“A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.”- Lao Tzu

This tried-and-true backpacking guide has been helping people escape conventional life and get on the road since 2007! I kept careful notes while planning my first backpacking trip in 2005, traveled throughout 2006, then created this site to help others do the same.

Long-term travel is not as expensive or dangerous and difficult as the media wants you to think! Everyone wants you to sit tight, watch TV, pay taxes, and maybe travel when you’re 65 or older. No matter what your age, it’s never too late to start vagabonding and collecting life experiences on the road.

If you feel that getting up and working an 8-to-5 job isn’t for you, you aren’t alone. The world is a big, beautiful place with lots to see and learn. More and more people are waking up to realize that spending the best part of their lives working to make rich old men even richer is no way to live.

It doesn’t get any simpler than this. Use this 10-step backpacking guide to get out of the Rat Race, escape the cubicle or avoid it altogether, and get into the wild!

Here are the steps to start backpacking. You can go in order, or skip around.

Backpacking Guide


Step 1: Get a Passport for Travel

Step 2: Planning Your Trip

Step 3: Getting Visas for Travel

Step 4: Vaccinations for Travel

Step 5: Find Cheap Flights

Step 6: Backpacking Travel Insurance

Step 7: Travel Preparation

Step 8: Trip Purchases

Step 9: Packing a Backpack

Step 10: Before Leaving Home

The Journey Begins!

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