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Nian Cih Chen

Taipei, Taiwan

What kind of information do you want to know as a backpacker?

Except for the flight tickets or hostel, what else comes up when you are ready to go traveling? 

What really matters for the trip/journey for you as a backpacker?

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  • Ross Sparks

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    not a good pic but thats my honeymoon pack for three weeks in Osa Peninsula

    For me it's keeping it light. I never check a bag no matter how long my trip. If it goes in my pack it has to serve several purposes. Be willing and excited to wash clothes in a sink (the soap I bring is for traveling and is designed to wash me, my hair, and my clothes). I fill up my camel back with sink water every morning, and have an inline Sawyer water filter built into it. i save a lot not buying bottled water. Ultralight, fast drying clothing is a must. And it's not just for the guys, my Wife's pack is usually lighter than mine. She has some great lightweight dresses that take up no space. I think as far as clothing goes girls have it easier than guys. I always try an bring a set of clothes suitable for a nice meal and all the wife has to bring is a little black dress lol.

    Im a backpacker so I see more than most and faster! when I see rolly luggage it hurts my heart because that person has probably never been anywhere interesting!

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  • Seph Ternes

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    One thing is that you don't need a 'backpack' to be a backpacker. I did 5 weeks in europe with a regular size backpack and a roller bag. It was really easy to get around. I looked really normal compared to the 'backpackers' who had enormous hiker style packs. They stuck out like sore thumbs in the middle of european cities. Also it looked really uncomfortable. Unless you are hiking and camping overnight you don't need this kind of giant hiker pack, it's silly.

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      Rolly luggage doesn't work were the roads aren't paved lol! And I only take a 20L pack no longer how long the trip as does the wife. We never check a bag! Lose the luggage, pack light and smart, and travel were the pavement ends, it's the only way to see the stuff that no one else has seen! · (2 likelikes)

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      If you can do it on a 20L backpack that's great. Can't beat that. Most people can't pack quite that small. I'm saying to avoid the 60L packs, if you're travelling to Cities especially. Like I said if you're hiking and camping then it makes more sense. · (0 likelikes)

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      i added my honeymoon pack pick! i can get anyone into a 20L if your interested, i love taking people to the dark side lol! and have tips on my blog · (0 likelikes)

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  • Lizzie Clawson

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    As silly as this sounds, knowing the availability of public restrooms puts my mind at ease, especially if I'm traveling through a country I don't know well. In the US long-haul buses often have (small and smelly, but functional) restrooms, but in other countries you may have to hold it until the next pullover break. In a town, meanwhile, there may be restrooms for customers only or none at all. There may be pay toilets that take only certain denominations. Being able to say "where is the toilet?" in a new language may inspire relief, until you find out there isn't one.

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  • Elliott Lowen

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    Visit www.rayjardine.com.

    In 1996 he discussed ideas related to backpacking with the publication of his Pacific Crest Trail Hikers Handbook, which advocated hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail in a much shorter time, using homemade lightweight gear and techniques including early start times with longer days and more mileage at a slower pace. The book was revised and retitled in 1999 as Beyond Backpacking, and revised and retitled again in 2009 as Trail Life.

    His techniques were initially considered radical and risky by mainstream commentators. At the core of his philosophy was a primary focus on limiting the weight carried by a hiker. He advocated replacing one's tent with a tarpaulin, sleeping bag with a blanket, and using the post office to carry gear not needed for a trail segment. He recommended that a hiker make most of his or her own gear.

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  • Richard Barone

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    When traveling on buses put your pack over head on the opposite side so you can watch it better.

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    Language, street speak, colloquialisms...

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    I'm biased, but WHEN to go is an important aspect to research :)

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