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I am heading to Costa Rica, Guatemala & Belize this winter. I am considering buying a backpack. On previous trips to Australia & SE Asia I used a bag with wheels and managed just fine. Backpacks are expensive. Is it worth it to buy one or am I better off sticking with what I already own? What are the advantages of a backpack? Are there different backpacks for different genders? I am 5'3, 110 lbs. How do you determine what size to go with? Any specific bag recommendations? The closest thing to an outdoors store in my area is a Sports Authority (with a very small selection), so I am hoping you all can help. Thanks!
My partner & myself are wanting to travel Central & South America, Cali & UK/Europe sometime next year. We are trying to figure out whether RTW tickets or separate flights would be our best option.
We'll be flying from Auckland, to probably Santiago (or possibly Rio) & working our way up to Central America using overland transport (possibly a flight or 2 for the really long distance legs, but these will be booked at the time & not included in the RTW), & then onto LA. Then after some sightseeing around California I was thinking we'd fly from LA to London, & travel around Europe before flying back to Auckland.
How have you guys found RTW tickets for your trips?
Are they too restricting time-wise or can they be flexible with dates & easily/cheaply changed? We've spent 3 months travelling around Southeast Asia with absolutely nothing booked in advance & we loved... more »
Hi, I recently used forum posts on this website and others to find a ferry service from Turkey to Egypt and back. I've now done this journey and can give a bit more detail, and feedback on my experience – over all it was very good and easy, and I'd recommend it!
The company I ended up using run a ferry from Iskenderun in Turkey to Port Said and back. There is also one from Mersin to Port Said and back but I didn't use this as they were having problems and it's more expensive.
Main contact details:
The Iskenderun – Port Said company in Turkey is Sisa shipping - call them and ask for Saba, who speaks fluent English, on +90 216 444 2954, or email email@example.com. They also have a Turkish language website - http://sisashipping.com/tr/iletisim.html and say it will soon have an English version.
It is US$220 for a cabin with beds or US$110 for a seat – in t... more »
I'm having a few months off and would love to discover some countries of Africa by bicycle. This will be my first time in Africa, not counting Morocco. In the past, I have cycled through the Andes, Indian Himalay and Europe.
The first option I have in mind is travelling through Southern Africa from January to April 2014 (Namibia, Botswana, SA, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique), but I realized this is actually the rainy season, which could lead to mud roads and lots of mosquitoes. Would you dismiss this option (Southern Africa) for these months?
If you would, any other suggestions?
Thanks in advance!
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I'm cycling from Chennai to Mumbai through Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Goa from early Jan to the end of Feb.
Do you guys have any recommendations and general cycling trips? I know about safety issues, I am looking to cycle along quiet(er) roads and never take highways. I am aware of the truck drivers, but how bad it really is. There are so many opposite opinions (from "death wish" to "it's fine"). I obviously don't want to die and be constantly petrified along the trip, but I read a number of cycling blogs (successfully) touring around India, so I'm a bit confused.
Are there any cyclists (that did the similar route) and could say a few useful thoughts.
Also, I'm looking for a cycling companion(s), to join me for the trip. I'm a 27 yo male, living in London, originally from sunny mediterranean Europe. I'd be looking for an easy ride, exploring India, not pushing it (a... more »
I will go backpacking World Cup Brazil 2014. Travel time is 6 weeks, a few plane rides, but mostly will be by bus. Do not take cameras, laptops, or anything more than clothing.
After much searching and reading forums I'm between two backpacks to choose from:
The North Face Terra 45 http://www.amazon.com/Terra-45-Pack-Style-AJQP-RS7/dp/B006UREM56/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384387981&sr=8-1&keywords=the+north+face+terra+45
High Sierra Summit 45 http://www.amazon.com/High-Sierra-Summit-Frame-Tungsten/dp/B000OZHZAY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1384387945&sr=8-3&keywords=high+sierra+summit+45
What you choose? It will be my first trip of this kind and I think than I am able to travel light.
Excuse my Google English.
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I'm Robin from Sweden.
Two of my friends (not very close friends) from Gothenburg did a so called Black Sea Run rally which is a "party/adventure road trip" around East-Europe and the Balkan. They said both the crew and the route was really amazing. I really love their route and I heard good things about the checkpoints they have too, although I have only been to Budapest and Croatia. Not the other 8 countries.
Has anyone any idea about this rally or the countries they are visiting?? I googled whatever I could and asked people that knew also, but would need more info. I really want to go so I'm also looking for team mates...
The route: http://blacksearun.com/more-info/routesdates/
And a hint what to expect kinda: https://vimeo.com/72763860
Any tips, ideas useful info is appreciated!
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I started a new blog where travelers can share their travel stories, experiences, tips and advice as well as submit travel articles they write. The idea behind the blog is for travelers to share their experiences, write about what they love, and share their knowledge. I hope you stop by and check it out. (and feel free to submit something)
Heading to Thailand in three weeks, and am choosing between a bunch of short sleeve shirts.
Choice boils down to 70/30 cotton/polyester or 52/48 nylon/polyester.
Here are the actual shirts (I already own all of them)
The 100% synthetic seems to be completely wrinkle free, but the 70/30 blend doesn't fare too badly either.
I'll also be bringing a couple of 100% cotton t-shirts.
As an aside, I know that I'm over-thinking this :)
Thanks for the input,
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Hi, planning a trip to KK next year, mostly beach and a bit of snorkelling but keen to climb Kota Kinabalu as well which I gather is a doable 2 days. Initial research suggests it can be done without an agent but I'm wondering whether it costs significantly more via an agent or whether the potential savings (for instance spreading guide costs) might make this more cost effective? Any recommendations for agents in KK who could arrange? What sort of costs would I be looking at per head? Or is it best just to arrange on our own?
From 2 to 21 March I will do the Pikey Peak trek, also known as lower Khumbu or Solukhumbu trek, a newly opened trail off the beaten track with stunning Himalaya views and rich ethnic and religious diversity.
Roughly it goes as follows: by local bus from Kathmandu to Jiri and Katike, from there on average 5 to 6 hours trekking a day, a.o. through Priti, Khiji Bazar, Dhandakharka, Phapre, Tulu Gompa, Lhamju, to Pikey peak and to Jase Bhanjyang, where the maximum altitude on this trek (4060 m) is reached. Then to Junbesi, Benighat, Phaplu, Ghunsa, Jhapre, Bigutar, Okheldunga and to Fulbari to go back by bus from there to Kathmandu.
I go with a smaller agency and a guide with whom I have very good experience on several previous treks.
Price is 900 euros, including guide and porter, permits, accommodation and meals and local transport, excluding drinks, tips and travel insuran... more »
I got a bus to Valladolid (I’m having trouble pronouncing that name), a more typical Yucatecan town than Cancun, which is pretty taken up with tourism. I did some sightseeing including the Convent of Sisal, the oldest church in Yucatan, built in 1552. It was a fortress as well as a church and convent.
The other hostelers here were especially interesting, from every country imaginable. One USAer (the only one besides m... more »
Can people really taste the difference?
Last week I accepted a guest who'd been badgering me to come stay, needed the fresh air and relaxation whilst writing a book, also wanted fresh organic fruit veg salad etc., so I obliged her and have been feeding her what she wanted. Now the other day while I was cleaning her room, I noticed a plastic bag full of half opened packets of cookies crisps and sweets (all generic brands) together with a half empty 200 box of generic brand cigarettes, I haven't question her because it's none of my business. But every day she chirps up with "I only eat organic and will only have organic olive oil on my organic salads" and now my bottom lip is so badly bruised where I've bitten it that I really would like to ask how she could possibly tell the difference after gorging her self on crap in the confines of her room.
Is it a psychological thing like p... more »
I FINALLY put up the pickled beets. 8.5 L this yr.-- a small average (High was 13 L. Last yr was 10 L.) I've never left it so late. Usually do this between late Aug to mid.-Sept. But it was snowing a bit this morning and we don't have a proper cold-storage...
What food preserving do you do? And what, if anything, is still to do?
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