I love backpacking with a passion. It’s not just a fun way to travel and see the world for me, it defines who I am. It has helped to shape my innate character, give me skills and experiences beyond the norm and some amazing memories too.
I have had a love for it ever since my very first trip to Thailand well over a decade ago, an absolutely stunning, remarkable and incredible destination I have been back to a few times since. But on my very first trip, my very first time out as an inexperienced backpacker, I turned up like almost every other backpacker on the infamous Khao San Road, backpack tightly strapped to my back, guidebook in hand, eyes wide with wonder and a permanent grin plastered on my face. I may as well have had a massive neon sign above my head screaming target for every tout, scam artist and tuk tuk driver within a fifty mile radius. I was a newbie backpacker and loving every single second of it.
Since then I have gained a whole worlds worth of experience. Backpacking the world has given me so many incredible opportunities to see and experience the world in all its wonderful variety and I feel blessed to have been able to do so. I have seen the wonders of the world, both ancient and modern, man made and natural. I have climbed mountains, trekked through jungles and enjoyed the solace of the deserts, I have stayed in the poorest of regions and in the heights of luxurious opulence. I have gained my diving qualifications, jumped out of aeroplanes, volunteered in animal conservation projects, bathed with elephants and become an experienced horse rider. I have even been a medic on numerous jungle, desert and mountain expeditions! I have ticked off dozens of things on my unofficial personal bucket list and added a lot more to it along the way, and I have certainly had more than my fair share of hair raising, exciting and unique experiences that most people can never even dream of. And I have been able to do all of this because of backpacking.
But I am nothing special. Any one of you can do what I have done, and continue to do to this day.
I hear all the time that I must be so lucky to be able to do all of this, that I must be secretly rich or have some fantastic secret that I’m not sharing. Well I’m not, and I don’t. I am not some super heroic renaissance man with the resources of a billionaire playboy. I don’t have a huge trust fund or a lottery win. I’m just a normal guy, no different from any one of you, and there is absolutely no reason why you cannot go backpacking or travel the world too.
Bemused Backpacker’s guide to backpacking is an indispensable guide to first time, independent round the world travel. Full of advice from an experienced backpacker on how to plan your very first trip, this book contains all the information you need to get started and travel the world independently, cheaply and easily. If you are planning to backpack around the world on a gap year or just to a specific destination for a month or two, then you need this invaluable book. Learn all the things you need to know before and during your travels, and get inspired to get that plane ticket and discover the wonders of backpacking.
- Understand how and why anyone can go backpacking at any time, from solo backpackers to entire families of flashpackers, and learn how you can do it too.
- Learn all you need to know about how to travel on a budget, or travel with a bit more luxury at a reasonable rate.
- Learn how to save thousands by choosing to travel independently.
- Learn how to choose the right flights for you, from RTW tickets to single one ways, and how to choose the right accommodation.
- Learn how to barter and haggle your way into some great deals, saving you a lot of money on your travels.
- Let me walk you through the maze of visas, insurance and administration nonsense and show you how simple it all can be.
- Learn the important facts about volunteering and working abroad, and how to avoid the unscrupulous companies that exploit local communities instead of helping them.
- Get useful advice on what to pack, what to take and more importantly what you don’t need to take with you on your trip.
- Get expert hints and tips on safety and security whilst abroad, including lists of the most commonly used scams and cons and a section on solo female backpacker safety.
- Get expert travel health advice from a qualified and registered health professional, including what vaccinations to get before you go.
I have done all this and a lot more for well over a decade now. I have backpacked around the world without it costing me the earth, I have volunteered and worked abroad, seen and avoided most of the scams, problems and pitfalls that most backpackers tend to fall foul of and I have lived to tell the tale. I know what it is like when you initially start to plan a long backpacking trip and the information overload that can come with a plethora of choices. This book can help you overcome all that. This book can be with you every step of the way, from those first indecisive moments when you are still thinking should you or shouldn’t you go to the exciting moments when you are buying your first plane ticket. This book can help you with all the crucial planning before you set off and can arm you with all the information you will need to stick to your budget, stay safe and keep healthy on the road.
I have a wealth of experience to share with you before you set off on your gap year or round the world adventure. If you are dreaming of travelling the world independently or going on a backpacking adventure, let me show you how.
I am a veteran backpacker and world traveller who is passionate about backpacking. I have well over thirty countries under my belt, a constant wanderlust to see and discover more and absolutely no intention of stopping any time soon.
I have had a lifetime of training in various martial arts around the world and am passionate about health and fitness. I am a qualified health professional in my working life with a specific interest in emergency and travel medicine, and I have volunteered as an expedition medic on various trekking expeditions through jungle, mountain and desert terrains including the Sahara, Taman Negara rainforest in Malaysia, the mountains of Nepal and the jungles of Borneo among many others, as well as volunteering for various community health and animal conservation projects around the world.
This passion for backpacking and travel has led to the creation of the Bemused Backpacker website and series of travel books, aimed at passing on the knowledge and experience gained in over a decade of backpacking around the world to make backpacking and independent travel easy, affordable and achievable for everyone.
I really hope that the website and the books give you a lot of really good advice that you can use on your own travels, but more than that I hope they inspire you too. Whether you are just dreaming of travelling the world or on the edge of wanting to go but need that little push, I hope my words and experiences somehow motivate you to take that step and discover this fantastic planet for yourself, and discover a little bit about yourself in the process.
This book is jam packed with comprehensive and essential hints, tips and advice on everything you need to know about travelling independently and full of inspiration about travelling the world, with a few stories about my personal travels thrown in.
I really hope that you consider buying this book (or any others in the Bemused Backpacker series) and support the growth of the site. If you do buy it, then thank you, I hope you enjoy it. If you do enjoy it and find it useful then any review on Amazon or Smashwords or any other site will be greatly appreciated. If not, then at least I hope you enjoy the website and any supportive messages or likes you wish to give there will be appreciated too.
Thanks again to all of you who have read this or any of my work. I appreciate the support and I hope you enjoy it.