norway, there are thermal springs and geysers on the north side of the peninsula, there are many mountains Norway, the ground of the peninsula is carved and filled with many lakes, there are rivers flowing everywhere. On the North side of Norway are the snowy islands of Svalbard, homage of the polar bear; in Finland’s north is the home of Santa, Santa’s village.

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You can skiing and hiking in Norway, go for a ride with a bike in Finland or visit the Danish beaches; you can go fishing in the lakes and rivers, and in the sea. Visiting the capital cities is a wonderful experience; you will see the authentic wooden architecture in Norway and Oslo, there are many Viking museums, whole Viking ships included in some, such museums are all around the peninsula. Beside the capital city of Stockholm, which is one of the most beautiful European cities, one should also visit Gothenburg in Sweden. Copenhagen, the capitol of Denmark, and Helsinki, the capital of Finland should not be missed. All of the mentioned cities offer vibrant night life, various night clubs and many life concerts to attend.Scandinavian Peninsula has one of the most evolved rock scenes in the world.

Despite the cold weather, people of Scandinavia will greet you warmly, this are peaceful countries and are very safe for a backpacker. When it comes to Scandinavia everything beside from the prices is good. You should consider having more costs when visiting the north, alcohol and cigarettes are really expensive.