Tag Archives: backpacking ettiquette

“Things I Learnt Whilst Backpacking Around The World In A Wheelchair…”

“Things I Learnt Whilst Backpacking Around The World In A Wheelchair…”

It takes six months to get your life back on track after an extended backpacking adventure, so I hear from many a former backpacker. It’s taken my girlfriend and I precisely thirteen months to get to where we’re at right now – still living out of a backpack....

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“Too Old To Backpack, Too Young To Caravan…”

“Too Old To Backpack, Too Young To Caravan…”

There are two types of traveller in this world – those who are too young to appreciate being on the road and those who are too old to enjoy it.

I like to think my girlfriend and I are an exotic anomaly amongst the nomadic fraternity....

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Return to Oz: The Perils Of Chasing Travel Ghosts

Return to Oz: The Perils Of Chasing Travel Ghosts

“Here’s a very special blog instalment by girlfriend Sam. Happy reading!” – James

On our epic trip around the world, my boyfriend and I have been lucky enough to spend 15 months exploring corners of the globe that most people only ever dream of visiting…

We’ve revisited some old favourites too – places where we spent unforgettable childhood vacations and all-too-brief escapes from office life....

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I Went Backpacking Around China In A Wheelchair…

I Went Backpacking Around China In A Wheelchair…

I don’t often write about disability in this blog, least of all my own.

At best, the effect tends to be poison on my reader numbers. At worst, it’s self indulgence rooted in the bizarre, infantile and utterly false notion perpetuated by almost all Western media outlets that people with disabilities are some kind of ideologically linked community with an axe to grind against the fact the world isn’t built around them....

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What Does Dog Taste Like?

What Does Dog Taste Like?

Backpacking around the world does wonders to rid a person of their culinary inhibitions. Before my girlfriend and I set off on our global sojourn I had no idea of the taste of bullfrog, silk worms, horse, guanaco, llama, alligator, deep fried ants, chicken feet, goose cartilage, guinea pig, congealed duck blood, snake and all manner of forgettable crustaceans…

But look at me now....

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When To Get Naked In Japan

When To Get Naked In Japan

Knowing when and when not to get your kit off in Japan is something of a minefield for the Western traveller…

Wearing too much clothing can be just as socially unacceptable as wearing too little, depending on the situation. The trick is knowing what to wear when…

On our five week jaunt across Japan, my girlfriend and I were bombarded by inhabitants in just about every conceivable state of undress....

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Top 5 American Roadside Attractions That’d Never Work In Britain…

Top 5 American Roadside Attractions That’d Never Work In Britain…

‘Roadside Attractions’ are a uniquely American phenomenon. Seen through the eyes of a Brit they seem completely void of function and social value. Their sole function is to tempt passers by off the interstate and spend money in a place that otherwise has nothing to offer out-of-towners…

On our six week, 8,062.6 mile road trip around the USA, my girlfriend and I passed by countless examples of highway frivolity – the majority of which wouldn’t last five minutes if plonked down on a British roadside....

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America’s Second Best Fast Food Restaurants…

America’s Second Best Fast Food Restaurants…

Here’s another blog by girlfriend Sam (with some brutal editorial reshuffling by me)! Enjoy! – James

Regular readers and our friends and family will know that my boyfriend and I have a borderline obsession with food. We go to crazy lengths to seek out the best local dishes....

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Toilets Of South America

Toilets Of South America

If there’s one unavoidable fact that unites all of humankind regardless of colour, creed, class affiliation, gender, sexual preference, political perspective or socio-economic status, it’s this…

Everybody craps.

But consider for a moment the variety of receptacles that people the world over crap in to…

Not everybody has fruits of the forest pot pourri sitting on top of the cistern....

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What’s So Great About Ecuador?: An Expat’s View

What’s So Great About Ecuador?: An Expat’s View

Ecuador is a funny old place. In our two week stay there my girlfriend and I struggled to pin down its unique selling point.

Ecuador is perhaps most famous for being home to the Galapagos Islands. It is also where in 1736 an expedition of French and Spanish scientists worked out the latitude of the imaginary line that divides the Earth’s northern and southern hemispheres, after which the country is named....

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What Does Guinea Pig Taste Like?

What Does Guinea Pig Taste Like?

A backpacker’s diet is an oft bland affair. I have, since arriving in South America five months ago, eaten enough soggy ham and cheese sandwiches to trigger a terminal medical condition in later life.

True, every country in South America we have visited so far has its local grub....

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13 Surefire Ways To Tell Whether Or Not You’re In Bolivia…

13 Surefire Ways To Tell Whether Or Not You’re In Bolivia…

Backpacking around the world can be disorientating at the best of times. With so much excitement going on, it’s easy to lose track of the time, date or even country that you’re in.

If you ever wake up in the middle of the night wondering where the hell you are, use this handy guide to find out whether or not you’re in Bolivia…

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Brazil’s Nowheresvilles: Crap Towns Of South America (Part One)

Brazil’s Nowheresvilles: Crap Towns Of South America (Part One)

When you think of England you think of Trafalgar Square or Buckingham Palace or Stonehenge or Old Trafford or The Cavern Club or the Angel Of The North.

These iconic locations occupy less than 0.01% of the country’s landmass – the rest of it is made up of utterly dull towns and villages and suburbs and cities and motorways....

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How To Backpack Around The World In A Wheelchair

How To Backpack Around The World In A Wheelchair

There is an inevitable process that all wannabe backpackers must contend with when deciding to go backpacking, the details of which are well documented on other travel blogs. It starts with vague notions of wanting to see the world and ends with handing over passports at the airport check-in desk....

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