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Help me beat the crap out of my camera

How can I best protect my dSLR camera during a rugged hiking trip, while still keeping it accessible for shooting? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jun 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Looking for a 2-day backpacking hike near Washington, DC

I'm trying to plan a last-minute backpacking trip this weekend. I'm looking for suggestions for a good 2-day (~12-16 mile) circuit hike that's within a 2 hour drive of Washington, DC. [more inside]
posted by schmod on May 15, 2014 - 12 answers

Where should I travel to in South America?

I have a month off and some saved up money and I want to travel to South America! Where should I travel? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on May 3, 2014 - 6 answers

same trip but different

How should I spend my week alone in Thailand (or nearby)? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Apr 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Give me the amazing travel podcasts

I have a recently renewed thirst for travel, having read a couple of fantastic travelogues recently. I also have a regular hour-a-day walk to and from work, plus several opportunities to listen to good audio during the day. I'd love to listen to some podcasts on travel, food, language and discovering the world. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Apr 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Where should I backpack around Portland, OR in March?

Hi, my friend and I are talking about a two-to-three day backpacking trip around Portland, OR. Let's say within a 100 mile radius of town. The dates would be March 20-23 or so. So it would be a Wintery trip! I don't know if there are fun safe places to backpack that time of year around here. For many trails, the internet says things like "season starts in mid-July", so I am worried... We are both young(ish) guys in good shape, so we'd be up for a lot in terms of elevation change and trail length. But we're not looking to, you know, ice climb or anything. So where should we go? I don't want the answer to be "go to California", but if that's the answer I should know. Thanks!
posted by middlethird on Feb 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Iceland, best time to visit and some other questions

I'm considering going to Iceland this summer and I have a few questions that haven't exactly been answered in the other threads and/or the the rest of the internet. For background, I'm traveling alone, planning on staying a week to ten days, and I'll be renting a vehicle. [more inside]
posted by buttercup on Feb 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me plan my backpacking trip, real-time!

I'm currently in Guatemala with a friend, and we have another ten weeks until our flight home from Panama City. How should we divide the rest of our time? Which countries should we visit? Specific considerations inside. [more inside]
posted by alona on Feb 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Best backpacking guide... book, website, whatever!

I'm looking to start backpacking/rough camping this year, and I've had a hard time picking a guide. Can you recommend a book (preferred) or a website for this sort of thing? I've done some not-so-rough campground camping before, but it was alway drive-in camping. We'd love to start off with over nighters and work our way up from there. We don't know what type of pack/tent/gear to get at all. Bonus: guides for the tri-state (Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware) area camping/packing would be nice, too. Thanks!
posted by ancient star on Feb 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Where to go and what to do in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia?

My girlfriend and I will be spending the next 3-4 months travelling in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. Where should we go and what should we do? [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Feb 6, 2014 - 10 answers

How should I prepare for lengthy backpacking trips?

So I've decided to get into backpacking. I've set some goals of backpacking part of the PCT, Acadia, and the Olympic Peninsula as my must-do hikes. So, here's the Ask. What kind of preparation should I do before undertaking say, a week to two week hike at each of those locations? I live in Texas, which is very flat and relatively boring by comparison, so access to varied terrain will be a little difficult for me to come by. What kind of "practice trips" should I go on before trying for one of these more ambitious hikes? And what's a realistic amount of time to prepare for a hike of that magnitude?
posted by doogan nash on Jan 24, 2014 - 14 answers

What to buy a travelling friend, when they are a traveller

A work colleague and all-round good bud of mine is leaving the country (Australia) to do some travelling before returning home to England (Liverpool). There are a lot of things I'd love to buy her as a farewell present, but as she is backpacking for a few months through various places I am limited on my selection of physical gifts to buy her. Help me think of/make something awesome for her! [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan on Jan 19, 2014 - 15 answers

How can I make spices the most packable?

My brother is a vagabond ski-bum, who lives in a tree house in the summer, cooks on a camp stove, and lives off of oatmeal, rice and beans, ramen, cans of tuna, and PB+Js. He does not like "owning things." I'm going to civilize him a little bit by sending him a selection of spices for Christmas. BUT they need to be able to kept in a backpack or in a shoebox or something, take up very little space and weight. Any suggestions on A. How to package them? and B) Which herbs and spices you think I MUST INCLUDE? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Dec 4, 2013 - 24 answers

A one way flight to anywhere? (What should I do with my life?)

I'm recently back from a long trip through South America, but my travel lust is hardly satiated. I have some savings left, and I'm desperate to take off again. Is this a good idea? And if so, where should I go next? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Nov 13, 2013 - 5 answers

A backpacking backpack for laptops?

I want the benefits of a backpacking backpack with the benefits of a laptop backpack. Shoulder and waist straps, tall and able to fit lots of stuff, but with a laptop sleeve or something that would make it easy to take my laptop out and put it back in. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Oct 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Where should I go backpacking in Minnesota this weekend?

I want to go backpacking in Minnesota or western Wisconsin this weekend. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Oct 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Central America backpacker travel porn thread.

With a month, a thousand bucks, Puerto Vallarta as a starting point, and a hot travel partner, what's our best backpacking travel option? Cross-Mexico drive? Hop down to Costa Rica/Panama? Something else? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Oct 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Argentina in 2 weeks - where to go and what to do?

I'm going to Argentina for 16 days in November, starting in Buenos Aires and ending in Ushuaia, where I'll be getting on a boat to the Antarctic. But Argentina is massive, and I'm bewildered by the choice and distance. Can the hive mind help me work out an itinerary? [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on Oct 1, 2013 - 6 answers

"Best of" recommendations for 80 days of backpacking in India?

I'm planning to leave in a few weeks for India to travel with a budget of several (<7) thousand dollars. I may stay up to 80 days (but have the opportunity to come back earlier). Have any of you done a trip like this? Can you point me at any (good) links or recommendations for itineraries, or even out of the way one-off points of interest?
posted by jpziller on Aug 26, 2013 - 15 answers

One outfit to rule them all

I will be trekking/travelling/volunteering in South America for 6-8 months early next year. I am looking for what to wear and bring. Ideally, comfortable, water resistant, fashionable, lightweight things. [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Aug 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Flying with a Loaded Backpacking (Wilderness Backpacking Backpack)

On August 23rd, I am flying to Fairbanks, Alaska for a week long camping/hiking trip in Denali National Park and would like to not have to check any items if possible. [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Jul 31, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me find a women's backpacking backpack!

Living in Minnesota for the past few years, I've finally taken an interest in camping. It's been real fun and I'd like to progress from car camping to backpacking. There are a lot of recommendations online for men's backpacks but not so much for women. [more inside]
posted by mlo on Jul 15, 2013 - 12 answers

Why wear your knapsack backwards?

While travelling abroad, I'm seeing a lot of younger people wearing their backpacks on their chests. Ignoring those few burdened with two backpacks, fore and aft, I'm perplexed -- why would anybody do that? It makes about as much sense to me as wearing your pants backwards. Aren't the straps all wrong, doesn't it slip down your arms, and at the most inopportune moment? [more inside]
posted by Rash on Jul 1, 2013 - 25 answers

Recommendations for Budapest -> Krakow -> Berlin itinerary in early July

Doctor Girlfriend and I are taking a trip to Central Europe in a couple weeks, flying into Budapest and then making our way over the course of 10-11 days to Berlin to meet friends. We're planning on spending most of that time in Slovakia and Poland. Our only definite stops are Budapest, Krakow, and Berlin, and we definitely want to do some hiking in the Tatras somewhere in there. But aside from that, we don't have firm plans. Anyone been in that area, and have some recommendations on awesome places to see/stay/eat/drink/listen to music? We tend to like stuff that's not super tourist-trap-y or packaged. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin on Jun 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Calling all backpackers: help me prevent/cure hip belt rash

When I cinch down my backpack's hip belt enough so that the weight actually rests on my hips, it tends to cause some soreness and, more annoyingly, a bit of a rash after a day of hiking. The pack is not that heavy (around 20 lbs/9kg with food and water - I'm not planning to do backpacking with a tent, just hut-to-hut hiking) and fits comfortably otherwise. [more inside]
posted by mskyle on Jun 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Where should I travel?

My roommates and I are going abroad for the month of July. We're American college students; we'd like to go somewhere warm and cheap for a month. The thing is, we're not necessarily looking to go backpacking the whole time. I'm searching for a place that's super cheap, warm, and close to the ocean where we can write/relax/make music for a month. Shoestring budget here, and we don't mind dumpster diving. In the past I've sublet an apartment in Paris for two months for really cheap and just lived there to explore the city. Does anything spring to mind that's coastal and doable? [more inside]
posted by Shasta on May 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Backpack camping gear recommendations

My husband and I love to hike, and this summer we hope to go on some longer hiking trips that will require camping for one or two nights. What gear should we buy to make our trips enjoyable and safe? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Apr 7, 2013 - 37 answers

Looking to travel the world.

I want to travel. Besides that fact, nothing is decided - around October, for 2-4 months, probably on my own, on a relatively flexible budget, anywhere in the world. Tell me your travel stories! [more inside]
posted by alona on Mar 23, 2013 - 5 answers

How to Power a Laptop in the Desert?

My friend Paul Salopek is walking across Eastern Africa and needs to stay connected. Power from his solar panel passes through an inefficient AC inverter. He's not getting enough power to stay connected. Can you advise? [more inside]
posted by honest knave on Mar 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Joining a friend for a week on the AT, what do I need to bring? Tips?

A close friend has decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail starting in about 10 days at Springer Mountain in Georgia. It just so happens that I have a week off with nothing to do, and he asked if I wanted to start out with him, and I said yes. Help me make sure I'm not forgetting anything (and/or shed inessentials). Any tips/tricks would also be appreciated for this AT newb! [more inside]
posted by ghostpony on Mar 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Hitchhiking through Argentina

I'm in Santa Fe, Argentina. My girlfriend and I are planning to leave tomorrow afternoon to hitchhike toward Mendoza. Neither of us has ever hitchhiked before, our Spanish is fine but not ideal (we've been in Argentina and Uruguay for a few weeks and have been getting along fine, but no one would mistake us for native speakers), and we are both fairly nonthreatening white Americans in our 20s. [more inside]
posted by cheerwine on Feb 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Is 3 months in South America long enough? (& other travel questions)

Next month, I'm off to South America for three months. I'll be flying into Colombia and flying out of Buenos Aires--already booked my flight, and all should be good, except for my fear that it won't be enough time to see everything I want to see! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Feb 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Myanmar and Southeast Asia Backpacking Questions

I leave for an extended trip to Southeast Asia on Wednesday. I have a weekend in Kuala Lumpur, a month in Myanmar, and then two and a half months to work my way from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur overland. What might I be missing in my planning? [more inside]
posted by piedmont on Jan 11, 2013 - 9 answers

New Zealand essentials?

So this is happening: my wife and I are taking a last-minute trip to New Zealand for the new year. We'll be away for 12/29-01/18, driving a few hours every few days, starting in Queenstown and heading north. Where should we stay? What should we see? What should we experience? [more inside]
posted by ronv on Dec 23, 2012 - 17 answers

Backpacking for not quite grey nomad

Backpacking in Australia with $20k in savings. Suppose I throw caution to the wind and runaway from everything, what do I, a relatively inexperienced traveller need to know? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Dec 9, 2012 - 25 answers

4month travel in Europe

4 month DIY traveling in Europe starting Dec. Good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by jstarlee on Nov 9, 2012 - 12 answers

I've got a bit of time and a bit of money, where should I go?

I want to spend some time in SE Asia. I have three or four months to do this (January through April). I could spend up to $5k-6k on this, though much cheaper would be better. Help me sort this out. [more inside]
posted by piedmont on Nov 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Wow really roughing it there, tough guys

Weekend backpacking trip near Philly? [more inside]
posted by MangyCarface on Sep 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Where should I go backpacking in Los Padres National Forest?

Where should I go backpacking in Los Padres National Forest? [more inside]
posted by pknodle on Aug 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Around the World in 50 Days: Part 1

Around the World! Need help with some logistics. Part 1: Bangkok, Thailand, then overland to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Best travel method: rail or bus or rented car? Stops along the way? Via the interior (Aranyaprathet) or along the beach (via Koh Kong)? Other things we're not thinking of? [more inside]
posted by solotoro on Jul 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Help us figure out the best route!

Help us plan the best month-long route through Western Europe! [more inside]
posted by addelburgh on Jun 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Advice on hiking trails near Escalante, Utah?

My wife and I want to go backpacking near Escalante, Utah next month. Although we're both reasonably fit and experienced desert backpackers, we're not as young as we once were. Can anyone recommend a good trip of no more than 4 days that will be easy to modestly difficult with shade and water for most of the trip?
posted by BillW on May 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Where to rent motorcycles in Israel for an international traveler?

Looking to travel to Israel soon and interested in renting a motorcycle - anyone know of good places to rent in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem that allow for travel around the country? [more inside]
posted by HoyaSaxa on Jan 10, 2012 - 2 answers

NOLS alternatives for adventuring in Chile

What's the best way for a solo traveler to spend a week or two adventuring in Patagonia? [more inside]
posted by Bun on Dec 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Bike and camping supplies in Las Veags?

I'm planning a trip do Death Valley in january and I'll be landing in Las Vegas where I'll spend the first day or two preparing, and I wonder if anyone has some recommendations for places where I can get the supplies I need. [more inside]
posted by tristpinsm on Dec 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Tips for a backpacking trip to death valley?

First time backcountry camping in the desert. I'll be biking and hiking. Any tips from people who've gone on similar trips? [more inside]
posted by tristpinsm on Dec 4, 2011 - 15 answers

Backpacking in Peru, but where (how?) to get a backpack?

Backpacking in Peru, but where (how?) to get a backpack? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Dec 1, 2011 - 14 answers

Backpacking trip planning advice.

Help with planning a backpacking trip covering Asia->SE Asia. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Nov 15, 2011 - 10 answers

How to save money and enjoy a trip to Bremen, Germany?

Planning to attend a language course in Bremen, Germany early next year. Need extensive MeFi advice/help! [more inside]
posted by naskar on Nov 12, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I plan & embark on a RTW trip as an HIV+ gay man?

How do I plan & embark on a RTW trip as an HIV+ man? I'm about to turn 25 and thanks to healthcare legislation I've been given a small window of time to travel unencumbered by the fear of loosing health insurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 - 6 answers

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