“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.
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
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