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Steve McDonald’s Guide to Getting in Cars with Strangers (Vol. 1)

Here at Backpackology, it is my responsibility to promote a travel style that encourages suicidal recklessness. It is my duty to glorify irresponsibility and actively promote self-endangerment. This is my contribution to the gr...
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
Hitchhikers Tale from the Gobi-6
Hitchhikers Tale from the Gobi-6
Hitchhikers Tale from the Gobi-6

The Long Road To Nowhere: A Hitchhiker’s Tale from Outer Mongolia

On the third day, I made a sea-change decision: I thought, if I ever get out of this miserable desert, I’m going to write my first postcard ever. “Sunny Greetings from the Gobi!” it will say, happily scrawled over a stark, grey...
 
China
 
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Silk Road-11
Silk Road-11

Silk Road Ramblings: Lost Empires, Gobi Fugitives, and The Secret Meth Habit of Marco Polo

I have conquered the Silk Road. I’ve hid from Chinese guards in the starlit dunes of the Gobi. I’ve visited mud-thatched villages and seen old Uighur men as hairy as camels shriek in wonder and delight as they passed around a p...

 
Backpackology 101
 
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Package Tours-2
Package Tours-2

Travel Tip #2: Thomas Cooke is a Big, Sneaky Liarpants (The Truth About Package Tours)

Hey you! Yeah, you! Sign up now for our unbeatably cheap ‘China: The Budget Experience’ Bus Tour!’ No need to worry about over-spending or dealing with scary city maps and phrasebooks—our all-inclusive package includes a friend...
 
Inspiration
 
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Flipside-1
Flipside-1

Guest Blogger Viktor Wallström: Flipside Pilgrimage

This guest post is special because, generally speaking, I’m quite apathetic towards inspirational YouTube videos. I’m always the one sitting there, watching my friends going misty eyed over a particular clip, asking myself, “Wh...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Culture Shock-2
Culture Shock-2

Travel Tip #1: Culture Shock, Travel Challenges, and the Order of Countries

Backpackology is a bit of a misnomer—it implies that there is something scientific, perhaps educational; that there’s something to learn.  While this was my original intent, I instead mostly just talk about my bowel movements, ...

 
China
 
Uighur Food-1
Uighur Food-1
Uighur Food-1

Wednesday Wanderings: Uighur Food of the Kashgar Night Market

If you’ve never woken up in the middle of the night to the sound of your own screams after suffering traumatic, reoccurring dreams the revolve around mutton fat, then you haven’t spent too much time in the Xinjiang province of ...
 
Culture
 
Karakoram Highway-15a
Karakoram Highway-15a
Karakoram Highway-15a

The Karakoram Highway

When I tell people that my favorite country thus far has been Pakistan, I often receive horrified stares, as if I’ve just admitted that I enjoy licking squirrels or pooping in jam jars.  But what people don’t realize is that Pa...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Trip Planning-1
Trip Planning-1

The Art of Trip Planning

I’m writing this article for my younger brother, who, with all due respect, is about to make a terrible mistake. “Steve!” he exclaimed over the phone. “I’m coming to visit you in Thailand for New Years! I’m booking my flight no...

 
China
 
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Kashgar Livestock-1
Kashgar Livestock-1

Wednesday Wanderings: The Former Nation of East Turkestan

It’s hard to stabilize a video camera when you’re being stampeded by a crowd of bedraggled Uighur shepherds, when you’re tripping over barnyard critters and women with gold-plated teeth and painted unibrows are screaming foreig...