The Backpacker's Guide to Earth

maine-calling : I am going to Barcelona at the end of may. Is there anyone out there who has been there before and can give me tips of what to see and tell me some insider facts? Thank you! :)

Who has some tips and advice for Barcelona?

besidethesea : Heading to Romania, Krakow and Warsaw for the first time this July and would love some tips. I've never even met anyone who's done Romania and am very keen to see the best of it! Cheers!

Anyone have any tips to share with her about Romania or Poland?

oneyearofchallenges : Hi! I'm going to the uk this summer and I'd love some people to travel with!!

Send her a message if you want someone to explore the UK with!

dreamswillbe : Hey! I am making my way to Iceland this July for 4 weeks. I am getting around with a bus pass and I am looking for a few people to come with me. Thanks for your help!

Anyone been looking for a travel companion to explore Iceland with? Send her a message and explore the beautiful Iceland with new friends!

tanhayi : Peru! I'm likely working in Lima for 3 months but I'd like to visit Cuzco & Machu Picchu from there (perhaps even a road trip to Uyuni in Bolivia).

Anyone have any advice to share about Peru or Bolivia?

imageoflife : Trying to plan a backpacking trip this summer that preferably isn't in California. I've been looking at states like Oregon, Colorado, and Utah. I'm probably going to be doing it with one other friend, and I know how some people don't like backpacking by themselves, so I figured this would be a good way to see if anyone is interested or even live in those states that wouldn't mind meeting up!

Anyone want to see Oregon, Colorado and Utah with some friendly people? Send them a message!

o--rtus : I'm going to Europe at the end of this year for about two and a half months ! I'm starting in London in mid December and from there going to paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, budapest, Vienna, Venice, Rome, Naples, interlaken, Barcelona and Dublin. If anyone has any tips or is going to be in any of these countries my friend and I are very friendly and would love to meet !

Well that is sure a big list of places. I am sure there are people with tips for London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, and beyond. Or maybe you are wanting to go to these places but don’t want to go alone?

Community Travel Help Session!

Hello again everyone. Last month I held a community help session where people looking for travel advice or travel companions could message me and I would post their message for anyone to reply to. Well guess what: I am doing it again! There was a tremendous response to it and many of the participants said they received lots of great help from you all. So let’s do it again.

Are you travelling anywhere this summer?

Need some advice on places you are unsure about?

Looking for someone friendly to travel with?

Send me a message off anonymous and I will publish it for everyone to see. If you are someone reading the message and you have advice to give them, or are also looking for someone to travel with, send that person a message. This blog is about the community, so get involved and let’s help each other out!

*Be sure to submit the message off anon and have your ask box open*

Click here to submit a message…

Paris, France
Remember to breathe.

Paris, France

Remember to breathe.

Banff, Alberta, Canada
A lone building stands atop Sulphur Mountain, the hub for the top of the Banff Gondola. From there you can trek across a snowy boardwalk to glimpse the Rocky Mountains in their full glory.

Banff, Alberta, Canada

A lone building stands atop Sulphur Mountain, the hub for the top of the Banff Gondola. From there you can trek across a snowy boardwalk to glimpse the Rocky Mountains in their full glory.

Female travellers sharing some of their travel safety advice.

Solo Female Travel Safety

With a large proportion of Tumblr (and my followers) being female, I get many questions relating to female travel safety: if I have any advice on how they can stay safe while travelling solo and things like that. Unfortunately, I think asking me for advice on women’s travel safety is like asking a male politician his opinion on women’s reproductive rights. I could say some things, but how valid is my opinion, really? Being a large, white male, my experiences are going to differ from those who are in different circumstances.

The best advice I can give specifically for female travel safety would be to talk to some kick-ass ladies who are out there on a regular basis:

If I had to give advice to women on keeping safe while travelling alone, it would be: use common sense and try not to put yourself in unsafe situations. Walking the streets of an unknown city in the middle of the night alone probably isn’t the wisest thing, nor would be getting intoxicated without someone to look out for you. Your gut and your head can often give warnings that something is off, trust them. If something or someone is making you uncomfortable, get away from that situation.

I would be the first person to tell you the world isn’t as scary as the media would like us to believe it is. There are more decent people out there than you may think, and I have never been in a situation while travelling that I felt truly unsafe. But as I say, my experiences may differ due to my appearance and gender so my advice shouldn’t be your only source.

Do any travelling ladies have any advice they want to share?

(Source: backpackersguidetoearth)

Besseggen Ridge, Jotunheimen, Norway
The magnificent Jotunheimen as seen from 5,000 feet.

Besseggen Ridge, Jotunheimen, Norway

The magnificent Jotunheimen as seen from 5,000 feet.

The Backpacker’s Guide To… Travel Budgets
The first thing I do when I start planning out a potential trip is write up a travel budget that will cover any costs I think I am likely to incur during the trip. It is a living document, subject to changes and additions as you do more research and your trip takes a firmer shape.
This draft is for an average expense trip to a fairly expensive country. Some people will choose to travel more minimally than this, but others will want more comforts. It should also be noted that Iceland is one of the more expensive countries you can travel to, as food and accommodation are higher than average.
Now, let me go over the sections in more detail…
Transportation
Getting from place to place while abroad is usually the most difficult process. Each country and continent has different options. It is cheapest to see Europe via train, South America by bus, and Australia by Kangaroo. Do your research and see how you can get around and which option is best for you, but most decisions come down to cost.
Accommodation
Staying in hostels are much cheaper than staying in hotels, but more expensive than camping. If you’re touring cities, camping obviously isn’t an option and in those cases, hostels are usually pretty cheap. But, do you want to share a room with strangers? Cost and preference are the main deciding factors here.
Food
When researching food costs, finding the average meal cost for a country is extremely helpful. What it costs to keep you fed can differ greatly from country to country. For instance, food costs in Iceland are 2-3 times more than they are in North America. You don’t want to go hungry while abroad.
Other Notes
It is always safest to over-budget. Round up, not down, and always estimate higher than lower. That way you will have no risk of running out of money before your trip is supposed to end. If you budget a trip to cost $1500 but it ends up costing $1200, that is much better than the other way around.
Travel budgets differ greatly from person to person because we each have our own preferences while travelling. Doing up a travel budget will give you an idea of what you need to save and will help you stay on track while only spending what you have to. Do all your planning and budgeting before departing, that way once you leave to start your trip, you don’t have to worry about it and can just enjoy yourself.
*Please note: this budget does not include the cost of airfare. Plane tickets differ immensely depending upon your location, where you want to go, and which airlines fly there.*
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The Backpacker’s Guide To… Travel Budgets

The first thing I do when I start planning out a potential trip is write up a travel budget that will cover any costs I think I am likely to incur during the trip. It is a living document, subject to changes and additions as you do more research and your trip takes a firmer shape.

This draft is for an average expense trip to a fairly expensive country. Some people will choose to travel more minimally than this, but others will want more comforts. It should also be noted that Iceland is one of the more expensive countries you can travel to, as food and accommodation are higher than average.

Now, let me go over the sections in more detail…

Transportation

Getting from place to place while abroad is usually the most difficult process. Each country and continent has different options. It is cheapest to see Europe via train, South America by bus, and Australia by Kangaroo. Do your research and see how you can get around and which option is best for you, but most decisions come down to cost.

Accommodation

Staying in hostels are much cheaper than staying in hotels, but more expensive than camping. If you’re touring cities, camping obviously isn’t an option and in those cases, hostels are usually pretty cheap. But, do you want to share a room with strangers? Cost and preference are the main deciding factors here.

Food

When researching food costs, finding the average meal cost for a country is extremely helpful. What it costs to keep you fed can differ greatly from country to country. For instance, food costs in Iceland are 2-3 times more than they are in North America. You don’t want to go hungry while abroad.

Other Notes

It is always safest to over-budget. Round up, not down, and always estimate higher than lower. That way you will have no risk of running out of money before your trip is supposed to end. If you budget a trip to cost $1500 but it ends up costing $1200, that is much better than the other way around.

Travel budgets differ greatly from person to person because we each have our own preferences while travelling. Doing up a travel budget will give you an idea of what you need to save and will help you stay on track while only spending what you have to. Do all your planning and budgeting before departing, that way once you leave to start your trip, you don’t have to worry about it and can just enjoy yourself.

*Please note: this budget does not include the cost of airfare. Plane tickets differ immensely depending upon your location, where you want to go, and which airlines fly there.*

[Previous Travel Guides]