Posted 29 Mar, 2012 | 13 Comments
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When trying to plan your backpacking trip, it can be overwhelming.  There are so many things to see & do in the world!  So, the first thing to establish is WHERE you want to travel.  Ask yourself:  What am I interested in?  What would I like to experience?

Is it… Beaches? Parties? Ancient Sites?  Ruins & Temples? Culture? The Great Outdoors?  Wildlife?  Figure that part out first.

If it’s beaches, relaxing in hammocks, jungles, living the slowly paced life, the odd party, then you’ll probably be interested in somewhere tropical like SE Asia or Sri Lanka.

chillin in a hammock on Leela Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand

If you’re more into seeing ancient sites, ruins and temples.  Then maybe the Middle East, Europe, parts of Asia & India are for you.

The Valley Of The Kings, Luxor, Egypt

If you’re into culture, the outdoors, wildlife & some untouched beaches, then Africa is for you.

white rhinos at Lake Nakuru, Kenya
untouched island in Northern Mozambique

If you’re into physical outdoor activities and stunning natural scenery, then South Africa, Canada and Nepal are for you.

Goats On The Road on our way to the Thorong La Pass high in the Himalayas, Nepal

To help you decide and choose between the many amazing different parts of the world, we suggest going to the library and taking out some guidebooks.  Lonely Planet and Rough Guide are good ones.

Once you’ve decided where you would like to travel, you will need to start a To-Do list.

 Enjoy your trip!








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13 thoughts on “Deciding Where To Travel

  1. I just discovered your blog and I am so glad that I did. After backpacking through Central America a few years ago, I have decided I’m ready to do it again – and longer this time! You are both such an inspiration and I thank you for this thorough, detailed, informative and encouraging blog. 🙂

  2. Thank you for the kind words Megan! We’re so glad we can be an inspiration, that’s what the website is all about 🙂 Let us know if you have any specific questions that we haven’t answered elsewhere on the site. Cheers!

  3. Great articles and amazing pictures. I hope I will have some like that in a few years. I am mostly a culture, ancient sites, wild life girl, but I am also looking for some outdoor physical activities. From what I read, I will probably feel great in Africa. So, I’m getting starting on my planning.

  4. Excellent! You may also like Mexico and parts of Central America – Maya culture & ruins, wildlife and hikes. But Africa is amazing as well 🙂 Have fun wherever you end up.

  5. Hi guys.
    Just discovered you yesterday!. Just recently bought my first back-pack.(Age 74)
    Mexico and South America will keep my interest for years to come. Reading
    about some of your experiences in Malta brought back a lot of 45 year old memories.
    Please forget my question about the ‘Black Gold’ in Sliema, it looks like things may have changed
    since I was last there in 1982.

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