Last year, we started the tradition of doing a Christmas giveaway here on Backpack ME. It was a fairly simple affair and our reader Mara, from Texas, took home some cool gifts. This year, we thought that if we’re again going to spread some travel love in the shape of … more »
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If it’s true that first impressions tend to last, my idea of Seoul would be one of futuristic looking cityscapes, locals adorned with modern accessories and an efficiency that only well planned contemporary cities manage to achieve. That is one of the obvious sides of Seoul, no doubt about that. … more »
We live a fairly minimalist lifestyle. When it comes to owning stuff, we truly believe that less is more. The fewer things we own, the less we have to tie us down and, as such, the more flexibility of movement we get to enjoy. But we’re not monks wearing a … more »
Hot. Dry. Intense. This is summer in El Paso, Texas! There’s a reason why this Texan city, located right on the border with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is called The Sun City. There are many things to keep locals and visitors entertained in El Paso all year long. Many visit to … more »
Thanks to the fine weather of the hill station of Lonavala that this place has become one of the most popular tourist places in Maharashtra. With the luxurious 5-star hotels in Lonavala gaining such a huge popularity over the years, Lonavala has become a paradise when it comes to spending … more »
Thinking about California brings to mind Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Disneyland, road trips down Highway 101, and so much more. Even if you haven’t been to California before, chances are you know more than a thing or two about it. Planning a trip around this famous American state doesn’t have to … more »
As we travel around the world, we are often asked if we ever get into trouble or if we feel unsafe in some of the places we go to. Our answer tends to be the same: most people in the world are actually good! Problems can happen whether it is … more »
If there is one thing we love it’s last minute trips and one way tickets. OK, that’s two things! I guess what we really like is to be able to be spontaneous and make the most of the moment, embracing pretty epic experiences, as well as enjoying the little things. … more »
If you’ve read Backpack ME before, you know that Ashray is Indian and that I am Portuguese. But there is at least one thing in which I am [stereotypically] more Indian than him: I love a good bargain! Not only I like negotiating a transaction until I reach a price … more »
I am not the greatest fan of guided tours. Not only do I think that there is very little room for spontaneity when you are exploring a new place with a group, I also feel like you invariably have to forsake your own rhythm to keep up with others. When … more »