Top Bar Menu

Tag Archives | backpacking

Gap Year

Packing for Gap Year Travel vs Vacation

Our first gap year travel included backpacking in Central and South America between 2009 and 2010. We had no clue how to prepare for long-term travel or what to pack for a gap year. Now, our travel style is geared towards vacations or working holidays. Preparing for the two is completely different as you can […]

Travel Planning

First Time Backpacker Essentials

Whether you have recently completed your A-Levels and feel its time to broaden your horizons with some inter-continental travel, or you are a more mature backpacker who has thrown off the shackles of your nine-to-five lifestyle to take a mid-life gap year – it always pays to be fully prepared for the journey you are […]

Packing List

6 Things To Leave Off Your Packing List

When you finally take the leap to travel long term, one of the first things on your mind is all the things you think you need to buy for your trip.  The travel gadget industry is making a fortune from us thinking that we have to pack a lifetime of gear into our tiny backpacks. […]

South Rim Kaibab Trail

Backpacking the Grand Canyon

We were looking for a challenging outdoor adventure, but we knew we didn’t exactly have the experience to do it safely on our own.  Once we decided on our destination, the Grand Canyon, we began researching guided hikes and camping. The Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon is a World Heritage Site which encompasses 1,218,375 acres […]

Current Events in America

Returning Home Culture Shock?

Since we have returned home the question most often asked of us is, “Do you have culture shock?”  In a close second place is, “What are you going to do now?”  I will address the first one in this article. “Shock” is an extreme word and feels like an exaggeration to me.  The phrase “Shock […]

Latin America Banks

Budget Travel: The Good, Bad, And The Ugly

It seems all of us in the travel blogging community agree that travel is good.  The majority of posts that are produced within the industry are intended to  either sell the reader on the idea that travel is one of the most amazing activities one can partake-in and that they too should travel, or momentarily […]

Uyini Salt Mine Poses

10 Lessons Learned While Traveling

It is hard to believe it has been 270 days (9 whole months) that we have been on the road.  Nine months of moving around, nine months of living out of our backpacks, nine months of not seeing family and friends, of hostels, of street food, of meeting strangers, of making friends, nine whole months […]

Best Travel Budget App for iPhone or iTouch

RTW Trip Budgeting for Central America

One of the most important concerns regarding long-term travel is finances.  There are many questions that bombard our minds, make us nervous, and lead us to shy away from the idea of traveling for longer than a week. Can I afford it?  How much will it cost?  How long can I travel on a set […]

Castellani Media LLC.