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Hitchhiking-4
Hitchhiking-4

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

Tweet 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 ...
 
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)

Tweet 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 ...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Culture Shock-2
Culture Shock-2

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

Tweet 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 movem...

 
Backpackology 101
 
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Trip Planning-1
Trip Planning-1

The Art of Trip Planning

Tweet 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 fli...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Travelers Diarrhea-2
Travelers Diarrhea-2

Everything You Never Knew You Didn’t Want to Know About Traveler’s Diarrhea

Tweet After three months of dread-filled anticipation, it was in Kannur, India, at the ironically named “Hotel Happiness,” that I finally got what was coming to me. The first wave of nausea ripped me awake at about 2:45AM, and ...
 
Inspiration
 
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World HIghlights-5
World HIghlights-5

Guest Blogger Michael Spencer Bown: The Top 80 Highlights of the World

Tweet An unexpected benefit of visiting ‘dangerous’ places like Pakistan is that it affords you the opportunity to meet some fascinating people. They’re never tourists; they’re travelers, adventurers, lunatics, or some hazardou...

 
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Steve McDonald’s Guide to Not Dying in Scary Countries

Tweet In my life, I’ve had the fortune of visiting forty-four countries, and if I were forced to write down my favorites, you might mistake it for a list of Government Travel Warnings. I was in Japan when the tsunami turned Sen...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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go the other way feat image
go the other way feat image

To Go the Other Way

Tweet “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life…” – Jack Kerouac In a wild outpost town of eastern Baltistan, two days’ journey by road into the ja...
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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Indian Food-4
Indian Food-4

Inhaling India (A Diarrhea Adventure): A Foodie’s Guide to India on a Budget

Tweet “If you take the foods of the world on one side and the foods of India on another, our pile would easily tip the scales.” –Rocky Singh ************************* You might think you know Indian food. You might frequent a f...

 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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Namaste Hindustan WM-51
Namaste Hindustan WM-51

Guest Blogger Brittanie Sterner: The Surrounded Lady Traveler

Tweet This week, I have the pleasure of sharing with you a special guest blogger, a fantastically talented writer and good friend of mine, Ms. Brittanie Sterner. In 2010, I traveled with Brittanie in India for a while, before s...