1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Backpacking the World for a Year! - Tips? Must dos? Meet-up?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by xxf8xx, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. xxf8xx

    xxf8xx Supreme Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2009
    Messages:
    1,321
    Likes Received:
    596
    Occupation:
    IM
    As some of you may know I will be backpacking the world starting in November. Now that there is only 3 months away it has kind of hit me that my friend and I don't have much planned. I bought my pack yesterday, but there's still so much to do it's overwhelming! Just wanted to see if there's anyone here on BHW that has backpacked before and if they have any major tips for someone who has never done it before.

    Here is a very rough agenda of where we are going:

    November 2013 - New Zealand - Skydiving, glacier hike, glow worm caves
    December 2013 - SEAsia
    January 2014 - SEAsia
    February 2014 - SEAsia
    March 2014 - SEAsia/India/Nepal
    April 2014 - Africa
    May 2014 - Africa
    June 2014 - South America - Brazil - World Cup!
    July 2014 - South America
    August 2014 - South America
    September 2014 - Caribbean
    October 2014 - Mexico
    November 2014 - Vegas - BHW Conference!


    If anyone wants to meet up at some point let me know!

    P.S. This trip is entirely funded by IM earnings! I don't have the amount of money I need to make it through the entire trip. I'm going to have enough saved for a return ticket home if needed, but hopefully that isn't the case. Depending on how much I have by the time we leave will judge how much I have to budget.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  2. Mr-excalibur

    Mr-excalibur Newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2013
    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    26
    Well it is essential to become member at hostelling international, the youth hostel organisation, you can have a bed worldwide! and mostly it comes cheap. 2nd.: get free android app locus or check andromaps project and download all vectormaps of all countries you want to visit - then you have offline navigation for free, check the hike-skins they are free too.. ps: signing up for youthhostels is quick and easy if you go to the next youthhostel at home, in your country, and say to the staff that you need worldwide usuable membership. and consider couch-surfing too because its free, but you need to sign up too
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2013
  3. Jacksss

    Jacksss Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2012
    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    18
    dont consider couchsurfing because it is free!
    consider couchsurfing because it is just awesome!
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 2
  4. xxf8xx

    xxf8xx Supreme Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2009
    Messages:
    1,321
    Likes Received:
    596
    Occupation:
    IM
    Definitely considering couch surfing! Especially in New Zealand to help save some cash!
     
  5. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2012
    Messages:
    2,467
    Likes Received:
    7,615
    Brush up on your chat up lines. Smooth talking mofos save money on hotels and don't sleep alone !
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  6. Mr-excalibur

    Mr-excalibur Newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2013
    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    26
    XD HAHA XD - true post - XD
     
  7. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2012
    Messages:
    10,118
    Likes Received:
    28,559
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Fun Lovin' Criminal
    Location:
    London
    Home Page:
    Sounds like an awesome trip.

    Here is a list of films to watch before you go, they may save your life !

    Edit: Too Lazy to make my own list so look at these:

    http://www.stevescottsite.com/20-travel-horror-movies-that-make-you-want-to-stay-home
    http://www.hostelbookers.com/article/travel-articles/travel-horror-movies/
    http://travelgeneration.com/travel-stories/the-best-backpacking-movies/
    http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-c...ch-before-a-camping-trip-or-outdoor-adventure

    There are a couple of good films in those lists, so enjoy.

    Have a great trip.
     
  8. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2012
    Messages:
    2,467
    Likes Received:
    7,615
    Last edited by a moderator: May 18, 2016
  9. MaverickonRoids

    MaverickonRoids Power Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2012
    Messages:
    783
    Likes Received:
    439
    Location:
    Rep Score: Infinity
    If China is on your list for February, you will be able to experience first hand, Chinese New Year. It's a pyro's playground around that time, as the fireworks are louder than you ever heard in your life.

    Other than that, not much more I can add. Have a good trip.
     
  10. xxf8xx

    xxf8xx Supreme Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2009
    Messages:
    1,321
    Likes Received:
    596
    Occupation:
    IM
    Unfortunately I don't think we will be visiting China, however, plans are always open for change along the way so you never know!
     
  11. Flexin

    Flexin Newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2012
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    2
    Do you have specific places you want to go to yet?
     
  12. xxf8xx

    xxf8xx Supreme Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2009
    Messages:
    1,321
    Likes Received:
    596
    Occupation:
    IM
    The itinerary in my OP is as far as we are at the moment. Still have some planning to do, but we don't want to plan TOO much.
     
  13. EasyDosh

    EasyDosh Newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2013
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    Im from nz i might have to go skydiving sometime should be a blast good luck! im from wellington btw!
     
  14. jedrobert

    jedrobert Newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2013
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    4
    good luck on your trip mate, its a shame your not stopping in at Aus.
     
  15. youtalkmedia

    youtalkmedia Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2011
    Messages:
    830
    Likes Received:
    375
    Occupation:
    Web Developer
    Location:
    Toronto
    Home Page:
    Sooo... not coming up to canada ehh...
    :bsflag:
     
  16. dollarzz

    dollarzz Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Messages:
    381
    Likes Received:
    170
    Location:
    ATM Europe :)
    Thailand and Australia!!!!! and if you love food! Head over to penang in malaysia!!! :)
     
  17. JDIZM

    JDIZM Junior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2012
    Messages:
    147
    Likes Received:
    37
    I've been meaning to do this for a while now, a lot of my mates have already moved abroad. Have friends in many of those locations already.

    I would be tempted to join you at some point along your journey! your gonna have a lot of fun bro, enjoy it!
     
  18. hotguy640

    hotguy640 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2012
    Messages:
    1,059
    Likes Received:
    189
    Location:
    Nepal, KTM
    If your visiting nepal then let me know i can give you some details of famous places
     
  19. *AMEX

    *AMEX Regular Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2011
    Messages:
    206
    Likes Received:
    44
    Occupation:
    Student
    If you come to Munich, i'll buy you and your friend a beer ;)
     
  20. sunbad84

    sunbad84 Newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hey xxf8xx, i have been doing exactly the same thing and have been in SE Asia for a year now, moving to a new country each month, hanging out here until June and then heading to the Brazil for the World Cup. Im currently in Northern Thailand, PM me your Skype if you wanna chat about anything regards Travel or IM.