If you’re a traveler, organizing your back packing adventure takes a lot of your effort and your time. That being the case, you shouldn’t make all your efforts be wasted. You may have the perfect plan in your head but this can be thrown out of the window if the unforeseen happens.
Some of these can even be obtained online. Surfing the web can lead you to sites where the quotes of the cheap backpacking insurance are there for you to see and compare.
The entire range of policies that are set by cheap
Just in case he calls medical attention then his insurance provider will cover the costs. The additional Rescue and Repatriation cover is included to more than one trip as long as it is still within the year upon obtaining the insurance.
Whatever kind of cheap
Check whether the package includes what you are looking for. If possible, get the plan that go well with your holiday plans and requirements.
Studies show that students and gap year customers backpack. This is the very reason why the insurance providers cater for the emergency medical coverage.
In fact, some plans cover 18 months in length. Now that is a very good deal.
These handy packing tips will keep your load light, your pack tight and your attitude on the right track for a great trip without weighing you down. In fact, you’ll be amazed at how little a load you can manage with and how you’ll be flying through airports, evading crowds in urban streets and strolling in comfort along tourist attractions.
Clothes Bag – All your clothes, except what you wear, need to be stuffed into a medium-sized stuff bag with compression straps to tug it into a super-tight package. Keep your clothing fabrics lightweight, durable and quick drying. Place the compact bag on the bottom of your main compartment.
Bottom Base – Fill the remaining bottom space with a fleece jacket or sweater for a tight fit base that doesn’t allow any sliding or shifting movements.
Electronic Gear – Pack a small laptop with a protective case into the separate sleeve (either a zippered pocket or an open hydration bladder pocket) for a flat surface against your back. Atop the base, place your SLR camera and lens, wrapped in a tight fitting case, in a central and safe position.
Protective Padding – A sleep sheet or lightweight sleeping bag is perfect for stuffing the space around your electronic gear for a secure and stable fit.
Fill Up Space – By now your backpack should be at least halfway full. Take your remaining odds and ends and fill up any holes or spaces left. Dirty clothes, a first aid kit, assorted cable and battery bags, and a toiletry kit with medicines all work well.
Top End Items – With your pack only half to three-quarters full use the top portion for items you want to access during the day. A foldable daypack for sightseeing tours is a good extra bit of gear to take along. And your shoes and compressed rain jacket need to be handy too. Cinch up the main compartment and keep some room to spare for souvenir items.
Outside Pockets – Keep the number of outside pockets to a minimum. A stretchable front bucket pocket is good for a damp towel and a deflated neck pillow for bus and air
Top Lid Pocket – The catchall for small items, use the top pocket for maps, a book, a cell phone, snack food and lip balm and lotions. Use small stuff bags to keep items from sliding around and hiding in a deep nook.
Pack Cover – A compact waterproof pack cover is light and serves to protect your pack from rain, wear and tear and unseen hands intent on making your day a lousy one.
Hanoi, Vietnam’s charming and culturally steeped capital, pulls in the travelling masses with a host of attractions. Where best to unwind in the city after a heavy days sightseeing? Try these picks:
Finnegan’s Irish Pub
The emergence of the Irish pub in Southeast Asia is growing ever stronger with good examples of the ilk alive and well in Vietnam. Finnegan’s, located just off Hoan Kiem lake, is one. A top spot for grabbing a Guinness and an Irish stew, Finnegan’s also plays host to local rock and roll covers bands in the early evenings. With a great atmosphere for recounting all those backpacker tales and with good value food and drink to boot, Finnegan’s is a great place to kick back and relax.
With another popular outlet back in Ho Chi Minh City, the Le Pub brand is well known across Vietnam. Its Hanoi venue, located in the heart of the Old Quarter, has the same laid back vibe of its other counterpart with the décor to match. Finding most of its fame with its beer however, Le Pub is widely renowned as serving the coldest in town. The perfect place to cool off and join in the conversation.
Mao’s Red Lounge
The party at Mao’s always runs late into the night. A stalwart of the Old Quarter bar scene, this two-floored Bohemian hangout serves up super-cheap Halida beer and even cheaper mixers. Just a short walk North of Hoan Kiem lake on the narrow bar street just past the bia hoi corner, Mao’s is right at the heart of this vibrant city’s backpacker action.
Hanoi Rock City
The newly opened Hanoi Rock City, is the capital’s premier live music and arts venue responsible for bringing bands, DJs, performers and artists to the city. A wood-fire makes a comfortable addition in Hanoi’s chilly winter months, but if it’s the live experience you’re after head to the stage in the Red Room. A real gem of a bar in a city that’s music scene is still very much in development.
SBB (Special Belgian Beer)
Only for the serious beer drinkers, SBB, a block north of the looming VinCom Tower, provides a little piece of Europe with its beer-hall style décor. A little more expensive than other backpacker haunts, SBB is totally worth it. With its huge range of drinks, rowdy atmosphere and friendly staff, travellers will leave with fond memories, providing they don’t get too drunk.
In this tip guide for backpackers (Australia edition), you’ll learn about the main concerns for your safety when traveling down under.
In Australia, dial 000 for all immediate emergencies (fire, ambulance, police). Buy a local SIM card when you arrive so that you’ll always have access to the emergency number from your mobile.
In general, Australia is a very safe country to live in and travel around. But as with any unfamiliar place, be aware of your surroundings and use your common sense.
With backpacking, your biggest threat is likely loss of personal possessions. When sharing accommodation in hostels, or storing your backpack in a camper van, your personal property is at risk.
To secure your belongings while staying in Australia backpacker hostels, carry padlocks for some piece of mind. Make use of hostel lockers and/or lock the zippers on your bags as a theft deterrent.
Keep valuables hidden when you have your car parked. If possible, always carry your most important documents (passport, credit cards) or leave them in a safe at the front desk of your accommodation.
International health insurance is a must when traveling outside your own country. Make sure your coverage will cover activities that backpackers tend to do, such as skiing and bungee jumping. Australia has great hospitals but they can be expensive if you are not adequately prepared!
While in the past, hitchhiking was quite common in Australia and New Zealand, most guides officially discourage it now. Personally, I have hitchhiked and known others who have done the same, with varying degrees of success. Do so at your own risk.
I did meet one German couple that had everything stolen by a driver that dropped them off in the middle of nowhere. He took off with their backpacks in the boot, leaving the couple with only the clothes on their backs.
There’s a reason why so many Aussies wear sun hats: Australia has the highest skin cancer rate on the globe. Slip on a long sleeved shirt and wide brimmed hat, be generous with sunscreen, and try to stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day.
Try to swim only in guarded areas that are marked. Australia has some vicious rip tides that can catch even the most experienced swimmer off guard. There are also poisonous jellyfish from October to May in northern Australia. Only swim in protected enclosures at this time of the year.
Shark attacks are quite rare, despite all the media attention that they get.
Normally, no vaccinations are needed before coming to Australia. If you are arriving from a yellow fever infected zone, you will need a vaccination within six days before arriving in Australia.
But every insurance company seems to offer something different, and every insurance company seems to take a different approach. So with the rather wide and baffling variety of insurance policies out there, it can sometimes be hard to pick the one thats going to give you the best deal.
Knowing how hard you guys save, trying to make each hard-earned cent go just that little bit further, a number of Insurers have focussed their efforts on developing
¥ Are the Insurers accessible? Make sure there’s a 24/7 medical emergency helpline, as this means you are always close to help, whenever you need it.
¥ Does it cater for working holidays? If you plan on working overseas, make sure that there is cover in place for the type of work you’re likely to do, such as bar work, nursing, fruit picking, an office job etc.
¥ Are most adventure activities covered? Check to see if your policy covers EVERY sort of sports and activities you’re likely to do, like bungee jumping, scuba diving and even tandem skydiving Ð the kind of spontaneous leaps we often don’t plan but end up taking when
¥ Is there cover for terrorist acts? Terrorism knows no boundaries, and attacks can happen at any time, with innocent bystanders getting caught in the fray. In a situation like that, far away from home, it’s essential to have backup. Make sure you have full medical cover in the event of such an attack.
Located on Brazil’s Atlantic southern coast, Rio de Janeiro is a vibrant place that remains an abiding favorite amongst travelers and
Things to Do in Rio
The incoming visitor is simply spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do in Rio. There are some things, however, that you definitely should not miss out when planning your trip here. These include:
1. Days spent lazing around on the city’s sun kissed beaches. The Copacabana and the Urca, for example, are famous beaches that have become an attraction in their own right for
2. The Rio Carnival. If you happen to be in town during the week of the Rio Carnival, you’re in for a treat. One of the most famous carnivals of the world, Rio’s become awash with a riot of colors during the festival, and you will find people dancing, singing and drinking into the wee hours of the morning. Simply not to be missed.
3. Paragliding. With high hills and great winds throughout the year, Rio has emerged as one of the ideal places for paragliding and hang gliding. If you are an adventurous traveler, this is an experience not to be missed.
4. A helicopter tour. Ok, so it might be a bit on the expensive side, but, with its spectacular landscapes and bustling urbanity, a bird’s eye view of the city Rio is a memorable sight.
Stay safe in Rio:
While Rio as dangerous as some make out, the
The most important tip here is probably to avoid downtown Rio after dark, especially if you are alone or accompanied by just one or two friends. As ever when
Where to stay in Rio?
The Brazil Hostel, for example, located in Santa Teresa, is a safe place to stay that offers great facilities. Also in Santa Teresa is the Terra Brasilis Hostel, which is a top Rio de Janeiro hostel that you can stay in. As these hostels are close to Rio’s nightclub district, they prove popular with travelers who want to go out at night and retain the safety net of ‘home’ being close by.
Population: 225.3 million (UN, 2005)
Capital: Jakarta Area: 1.9 million sq km (742,308 sq miles)
Major languages: Indonesian, 300 regional languages
Major religion: Islam
Life expectancy: 65 years (men), 69 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 rupiah (Rp)
The Republic of Indonesia is then again one of the MUST-SEE places in Southeast Asia a small hop from the Indochina Peninsula. Although it has previously lost some of its charisma to the world with the 2002 killings of 164 international tourists and 38 locals in Kuta, Bali, tagging along tectonic hyperactivity scares that brought about almost instantaneously the tragedy of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami that took 167,737 lives in North Sumatra, was yet another big blow to Indonesia’s tourism industry, the island paradise is simply tantalizing as ever. With raison d’être, the Java Man, one of the world’s earliest species of man, has found his home here around 500 millennia to 2 million years ago. And rather surely with its 17,508 islands that can result to pleasure overdrive, travellers can’t resist the ethereal music, spectacular dance, delightful storytelling and exquisite craftsmanship – great manifestations of a rich and spiritual life. Indonesia just knows how to tingle the pleasure centres of each of its travellers be it by flavour, spectacle, aroma, or sensation, in addition to the size of this place, possibly the largest paradise that causes more often than not a rethinking of one’s departure. Perhaps another night?
Fact remains, travel to Indonesia is dynamic exploration chasing after islands and wildlife, which is quite a lot. Indonesia is, after all 1,904,569 km2-territory with 17,508 islands with great biodiversity, 6,000 of which are inhabited, making it the largest and most populous country in the Southeast Asia. Indonesia (5 00 S, 120 00 E) is made up of forest-clad mountains and lowland plains and coasts that have served as the home to nomadic and more advanced civilizations of the archipelago. Mountains can be found inland, toward the island centres of bigger islands, the highest of which is the Puncak Jaya at an altitude of 5,030 metres above the sea level, the Indian Ocean in this part.
The climate just can’t get better for a Southeast Asian travel, tropical climate as usual as Indonesia straddles the equator. The traveller can’t ask for more sun or heat with average temperatures varying very subtly throughout the year from 26-30 °C. But the highlands and mountainous regions like Kalimantan, Sulawesi, W. Java, and W. Sumatra and Papua offer a different kind of cool, regardless the two seasons of wet and dry.
Indonesia is the 4th most heavily populated country in the world succeeding the United States with 240,271,522 people, or officially, Indonesians. Its high population and rapid modernization entail environmental concerns of excessive waste and poor management of it, large-scale illegal deforestation and massive air and water pollution with related forest fires that threaten neighbouring countries Brunei and Malaysia. The Javanese are the most numerous ethnic group with almost 45% of the population, and the island of Java, the most populous island in the world with 130 million of inhabitants. After which comes the Sudanese with 15% of Indonesians and some 300 groups such as the Madurese who are at odds with the Dayak, the Minangkabau, Bajar, Banten, Betawi, and the Bugis.
The republic nation prides on being the country with the largest Muslim population on the planet with almost 90% of a Muslim demographic. Naturally, Islam is the way of life here, that main ideology to every action, every principle from preparation of meat and food to governance and law. Christianity is a budding faith in many small villages where missionary work is chiefly directed to especially in North Sumatra with 9% of the population in practice and still adding. Hindu and other pagan or animist beliefs incompletely identified are also in practice.
BAHASA INDONESIA, a modified Malay language, is the official language of the state. ENGLISH is widely spoken in major cities and is the language used for foreign matters and the hospitality industry, DUTCH, the colonial language spoken as more of a creole by a minor senile generation, and a few local dialects have dotted the linguistic landscape.
The rich and hearty Indonesian culture is the perfect accent to the allure of sights of this island paradise. Nothing quite epitomizes Indonesian allure as the rich biodiversity at the coral reef kingdoms to which the traveller can scuba dive and witness colours and creatures so diverse, so flamboyant, possibly none that anyone has seen anywhere on earth, until now. We’re talking possibly hundreds of shades of blue, red, green, yellow, and so on. Sulawesi is a place to site rare animals found nowhere else in the world that have evolved to survive in the island of heat and volcanic activity. Crater and volcanic lakes of Sumatra, alabaster beaches of Maluku, more volcanoes of Java, resorts of Bali, surfing sites and fine woven village textiles of Lombok, rainforests in Sabah and Sarawak, Borneo, West Papua, and thousands more places offer pristine nature experiences that is are constantly threatened, it is heart-breaking. In the Orangutan Sanctuary at the Indian Fire Islands-volcanic hotspot, the traveller will also feel a certain over-joy that suddenly shifts to melancholy realizing that these beings are in danger as well.
The irresistible and accessible charm of the people and the places create a truly phenomenal experience. This is home away from home being a place that is totally different but so familiar. From big island hopping trips from Sumatra to Kalimantan or Papua, or cheap thrills of watching Katchak in southern Bali, the common attraction and the genuine beauty is from the people scarcely touched by modern living, thriving in harmony with nature. But life is no beach, at least for the locals with 17.8% living below the poverty line with so much of a health care system as herbal medicines, and as they get a daily dose of the salty-smelling cool sea water, the Indonesians in small villages can never be calm about their own dear lives.
Nonetheless, none can take the festive element of the culinary epiphanies to be had here. It does not matter the place, rest assured a guest will have a wide and colourful spread of dishes that are out-of-this-world in colours and flavours. The nine essential gastronomic elements of Indonesian cuisine are rice, fuel, cooking oil, flour, corn, salt, sugar, eggs and meat. A country of many faces, so is Indonesian cuisine combining Indian, Middle Eastern, European, Chinese, and Malay influences with their use of spices and methods of cooking and food presentation, but not without sharing some of their own like nutmeg, clove, and galangal, spices native to Indonesia.
Most popular to the world are dishes such as satay, beef rendang, sambai, lumpia, pangsit, and many others. Authentic Indonesian cuisine is not a solid concept per se. Rather it pertains to the cuisine in Indonesia which renders localized versions of others. Rice is a staple not restrictive to main meals as it is also used in desserts using a variant called “sticky rice” cooked in coconut milk or buras. In some dishes, food is so hot and spicy, it can kill microbes.
Indonesian food also offers some Eastern exotica of spicy brains, lungs, and gizzards, but besides its high cholesterol content, there is no reason to not eat it. Islamic food prohibitions are practiced but with some leniency. The rationale is that alcohol has been in existence even before Islam and is part of traditional and cultural practices. There’s a big and beautiful world out there, but, a world of its own, Indonesia is a tough contender.
Becoming a victim of crime is a possibility no matter where you
South America is a popular destination for world travellers and especially for
Thieves have been known to target tourists by pretending to be police officers, tour operators, taxi drivers, or other officials (for example, a real police officer will never ask to see your wallet!) Taxis should be booked in advance with a reputable company, when possible. So called ‘express kidnappings’ are a problem in some areas where victims have been held captive and their bank accounts emptied before they are released. Female travellers should be especially cautious, especially when walking alone at night, on public transport, and in isolated areas, as rapes have been reported. Be on guard also for spiking of drinks – a problem which has become more prevalent. Avoid accepting drinks from strangers, leaving drinks unattended, and make sure that they are poured in plain view.
Be aware that many shops, bars, restaurants, and hotels may not accept credit cards in South American countries. Watch for counterfeit money and bogus ATM machines. In Peru, in particular, some ATM machines do not release credit and debit cards automatically unless a button is pushed – and instructions are not always written in English! It goes without saying that travellers should avoid all contact with illegal drugs or drug trafficking as the penalties are severe, involving imprisonment for long periods in extremely unpleasant conditions.
All travellers, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions, should have a thorough check-up and necessary vaccinations before leaving home. Diseases like yellow fever, dengue fever, cholera, and malaria are problematic in many areas. Evidence of valid inoculations may be required to
The above tips are just a sample of the knowledge travellers should be armed with before setting off. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office ‘Know before You Go’ campaign is an excellent resource for travellers. Their ‘
Adventure travellers and adrenalin junkies will find plenty of outdoor activities and thrills. Activities like kayaking, white water rafting, surfing, hiking, mountain biking and mountaineering are popular. Care should be taken to ensure that the correct
Many areas in South America are remote with limited access to good emergency medical facilities. If a medical emergency should arise, medical care or evacuation and repatriation may be necessary. Without comprehensive
A Gold Coast
Gold Coast is the name of a city in Australia, which is located on the southeast corner of Queensland and has 35 miles of coastline. It has a subtropical climate and has a rain forest nearby which many enjoy. It has unusual plant and animal life some of which are not seen elsewhere in the world. Nerang River is the most prominent fresh water waterway in the region, having many walking and bicycle paths for one to enjoy.
Gold Coast has a number of hostels in the area for the convenience of the
The majority of the hostels offer dorm sleeping arrangements with bunks or beds. They have shared quarters, which include kitchens, bathrooms and social areas. Many have Internet access, cable television, swimming pool, postal service and many more amenities. A careful check of an Internet site or brochures is advised before making reservations. Clean bedding is furnished and there is always staff on hand to assist with any problem or give necessary directions.
Gold Coast’s beach is a surfer’s delight. Known throughout the world it is used as part of the ASP World Tour of Surfing. Many well known surfers use this beach whenever possible. There is a surf lifesaving program in effect which tends to anyone needing assistance.
Sports minded people really find their niche in the city with its well-known rugby, basketball and ice hockey competition. Sports fans look forward to these games and they constantly draw a large audience. Because of their popularity, anyone wishing to attend should purchase their tickets well in advance.
During the year there are many events taking place. Among these are car racing in October and the Gold Coast Marathon in July. The
Discovering the people and the makeup of another country is in the grasp of the
If you are looking to take an adventure
If you plan on being gone for one single day, a daypack would satiate, but if you plan on going on a multi-day adventure
Another thing that must be understood with backpacking is having good zips. The zips should be strong and durable. And to make things easier for you, always try to opt for zips of the larger size. These types are always more reliable. Your backpack should also come with a good waist strap. And why is that essential for you? For the simple reason that it takes much of the weight off your shoulders and as such your shoulder would not get tired easily.
And the last thing that should be kept in mind before choosing your backpacking adventure
So, you have got yourself a decent backpack for your backpacking adventure
You will also need to transport food with you. If you pack each of your meals separately, you can save a great deal of space and you would be taking just enough food that you will need. In addition, you will also need to take some clothes. If you are planning a multi-day backpacking adventure
Keep in mind that your preparation will greatly depend on the location you choose for your adventure