Backpack ME: travel around the world with A&Z

Where should we travel to next?!

More than two years ago, we started Backpack ME to share with you details from our travels around the world. Ultimately, we wanted to inspire you to live your own adventures. We have shared stories from far-away places, eye-catching videos and practical tips. Maybe we have introduce you to new places that are now part of your bucket list and, for that, we’re proud.

But today, we’d like to switch the roles around here. Right now, we’re in New Delhi recharging batteries and planning our next move. And we would like your help, planning where we should travel to next.


Where do you think we should travel and why?

You may skip the obvious places, tell us some insider details only you might know from your side of the world. Let us know about trips that you’ve taken to special places we should also experience by ourselves! Or simply suggest somewhere in the world you have heard about and, although you have never been there yourself, you’d be really curious to learn more about through the posts we’d eventually write about it.

Have a look at our travel map to see where we have been to before, and tell us where we should go next! Don’t forget to mention why you think we’d be happy in the place you suggest. And if you’d been there yourself, please feel free to post links to your photos or blog posts in the comments below.

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  • Mariya Says

    Hi Ashray and Zara,

    I feel like I almost know you because I’ve followed your blog for a while. I have two recommendations for you – Japan or South Africa. Based on your map, it looks like you haven’t been there. As an Indian Citizen, Ashray you will need visa for both of them. The South African visa took us a week to get in Mumbai. And Japan won’t give you a visa outside of your country of residence, so it’s good that you are in Delhi.
    Maybe you can catch Japan during the cherry blossom season coming up. This is the culture that struck me as the most welcoming of all the 42 countries we visited during our round-the-world journey. It’s really interesting just being there and experiencing the culture and the food. Everything is strange, but perfectly orderly and organized.
    South Africa seems to be a Mecca for hiking. Definitely visit the Drakensberg Mountain Range – my most favorite hiking location in the world so far, it is beautiful and serene and there aren’t too many tourists. And Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, hiking up Table Mountain is really worth it. People are very welcoming as well.
    Right now we are settled in Boston and I am traveling vicariously through you. If you come back to the States for some reason, please get in touch, we would love to host you and get to know you in person!


    • Zara Says

      Hi Mariya!

      Thanks so much for all your tips (such complete info with visa details and all!) and, of course, for following our blog!

      Life has taken us to Chile now, but we’ll keep your tips in mind for the future. Speaking for myself, particularly Japan. I can’t wait to visit this country! Let’s see next time we’re in Asia, as we’re really far right now..


  • Gail Says

    Norway, Sweden, Finland!!! They are WONDERFUL!!!!! Thank you for sharing your life with us!!

  • govan Says

    Travel to Azures! It is lovely and not so expensive.

    • Zara Says

      As a Portuguese person I am not proud to say that I haven’t been to Azores Islands yet… but we shall make it there one of these days! Thanks Govan!

  • Celia Says

    Dear friends,
    first of all: I find it amazing to see you two living the dream of travelling wherever your hearts take you! Hope you are fine and recharging batteries doesn’t bore you ;)
    Here’s my advice for your next trip(s):
    - Australia: I simply loved it, it’s so diverse from desert to rainforest and all the beautiful nature and wildlife plus people are so relaxed and welcoming. Would be veryhappy to give you some ideas about possible routes.
    - New Zealand: Haven’t seen much of it, yet, but as far as I can tell also very beautiful nature an wildlife. Also very diverse, even though in a different way than Oz.
    - Iceland: Completely different from the above two ;) Haven’t been there, yet, but definetely on my priority list. My parent’s have been there recently and liked it very much. Best to be visited in July or August as it’s very North…

    So far… Hope I could give you some ideas and looking forward to read about what you’ve decided on :)

    All the best for you two!!

    • Zara Says

      Hi Celia,

      How are you? I’m happy to see you’ve been following our crazy adventures!
      We’ve just moved to Santiago de Chile in the meantime.. Ashray is involved in a project here and we had loved South America so we decided to come back.

      We’ll keep your suggestions in mind for the next time we hit the road!

      Cheers and stay well! :)

  • Hi A&Z!
    You should totally come to Argentina (I know I’ve told you this several times, but when you get here you’ll see why!). But not only Buenos Aires, the charm of Argentina is the mountains of Patagonia, the colours of the Andes in the northwestern region, the glaciers and one of the 7 Natural Wonders: Iguazu Falls (shared with Brazil). I know you’ve been in Chile, but the landscapes are so much different here!
    You’ll love the glaciers of the South, the Moon Valley (valle de la Luna) in San Juan, tango in Buenos Aires, taste some of the World’s best wines in Mendoza, try “empanadas fritas” in Salta (if you don’t like empanadas I’ll personally pay for them), but keep an eye on “coatíes” at Iguazu Falls (those little animals love to steal travellers food!).
    Wherever you decide to go I’m sure you’ll have a great time! I wish you the best!
    See you!

    • Zara Says

      Hi Gonzalo,

      As you know we’re in Santiago de Chile now.. so we’re definitely gonna come to visit you in Argentina some time soon! And yes, we LOVE empanadas, so that’s covered! ;)

      Hasta pronto!

  • My husband and I have that same map! Not quite as many pins yet, but we’re working on it. :)

    • Zara Says

      That’s actually not our map… we wouldn’t have those many pins in the USA!
      It was a map at a lodge we stayed at in Arizona and Ashray was just pinning where in the world he comes from!

      This is OUR own map:
      Much easier to update considering we’re never on the same place! ;)

  • I’ve spent today dreaming about visiting the Isle of Man. I cannot think of one reason that properly justifies why you should travel there, but I just haven’t been able to stop thinking about it!

    Or, if you’re really open to going anywhere, just throw a dart at the map and go wherever it lands!

    • Zara Says

      Hi Catherine!

      The Isle of Man had NEVER cross our heads before regarding our travel plans. Worth looking at!.. Thanks for the idea! :)

  • Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – we have so much to offer that you will be very happy with this choice. Geographical diversity, multiculturalism which adds to the allure, not to mention great weather and we are a pretty laid back mob.

    • Zara Says

      Australia has ALWAYS been in our plans but, for one reason of the other, we never actually planned a trip there. It’s going to happen one day soon.. I know it! :D

  • Poland! I see on your map you were right by the border. It’s warm there now now 50′s/60′s and you can do an eastern Europe tour with nearby Slovakia, Czech Republic. Wroclaw and Krakow are the best cities in my opinion and I’ve visited family there more than 10 times. Drink up some Polish beer and go to all the campfire “ogniski” outdoor parties in the suburbs.

    • Zara Says

      Thanks for the ideas Angelica! Eastern Europe definitely need to be included in our travel plans sometime. A road trip / train trip around different countries in the area would be great.
      Those campfire parties in the suburbs sound quite interesting by the way!..

  • Barry Says

    Definitely South Africa! I live in South Africa and recently started my own blog post on reasons I love it here. Have a look,, bear in mind it’s pretty fledgling so if you have any questions about travelling here let me know!


  • I was just about to suggest Cuba as I’ve recently got back and loved it but I’ve just seen you’ve been. How about Copenhagen just spent the weekend there and it’s a lot of fun!

    • Zara Says

      Hi Bekcy,
      The Cuba suggestions would have been a good one.. we always recommend it to travelers looking for a UNIQUE place! We’ll look into Copenhagen next time we’re in Europe.. right now we are in South America again – and loving it! :D

  • Well, I recommend Iran. There are many flights from India, it’s a beautiful, very safe, uncrowded and unspoilt country. People are absolutely amazing and it’s a very budget friendly place. And, of course, people will frown and ask “what the heck were you doing in Iran?”, which I love!

    • Zara Says

      Pedro, Iran is such a good suggestion!
      I actually traveled there about 6 years ago and it was great, particularly because of the people. They were very friendly, talkative and always curious to understand what people talk about their country abroad. It was a very interesting experience indeed!

  • Madagascar Says

    There is a great deal of place around the world where you can go. I won’t tell you where to go but I will be much delighted to have your news via this blog.

  • Vlad Says

    Eastern Europe (and Romania, obviously! ;) ). I was surprised to see you haven’t been to Norway, I’m going to Oslo this summer and I was searching on your blog for some information. So I’d totally recommend Norway and Iceland (it has always been on my wishlist) :)

    • Zara Says

      No, we haven’t been to Norway or Iceland yet but it has certainly crossed our minds before! And the same goes for Eastern Europe.. I’d love to do a massive road-trip on that side of the world one day.. with enough time to get around properly!

  • South America is certainly a good choice!! :D Enjoy it!

  • yuva Says

    Tunisia and morocco….

  • yuva Says

    @ Zara: From the comments listed above, it is understood that you have visited Iran earlier. Please share your experiences in detail as a blog post.

    • Zara Says

      Hi Yuva!
      Yes, I did travel to Iran but it was before I was a travel blogger, so I didn’t document the trip the way I do now. Maybe we’ll go there sometime soon and I’ll get to blog about Iran in a way I can do proper justice to it – it was a great country to go around! :)

  • Hra Says

    Guys you need to do a road trip to Ladakh like NOW!!

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