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Vintage Content


This is content recently deemed as "vintage" by the Startbackpacking.com staff. Like a cave full of aged cheese — some of the stuff is still tantalizing, but some of it stinks.


Our site has been around since 2007! And there is a lot of content. So if you come across an article recommending that you buy a camera with at least 4 megapixels...yeah...it's probably vintage.


We left this content out there because a lot of the advice is still useful. But a part of the motivation was nefarious and self serving. A few of these pieces are flashbacks, a nice reminder, of times when travelers were sat around hostels talking rather than uploading to Instagram.


Backpacking in Sinai, Egypt Backpacking in Sinai, Egypt

Details for getting to Sharm El Sheikh and backpacking in nearby Dahab.

Review for the Gobi Gear Hoboroll Review for the Gobi Gear Hoboroll

A unique new product that makes packing easier for lightweight backpacking travelers.

Komodo Dragons on Rinca Island Komodo Dragons on Rinca Island

Travel to one of the world’s more rugged islands and find the mysterious Komodo Dragon!

Walk to Machu Picchu Walk to Machu Picchu

Getting to Machu Picchu is an adventure in itself but once you reach the top it is more than worth it!

Calling Home While Traveling Calling Home While Traveling

Calling home while on the road can be expensive if you don’t do it right – use Skype!

Koh Phi Phi Tsunami Scare Koh Phi Phi Tsunami Scare

A true story of the 2006 Tsunami scare on Ko Phi Phi, Thailand. By Greg Rodgers

Backpacking Travel Story: Easy as Pai Backpacking Travel Story: Easy as Pai

A funny story about riding a motorcycle through the north of Thailand

Why Start a Travel Blog? Why Start a Travel Blog?

Some good reasons to start a blog before your big backpacking trip.