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

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Travelling Moscow - Beijing in Winter then backpacking the way down to Indonesia - Packing Advice

I will be travelling on board the Trans Siberian Railway throughout February, understandably, i'll need warm clothes & snow boots. Once I arrive to Beijing, I plan on using trains and buses to ...
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Any websites or resources for planning my trip around Europe?

I have been looking around the internet for sites that will help you plan your route around the world. Apart from Google maps or Bing maps who only work from A->B i have been unable to find anything ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How good is Public Transport In the USA? [closed]

I am planning a Round-the-World trip and my first stop will be the USA. I am from England where public transport is quite good and covers everywhere. I have already purchased Greyhound tickets for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I wear a kilt around Europe?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Opinions on budget amount for two months in Europe? [closed]

I am planning a trip around Europe for around two months in the summer between June and August. I have a preliminary route planned: Starting Scotland --> June France Monte Carlo North Italy Slovenia ...
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Budget for traveling in Eastern Europe? [closed]

We are planning to backpack through Eastern Europe for a month on an Interrail pass and I am trying to put together a budget estimate. Our travel path is not planned yet, but will be something like ...
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Europe on a very tight budget [closed]

I am planning to go for a tour around Europe for one month. Must visit countries: UK-Germany-Austria-Hungary-Italy-Switzerland-France. I read a lot about feed that encourage people to go for Eurail or ...
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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 you ...
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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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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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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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Backpacker 'social groups' for Hippie trail, Gringo trail etc

It just occurred to me while reading a blog about a backpacker travelling alone in Somalia, that backpackers might benefit from a website or similar where they could find others doing a similar trip ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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 2 ...
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What do you do when you're on-the-road and you cannot shower?

Let's say you're backpacking and you're staying at a super-cheap hostel. Either because you have a lot planned for the day or you're catching long distance bus / train, you've to get up really early ...