Backpacking Blog Posts

What is the Schengen Area?

What is the Schengen Area?

Posted by Emmet Pierce on September 12, 2016 in Travel

To make it easier for travelers to journey between their countries, 26 European nations took part in the Schengen Agreement, which went into effect in 1995. This treaty enables participants to remove travel restrictions along their mutual borders. The agreement led to the creation of the Schengen Area, for which internal border checks have been significantly eased. The goal is to give greater mobility to a large section of the continent. The Schengen Agreement is considered an important step toward uniting Europe.... Read More ...

8 Health Insurance Tips for Worldwide Travelers

8 Health Insurance Tips for Worldwide Travelers

Posted by Lauren McNitt on August 31, 2016 in Insurance

Travel medical insurance is a necessity for most world travelers, as many standard medical policies will not cover you when you are abroad. Many travel policies will offer additional benefits, such as medical evacuation or trip interruption coverage.... Read More ...

6 Tips for Having the Best Roadtrip Ever

6 Tips for Having the Best Roadtrip Ever

Posted by Goats on the Road on August 23, 2016 in Travel

Road trips are prime time for epic travel, as they allow you to see things along the way you would’ve never imagined before you set out. But planning a road trip can be hard when trying to find the right balance between carefully planning an itinerary that makes sense and simultaneously allowing enough time for unplanned ventures to naturally unfold along the way. There’s some element of adventure to setting off on the open road, so here are a few tips that will help you to enhance that thrill while also ensuring that you don’t go too far into uncharted territory.... Read More ...

How to Make the Most Out of a Hostel Stay

How to Make the Most Out of a Hostel Stay

Posted by Abigail Wilson on August 16, 2016 in Travel

Staying in a fancy hotel is all well and good, but it doesn't provide you the same opportunities as a hostel when it comes to socializing with others. Hostels are great for meeting new people and discovering local sites with those who know the layout, and there are numerous hostels that offer quality rooms with low prices--well, that's the whole point, actually. Hostels are the cheapest and most authentic way to travel abroad on a budget, but if you're used to conventional hotels, you might need a few pointers before your first stay in a hostel. Here are 9 tips on how to make the most out of your hostel experience.... Read More ...

5 Dogs More Adventurous Than You

5 Dogs More Adventurous Than You

Posted by Abigail Wilson on July 27, 2016 in Travel

Most pet lovers have dreamed about going on amazing adventures with their dog. It makes the travel experience that much better if you're not constantly worried about how your dog is doing back home. Each of these five dogs and their owners host a travel blog documenting their journeys together. Some advocate the travel of small dogs while others are committed to helping foreign communities. Either way, these five  have proven to be some of the most daring and brave canines out there.... Read More ...

Costa Rica Travel Tours

Costa Rica Travel Tours

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on February 24, 2015 in Travel

Full of beautiful forests, beaches and wonders, Costa Rica is a dream getaway for anyone. Costa Rica has something to offer every type of traveler. Whether you enjoy relaxing on the beach, hiking through forests, climbing mountains, or flying through the treetop canopy, you are sure to find something that interests you in this Central ... Read More ...

Backpack in Germany

Backpack in Germany

Posted by Jarred Juett on February 6, 2015 in Travel

Leisurely backpacking around Europe has become the dream of many young Americans. While there are many places to go, some people are drawn to the friendly culture and lively beer gardens of Germany. If you want to backpack in Germany but aren’t sure where to start, check out these suggestions for how to prepare, where... Read More ...

Activities for Your Next Backpacking Trip

Activities for Your Next Backpacking Trip

Posted by Shelby Walton on February 5, 2015 in Travel

When you’re on your next backpacking trip, you might find that you have a lot of free time on your hands. In order to avoid burning out with constant hiking and navigating, it’s always a good idea to have some activities to fall back on. Try these tips and ensure that you stay entertained while ... Read More ...

Beginner Backpacking Trips

Beginner Backpacking Trips

Posted by Abigail Pratt on November 6, 2014 in Travel

You are no doubt getting excited about your first backpacking trip, or you are at the very least daydreaming about taking a backpacking trip. Either way, it is important to know about the do’s and don’ts of backpacking and how to get started planning that trip. When you begin planning a beginner backpacking trip or begin to consider taking a backpacking trip, you are undoubtedly going to be excited. However, it is important to remember that there are a lot of things to take into consideration and plenty of things you will need to think about.... Read More ...

Guide to Backpacking Through Europe

Guide to Backpacking Through Europe

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on July 30, 2014 in Travel

Backpacking through Europe is a vacation that has become increasingly popular in recent years. The sights of the Old World combined with travel-friendly countries are attractive to all types of tourists.... Read More ...

How to Prepare for a Himalayan Base Hike

How to Prepare for a Himalayan Base Hike

Posted by Allison Ammermuller on May 9, 2014 in Travel

Your trip is booked and you’ve bragged to just about everyone you know about your plans to make the hike up to the Annapurna Base Camp. You’re well-informed about where to get the best equipment and you’re anxiously awaiting your journey. However, you must remember that the most valuable equipment... Read More ...

How Your Diet Can Kill Your Backpacking Trip

How Your Diet Can Kill Your Backpacking Trip

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 9, 2014 in Travel

You’re preparing for the trip of a lifetime – backpacking in a third-world country for several weeks. As you plan the logistics of your adventure travel, your friends keep suggesting that you should get travel medical insurance.... Read More ...

How to Backpack Around the World

How to Backpack Around the World

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Traveling can be expensive, especially when going abroad. How are you supposed to see the world if you cannot afford renting space in a hotel or resort? The answer is simple if you know how to backpack around the world. Sadly, not many people know of these cost-effective and exciting travel techniques.... Read More ...

Backpacking in Asia

Backpacking in Asia

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The beautiful countries in Asia offer plenty of opportunities for an incredible backpacking experience. However, for first-time backpackers or backpackers unfamiliar with the area, planning your trip can be daunting. Here are some tips for preparing, suggestions for where to go, and how to save some money while you’re there.... Read More ...

3 Part Checklist for Backpacking Abroad

3 Part Checklist for Backpacking Abroad

Posted by Derrick Braziel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

You are finally going on the backpacking adventure you’ve dreamed about for years. But before you stuff everything into your pack and rush off to the airport, there are a few things you need to take care of. About two or three weeks before you leave, go through this checklist for backpacking abroad, and make... Read More ...

Backpacking Tips and Destinations

Backpacking Tips and Destinations

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Where do your trips take you? If you’re more likely to be found rushing down river rapids or climbing bridges than taking guided tours to museums and cafes, you may fall into a special category of traveler: the adventure backpacker.... Read More ...

Hiking in Italy

Hiking in Italy

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The beautiful country of Italy has a plethora of walking and hiking trails for the adventurous traveler. If you’re looking for a great place to get close to nature, consider going to Italy for your next vacation. There are many trails for the amateur, as well as plenty of places for the serious, experienced hikers... Read More ...

Living Unplugged: Five Worry Free Vacations

Living Unplugged: Five Worry Free Vacations

Posted by Ryan Love on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Rotorua is a city in the north island of New Zealand. It is known for its geothermal activity, most notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa. The Rotorua region has several lakes, and many people spend time fishing, waterskiing, and swimming. Rotorua features several luxury hotels and resorts, as well as several top-of-the-line spas. It has... Read More ...

How To Pack a Backpack for Travel

How To Pack a Backpack for Travel

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

One of the most difficult parts of backpacking is how to pack a backpack for travel. While that may sound silly, it’s true! It’s tempting to just stuff everything in and hope for the best, but that technique doesn’t work out very well in the long run. Unlike a suitcase, it doesn’t have a nice... Read More ...

How to Pack Light for a Trip Overseas

How to Pack Light for a Trip Overseas

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

One of the biggest mistakes that people tend to make when they are getting ready for a trip overseas is over packing. One of the most important things you can do to make your trip easier is to pack as light as possible. By packing light, you will be able to travel much easier, make... Read More ...

Tips for Backpacking Abroad

Tips for Backpacking Abroad

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Travel

You are all set to embark upon a thrilling Asian backpacking adventure. You have your tickets and you can’t wait to traverse the exotic terrains of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and India. Before you set out on your trip, there is a lot of preparation to do at home. As important as it is that you ... Read More ...

Packing Your Backpack for South America

Packing Your Backpack for South America

Posted by Derrick Braziel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

South America is a popular destination for backpackers, and when you consider that the continent is overflowing with rainforests, archeological remains, beautiful scenery, and vibrant cities, it is no surprise. With so much to see and do, adventurous tourists have plenty of unique activities and cultural experiences to choose from. However, preparing for a trip—especially... Read More ...