Must-Learn Backpacking Tips For Beginners

Backpacking is no doubt a wonderful experience, and many have aspired to have such a trip to relax and just see the world. As it is known, this act of travelling will only necessitate the presence of a trusty backpack, along with the essentials inside it. But it so happens that even with the limited luggage size, it involves much more preparation.

First-Time-Backpacker

Hence, supposing you are a beginner backpacker, it is best to get to know these tips to get you ready to face the uncertainties and adventures of this kind of journey.

First of all, you have to start small. Do not go all out just yet. You can think of this as the trial period. Schedule a weekend, perhaps, and make it to be a nearby area. This will be the time you will decide if you like what you are doing and if you are willing to continue it.

It is, of course, of extreme importance to dwell a lot on the gear you are to bring. You have to invest on a bag that is very sturdy to carry all your things. Test if you can be able to handle its overall weight as well. Beforehand, you have to think of possible problem scenarios. For example, what if it rains? What if you do not get to have phone signal? What if you end up in a place without electricity? Be prepared to face and solve such situations by packing the right stuff.

Having a companion may be advantageous too. When you are with someone else, at the very least you have the backup when small and big difficulties arise. On top of that, researching before you travel is a must. Get to know your route as much as you can. Read blogs and take note of advices that will make the tour easier and more enjoyable.

Best Budget Friendly Destinations for 2015

On a tight budget this year but you clearly want to travel far and just be on your own and spend the day in great white sand? Don’t worry about it now, we got your dreams right here. From high style and world-class shopping spree to wonderful scenery and visiting some unrivaled art, culture and food in different places with a little budget, these are the perfect places that everyone should be visiting real soon and planned it on ahead to include in their itinerary.

So, shall we begin the tour?

1. Barcelona, Spain

If you prefer to visit a place where food and art collides, Barcelona is the perfect spot for you. There are many tourists who love to visit the place because of these two reasons. It is a sweet spot that’s long been a great vacation getaway for all.

When you do visit this place, don’t forget to visit the La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, and La Pedrera at Casa Milà when you do book for this amazing place. Just be sure to avoid being locked out of something you came all the way to Barcelona to see. Use Barcelona as your base for exploring this part of Spain, as most places can easily be done as day trips from the city.

2. Bogota, Colombia

When it comes to festivities and great outdoor adventure, Bogota is the place you’ll ever want to visit this year. They got these vibrant festivals, exotic flora, acclaimed coffee plantations and of course, their diverse terrains from rain forests to Caribbean beaches they have are all authentically Colombia property that you should include in your bucket list.

If you are into Hispanic traditions, be sure to visit their artifacts, mining tradition, Gold Museum and above all, don’t forget to snap some beautiful shots in their amazing panoramic view of the metropolis from Mount Monserrate’s summit. Go affordable, isolated, and eco-friendly by living on a coffee farm in Bogota, Colombia.

3. Cairns (The Great Barrier Reef)

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is perfectly amazing when summer comes because that’s when the time all the airfare dropped nearly 30 percent in their ticket price and they also offers package deals that are down more than 40 percent than the regular price. It’s pretty awesome, right?

Now, if you want to get up close and personal with the world’s biggest and greatest coral reef system, that includes more than 1,000 varieties of tropical fish, plus dolphins, reef sharks (not the dangerous ones absolutely) and sea turtles, you need to book this place and include in your itinerary now. The Great Barrier Reef offers more than 1,400 miles of snorkelling and scuba diving, and you don’t have to be an experienced diver to drink it all in.

4. Bali, Indonesia

If you will have to be on a tight budget and still want to travel this year, Bali is your right choice. If you’ve considered this Pacific paradise off-limits financially, this may be your year. Their hotel prices are mostly on down percent especially if you want to travel for experience and you are in a frugal lifestyle.

When you are at Bali, be sure to take a lot of pictures, relax on distinctive black-sand beaches, get in the water for world-class surfing and diving or better yet, explore the island’s jungle interior with its magnificent volcanoes and great temples surrounding the places. Whether you plant yourself on a beach or in the heart of Ubud, remember that you’ve come to Bali to be soothed into a state of perfect relaxation by the natural beauty and unique music and cultural traditions of this perfect island.

5. Milan, Italy

Now for the final place, we save you the best and definitely worth visiting for. If you’ve always wanted to go to Italy, this is the year to do it. They have got the biggest city culture that you could ever see in your entire life. And, the best part of it is that the whole city is an absolute natural beauty from top to the end part. It is really that beautiful.

There’s so much more to Milan than shopping. Stroll the easy-to-navigate streets of Milan’s historic city center and visit the Duomo, one of Italy’s most spectacular churches. Craving the countryside? Don’t miss Lake Como, a beautiful natural haven home to George Clooney and hundreds of tiny picturesque towns like Gravedona, Bellagio, Brunate, and Como that are begging to be explored. Milan is definitely the perfect spot to serve as your base for exploring or could be the start of your never ending journey towards another adventure in other countries.

Travellers Must-Have Items

Adventure is the dream of every traveller. And in that every dream adventure of that aspiring traveller, there is always that mystery and maybe danger coming in the way. Since being a traveller is not all that safe as it may seem, being able to prepare essential stuffs and items for the journey is really a must.

Today, many aspiring travellers just doesn’t have that enough experience to be able to survive the wilderness experience or in even outdoors. Because of this, every aspiring travellers must be able to have at least an idea about what should they be bringing on to their journey. These travellers must have items can guide them. These are mostly essential for an adventurer’s good start in their journey. With these essential must have items, traveller’s can enjoy their journey without having difficulty adjusting to certain environment. They can still experience the comfort that they can feel at home even when they are on a journey, may it be in the wilderness or outdoors.

A successful expedition or adventure has first of all to do with your attitude, mental capacity and focus. Living in the wilderness or outdoor is after all hard.

Sleeping Bag
One of the most important things that a traveller should bring is the sleeping bag. It is important for a traveller to be able to sleep well during the night. After all the hiking, running, walking and other activities, you will really need a good night’s rest, don’t you think? Having enough night’s rest can fuel your energy for the next day’s another journey and adventure.

Mattress
Well, a mattress is comfort for your sleeping, do have one. Choose a foam ridge rest or an inflatable mattress – or both for full protection. A puncture on the inflatable one is not unusual.

Tent
A tent is also important. It will be like your won house wherever you will be staying for the night. You could always just sleep outside, but using a tent can offer you more private space for yourself. And also, there may be dangers in the place you are staying; being inside the tent may help at least, for your protection.

Stove (pots, pans, eating utensils)
Foods are important and you should be able to cook them. Warm and tasty foods are after all essential to get piece of mind and energy for the day’s journey. If venturing into the developing world, petrol is the only choice as fuel or firewood. But then you have to know how to make a fire.

Clothes
Good thermal clothes are the best choice for any climate. Trousers and shirt plus rain-and-wind gear can help give space for your knees and elbow thus making you be able to move freely.

Footwear
It is highly suggested that you should wear sneakers. It gives ease in every activities you do as well as comfort.

Head cover, Head lamp and Batteries
A head cover, preferably a big-brimmed one, makes a big difference in any climate really. It shields you from sun, rain and overheating – or getting too cold. A head lamp is extremely important to be able to set up camp, cook and survive when it’s dark and make sure that you have enough batteries to replace the non-working ones.

Compass
There is already GPS, but don’t use it too much often. You may need a lot of batteries to be able to use it. Only use the GPS for security, not for navigation. Instead, use the manual compass for you to be able to be extremely aware where you are and what you’re surrounding looks like.

First Aid Kit
This may be the most important item. You will need some basic medicine to keep you going until you can get proper help.

Knife, Lighters, Matches and Duct tape
Knife is very important. You will need it from making a good fire to cutting your foods. It may also come in handy for other things. Lighters and matches will help you build fire and don’t underestimate the use of duct tape. It can pretty much fix anything.

Waterbottle or a CamelBak
Water is very essential to your travel. It will keep you hydrated.

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Soap, and Towel
Hygiene is also important even you are travelling. Opt to have your toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap and towels ready. You may not be able to take your bathe everyday during your travel, but at least you have them ready when you will be able to do so.

Others
Maps, Passport, Money and other essential documents like Cellphone and Camera or even Solar Panel.

 

Backpacking

Backpacking.

You could say the word is as stellar as when you say the word “organic” so that healthy diners would want to eat your dishes. It’s a buzzword. It’s a traveller’s nightmare turning into dreams.

Many say it’s the solution to creative blocks. Others say it helped them find their purpose in becoming entrepreneurs.

I say that we should just travel for the sake of travelling.

Travelling is expensive. For some people, that expense could just be the plane ticket. Some people consider the lack of time travelling as part of the troublesome expense when it comes to travelling.

But backpacking should solve expenses, right?

Wrong. When you go backpacking, you put yourself in harms way. Of course, you don’t do that headfirst. What I meant to say is that things will and will continue to happen.

I haven’t heard of a traveller who had a happy start with backpacking. Even my first backpacking experience didn’t go so well.

Picture this. I only had £1000 in my pocket and I had no reservations, but I was lost in Bali, Indonesia. I didn’t speak a word of the local dialect and could only cue to people what I want to do.

Right there and there, I realised that I was getting lost. At first I was afraid. I was thinking, “how am I going to go home?”,”I might get robbed”, “what am I supposed to do?”

A fellow named Robert Burns was an American who spoke the dialect very well. He helped me out when I was paying for the bus. Then he helped me get a hotel room for myself. I wanted to pay him for his help, but he said:

It’s your first backpacking trip, I know. It’s rough but it’s fun, right?”

Until now, we’re still talking and backpacking together along with other friends we’ve come on the road.

This is what real backpacking is. At least for me.

It’s about meeting new people, making new relationships. Seeing the world through different lenses. Working with small budgets. Sleeping in trains or taking 8-hour flights.

Whichever works for you, as long as you pick up the right values and experience the good things you’re looking for, you’re having the right sense of what is backpacking.

Why Is Everyone Flocking To Loire Valley, France?!

Seriously, why are people so addicted to head to Loire Valley, France?”

That was the question I asked myself in January of 2014 (long before I even thought of making a blog about my travels). Truth be told, I felt that France was overrated. The French culture, the French wine and cheese, the lifestyle, I didn’t much like it.

This is probably because for most of my travels, I love heading towards the wilderness and outskirt towns and villages. With a gigantic backpack, I settle with the oldest-looking inn you see and I’m reminded of how people in the 18th century used to travel and get lodging.

So, back to France. Why would I want to travel in a stuffy, crummy European city that’s just the neighbour of the UK? Bloody hell, why even go for a Eurotrip, right?

So I one day decided to travel and see what France and Loire Valley is about (I know, the irony). I didn’t like Paris so much because it looks like London. But I did love seeing the castles on my way and when I was in Loire Valley.

Nothing Special

At first glance, there was nothing special about the place. It’s a stuffy little nature reserve, which I’m particularly used to seeing. But then again, I got to the gardens.

According to a study in 2010 by the Val de Loire Central Region Tourist Board, “Sedentary” Tourists, as they would call them, would love to stay inside the castles.

But nobody noticed the gardens.

Sedentary. It’s an appropriate word for tourists who just love to stay in just one place. The statistics show that 25% of these travellers are British and 22% following are the dutch. The French love their culture with 76% of them being the sedentary traveller types (while most are day-trippers).

So, I saw these beauties while I was there. I think you’ll want to head there yourself as you are mesmerised by my descriptions:

Chateau d’Ainay le Vieil


This has a resembling style with the medieval town of Carcassonne. Surrounding it is a rose garden with more or less 180 varieties. There are four different walled areas too: a fruit garden, an herb garden, a meditation garden and a white garden. It is located in the department of Cher, south of Saint Amand Montrond.

Chateau de Villandry


It is said to be the most amazing among all the gardens in Loire Valley. This statement is with evidence as the Chateau de Villandry was awarded as 2nd place as Best Park in a competition in France. This was in the years 2003 and 2005 but until the present times, it stands to be outstanding in design and plant life. Formal gardening is at its finest here as there are 9 hectares filled with vegetables and there are water and ornamental gardens as well. The entirety is situated in the centre of France.

Chateau de Chenonceau


The area consists of many gardens but with two that are most significant. These are the Catherine de Medicis and Diane de Poitiers. The names were after the women of Henry II; Catherine was his wife while Diane was his mistress. Anyhow, both are lovely spaces to be in. Diane’s garden is a formal garden with an ornamental fountain at the centre. It is plentiful with flower beds as well. Catherine’s garden, on the other hand, prides itself on its orange and rose trees. This is coupled with flowers and vegetables too.

Jardins du Grand Courtoiseau


Another attraction in central France is this set of gardens. This 6 acre space was able to bag numerous prizes from 3rd and 4th places for Best Park in France in the years 2004 and 2005, respectively. Topiary or simply the trimming of shrubs and trees to form decorative shapes is implemented for a great stylish effect. On top of that, English roses fill the area.

Still, it didn’t change my viewpoint on French metropolises, but if you’d ask if France had a beautiful backyard, it sure does!

Your Travel Health Is Wealth: My Travel Health Mishap

Aside from my peculiar way of titling my posts, I must emphasize that it is extremely important you take care of your health while you’re travelling.

I must admit, it’s exhilirating to see so many new things once you’re out in the open. India’s wilderness, for example, is a great start. However, you will and always will be exposed to the pollution of different metropolises. You will contract foreign bacteria that your body hasn’t defended itsel from before.

So keep yourself fit, or at least have your healthy safeguards before you leave, especially if you’re going on a real travel such as backpacking.

I learned this the hard way during one of my journeys. I was enjoying the beautiful forests and beautiful geography that the Norwegian wild has to offer. While I was out camping, I contracted some sort of malaria.

Quickly, my camp-mates rushed me to the nearest town hospital, which then transported me to the Norwegian metropolis to give me first aid and proper treatment.

I had spent more than £3000 for my medical bills. That, and my long-running avoidance of insurance had made things really worse.

So, to start with, here’s a checklist:

  • Buy local insect repellant before you go camping. And make sure you have tons of it.
  • Always sterilise your food before you consume it. Boiling the food before cooking it makes things a bit better (and healthier)
  • Take some vitamin C with you and some stomach pills or other kinds of first aid medicine you can when going out. You never know when you might need it.
  • Always check the health and safety regulations of travel agencies.

Me And My Big Backpack

I’m Johnny G.

I love travelling. As you’ve noticed, I also love hiding my real surname. This is because I believe when you provide information your true identity doesn’t really matter. Or maybe I picked that line up from some action movie.

Regardless, welcome to the first post in my blog, which is the welcome page. Welcome!

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Now, I hope Google doesn’t consider that as a spam.

Anyhow, with my energetic personality, I’d like to talk to you about the thing I love the most: travelling.

But I’m not talking about the do-it-with-your-travel-agent and know what to expect kind of travel. This is about a firsthand experience in travelling.

I’m pretty sure you’ve read some of these things at Elite Daily, but what I mean to say is, backpacking.

Backpacking gets you to places you’ve never been before along with situations that you haven’t handled before. This is a great way to know yourself better.

This is why I am addicted to travelling. It’s because I get to know more and more about myself and the world around me.

So, if you’re decided and you’d like to go on a personal adventure, maybe you’d like to read mine first. And my story begins here, in this very blog.

I hope you pick up something useful from here! Just contact me if you need anything or you’d like me to join your adventure for the ultimate stranger-buddy experience!

Destination: Greek Islands

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Backpacking around the Greek islands has actually been popular for decades and it is simple to see why. Transportation in between the islands is very easy to organise and you could see an assortment of islands also if you simply have actually restricted time. You could lease motorbikes on many of the islands for around 10 euros a day which will enable you to check out and discover remote towns and coastlines that you may not discover just by foot or public transportation. Whilst holiday accommodation is almost how it made use of to be with little old ladies lining up at the ferryboat terminals supplying you rooms in their residences, you could still locate some excellent conventional budget holiday accommodation on the islands. If you look about and do some haggling you will discover respectable homes for around 20 euros a night. You could likewise camp on the majority of the islands but if you are taking a trip in the peak summertime make sure to get a pitch in the color or your outdoor tents may kip down to a furnace!

The food in Greece is fantastic and there are a range of restaurants to suit all spending plans. Some foods to certainly attempt are Kleftiko, Dolmades baklava and certainly greek tossed salad! You will be able to get local meals in grocery stores to get by if you are on a tight budget plan. In some cases the very best suppers can be an option of chilly meats and cheeses with some newly cooked bread and a bottle of neighborhood wine!

There are so many places to see it could sometimes be hard choosing where to go. Various islands will provide a different encounter relying on just what you are searching for. Below we have actually chosen several of our favored areas to help you prepare your course.

Santorini

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Santorini is wonderful for numerous reasons however possibly the ideal is the sundown sees from the town of Ola. There are also 8 wineries on Santorini where you could go to complimentary tastings to sample the local wines.

Tilos

Tilos is a lot more mountainous compared to other islands and will certainly suit those which are searching for someplace to walk and view some lovely flora and fauna. It is and is a tiny island positioned in between Kos and Rhodes.

Gavdos

Gavdos has in some way handled to stay remarkably unblemished and is an exceptionally loosened up and tranquil island. It’s primary beaches Agios, Ionnis and Potamos are unbelievable and probably the finest in Greece.

Zakynthos

This island deserves visiting alone for the gorgeous Navagio Coastline (often referred to as shipwreck coastline and smugglers cove). The coastline is breathtaking and could simply be reached by watercraft.

Mykanos

Mykanos has a quicker rate of life than various other islands and certainly gains its credibility as a celebration island. Despite all this there are still several picturesque quaint little angling towns to explore and it provides for the backpacker just as much as it caters for the package vacation producers.

A Backpacker’s Survival Guide When Travelling to Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart, Germany. If you’re looking for traditional German culture on a budget, you’ll need to be a bit tighter on a budget. If you’re asking for difficulty levels I’d say that Stuttgart requires a bit of knowledge, understanding and finesse when it comes to travelling in Stuttgart, Germany.

Not for the beginning backpackers, a bit of knowledge always helps. You’ll want to find the best way to get downtown without hiring your private car. you’ll want to find the best way to find a hostel and you’ll want to enjoy the city without breaking the bank!

Luckily, Mike Corey has a guide for Stuttgart for all you beginning backpackers out there. For veterans, do you agree with this list? I honestly do! This is a great survival guide especially for those who want to stay a bit longer in Stuttgart!