Things to Consider When Backpacking Australia

Australia is a great destination for all kinds of tourists. The country receives a lot of backpackers around the year. There are many good reasons why people visit Australia: there is a stable political system, low crime rate and a lot of unusual phenomena to be observed. However, there are certain potential hazards you should be aware of before you go backpacking Australia.

Sun

The first thing you should know is that Australian weather is different from European and North American weather. The sun in Australia is very strong. That means that you should wear a hat and a shirt all the time when out in order to avoid damage to your skin. Always wear sunglasses when out and avoid being out in the middle of the day when the sun is strongest. This applies even to cloudy days. Apply sunscreen lotion several times a day when out.

Bushfires

Australia is one place where fires are very common. They start naturally by themselves due to the heat from the sun. That is why the city of Sydney is referred to as the fire capital of the world – one of the Sydney travel tips for you. Always look out for fire risks in the media before you set out for any location. If you have to make a fire, make sure it is completely out before you leave. Keep a fire extinguisher with you when out.

Strong Currents

Even though Australia has a lot of beautiful beaches where swimming can be very enjoyable, there is a hidden danger from very strong currents known as rips. Another possible danger for swimmers is sharks. Although shark attacks are rare due to shark netting, it could be deadly. In order to avoid these dangers, always swim between the yellow and red flags which determine the safest places to swim. It is not safe swimming alone, under the influence of alcohol or at night.

Crocodiles

The rivers and estuaries are habitats for crocodiles in northern Australia. These crocodiles usually change habitat through the sea. That further makes swimming dangerous. It is therefore not safe swimming in rivers and landlocked water bodies. Look out for warning signs when walking along crocodile habitats.

Poisonous animals

During the months of November to April, tropical waters in Australia are infested with marine stingers. You must therefore only swim in special enclosures set up on popular beaches. People who are bushwalking or hiking should beware of snakes and spiders. When you are bitten, seek medical help immediately because there are anti venoms available. Death from such bites is rare due to the availability of anti venoms.

These are not information made to scare you. They are to prepare you for a safe and enjoyable stay in Australia.


Source by E. Brooks

Yosemite – Backpacking in the Wilderness

Let's face it, the American spirit was forged by people that went where others had never been before, and there is still that pioneer outlook about the American people that like to have at it without thought about the outcome.

There are not a lot of uncharted areas out there anymore, where we can say we were the first to discover it. That's why I, like the rest of my friends, enjoy things like white water rafting and hiking and camping. It gets us in touch with our inner pioneer.

As the economy continues to go who knows where, more people are turning towards the adventures of backpacking. For one thing it is exciting, and it is certainly more cost effective than some other vacation options. For another thing, it allows you to take control and to end up doing something that you can be proud of and that will make you proud of yourself.

That is not something that every vacation can say it is capable of delivering and that is why we have been doing these kinds of vacations lately.

We found that one of the most unique and fun filled vacations that you could ever do is a backpacking trip through Yosemite. It has all the aspects of an unforgettable vacation adventure that you will never be sorry you took. I know we weren't!

Yosemite is known for its rustic beauty and some of the most phenomenal waterfalls in the North American landscape, including one of the largest in our portion of the world, which is Yosemite Falls at just over 2,400 feet. That alone is worth the trip even if you never saw any other part of Yosemite.

But I know from experience that you won't stop at just one visit to the park!

There are peaks of over 11,000 feet and mile upon mile of grassy meadows to explore and enjoy. The park houses the largest living trees in the world and is home to two of the most famous rock formations in the world, El Capitan and Half Dome.

All of this and more is nestled nicely inside the over 1,200 acres of land that make up Yosemite. There is plenty of area to enjoy the solitude and get in touch with your inner Pioneer spirit, and there's never a lack of new and exciting things to do.

Our personal favorite is the trip to where we see Half Dome and Merced Lake and spend much time in the picturesque Little Yosemite Valley. It seems to take on a new life every time we do it and always seems as fresh as it did the first time. But I also enjoy Red Peaks and Ottoway Lakes when we have the time to spend,

After reading all the literature and preparing for the trip, you are still going to be amazed and surprised as you take in the breath taking experience that is a backpacking adventure in Yosemite. I know we are still amazed every time we go there.


Source by Boris Badinoff

Backpacking Information on Vietnam

VIETNAM

Population: 83.6 million (UN, 2005)
Capital: Hanoi
Area: 329,247 sq km (127,123 sq miles)
Major language: Vietnamese
Major religion: Buddhism
Life expectancy: 68 years (men), 72 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 dong = 100 xu

Socialist Republic of Vietnam – a country stricken by the horrors of war, but the country history does not only pre-date to the Vietnam War. We're dealing with a civilization that goes as far back as 3,000 BC This is a place where the people are gentler than its past, slowly being explored by visitors, with the Vietnamese as warm and welcoming like no other. The moment you step here, there the war is without a trace. The moment you step here, you're life, as you know it, had changed. To fall in love with this country is by no means a feat with the smell of Vietnamese coffee sufficient to keep you entangled and entranced. Vietnam is a place of beauty, serenity, tradition and utterly amazing gastronome, a place where all senses are engaged with the vividness of colors, the drone of motorbikes, the smell of charcoal smoke roasting goodness, and the cool of evaporation on the skin.

Vietnam is in no rush to catch up with the rest of the world but it is flourishing to become one of the greatest tourist getaways. Adventure begins right here in the streets, the sea of ​​bikes, around 4 million plaguing the traffic and giving the junkie some adrenaline high. This creates an imagery of a surreal dream that is a nightmare to cross. For travellers who come back a second, a third, a fourth time around, Vietnam is lazily changing in a pace of ebb and flow, but as the locals would say, "same same, but different".

GEOGRAPHY

Vietnam (16 10 N, 107 50 E) is besotted for its heavily forested landscape of almost half the total area. With a total area of ​​331,688 km2, Vietnam runs along 3 other countries in the Indochina peninsula and is almost the size of Germany. Aside from forested land, hills and mountains also cover the terrain up north at 40% of the total area, with southern of Vietnam flat lands taking up less than 20%. The highest mountain (and point) in Vietnam is the Phan Xi Pang, 3,143 meters above sea level, the South China Sea (0 meters).

CLIMATE

The weather in Vietnam is diverse regionally with an area large enough to cover 2 climate zones: tropical and temperate. In North Vietnam, four seasons embrace the temperate zone- winter, spring, summer, and autumn. The Central Highlands suffer extremes of hot summers and cold winters, while the South Vietnam climate is fundamentally tropical. The perfect time to be in Vietnam, upon critical suggestion would be from January to March, as months before or after are characterized by either very cold with flooding in some parts, or the high roasting sun.

PEOPLE

In this relatively big country thrives a population of 88,576,758 Vietnamese, most of which are Kinh or Viets comprise almost 90% of the population and, as such, practice political and economic control, while a great many minority ethnic groups that are in existence are, by size, Tay, Muong, Khome, Hoa, Nun, and about 47 others. Most Vietnamese are Buddhists but a sizeable 80% are not devout of any religion. Just 9.3% strongly identified with Buddhism, 7.2% are Christians. A teeny minority adhere to ethnic religions like Hoa Hoa (1.5%) and Caodaism (1.1%).

LANGUAGE

VIETNAMESE is the socialist republic's official language, while ENGLISH is the favored second official language over the colonial language FRENCH. The language paradigm in Vietnam also consists of some CHINESE and KHMER with some ethnic groups with their languages ​​or dialects. One thing they all got in common- a love for football.

ATTRACTION

Besides football, there is so much more ways to have a grand time in Vietnam. While the temples and historical monuments are becoming quite too solemn and serious for the liking, paying a short visit to the one and only Uncle Mao is quintessentially essential. After an educational tour of the country, be it in Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi, a bona fide nature experience is a must in these parts be it at the Nha Trang, Phan Thiet, Ha Long Bay or the Ban Gioc waterfalls. Hoi An is perhaps one of the places with the strongest resistance to change, thus its appeal to travellers with the taste for the old and authentic.

FOOD

Vietnamese cuisine is a fair-weathered friend to the world with Viet restaurants flourishing and familiarizing the whole world starting with the ever famous pho. Pho is a true and loyal breakfast buddy, effervescent as it is universal alluring and allowing everyone, locals and tourists alike, a taste of Vietnam-in-a-bowl. No, that is a garnish tray not a fresh salad. You add in the sprouts, a squeeze of lemon upon liking, then the chili and fish sauce, and finally, the coriander leaves. Now dissecting the banh mi, there you will find on that crunchy and so good baguette a bed of succulent grilled pork, ham, vegetables, dressing, some shrimp paste and at times a fried runny egg surprise. This is the real deluxe sandwich. Another favorite is the goi coun or fresh rice spring roll which contains a healthy balance of pork, vegetable, and tofu. Banh xeo, also ubiquitous all over Vietnam is a light and hearty snack for no more than 20 cents which is essentially a bouquet of goodness on a crispy and crunchy rice and coco milk batter. This seems like the same batter as in Sri Lankan hoppers or the Indian dhosa-any possibility of influence? Again, Vietnamese flavor is all about a balance of tastes- of sweet, sour, salty, definitely spicy with a hint of tart element sans excessive oil.

Would like some coffee to swirl it all down? I don't know about most of you but the tinker of the slow drip of coffee on a bed of condensed creaminess will make the traveler want to wake up to this sound every morning. Similar to the baguette, Vietnamese cuisine played mother to French cuisine, rearing it as her own. As a result, freshly baked pastries and cakes the traveler can smell 5-7 houses down the road.

Life in Vietnam renders simplicity, but a good life is a dream to be for for the locals, and with an unimaginable demographic living near the poverty line, the cost of living here tends to be really affordable particularly to the independent budget traveler. Delight in the meagre offerings of traditional Vietnam while it is still possible, for whatever the weather, modernization will gradually come regardless resistance. The only assurance the traveler will get is to hope and make the self believe that as things change, Vietnam will remain "same same."

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Source by Josh Boorman

Backpacking in Germany

Travelers exploring Germany certainly aren't short of attractions and culture to occupy their time; from bustling, bohemian metropolises to picturesque countryside and idyllic Bavarian castles, the country is home to more than 5,000 museums and an internationally renowned nightlife scene.

Although (like much of Western Europe) Germany can be expensive, backpackers will find that super-efficient transport, a range of free cultural attractions and plenty of good Germany hostels make it an excellent travel destination, even on a budget.

Major Cities

The capital Berlin is a cosmopolitan city with a youthful, trendy vibe. Boasting some of the best (and most hedonistic) nightclubs in the world, it's also an intriguing destination with a long and fascinating history – making it appeal to all types of travelers.

On top of numerous museums and galleries, popular attractions include the Reichstag (Germany's Parliament) and the Love Parade, an annual street festival which started just before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

Frankfurt, meanwhile, offers backpackers with a different view of the country's rich cultural heritage and past. With the acclaimed writer Goethe arguably the city's most famous resident and St Paul's Church the seat for the first elected German parliament in 1848, Frankfurt played a significant role in the 18th century life.

Germany's second-largest city, Hamburg, is another popular destination with backpackers. Highlights include the baroque St Michaelis Church, Germany's oldest Stock Exchange and the 17th century Krameramtswohnungen (small traders' flats), all of which can be found in the attractive Old Town (Aldstadt).

The city has been known as the 'Gateway to the World' because of its port, as five million Europeans emigrated to the Americas from here between 1850 and 1939. Today, the waterside is worth a visit for its Sunday fish market which has been held at the docks nearly every week since 1703.

Fairs and Festivals

Germany is also a great place for cultural fairs and festivals, and backpackers will often find themselves in the midst of an exciting event in either own of the major cities or a smaller town.

One of the biggest – and well-known – festivals is Oktoberfest, which attracts millions of visitors each year. It takes place in Munich each September, but travelers hoping to experience Oktoberfest are advised to book a hostel in Germany several months in advance to ensure a bed because of its overwhelming popularity with backpackers from across the world.

There are also a number of wine festivals which take place during the summer months (from May to November) in the wine-producing regions of the Rhineland and the Moselle Valley. Stalls selling local vintages are set up in towns and villages, with the celebrations concluding with the crowning of a 'Wine Queen.'

Less alcohol-based fun can be found at the Carnival which is held in Bonn, Mainz, Cologne and Dusseldorf. The festivities include lively processions with masks, traditional costumes and fancy dress.


Source by P. Scottyn

Goa Vacations – Backpacking Travel Tips

Backpacking is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to travel across the globe. Previously meant for students and budget travelers traveling on a shoe string budget, backpacking has made significant inroads into the travel industry the world over today. Goa, the west coast paradise in India, is an ideal destination for the backpackers. The beaches, hills, forests, and cities of Goa offer all the variety that an ideal backpacker looks for. The climate, people, and tourist friendly atmosphere is conducive to the backpackers in Goa. Here are a few tips that you can rely on before venturing on you backpacking Goa vacation.

There are numerous tourist destinations in Goa that conventional tourists visit. These include the beaches, the forts, wildlife parks and the major cities and towns. Backpackers would definitely like to visit the wildlife parks like the Cotigao wildlife sanctuary and the Salim Ali bird sanctuary. The beaches are the most popular tourist spots in Goa. Backpackers would love the carefree ambience and the numerous options available there. Hiking, cycling, motor bike rides, rave parties, and a host of water sports are on offer at all the major beaches of Goa, like Baga, Vagator, Anjuna, Calangute and Colva.

The villages of Goa are beautiful places with their Portuguese style houses and winding roads suddenly bringing you face to face with a white church. There are numerous uncharted trails that you can find out from the locals, or yourself.

Backpackers do not need lavish accommodation. That is how you can get to know about the local customs and ways of life. Goa offers a wide range of options when it comes to accommodation for the backpackers. Apart from the numerous budget hotels, Goa has many village cottages and beach side huts that are let out by the locals at very cheap rates. Apart from saving money, you get to stay away from the city, right in the midst of the rustic beauty of Goa.

Now on to transport; the motor cycle taxis are the most attractive for the backpackers. Then there are the three wheeled auto-rickshaws with doors and curtains, giving you a modest and cozy version of a limousine. Of course, you must try out traveling with your group by hiring motor cycles. Motor biking along the winding hilly roads would make up for a memorable vacation in Goa.

The usual backpacking gear has to be carried. This includes maps, torch lights, pocket knives, water proof matches, fire lighter, compass, copies of your travel related papers and lots of first aid.

Goa tourism has never been hassled by major safety issues. A few stray incidents may make you think twice; but scores of tourists would assure you that the place is very safe for backpackers. However, a few points should be kept in mind while you are backpacking in Goa.

Although the people are very friendly and helpful, trusting someone too much, especially with your belongings or cash is not wise at all and should be avoided. The best approach would be to go through backpackers' associations.

Never entertain anyone who approaches you with anything that smells remotely unlawful. Sometimes tourists do not understand local laws and backpackers maybe easily susceptible, being relatively independent while traveling.

To sum up, for memorable backpacking Goa vacation , stick to the basics. Do not try anything out of the box, follow safety guidelines, and always carry loads of common sense


Source by Rohan Arora

9 Tips For Backpacking Through Mountains

A little beyond the busy trails and tourist destinations exists a rather immersive experience; something you can only experience once you ditch the clichéd travel agencies, car camping trips and day hikes. Yes, you got it right, backpacking is the real deal.

It doesn't matter if you're planning to enjoy the gap year after school or college or just enjoying your time out of work, keep in mind that backpacking involves a much stringent preparation than an everything-taken-care-of vacation. A smooth transition from regular holidays to backpacking requires you to pay attention to some specific details, and play it tough and smart.

When done right, backpacking trips can provide you with richer, rewarding experiences and who knows; you can even come back with a little money for your next backpacking trip.

Mentioned below are some backpacking tips for beginners which would help you get the most of your trip:

Before you leave

1. Thorough research: You have your passport and tickets and double-checked your flight time, that doesn't mean everything's sorted. Yes, backpacking, more or less, is about spontaneity but a bit of prior research can come in handy when you're out there in the wild, in an unexplored destination in a country you know nothing about. Perhaps, a mere guidebook and hiking routes would suffice.

2. Pack light: On a long journey, even a straw weighs heavy – Spanish proverb – You'll be bearing your load on your back for much longer than you are expecting. You'll get lost, have muscle cramps, dehydrate, and each of such instances would ask you to throw away the prized possessions you'd be carrying o your back. No one ever went on a backpacking trip with 10 pairs of socks, 5 bottles of shampoo, and what not. I mean, someone must have, but only to regret it later. Except for 2 pairs of socks, you do not need a spare of anything else. Remember this rule on not duplicating, and you'll be good.

3. Invest in a sturdy backpack: You aren't just carrying stuff; your backpack holds everything that can bring you out of the wild, alive. The money you spend on an actual hiking backpack is well worth its cost and can make a lot of difference.

4. Complete care of your feet: Get the right fitting shoes and socks and you'll not spend the trip with blisters. Invest in a hiking shoe, preferably waterproof, and you'll thank me later.

While you're out there

1. Camp out: If the destination for the day allows and you find a comfortable camp ground, please camp out. You'd save a lot of money camping which otherwise you'd have lost to expensive hotels.

2. Don't bother on each and every attraction: Not everything that falls on your route deserves your time and money. Choose only the best and don't fall for tourist traps.

3. When not camping, get a hostel with a kitchen: hostels are super fun, not as much as your personal tent, but much, much better than hotels. Also, see to it that you get one with a kitchen. Buy local groceries, and cook for yourself. Eating out every day would only put a dent in your shoestring budget.

4. Dress neither to impress nor to express: Use clothes made of quick-drying fabrics. Clothing is a separate system altogether, and you have to take it accordingly. You can come across an extreme range of temperatures. For a regular hiking trip, you would need:

– Next-to-skin base layers

– Hiking layers

– Waterproof wear

– Sleeping clothes

5. Miscellaneous: Keep your ego in check and carry along a first aid kit, insect repellant, sun screen, UV protected sunglasses, hat, extra batteries, and lots of biodegradable wipes that would help you not just with hands.


Source by Fahad A. Khan