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BACKPACKER TRIP: 3 day/2 night Budget Pampas Trip. Starts: Rurrenbarque Ends: Rurrenbarque Frequency: Daily Departures Minimum No. of Peopl...

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Amazon Expedition 3 Days

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3 Days / 4 Nights Jungle trip and the Urubu Ecological Lodge departing from Manuas! - Frequency: Daily Departures - Minimum No. of People: 1 - P...

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Inca Trail - 3 night/4 day Trek

Inca Trail - 3 night/4 day Trek

Inca Trail - 3 night/4 day trek to Machu Picchu Many travellers from all over the world come to Peru to hike on the Inca Trail, perhaps the most fa...

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Backpacking Tips | May,22 2011

So you've decided to go backpacking? Robin Esrock offers up a few hard-earned tips

So you've decided to go backpacking? Robin Esrock offers up a few hard-earned tips

Robin Esrock is a travel writer and old friend of the Green Toad Bus and has backpacked in 102 countries to date. So we reckon he knows a few things about it. Here are some tips he learned along the way that might help with your own trips. Just remember: every person, place and experience is different. In the end, do what feels right for you.

Budget


It might be difficult, but keeping to your budget ensures there are funds for the activities and places you came all this way to experience. Your budget depends very much on where you're going. I lived well in India for $15 a day. In Austria, that number was closer to $75. Cheaper regions (Southeast Asia, Central America) let you travel further and longer than expensive regions (Western Europe, Australia, North America). My daily budget for my 24-country trip: $40, including food, accommodation, transport and activities. I tried to avoid expensive countries wherever I could. Find out about visas and exit taxes, as they can add significantly to your budget.

Packing


Get a decent sized pack, a solid daypack, and make sure they fit snug - one on the back, one on the front. You might find yourself walking much longer than you planned. If you're not going for a long time, consider a wheeled duffel bag. My Crumpler Wheeled Duffel is rugged, spacious, and easy to carry up stairs too. Only take half of what you first pack. In warm climates, you'll be wearing the same swimming trunks/bikini anyway. Three pairs of shoes: 1 rugged, all weather shoes. 1 sneaker/performance sandal and one pair of flip flops, which you will wear most. My recommendations: Keen shoes, Croc flops. One collared shirt/smart dress (just in case), and always bring a pair of jeans. Best advice I ever got: Have clothes for a day in which anything can happen: the beach, snow, jungle, mountains, a royal wedding?

Transport


Getting from A to B is about your only real responsibility. If you miss the flight, bus or train, it's a major headache. Go early. Give yourself an extra hour just in case traffic, customs, or other issues pop up. It's always better to unwind at the airport gate or station, than stress out trying to get there. Foreign taxi drivers are well trained in parting a traveller from their hard-earned currency. Daily and weekly metro passes are usually cheaper and more convenient if available. Backpackers spend more time on the move. Budget for plane, train, bus and ferry tickets.

Transport


Getting from A to B is about your only real responsibility. If you miss the flight, bus or train, it's a major headache. Go early. Give yourself an extra hour just in case traffic, customs, or other issues pop up. It's always better to unwind at the airport gate or station, than stress out trying to get there. Foreign taxi drivers are well trained in parting a traveller from their hard-earned currency. Daily and weekly metro passes are usually cheaper and more convenient if available. Backpackers spend more time on the move. Budget for plane, train, bus and ferry tickets.

Accommodation


For social, easy and affordable accommodation head to a hostel. Make sure user reviews and ratings for your choice are glowing online - you'll bless the feedback from hostelworld.com or Trip Advisor. Clean, safe, central and friendly, hostels usually introduce you to the very people who make any journey worthwhile. Alternatively, make sure your hotel is central or easy to get to. No use saving a few dollars on accommodation only to spend them on taxis or buses.

Food


When it comes to food, trust your gut. If something looks dicey, it's because it probably is. While you'll get into discussions about drinking local water, I never advise it, because it's simply not worth getting sick to see if you have an iron gut. Wash fruit and veggies, use common sense when eating street food. Save money by buying groceries and cooking at equipped hostel kitchens, but try the local cuisine, and have a budget for at least one decent restaurant a week. I also carry multi-vitamins, just in case Im not getting the nutrition my body deserves.

Security


I've written plenty about the world not being nearly as dangerous as our imaginations and media believe it to be. In my experience, people will generally help you, not attack. That being said, there are villains out there who prey on innocent backpackers, straying from the herd. Use common sense. Leave expensive jewellery at home, back up your vital information online, including scans of your passport, itineraries, photos, and contacts. Get travel insurance, don't accept open cocktails from people you don't know (trust me on that). If a cop is trying to scam you, demand to be taken to the police station. Be especially vigilant in places like bus and train stations. Make sure your taxi is official and has the metre running. Don't flash your wealth, leave your things unattended, or carry all your money and cards in one place. Use your common sense (sense a theme?), and you wont have to worry about much at all. Remember, anything can happen to anyone, anywhere.

Equipment


Some backpackers travel with the basics - camera, a diary. Others, like myself, travel with a range of tech gadgets. I've never had any issues with travelling with my laptop. Alternatively, a tablet PC, like my new Samsung Galaxy Tab, is a fun entertainment device, and has helpful travel apps, maps and guides. It's also a great way to keep in touch with friends via Skype - all you need is a wireless connection, which most hostels have. Have something, electronic or physical - to take notes, numbers, thoughts, and tips from fellow travellers. The most important equipment of all: an open mind, an open heart, and a sense of humour.

Read More of Robin's travel articles at his website: http://www.moderngonzo.com

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Helmuth Wolf | 17 de julio

looking for advise,wich is the best way to take a trip around the world, is it with a world air ticket or from country to country trying for the best fare.thank you

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