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HOW TO: Choose a Backpack for RTW Travel

by Globetrooper Todd | 56 Responses
How To Choose a Backpack for RTW Travel

This isn’t one of those ‘How To Choose a Backpack‘ guides that presents millions of options for hundreds of scenarios. No, instead, I want to give you very few options based on my personal experience with just one scenario, round-the-world (RTW) travel.

No matter how many guides you read, it will take at least one solid week on the road to know what makes a good travel backpack. But by letting you in on the secrets of my own mistakes, hopefully you’ll be able to make a more informed decision from the outset.

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Posted in Featured, Gear & Gadgets, How-To Guides | October 11th, 2010

A Peak Into Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Photo

A view from the Temple with Three Windows at Machu Picchu, and it was timed perfectly might I say. There were a group of tourists each taking turns running down the stairs for yet another paparazzi pose. Some top advice when you visit Machu Picchu: no matter … Continue reading →

Join Us for a 12,000km Circumnavigation of India

Circumnavigation of India

Want to do an epic Indian train marathon with a touch of style? Then join the Great Indian Circular Railway Challenge. All it costs is £200 (US$320) plus airfare and whatever you want to spend for a night in Darjeeling. Start: Mumbai Cent. – 6pm, … Continue reading →

Leave No Trace Or Go To Space

Leave No Trace

‘Ughh… I thought we were hiking “off the beaten track”, not through a beaten-up dumpster.’ Too often, plastic bags, crushed water bottles and candy wrappers litter the scenery when trekking and camping. We’re so used to flushable toilets, regular garbage pickups and pre-packaged food that … Continue reading →

Does Colombia Still Deserve Its Reputation?

Colombia Dangerous Reputation

If you ask the average traveller about Colombia, they’ll look at you wide-eyed with thoughts of unruly drug cartels and merciless kidnappings. And if you tell them you’re actually thinking of visiting, well, they’ll be quick to recount an episode of Locked-Up Abroad or a … Continue reading →

The Culture Shock Blues

Culture Shock Blues

It sounded like a great idea at home: travel to a developing country, see how the locals live, learn a thing or two about life, eat great food, make new friends, and return home a better person for it all. Fast forward a few weeks, … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Make the Most of a Visit to Machu Picchu

Visit Machu Picchu

It’s easy to make a visit to Machu Picchu un-memorable. Arrive at 10am, take a two-hour guided tour, pose for a few happy snaps, and return home with a memory full of rocks. But it doesn’t have to be that way. After two full-day visits … Continue reading →

The Science Behind Venomous Snake Bites

Science of Venomous Snake Bites

Snakes primarily use their venom to debilitate and digest prey. Sure, humans aren’t prey for most venomous snakes, but the toxins work on us in the same way. I mention this because if you keep in mind that venom is intended to secure food, its excessive effects make … Continue reading →

The Best Place to Live in Argentina

The Best Place to Live in Argentina

Paris of the South or the Chocolate Capital? It’s a tough choice, so we’re after your vote. We’ve narrowed the search down to a single country, the next step is to decide what city. Starting this October, we’ll make our way down to Argentina, but … Continue reading →

Field of Dreams: My Favourite Expeditions From Adventure Companies Around the World

Field of Dreams

My love affair with travel actually started many years before I realised it. For a long time, I had a designated bookmarks folder containing a handful of links to adventure companies. Every now and then, I’d venture into the folder, click a random link, and flick … Continue reading →

Can You Ever Have Too Much Freedom?

Too Much Freedom

Imagine visiting an ice creamery with 195 different flavours. Looking across the counter, your mind conjures up vivid taste-bud imagery: the sweet tang of sour apple, the velvety texture of mango cream, the bubble-gum fruitiness of rainbow swirl… they all tantalise you in their own … Continue reading →

Intrepid Travel vs Gap Adventures – Review

Intrepid Travel vs Gap Adventures - Review

It’s easy to get carried away with customer reviews on the world wide web. I’m one of the worst culprits; I pore incessantly over reviews before I commit to anything. And although conducting these silent surveys is oddly empowering, they become debilitating as you find conflicting … Continue reading →

Why Can’t We Drink Sea Water?

Why Can't We Drink Sea (salt) Water

Imagine you’re stranded on a desert coastline… Namibia’s, perhaps. The searing heat drains your body of fluids and your mind slows to a snail’s pace. Forget food, forget sunburn, forget your coordinates; your biggest danger here is dehydration. If you don’t find water soon, you’ll … Continue reading →