A journey of 1,000 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, dangerous, or difficult as we are led to think! I left my corporate job and began at age 30. 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 conventional, standard-issue life isn’t for everyone. 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.

Use this 10-step backpacking travel guide to get out of the Rat Race, escape the cubicle or avoid it altogether, and start discovering what’s out there!

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

Backpacking Guide

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Step 1:

Get a Passport for Travel

Step 2:

Planning Your Trip

Step 3:

Getting a Visa 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

Ready to Go!

The Journey Begins

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