Someone on Instagram actually recommended this book to me. She said it was the best general guide to travel she’s ever read. So, I immediately had to pick up a copy.
This is essentially a beginners guide to backpacking and all that entails. They begin the book by saying “We believe that luxury travel is for people with arthritis; backpacking, with an open mind and an empty bank account, is the best way to learn about the world.”
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. There are so many aspects of this book that I really love. They are young people writing, they’ve done these things hands-on, and offer really great tips. There are so many tips that I really liked and I found a lot of good in this book, but one thing I really did not enjoy was the really large emphasis on sex and drugs while backpacking.
I guess when I travel my priorities are different, and maybe I’m in the minority in this… I don’t know. I think there’s so much more to traveling than partying and hooking up. For instance, I thought the chart of legality of prostitution/drugs and age of consent was a bit unnecessary (for me at least).
There were many inspiring quotes about just getting up and going, and many tips for packing, transportation, where to see certain things, lodging and more! So, pick up a copy if you’re starting out and interested in their way of backpacking because as they say, “Every minute of travel is a change and an opportunity to learn something new.”
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