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Featured articles

Backpacking Bali Video Backpacking Bali Video

This two-minute video by Jacob Laukitis will make you want to go!

TEFL Certification Costs in Thailand TEFL Certification Costs in Thailand

TEFL certification costs in Thailand – by Laura Mayer

Travel for Free with Organic Farm Work Travel for Free with Organic Farm Work

Volunteering on organic farms as you travel. – by Amberly Young

Going Solo as a Female Going Solo as a Female

Great advice for women heading out alone. – By Amberly Young

Free Tibet – The Real Story Free Tibet – The Real Story

On-the-ground research with refugees in India reveals the true story of Tibet.

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Backpacking Advice

Travel Survival Kit Travel Survival Kit

Greg shares what he’s currently carrying in his travel survival kit for Nepal.

Guide to Budget Travel in Cuba Guide to Budget Travel in Cuba

Expert budget travel advice for going to Cuba – by Amanda Formoso

Choosing the Best Travel Backpack Choosing the Best Travel Backpack

Use this size chart and expert advice for choosing the best backpack.

How to Carry Money While Traveling How to Carry Money While Traveling

Get help deciding between cash, cards, and travelers checks.

How to Travel Responsibly How to Travel Responsibly

Responsible travel is easy, here’s how to do it!

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Backpacking guide

Passport for Travel Passport for Travel

How to get a US passport for backpacking travel. Your passport is the most important thing you own while traveling – take care of it!

Travel Planning Travel Planning

Planning backpacking travel – some suggestions for what to think about without over planning. Half the fun is wandering and getting lost in the first place!

Visa for Travel Visa for Travel

Research your visas for travel before leaving home – some have crazy requirements and are harder to get than others.

Vaccinations for travel Vaccinations for travel

Which vaccinations you need for backpacking travel – don’t spend money to be turned into a pincushion for nothing.

How to Find Cheap Flights How to Find Cheap Flights

Booking your ticket – advice and secrets for finding cheap flights while others are paying full price for the same ticket.

Backpacking Travel Insurance Backpacking Travel Insurance

Travel insurance for backpackers – its not that expensive and it might come in handy if you get something stolen

Travel Preparation Travel Preparation

Backpacking travel preparations to do at home before you start your big trip. Setting up finances, contacts, a travel binder, etc.

Trip Purchases Trip Purchases

What to purchase for your backpacking trip. Don’t spend all of your travel money before you even leave home!

Packing a Backpack Packing a Backpack

Packing a backpack – how to get started, what to bring, and how to stuff it all inside!

Before Leaving Home Before Leaving Home

Some suggestions for closing up your life before leaving home.

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