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There’s nothing more fulfilling than traveling. Discovering new places, meeting new faces and exploring the unknown have a way of making us feel alive. No wonder more people are quitting their jobs and heading out to their dream destination. Thinking of backpacking? Look no further. We’ve compiled some of the most inspiration backpacking blogs guaranteed to make your feet itch. Adventurous Kate Kate McKulley left a booming marketing position in Boston at 26 years old to set out for a six-month adventure. Four years after, she’s still going from one place to the next. We like how Kate empowers women to travel alone and discover themselves along the way. She travels often so there’s always something new to read! Backpacker Banter We all wish we can be a surfer waking to the sound of the ocean, riding the waves and dozing off under a coconut tree. Well, UK surfer Chris is definitely living the dream! Whether it’s in the Philippines, Ecuador or Iceland, Chris managed to built a mini-encyclopedia for those who crave one-stop destinations, and everything in between. Almost Fearless It’s a familiar story. Girl quits dream job. Girl goes off to discover the world. Girl realizes there’s more to life than 9-5 jobs and bi-monthly paychecks. Christine Gilbert has been traveling the world since 2008. She brought her two dogs, had a baby along the way and is showing no signs of slowing down. Almost Fearless is a blog that’s empowering us to pursue our dream of travel and find out what the world has in store for us. Oh and as if we couldn’t love Christine even more, she’s not afraid to tell us when the going gets tough! image source: mydomaine.com
Europe is often mistaken as an expensive destination. Sure, it can get quite luxurious but if you have the knowledge, you’d be traveling through it for cheap. Yep, that’s right. Backpacking through Europe on a budget is very possible. All it takes is to know what to do, where to go and how to maximize your budget. With a little help from The Savvy Backpacker, here are steps to exploring this side of the world. Plan your trip in advance From where to go to how much your budget would be, it’s essential to plan carefully in advance. When you have an itinerary, you know exactly how far your pocket money’s going to take you. Pack your things wisely You’re going to be carrying a pack on your back for a while. The best you can do is to pack wisely. It needs to be balanced, just the right size and would have everything safe and secure. Otherwise, that backpack can easily turn against you. Find the right accommodation Your accommodations will depend on how many you are traveling with, how much your budget is and what you preferences are. Short term rentals can be ideal but there are legitimacy concerns, no reception desk, and the like. Hostels are great too but consider choosing the safest one you can afford. Be sure to fact-check your hosts if you’re going for a couch surfing adventure. Choose the right transportation Transportation choices vary from train, rental cars, planes and buses. Which one is the cheapest? It really depends. If you’re traveling through major cities across the continent, then a plane ride or a train ride might be best. image source: thesavvybackpacker.com
Traveling shouldn’t always be expensive. There’s always a way to ease that burn in your pocket, like being smart with what you eat. Most of the time, travelers spend way too much on food. That’s why we take our cues from backpackers. They always seem to know how to travel and spend for less. Case in point: instant meals. All you need are dry ingredients and boiling water to pour over them once you’re hungry. It’s not just convenient. It’s also thrifty. Without further ado, here are a few recipes you should try. Cous Cous with Chicken & Vegetables 1/3 cup whole wheat cous cous 1 teaspoon chia seeds or ground flaxseed (optional) 1/3 cup freeze dried chopped chicken ½ cup freeze dried mixed vegetables 1 tablespoon freeze dried onions (or 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes) 1-1/2 teaspoons powdered chicken flavor base (or boullion granules) 1-1/2 teaspoons freeze dried poultry herb blend (or 1/4 teaspoon each dried thyme, sage, & parsley) ¼ teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon salt (or more to taste) 1-1/2 cups water Fiesta Rice with Corn & Chicken 2/3 cup instant brown rice 1 teaspoon chia seeds or ground flaxseed (optional) 1/3 cup freeze dried chopped chicken 1/2 cup freeze dried corn ¼ cup freeze dried chopped tomatoes 1/4 teaspoon dried minced jalapeno 1 tablespoon freeze dried onions (or 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes) 1-1/2 teaspoons powdered chicken flavor base (or boullion granules) 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder ¼ teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (Mexican preferred) 1/2 teaspoon freeze dried cilantro (or 1/8 teaspoon dried)
Backpacking through foreign cities is exhilarating. There’s nothing like meeting new people, seeing new places and experiencing new things. Compared to regular travelers, backpackers need to practice ingenious