Backpacking

Riding the Rough Roads to Southern Skies

By Guest Poster | October 13, 2011

I’m not a sporty person, but sometimes I dream of some sort of grand walking or biking tour. Steve has actually done it- he’s biking across the entire world! Here’s his account of his harrowing trip through Europe and Africa: Like all decisions of great consequence my plan to cycle around the world was made […]

Tourism vs. Voyeurism

By Guest Poster | September 20, 2011

This is a subject I’ve struggled with in the past and would be interested to hear other people’s viewpoints in the comments.  There is something to be said for checking “must see” items off your life list – we all travel to some extent to “see” things when we go places. But what happens when […]

A Totally Self-Indulgent Reflection on my Backpack

By Steph | September 6, 2011

I bought a new backpack this week! I’ve wanted something new for awhile, and the REI Labor Day sale was the perfect excuse. I settled on this beautiful blue REI Brand Women’s Tech Tour 60. It’s soooo pretty: When your travel with all your possessions on your back, a new backpack is a very exciting […]

Got to Love….Tourists!

By Guest Poster | August 4, 2011

And now for something a little different. Tourists are an unavoidable part of travelling- might as well embrace it! Which is exactly what David and Helen have done in this eclectic photo essay. Weʼve all been part of a tour group before…well if youʼve been over to South-East Asia then more often than enough you […]

Bargaining Tips for the Non-Confrontational

By Steph | July 21, 2011

I really, really, REALLY hate bargaining so it might seem strange that I am here giving you bargaining tips. I love perusing markets, however, and picking out unique gifts for the people back home, but the thought of having to haggle over prices in broken English with a savvy street vendor is almost enough to […]

What a 74 Year Old Man Can Teach Us About Backpacking

By Steph | July 19, 2011

Contrary to the chaos you might observe at a party hostel on a Saturday night, backpacking isn’t just for the young. I’ve met all kind of people in common rooms around the world: from brave 18-year old solo travelers to cool dudes old enough to be my dad. Or, in the case of Bill, my […]

Taking an Extended Trip: What I Did Wrong

By Steph | June 28, 2011

On Sunday I posted a list of all the things I think I did right on my extended Australasia trip. This ranged from remembering to pack jeans to being flexible in my planning, but really boiled down to following my gut and not other people’s advice. So let me start off this post on what […]

Taking an Extended Trip: What I Did Right

By Steph | June 26, 2011

I’ve been home for a couple of weeks now and I’ve had some time to reflect on this big giant trip that just happened. I have a feeling I won’t be able to fully wrap my head around it until I get a little more distance from it. Now everywhere I go, excited old friends […]

Things I Didn’t Think I Would Miss, but I Do

By Steph | February 27, 2011

Last week I put up a post talking about the things that I thought I would miss, but I don’t. Today I’m taking the opposite tact: a lit of things that I actually DO miss. Things I totally took for granted back at home but have come to long for on the road. Things I […]

Things I Don’t Miss About Home That I Thought I Would

By Steph | February 20, 2011

I’ve been travelling for about 5 months straight now… a pretty freaking long time fo most people in the world. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how well my expectation matched up with the reality of long-term travel. Some things have worked out exactly how I planned, and other’s not so much. One thing […]

Running the Backpacker Marathon

By Steph | January 31, 2011

Travel, particularly budget travel, is all about jet-setting from one glamorous destination to the next. When you have to watch your wallet getting from one point to the next can be a tedious and time consuming process. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that transportation is many people’s least favorite aspect of […]

Camper Vanning Australia and Travellers Auto Barn: a Review

By Steph | January 2, 2011

So, we survived! Forty days, one and a half months in camper van cruising down the coast of Australia. It wasn’t always easy- particularly when we hit that solid month of rain in Queensland, but from the Great Barrier Reef to the Blue Mountains and down south of Sydney it was an interesting and varied […]