Independent budget travel, typically using a backpack for luggage and staying in shared accommodation such as hostels rather than hotels.

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Which one is better? Backpacking from Paris to Italy or Spain? (Finding a good route with low budget) [closed]

I'm backpacking from Paris to Milan (or Spain - Low budget). I want some places in this path to visit and stay specially nice villages. I have 6-7 days for this travel (after I'm going to Milan, ...
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Suitable shoes for long-term, light-packing travel [closed]

In a few months, I'm heading to Australia with a working holiday visa. I am planning to stay for around 12-15 months where I'll be visiting different parts of Australia, New Zealand and backpacking ...
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Backpacking in Egypt and Kenya: Applying for a visa on the road and onward travel requirements

I'm intending to travel to different countries soon. As an ASEAN Citizen I am free to travel to any ASEAN country (southeast Asia), after travelling in ASEAN I'll be headed to India where we can get a ...
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Can anybody recommend some organic farms for volunteering on the Canary Islands? [closed]

The coming two years I will combine studying (permaculture) and backpacking through Europe while volunteering on organic farms. Can anyone recommend some farms on La Palma, one of the Canary Islands? ...
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Is an open-ended ticket more practical than a one-way ticket for touring China?

My partner and I are planning a long (2+ months) trip to China. The return date is unknown in advance. We may also want to visit other countries on our trip and ideally would prefer not to commit to ...
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Travel Insurance for US Citizens for a year-long trip

In a few months, I will be going to Australia on a Work and Holiday Visa for a year to travel and work. I am looking for a place to get health/travel insurance for my time there. Does anyone know of ...
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Travel between Managua and Monteverde

What's the best way to get between Managua and Monteverde. I am trying to keep it as cheap as possible without having to switch buses 10 times between. Is there a simple way to do it? Am I better ...
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Should I wear cotton or synthetics in Egypt near summer?

I see everywhere advice to wear cotton shirts (long sleeved?) and pants in Egypt due to the hot weather. This is against the "general wisdom" of backpacking, that says to use light clothes that dry ...
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Cape Verde: accommodation to expect?

What are the usual accommodations in Cape Verde (Cabo Verde in Portuguese)? We are backpacking, hence looking for cheap but clean options. Is there anything available for travellers on a budget?
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How to check a large backpack?

When travelling on airlines based in the US with a large backpack, I prefer to carry the bag onto the plane as part of my hand baggage allowance. Most foreign flag carriers, however, have a ...
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Backpacking with visa B2 in USA

I have quit my job recently to travel the world in a few months. I am planning to visit the USA as my first step and would like to stay there for at least 4 months. So I have applied for a tourist ...
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Delhi, Beijing or Japan for sightseeing in May with a teenage daughter?

I will have about 15-20 days in May to travel with my daughter (who will be 14). We are from Brazil and she has never been abroad, so I thought I would like to bring her to some place with unique ...
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What to do in Grand Canyon during Christmas to New Year's?

My friends and I are planning a trip to Grand Canyon from 29 December to 2nd Jan. We won't go camping outside as we haven't got permit. We are thinking of camping in Mather and might go around small ...
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Is a leather jacket + layers good enough for an European winter? (Back packing)

In a question a bit related to Winter apparel for Europe (November-December), would a leather jacket (thinner lamb jacket) be okay for traveling Spain/France/Italy during November/December? I also ...
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Is it possible to use an all-inclusive package as a backpacking base?

We're considering buying an all-inclusive deal in Mexico (travelling from the UK). I'm relatively well travelled and have done the whole year of backpacking thing a few years ago. I've never been on ...
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Wheeled backpack with waist strap?

So I have some back problems, and my physio recommended a rolling backpack. But unfortunately, none of them seem to come with a waist strap. Sometimes I will use the shoulder straps of a backpack when ...
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Backpacking 46 days in the US with ESTA

I am a Greek citizen; this means that I have the chance to travel with ESTA. I have already bought my plane ticket and I will be in San Fransisco for 46 days, taking my backpack and travelling by bus. ...
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Getting a Schengen visa without firm travel plans

My girlfriend and I have South African passports with 5 year ancestral visas for the UK valid until 2018; we've been working here for a few months and have UK bank accounts. We're planning on saving ...
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Travelling from Gothenburg to Zurich

I have a Swedish residence permit and a non-EU passport. Do I need a visa to travel to Switzerland? I am almost sure that I don't need it, but still would like someone here to confirm. If you were a ...
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Is it a bad idea to backpack in the Grand Canyon in the month of August?

It seems like a lot of guided backpacking trips do not operate in July or August. Does anyone have experience with the area during that time of year and know why? My guess is that the weather gets ...
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When backpacking, what is the best way to protect my valuables? [duplicate]

What is the best way for me to protect my valuables on my upcoming trip to Europe? I will not have the luxury of staying in Hotels all of the time, and will be backpacking a lot of the time. I have ...
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What limitations are there on my 4 month old UK driving licence for use travelling across Australia?

I’m looking into buying a cheap car to use for travelling around Australia but have been spending quite a bit of time trying to ascertain the legalities/pitfalls of doing so with a UK issued licence. ...
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Which backpack theft protection features are there, and which of them work?

While wearing a backpack, what are common/known ways how someone might steal things out of your backpack (or even the whole backpack altogether)? Which backpack security features can protect against ...
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Meeting other people while traveling

I tried searching on here, but didn't find any questions on this. How does one meet people while traveling alone? I would understand meeting people in a hostel (assuming they spoke the same language) ...
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How am I supposed to travel with all these hard copy guidebooks?

Following the suggestions of many TA.SE posts, I've purchased two travel guides for each country I'll be staying in (for more comprehensive coverage). But this has lead to an information overload, ...
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If travelling with luggage in SE Asia and not staying in hotels, where can I leave my belongings?

I'm wondering whether it is possible to live in hostels, airBNB, and bungalows and yet still be unencumbered with a "rollaboard" type luggage one might bring along. Typically, do these places allow ...
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$6000 for a trip to Europe ( 2 months at most) Not included flights [closed]

I came across a tour on contiki called European Panorama - which covers London to Paris - Bordeux - Barcelona - French Riviera - Florence - Rome - Corfu - Venice - Vienna - Munich - Austran Tyrol - ...
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Europe on tight Budget - shoe string [closed]

I am planning to go for a tour around Europe for one month. I read a lot about feed that encourage people to go for Eurail or any Global passes train. Is there any other option for a tight budget ...
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How to independently visit Saudi Arabia?

I've read that Saudi Arabia doesn't grant tourist visas to independent travelers. I've also read that recently they grant visas to group of travelers, if the tour is organized by a recognized tour ...
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Ship items back home while traveling?

I am starting a trip around the world today! and my bag looks pretty full already. I am wondering were I will put new clothes/items if I decide to buy some while I am traveling. Has anyone ever sent ...
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Best way to travel from France to Switzerland, Austria and Germany [closed]

I am planning a trip to Europe and plan to go from Paris, France to Interlaken, Switzerland to Vienna, Austria to Munich, Germany. What would be the best way to travel between all these cities?
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Backpacking to East Malaysia, where to start? where to end? [closed]

When travelling to East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak), what is the recommended starting town? and which town should be the final landing point? I will be flying from KL and going back to KL afterward. ...
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Traveling by myself to Delhi, where is a social place to stay? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Meeting westerners in northern India? I'm travelling for the first time in January. I'm going to India by myself and Delhi is the first stop. Where is a good place to ...
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Meeting westerners in northern India?

I'm backpacking in northern India in January by myself. How easy will it be to meet other western backpackers and does anyone have any advice on doing so? I've never been travelling before. I've ...
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Friendly backpacker place on Lake Victoria?

After a week of work in Kampala I am considering spending this Christmas on one of the Lake Victoria islands. I have read nice things about Banda Island, and I am considering this place. TripAdvisor ...
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Traveling from cold region to warm region; tips regarding clothing?

I will fly this December from Paris to South-East Asia for a backpack trip. I have to get to the airport at night at probably 4°C and arrive at Phnom Penh, where it will be around 30°C. But because ...
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Backpacking in Pärnu in the summer

Are there any (backpacker) hostels in Pärnu, the "summer capital" of Estonia? If not, how about cozy B&Bs or guesthouses... or well, anything other than big hotel / spa complexes? I'm more ...
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How to protect my gear during a monsoon?

When you are travelling as a backpacker in a monsoon area and in a monsoon month, how do you do to "survive" when a heavy rain catches you in the middle of nowhere? I've heard about people that puts ...
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How can I check if tour services are reliable?

What steps should I take in order to insure the following service is reliable The Dragon Trip and I can safely get to the starting point and find a group to join (not a scam) ? Does this Sunday ...
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Organised backpacking in China (14-Sep till 8-Oct 2012)

Wandering the net, I have found this site: http://thedragontrip.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Detailed%20Itinerary%20-%20HK%20to%20HK%2025%20days.pdf This fits all my needs: comprehensive young ...
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Are the backpacks with ventilation mesh convenient for backpacking?

I did not find any official name for those backpacks, but they are characterized by a curved steel frame and a mesh, that allow good ventilation. Deuter sells them in their "Futura" line. The ...
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What's the most comfortable way to travel with 2 backpacks or bags and a DSLR camera?

Do you have a particular technique for travelling with 2 bags: 1 backpack containing most of my stuff a lighter backpack for visiting, hiking, camera... The main problem is walking around with the ...
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Caribbean cruise for the backpacker?

I just read this answer on Caribbean cruises, which points out the importance of choosing a cruise line that fits your "style of travel". The answer, however, didn't give clues as to which lines cater ...
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Dealing with smelly travel daypacks?

This came from an idea I saw on another website's thread that wasn't getting much love. When travelling, especially in hot, humid regions, you tend to sweat - especially in the back area where your ...
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Backpack in France [closed]

I plan to go to France for a backpack trip during May, I plan to stay there for a week. To make my journey manageable, I plan to visit only a few cities/ countryside namely: Paris ( 3 days) Nantes ...
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How to budget for backpacking trips [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Long term travel without being wealthy - how is it possible? I'm mildly ashamed to say I hardly ever budget for my trips. I tend to look at my bank balance, look at ...
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Currency management when backpacking? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When traveling to a country with a different currency, how should you take your money? I am going in a trip round Europe this summer (more info) ...
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Wearing a unique piece of clothing around Europe, good or bad? - Kilt

I have the idea of wearing my kilt whilst travelling around Europe. It will be a lighter fabric than the traditional woolen one as it would be too warm for summer in Europe. What is a kilt? hint: ...
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Daintree National Park as a backpacker

I will have 2.5 days to visit Daintree National Park from Cairns (and get back there). What are the possible itineraries to do it as a backpacker (and keep the costs down)? I have seen many tours ...
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Backpacking - travelling with 'smart' clothes

I've heard the tips for keeping your clothes unwrinkled in general - rolling t-shirts, having those cell things for shirts in your bag, etc. However, while those work pretty well for t-shirts and ...