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Off the Beaten Path Tips from the road...for independent and adventurous budget travellers

Trip: Backpacking Trips & Tips

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Diving Hot Spots Along Australia’s East Coast

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 | Views [11907] | Comments [3]

Weedy Sea Dragon at Botany Bay The popular travel route from Sydney to Cairns offers countless underwater experiences - some well known internationally and others a local secret. I’ve outlined some of the best spots along the east coast below to ... Read more >

Tags: australia, diving, travel

Off the Beaten Path: South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA | Friday, 23 Sep 2011 | Views [8906]

South Africa is home to hundreds and thousands of exciting and fascinating activities that locals and visitors alike partake in on a daily basis. However, there are some not as well known as the other major attractions and highlights. Therefore, ... Read more >

Tags: africa, apartheid museum, cape town, hiking, nature, off the beaten path, south africa, travel, wildlife

27 Lessons Travel has Taught Me

WORLDWIDE | Tuesday, 10 May 2011 | Views [39007] | Comments [2]

Unpacking my Bags Today is the first time since I left for my trip that I have officially unpacked my bag. I just calculated and if my math is correct that is 296 days. Now granted, I have gone through some times where I have sort of ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, food, friends, hostels, languages, locals, luggage, new zealand, partying, travel

Off the Beaten Path: Malaysia

MALAYSIA | Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | Views [8697] | Comments [1]

Malaysia is a diverse country, both culturally and in its geographical offerings. From exploring islands getaways to trekking through ancient rainforests, Meg Koffel from Intrepid Travel shares her tips for getting off the beaten path in Malaysia ... Read more >

Tags: cameron highlands, cuisine, islands, malaysia, national parks, perentian islands, rainforest, taman negara, travel, wildlife

Nepal - So Much More Than Mountaineering and Trekking

NEPAL | Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | Views [6904]

As home to Mt. Everest, Nepal attracts thousands of adventure travelers each year who attempt to summit the highest peak on the planet or complete the famous 7-14 day Himalayan trek known as the Annapurna Circuit. In light of these activities tourists ... Read more >

Tags: asia, buddhism, mountaineering, mt. everest, nepal, off the beaten path, travel, trekking

Twists in the Road to Cafayate

ARGENTINA | Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | Views [8245]

"Oh, you're young. She thought you were going to be 50" said Yvette, the woman in the front seat, pointing to our guide and driver, Ana. "What, 50? Why would I be 50?" Another woman, Yvette's older sister Jillian, ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, backpacking, blogging, cafayate, culture, landscape, salta, south america, travel

Not So Solo in Patagonia

CHILE | Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | Views [5328]

My time hiking Patagonia was fantastic. This park is like none other on earth. The mountains are like none I've ever seen. Great towers of granite jutting into the sky at the top. Lush forests as you ascend the mountain. Semi-arid range ... Read more >

Tags: camping, chile, friends, hiking, off the beaten path, on the road, patagonia, south america, travel, trekking

Pausing on the Road: Settling in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | Views [2818]

After 8 Months of Travel Tomorrow is the first of March. 8 months away from home. I make this realization as I sit on a small stone beach in Queenstown, New Zealand. Straight ahead of me is the lake, lapping up onto the shore. It's ... Read more >

Tags: australia, friends, inspiration, itinerary, mountains, nature, new zealand, travel, trekking

La Mascara – First Impressions of Salta, Argentina

ARGENTINA | Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | Views [5313]

I shoulder my bags and step off the bus into a blaze. The mid-afternoon sun limns my body in sweat as I scan the sky for the Teleférico. The cable cars bob up to Cerro San Bernardo, hanging from the line like crab apples. It is the first step in ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, beauty, cafayate, cafes, couchsurfing, entertainment, farms, salta, south america, transport

The Long Haul to Salta

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | Views [6831]

"I'm going to Tucumán," says Martín, the man sitting next to me in the double-decker bus' top row. He is slight of frame with inky black hair, a touch of the Andean blood, so prevalent in Argentina's northwest provinces, ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, buenos aires, bus travel, off the beaten path, salta, solo travel, south america, transportation, travel, traveling savage

A Smart Traveller's Guide to Hitchhiking

BOTSWANA | Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | Views [4833]

Laura waiting for a ride in Botswana I never thought I would hitchhike. Not in a million years and especially not alone. But, six months ago I found myself alone and standing on the side of the road trying to flag down every car that drove ... Read more >

Tags: africa, botswana, hitchhiking, locals, namibia, off the beaten path, tips, transportation, travel, traveler

Finding the Definition of Home

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 10 Feb 2011 | Views [1927]

It s not like I have a status in Sydney - neither backpacker nor expatriate nor real tourist. Actually, I don’t have any status. Anywhere. Fortunately, unlike the one person I've come to visit here in Australia in 2010, I have a European passport, ... Read more >

Tags: australia, beaches, home, itineraries, life, malaysia, passport, south america, sydney, travel

It's Back, My Australian Dream...

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | Views [3696]

It's been three months since I bathe in a dream that had captivated me and recalled me back ten years later. I was madly in love in May 2000 - my ideal ignited by the Olympic torch, floating in my new world inhabited by strange creatures: Australian ... Read more >

Tags: australia, beaches, bondi beach, dreams, itineraries, love, sydney, travel

Diving into Couchsurfing, My First Experience

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | Views [5840] | Comments [1]

It’s almost midnight and I am shining a torch into a dumpster behind a Coles supermarket in Katoomba, Australia.    Katoomba is a small mountain town an hour train ride from Sydney.    I am accompanied by 3 people I have just met a few hours ago.... Read more >

Tags: adventure, australia, couchsurfing, food, off the beaten path, travel

Is Parting Such Sweet Sorrow?

WORLDWIDE | Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | Views [3953]

Saying Goodbye I used to complain a lot about the frustrations of meeting people while traveling and then having to say goodbye. It used to kill me inside - the act of putting in the effort to get to know someone only to have them leave as quickly ... Read more >

Tags: friendship, inspiration, off the beaten path, relationships, travel

Have I Sold Out as a Backpacker?

WORLDWIDE | Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | Views [3630]

I could have sworn I was a backpacker. I thought I knew what being a backpacker was all about. I was dead wrong... I came to this alarming realization just the other morning while staying in an extremely comfortable, uber-slick, state of the ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, hostels, off the beaten path, partying, travel

What is Your Favorite Place to Travel to?

WORLDWIDE | Tuesday, 9 Nov 2010 | Views [7481] | Comments [3]

One of the most popular questions I get is about my favorite place to travel. Everyone always wants to know about my favorite destination. The truth is, I don’t have a favorite place. There are simply too many places in the world to pick just ... Read more >

Tags: australia, destinations, france, japan, off the beaten path, sweden, thailand, the netherlands, travel, world

10 Things to Check before Checking into a Budget Hotel

WORLDWIDE | Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | Views [5036]

You're travelling for a long time and you're on a budget. That means staying at cheap hotels. In places with no standards of quality. Though a room might look nice, it could have problems that might become unbearable later on. So, before saying "... Read more >

Tags: accommodation, bed bugs, budget, budget travel, hostels, hotels, hygiene, off the beaten path, safety, travel

Where in the World is Lauren? A Reflection 3 Months In

WORLDWIDE | Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | Views [2204] | Comments [1]

What I've Done I have been traveling for three months now.  As I reflect where I have been I am riding a 24 and a half hour train from Shanghai to Guilin.  How does one pass all this time?  Well, ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, off the beaten path, reflection, travel

Scam Watch: Double Agents, Drugs and Dodgy ATMs

WORLDWIDE | Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | Views [3813] | Comments [1]

Imagine your travel budget as being a big plastic bottle of water. Now imagine that every time you spend money it is equivalent to taking a swig out of your bottle. You need to drink to survive, but you are always careful about just how much ... Read more >

Tags: cambodia, egypt, india, italy, laos, scams, southeast asia, travel, travellers

Indonesian Ceremonies: How to be a good visitor in Tana Toraja

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | Views [2371]

There's no place like Toraja: huge funerals that last days, public buffalo sacrifices, and unique boat-shaped houses. All this with the backdrop of lush rice terraces. Tucked in the highlands of South Sulawesi, Toraja is far off the Indonesian ... Read more >

Tags: bali, funerals, gifts, guides, indonesia, off the beaten path, sulawesi, tana toraja, transport, travel

Backpacking Australia: Tips for the Ultimate Road Trip

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 24 Sep 2010 | Views [13955] | Comments [2]

Australia is a vast country, spanning from rugged outback to glittering beaches. One of the most common ways for backpackers to explore Australia is to rent a campervan, pack up a few mates and take a road trip.  Last year, WorldNomads.... Read more >

Tags: australia, backpacker, beaches, campervan, outback, oz, road trip, roadtrip, travel, van-tastic adventures

Backpacking Romance: ‘True Love’ In Its Purest Form

WORLDWIDE | Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 | Views [15895] | Comments [2]

Love is Tough. It’s about compromise.   It’s about patience. It’s about loyalty. It’s about being there no matter how big the obstacle, how bad the circumstance, for better OR WORSE! Call me an emo, but maybe the J Geils band were ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, experiences, friendship, hostels, inspiration, love, passion, relationships, travel

Looking Back Fondly On Those I've Met On The Road

WORLDWIDE | Tuesday, 7 Sep 2010 | Views [3016] | Comments [1]

The Traveller's Exchange So there are days that I have considered buying a recorder that would play the following information: “Hi I’m Lauren. From America. New Jersey. Math teacher. Traveling since July 1 st . Quit my job. Ha ha yeah ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, companions, experiences, gap year, off the beaten path, people, travel companions, travel. friendship

6 Backpacking Tips for Staying Safe in Thailand

THAILAND | Monday, 6 Sep 2010 | Views [21409] | Comments [1]

Thailand is a popular destination for all different types of travelers. It’s especially a common stop for backpackers and round the world the travelers because of its cheap and delicious food, beautiful beaches, great diving, and ... Read more >

Tags: bangkok, phuket, safety, thailand

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