Planning to go Backpacking: Where to Start?

If you are reading this, than chances are you are either related to me (hi mom!) or you want to incorporate more travel into your life.  That can be a really daunting thing, especially if you haven’t done a lot of travel before. Whether you are planning a short trip, long trip, RTW or a gap year, there are a lot of steps that go into making your dreams reality.

When I was in New York for Twitaoke I met Brian Peters who, in addition to having a magical singing voice, is an expert world traveler. Like many he turned a set back (losing his job) into an opportunity to travel around the world. Now that he’s back in the US, Brian has created an e-book, No Debt World Travel, to encourage others to do the same.

No Debt World Travel explains very plainly all of the steps that go into planning an extended trip. Everything from budgeting to travel insurance to visas is covered thoroughly.  There is a lot of great information in here on trip planning, safety and how to get the most out of your experiences while abroad. As the name implies the focus of the book is on traveling economically, which makes it ideal for younger travelers.

The book costs $37 and includes a bunch of bonus materials like videos, packing checklists and audio interviews with industry specialists and other world nomads. I found the interviews to be particularly helpful. People have very different stories about how and why they travel and it’s helpful to see the different ways people have made it work for them. The interviews also cover useful topics like language learning and teaching abroad.

If you are already an experienced traveler than this book probably won’t teach you anything groundbreaking. Much of the material is very basic, which makes it perfect for novice travelers who want to have all the steps of trip planning laid out for them.

Part of the reason I created this blog was to illuminate the mechanics of planning a major travel experience. It can be discouraging at first to tackle all of the logistics but the rewards of traveling really do make it all worthwhile.

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Full disclosure: Brian gave me a complimentary copy of this e-book. The links in this article are affiliate links and purchasing No Debt World Travel through it will send some much appreciated money my way. Nonetheless this is an unbiased review.

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