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Questions tagged [backpacking]

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

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Independent travels around Southeast Africa [closed]

Me and my girlfriend are going to travel around Southeast Africa from May to July. We haven't made any specific plans but we will likely visit Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and/or ...
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HDD vs SSD for a travel laptop?

I'm thinking about getting a (cheap) used Thinkpad X2n0 (n in {3,4,5,6}) for traveling. Obviously an SSD is usually preferable but my question is focusing on the aspect of robustness constrained by ...
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Rolling shirts in a bundle VS laying them flat while packing?

I am using 40/45 liter backpacks with front-loading. What I did so far was the following: I put 2-3 shirt and sweaters, fold vertically and then roll. Then I stuff such rolled batches next to each ...
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What motorbike to use in Vietnam

I am going to Vietnam end of February together with my girlfriend for 3 weeks. We want to rent a motorbike for part of the travel (Hoi An to HCMC). We will both ride on one, for this, and because we ...
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Any sure information about Air France free allowed baggage

I want to book a multiple flight: around January 3 2019: Bucharest - Buenos Aires around April 16 2019: Barranquila/Cartagena (northern Colombia) or Panama - Bucharest I will take with me a 70 l ...
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Daily budget for backpacking in South America [closed]

I'm going backpacking in South America for 4 months (Jan-Apr 2019) and I will pass through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. Has anyone been backpacking on a budget in these ...
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Public mailbox for packages in the UK or Ireland

Here in Spain we have a system called CityPaq, that's managed by the national post service and that allows anyone to receive a package in a public mailbox, independent of sender. They are located at ...
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What should I look for in footwear for walking long distances in mostly urban areas while carrying a heavy backpack?

I want to start looking for the footwear for my next world hitchhiking trip. On my last two trips I got name brand hiking shoes (Kathmandu and Merrell) but the soles wore out before each trip was up. ...
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Is it possible to walk along the coast from Barcelona to Gibraltar?

I am thinking to make a walking trip along the sea from Barcelona south to the Strait of Gibraltar. I used Google Maps and I saw that it offered me almost all highways. Is it even possible to walk on ...
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Reusing a multiple-entry Schengen visa obtained for business for a backpacking trip [duplicate]

I have this multiple-entry Schengen visa. I got my visa because of a recent business trip to Poland (Polish embassy issued my visa, with R/PL remark). After my business trip, I'm planning to go back ...
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Is it currently safe to travel through Sri Lanka?

Next week I will fly to Colombo and I will travel around (Kandy, Ella, Tissa and along the south-west coast back to Colombo). I will travel by bus and train. Due to the current circumstances I am ...
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Backpacking through Indonesia during Ramadan (Bali and Gili) [duplicate]

My girlfriend and I are planning to visit Indonesia this summer from 3-24 June. When we were planning the trip we found out ramadan is from 15 May to 14 June. We were first planning to start our ...
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what kind of hat would be most effective for reducing heat?

I need to choose a hat for long-term use anywhere, including one of the hottest places on the equator, UAE. I'm currently assuming these things are effective: wide-brim white hat Some people use a ...
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Can you re-enter Peru on a travel visa?

Me and a friend are traveling in South America for 2 months, traveling from Lima, to Bolivia (La Paz) to Chile (San Pedro) then back into Peru via Tachna to fly out from Lima on the 18th of July. We ...
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What is the best way to stay connected in Europe? [closed]

What is the best and cheapest way to have data connectivity throughout your euro trip? I have heard about pocket internet devices, European Sim cards, and international roaming cards? which is the ...
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Alcohol-fuel for burner in Spain

We travel to malaga next weekend and from there on we will hike in the sierra nevada. I was there a few years ago and remember that we have had big trouble to find any Aclcohol-fuel for our burner. ...
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Esbit tablet in planes

For my camp stove, I usually use Esbit Tablets (solid fuel) when I go backpacking into the wild. Now I want to fly from Germany (Duesseldorf) to Scotland (Glasgow) probably with EuroWings. Since there ...
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Need advice for UK landing interview (visa-free entry)

I am a Saint Lucian and will be traveling to Manchester, UK soon about which I am a bit nervous. Run Down: I own a small business in my country (in the Caribbean), I have a certificate mentioning ...
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Backpack trip to Europe [closed]

I am planning my first backpack trip to Europe. I have 8 days before going back to work. I am planning the itinerary as follows: Starting Amsterdam 2 days 2 days Paris 2 days Barcelona 2 days ...
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Where can I find social connection events in a city or town while solo traveling?

Sometimes I don't like staying in hostels (which is a great way to meet people and be social) but then I struggle finding places to meet people. What are alternative ways to find social events or ...
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Are backpack nets an effective deterrent when going to rougher parts of the world?

I am planning on going on a prolonged trip and will be carrying everything that I have on my back for at least a year. I know that most of the 'horror' stories are just that, however thieves will go ...
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Japan cheapest way to travel? Is carpool/ride share common in Japan?

I will be travelling to Japan for 2 weeks and found train tickets little bit expensive. Usually i travel like a backpacker and always travel with a budget. I will be staying different cities in Japan ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

When staying in hostel dorms I usually place my valuables in a locker provided by the hostel and lock it, typically with my own key-padlock. When I go out I take the key with me and I'm perfectly fine ...
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How can I get best deal from Flixbus?

I am planning to travel around Europe economically and so far, I think Flixbus is something which I will be taking a lot as the reviews are good and prices are very low. I am planning to travel ...
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Cost of summer backpacking trip in Western Europe [closed]

My friend and I are seniors in high school and want to go backpacking across Western Europe (continental) during the summer before college. We want to start saving up for it now, and are wondering ...
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Is it necessary to take Malaria medication in Laos? [duplicate]

I'm headed to Laos and Cambodia and I'm worried about the side effects of the Malarone anti-malaria medication. Is it necessary to take this? What is the likelihood of transmission of malaria in this ...
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Snow Access in North India in the winter

If I travel to northern India in winter (around November/December), where will I be able to experience considerable snow. I want a less touristy place (not like Manali) within 12-16 hours reach of new ...
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Is it possible to pay with euros in Eastern Europe? [duplicate]

I'm from Spain and I will be backpacking around Eastern Europe next month. I will visit some countries where Euro is the official currency (like Slovakia) and I'll also visit some other countries like ...
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Is it possible to do backpacking through Europe for 15 days with 1000USD? [closed]

This is the situation, I hope you can give me a hand: On October 10th of this year I have an academic trip to Paris, it will take place from that date until October 22th. The trip is completely ...
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Which language(s) is most useful for backpacking Africa?

I'm looking to backpack Africa in a few years, so I'd like to start learning a language that would the most useful/widely spoken. There are a few conditions I've conjured up though: the language ...
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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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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 ...