Are you planning a backpacking trip for the first time? Or are you a seasoned traveller in search of specific information? Perhaps you've always dreamt of hitting the road but have never plucked up the courage to go. Whatever stage of the journey you're at, Backpacking Spirit is here to guide you along the way.
This website is a resource written by backpackers for backpackers and is full of personal tips and advice from people who have spent many years on the road; because the articles within this site have been written by travellers with years of experience under their belt, all of the information is first-hand, authentic and unique.
So, what kind of information can you expect to find within this site?
Advice for planning a trip...
Do you know what travel vaccinations to have, what essentials you should pack in your carry on case, whether you need to protect yourself against malaria or what travel insurance is the best for backpackers? Needless to say, there's a lot of planning to be done when preparing for a trip and on this site you’ll find insider backpacking tips every traveller must know before setting off.
Are you not sure what the best backpacking destination for you is? Want to know the cheapest places to travel, the best counties for wildlife spotting or the places packed with history and culture that you hadn't even thought to visit? Check out our travel destinations article that matches destinations to what you want to do on your backpacking trip.
Helping you get equipped...
Planning your backpacking journey also means knowing exactly what travel supplies are a must for your trip, how to find the very best backpack, and what the essentials are of a travel wardrobe.
You will also find advice about what gear to take to keep you safe on your trip as well as comfortable. You'll also get some great ideas for cool travel gadgets - everything from the best travel alarm clock (wake up to the beach beckoning, not the boss!) to funky backpacking hammocks.
Information for when you're on the road...
keeping safe on the road is paramount to backpackers - we've collaborated extensive travel safety advice - everything from safety tips for travelling solo to how to stay safe when using public transport overseas to advice on how to avoid being pick pocketed.
Have you ever thought about what you would do if you fell sick when backpacking? On this site you'll find articles filled with advice about how to take care of your health on the road - there's a whole page bursting full of international travel health advice, plus tips on avoiding malaria, as well as avoiding jet lag.
What if you decide at the end of your trip that you love travelling and want to make a career of it? Trust me, when people have experienced the ultimate freedom of life on the road there are few who can happily go back to the 9 - 5 grind, but fear not, we've got you covered with an extensive guide on jobs that require travel. This is a resource that will also provide top-notch advice on successfully securing employment overseas.
Providing you with inspiration...
If you need that extra nudge to make the leap and book a ticket, then check out our inspirational interviews with renowned long term backpackers who let you in on their best kept secrets of how they make their backpacking journeys a success.
You can also follow our "Peek Into A Backpacker's Journal" series where backpackers share their favourite day of travelling with us - it makes for the ultimate armchair reading!
You can also head on over to our gallery of inspiring travel photos to get your travel lust flowing, or you can read our collection of the best travel quotes which are sure to make you want to head straight to the airport!
Are you thinking: Who am I to be giving YOU advice?!
It's a very valid question! I have been travelling for over a decade; my first backpacking trip was a solo journey to Ghana, West Africa, to participate in a volunteering project. Ten years later I have backpacked, worked and lived my way around every continent in the world.
I created this website so that I can share real, first-hand experiences of backpacking with you - tips, advice and most importantly, inspiration. I know all too well that if you are planning a backpacking trip for the first time then you will be going through a mix of emotions - excitement, nervousness and apprehension.
If there is any information you need which you cannot find within this site then just ask me! I love hearing from my readers and you are welcome to email me with your questions anytime.
You can keep up to date with Backpacking Spirit's brand new articles as soon as they are published by checking out our Backpacking Blog. If you are looking for specific information then head on over to our Sitemap where all of the articles within this site have been grouped into sections making them easy to find.
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