Backpacking & Camping

Backpacking & Camping

Campsite in Namibia. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods. There is rapture on the lonely shore. There is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea and music in its roar. I love not man the less, but Nature more.”

–Lord Byron

Immersing yourself in nature is a balm for the soul. Embrace the great outdoors with a backpacking or camping excursion and let nature serve as your guide. However, approach your adventure as a prepared explorer.

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned backpacker or camper, equipping yourself with knowledge about top destinations, essential gear, optimal hiking trails, and invaluable travel insights is paramount. What essentials should you pack? What weight limits should you adhere to for your gear? Which equipment garners the highest praise? What specific provisions are essential for mountain, beach, or forest trails?

Discover a wealth of best practices, gear reviews, and expert tips tailored to backpacking and camping right here, ensuring your wilderness experience is both enriching and exhilarating.

  • Some of you may ask why I chose Guatemala — especially if you’re like my parents whose idea of adventure is an all-inclusive trip to Cuba.

  • As country borders remain closed and travel restrictions show very few signs of lifting, many people are turning to domestic travel alternatives. Instead of flying to far-flung places, tourists are taking to campervan travel. While campervanning is nothing new to tourists in destinations like New Zealand or Australia, there has been a major upswing in people getting around this way since COVID hit.

  • A few years back, I had the opportunity to travel to India to go to my good friend's wedding. It was a chance to get a glimpse of the culture that I just couldn’t pass up.

  • Patagonia is the southern region of South America, covering a large part of the continent's tip, straddling both Argentina and Chile. Like the rest of the continent, Patagonia is filled with breathtaking views, delicious food, and abundant wildlife. However, due to its growing popularity, it is the most expensive part of the continent.

  • For many long-term backpackers, it has been a new adventure in survival and endurance as their usual fallback job opportunities have also been affected by the shut-down.

  • As I write this, the majority of the world is in isolation; the pandemic of COVID-19 has forced us indoors and away from each other.

  • A Russian family was recently cautioned by police in Cambodia after being caught begging in the town of Battambang, raising the issue of the growing trend of begpacking and the effect it has on the countries where people practice it. Traveling can be expensive and it’s not unusual for people to run out of money while on the road, especially when taking long-term trips. However, there has been a huge increase in the number of travelers – usually westerners – who are specifically traveling to countries where the cost of living is much cheaper than the west, primarily South East Asia but also parts of South America, with very little money and then proceed beg, busk, sell artwork or even offer hugs in exchange for donations in order to fund their trip. The family – a man and a woman in their late 20s traveling with their young baby – [...]

  • Lesser known and far less populated than the long distance trail in British Columbia, the East Coast Trail stretches for more than 300 kilometers from Cappahayden in the south to Cape

  • In the past four decades of its existence, Hello Kitty has grown in popularity emerging as a global marketing phenomenon that ranks close to $7bn a year. The product was coined and brought into existence by the Japanese company Sanrio, the white bobtail kitty has been etched onto almost every imaginable fashion accessory, from jewelry, bags, and shoes to phones, laptops and contact lenses. Now, fans of one of Japan’s most popular half- Japanese and half-English kitty are being treated to the opportunity of having the Kauai kitty as their next glamping partner. An upscale resort, The Grand Chariot Hokutoshichisei has converted one of its 23 individual cabins (or “cocoons” as they are commonly referred to) into a homage to everyone’s favorite pink-bowed kitty. A cottage that evokes the world of Hello Kitty from bedspreads, wall art, throw pillows, and even luxurious bath salts that bear Hello Kitty’s likeness. Other [...]

  • Backpacking is one of the most adventurous and, we must admit, dangerous ways to travel. But if you’ve decided you want to venture into the ‘wild’ and explore exotic cultures and ancient ruins on your own, then there are a few rules you should follow and a few tricks that might come in handy.

  • Experience the magic of a night under the stars on the Blackfoot Crossing Reservation in Alberta, Canada. World Footprints invites you to enjoy a glimpse of our unforgettable evening immersed in the rich culture and traditions of the Blackfoot people. We spent the night in a traditional teepee, adorned with a bear skin rug that added to the authentic and cozy atmosphere. The vast territory of the reservation provided a breathtaking backdrop as we settled into the comforts of our teepee, which offered a unique blend of rustic charm and traditional accommodation. Our evening was filled with the vibrant music and dance traditions of the Blackfoot people, allowing us to connect deeply with their heritage. The rhythmic beats of the drums and the graceful movements of the dancers brought the stories of the Blackfoot culture to life, creating an immersive and enriching experience. Join us as we explore the beauty [...]