Backpacking

backpacking

Backpacking is a form of low-cost, independent travel. It generally implies: travelling mostly via public transport, using inexpensive lodgings such as hostels, a longer duration trip when compared with conventional vacations, an interest in meeting locals and other travellers.

A 2018 study of over 500 backpackers conducted by researchers at Sun Yat-sen University and Shaanxi Normal University in China and Edith Cowan University in Australia showed that backpacking leads to acquired capabilities like effective communication, decision-making, adaptability, and problem-solving, all of which contribute to an increase in self-efficacy.

For many low-income communities in the developing world, the economic benefits of hosting backpackers outweigh their negative impacts. Since backpackers tend to consume local products, stay in small guest houses, and use locally owned ground transport, more of their expenditure is retained in-country than in conventional mass tourism. businesses that cater to backpackers are usually locally owned and profits tend to be retained within the country rather than flowing overseas to international hotel groups.

Source: Wikipedia

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A Woman Alone Around the World

A Woman Alone Around the World

At the end of 2016, I quit my job, moved out of my Berlin flat, packed all my belongings into the basement, left everything else behind and went to travel alone around the world. In the three following months, I visited both coasts of the USA, got lost in the Canadian winter forests, wandered in the rainforest of Vietnam and the concrete jungles of Hong Kong, watched the sunrises in Cambodia and spotted a koala and Kiwi birds in Australia.

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Camino Walk: Hunt for the Yellow Arrow

Camino Walk: Hunt for the Yellow Arrow

Our guest author Maggi undertook the famous Camino Walk – from Portuguese O Porto to Spanish Santiago de Compostela. In this experience report, she ponders why it was a lifechanging experience, shares her Camino highlights and downs, and gives tips to future Camino trekkers.

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By Bus from Mendoza to Chile

By Bus from Mendoza to Chile

In such vast countries as Argentina and Chile, being on the road takes time. Fortunately, Argentinian town Mendoza and Chilean Santiago, Valparaiso and Viña are located quite close to each other - just separated by the breathtaking Andes. Travelling by bus from Mendoza to Chile is a memorable experience. In this post, we will tell you what to expect, if you plan to cross the Andes from Mendoza to Chile by bus.

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Patagonia Off the Beaten Path

Patagonia Off the Beaten Path

If you have been to Torres del Paine, Patagonia’s most famous national park, you know how crowded this place might get: mountains of multicolored backpacks, fully booked campings, dozens of trekkers who watch the sunrise at Mirador. However, there are some stunning places in Patagonia off the beaten path along the Chilean Carretera Austral. They are no less beautiful than Torres del Paine and way less crowded.

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The Perfect Southeast Asia Travel Itinerary

The Perfect Southeast Asia Travel Itinerary

Southeast Asia travel itinerary, Part 2: Laos, Northern Thailand, and Vietnam. We go off the beaten path!
We united all our favourite places in Southeast Asia into an itinerary that is based on easy and fast connections between its points of interest. Following our footsteps, you will see world wonders, visit a party capital hidden in the jungle, listen to the teenage monks chanting in the ancient temples of Asia´s most beautiful town, watch the gibbons, go up the Mekong and get inspired by the tribal fashion!

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The Perfect Southeast Asia Itinerary

The Perfect Southeast Asia Itinerary

Southeast Asia Itinerary. Part 1: The Beach Paradise of Thailand and Cambodia + Angkor Wat and Mekong Delta

We united all our favourite places in Southeast Asia into an itinerary that is based on easy and fast connections between its points of interest. Following our footsteps, you will see world wonders, virgin beaches, the rainforest and animal sanctuaries, find spectacular treehouse bungalows, the best places for delicious vegetarian food and a lot of useful tips.

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Is Santorini Expensive?

Is Santorini Expensive?

Santorini is said to be the most beautiful place on this planet. Is it expensive? It is said to be one of the most expensive holiday destinations. However, following in our footsteps, you can have a fantastic holiday without breaking the bank. Here are some great tips for you to travel Santorini on a shoestring:

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Hierve el Agua - One of the Most Instagram Worthy Places in Mexico

Hierve el Agua - One of the Most Instagram Worthy Places in Mexico

Hierve el Agua is definitely one of the top locations to see in Oaxaca and may even be one of the reasons to visit the south of Mexico - even if only to make another picture of the water pools ending abruptly into the sky. In this post, you will find out what the place is like, how to take the best pictures of Hierve el Agua and how you may get there on a budget.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss Palenque on a Trip in Mexico: Pyramids, Jungle, Magic Mushrooms, Waterfalls and a Great Vibe!

5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss Palenque on a Trip in Mexico: Pyramids, Jungle, Magic Mushrooms, Waterfalls and a Great Vibe!

Planning our trip to the south of Mexico we didn't plan to stop in Palenque for long. It was just for the pyramids that we included Palenque into our travel itinerary and we had no idea what else it is good for. However, Palenque turned out to be a real highlight of this trip and we stayed there way longer than expected. There is so much to see and to do here - plan at least 3 days!

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The Coast of Oaxaca: Puerto Angel / Zipolite / Mazunte - or Maybe Something Else?

The Coast of Oaxaca: Puerto Angel / Zipolite / Mazunte - or Maybe Something Else?

The beaches of Oaxaca are said to be something remarkable. On this trip to Mexico, they were on our bucket list. Puerto Escondido, Mazunte, Zipolite, Puerto Angel, Chacahua... But what town should we choose - what are the Oaxaca beaches like? That was the question we posed ourselves. If this is a question you are currently pondering about, I hope this post will help you better visualize the coast of Oaxaca.

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