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

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

Visa for India in Chiang Mai

Detailed instructions for how to apply for your India visa in Chiang, Mai, Thailand.

Review for the Gobi Gear Hoboroll

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

Tips for Crossing Borders by Land

Some easy advice for making border crossings less stressful. - by Greg Rodgers

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

Getting to Machu Picchu is an adventure in itself but once you reach the top [...]

How to Get Free Travel Rewards Flights Faster

Travel rewards cards eventually do pay off with a free trip!

Calling Home While Traveling

Calling home while on the road can be expensive if you don't do it right. [...]

Koh Phi Phi Tsunami Scare

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

Backpacking Travel Story: Easy as Pai

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

How to Avoid Insect Bites While Traveling

How to avoid insect bites while backpacking. By Erik McLaughlin MD

Malaria Information for Travelers

Malaria Information for backpacking travel in high risk areas. Malaria = bad!