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International driving licence if you plan on hiring a car whilst on your travels. At The Airport Plan your journey to the airport beforehand.

Have you made plans for how you are going to get to the airport yet? Maybe someone will give you a lift, you are catching the bus or even a train. Arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare. Most planes to the U. Snacks, snacks and more snacks! Again, 7 hours is a loooooong time so stock up on snacks for the journey. Thomas Cook sadly do not, so make sure you take water on the plane with you — high five for hydration! On Arrival Complete the customs declaration arrival card prior to landing.

Although they have these forms in the airport, it saves SO much time if you have already completed the form. The form is blue, and will ask for your personal information, the address you are staying at in the U. Have the necessary documents ready for immigration. The border agents will require your passport, visa forms and the above customs arrival card. Sometimes agents may ask you to provide proof of your onwards journey out of the U. Plan your onward journey. Should i resurect the backpact and try to fit in at 35?

My problem is im a big kid. Whether you trade up or down. Mine was staying at the Pensione in Florence that I had stayed in for the 2 previous years. First time in dorm. Second time with a mate and third by myself.

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I came out of it with a severe cold and was uncomfortable all night for 3 nights. I started travelling when I was 27 and remember going to my first hostel and being bored by the 'my pack is smaller than your pack' conversations, and people sitting at the hostel all day cos they had no money to see the city they were in.

Now that I am 37, I will still go to all the same cities, but a single room yes with bathroom in a 2-star joint makes the whole thing worthwhile. Till the next flight With people really serious and excited about seeing the world isn't it time to drop this tragic title "backpacker"? Stand up, renouce this moniker of depraved indifference and simply refuse to be named after your bag. Surely with all the incredible things you see and do as you travel the world you deserve a better working description than "bag carrier"?

Then I'd have to rename my blog! What do you suggest? Sandra K on November 7, 5: My definition of backpacking: And although it is easier to travel lightly in the warmer months, with lots of great lightweight clothing that is also very warm now available you can travel well also in the cooler months.

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No tours or set agenda; just a guide book and an rough idea of where you are headed or want to end up. Immersing myself in a new culture and experiences. Eating in local cafes or restaurants is a wonderful way of discovering culture and meeting the locals.

I save on hotels so that I can eat well. Some level of comfort after all it really is only a place to sleep but there are plenty of cheap and clean rooms in the world!! I have traveled like this since I was 20 years old and continue to do so 20 years later. I've always gone for the single room in hostels when by myself, or in the case when I'm heading to the States with my other half this weekend, we're splurging and going for boutique hotels.

I don't care at where anyone stays at the end of the day - I'm not impressed by hard core backpackers who who only ever sleep in a 20 dorm room and live off 2 minute noodles.

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They may enjoy travelling like that, but I wouldn't get my kicks out of it! Empress Jo on November 7, 6: I resisted the extra bucks between YVR to SFO - well it was a new but I whipped out the plastic, slipped it through the slot and took the upgrade for the haul across the Pacific. I got my five inches of leg room AND as it happens two spare seats to snooze on The food was still crap, but I was heading home Tushugars on November 7, 6: You don't get too old for backpacking - you just get better at it.

And you don't have to stay at a backpackers to be a backpacker. Or is that what they call a slackpacker? I find it's all about balancing pre-trip research against exploring with a well calibrated bullshitometer. As for the last post r. La Paz, Baja, Mexico. And the Millhouse in BA - try the Ritz down the road 2 stars doz - great rooms with views of the main drag in BA - a sea of humanity when they beat Mexico in the world cup You can step in and out of the likes of the Millhouse at your leisure.

God, I feel like getting on plane right now Go the Aussie dollar! Tom on November 7, 6: Although I have done a few hostels and managed to wear the same clothes for weeks on end I really don't think I have even been a 'backpacker'. I would probably put myself in the 'traveller' category. To me travelling is about the experience, with the idea to do things out of the ordinary. Of course having a great experience on a small budget can be a joy within itself but I try to avoid the mantra cheaper is better.

Even as a youngster I never warmed to the contiki mentality ie 32 countries in 21 days. I prefer to find a few select places I want to visit and spend a few weeks at each locale, living like the locals so to speak. If you don't have the dosh you end up in the dorm dowm the beach. Erghthat smell! Well here it is - I'm reading this article at 4am.

Because everyone at this hostel is drunk and wants to jump off the top bunk bed onto the person on the bed below ha ha isn't that hilarious?! Um, no it's not really, especially when I was sleeping quite happily in the room next door until the whole palava began At 3am.

This is my 6th night in a row surfing the net at an ungodly hour. The last four sleepless nights were induced by bed-bug allergy. Yes I want to travel, yes I want to meet people which staying in a hotel does not affordbut, at 36, God how I YEARN for crispy clean sheets, and a really good nights sleep In the old towns of Europe, the sound of those stupid wheels being dragged relentlessly over cobblestones almost drove me nuts.

NH on November 7, 7: Travelling solo I enjoyed the hostels as it was a great way to meet people - especially cooking in the kitchen. Finally had to hang up the backpack when I got back and then worked for a while at one job then got a serious job which gave me 6 weeks off before I started.

So at the ripe old age of 26 I shot off for one last fling of backpacking. Man was it different. Really hated sharing places and I was no longer interested in the ephemeral friendships of the road. What I used to love about travelling was you could meet up with someone on the train and you could all unbruden yourself of things you would never tell anyone close to you. These disposable friendships were wonderful and I think everyone should do be able to do this.

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However on my next trip I'd had my catharsis and now just found the other travellers dull. Not their fault - mea culpa. At the age of 32, married with a mortgage I did another trip.

Our last night was in London and it was Rememberance Day so everything was packed out. We stayed in a hostel in Windsor and had to be in separate dorms with Yugoslavian headbangers in mine, Russian pros in the womens.

Bread and cheese on November 7, 8: He was from a small town a few hours from Wagga Wagga and had been making an annual trip to Europe to hostel around and meet young people for many years. But he felt like this might be his last trip. Geoff on November 7, 8: For many of us, particularly when young it's a combination of both. As we get older, take on more secure jobs, receive better pay, a higher level of comfort and privacy becomes more affordable and we drift away from sharing a room with 16 fragrant guys in the tropics, none of whom have showered in the past month.

But for me at any rate, back packing is more a state of mind. I back pack to get to those inaccessible places, and the term 'back packing' isn't limited to finding a hostel filled with foreigners.

You're never to old to explore. Phil on November 7, 8: It is out of my reach now - two kids and too many responsibilites real and imagined. So whilst I no longer backpack - and now stay in too many in nice hotels which is granted a luxury - life in these places creates their own yearning, to be the care free backpacker- even if dirty and carrying some parasitic beast waiting to erupt at the most inconvenient of times. Linda on November 7, 8: Still cheaper than a hotel but just that little bit more private and quiet.

Have done a couple of dorm rooms recently but that was in Iceland where even a dorm room is the price of a small house! Amanda on November 7, 8: Backpackers I've met are name droppers, drunkards, and do everything by the book - that book being Lonely Planet. Although, again it sounds a w nk, I think the title 'traveller' is much better. And you are never too old to be a traveller.

You know, I even prefer 'tourist' to backpacker, cause lets not get too big headed for ourselves, thats what we are. You are never to old be travel or be a tourist - but you may get to old to be a backpacker. SF on November 7, 9: If you stay in aussie hostels, eating steak and burgers and only going to aussie bars you might have a good time but you may as well have stayed in aus, why spend all that money to go somewhere different?

Not saying all young people lack confidence, but generally youre more confortable in your own skin. If that makes me too old - fine, and i have a few extra pennies to enjoy the world around. Get out there, get amongst it - Enjoy the world. But never too old to travel! If I was single and travelling alone now, it would be quite a conundrum, whether to go a single room get lonely quickly or a dorm which was fine when I was travelling alone at age 25, but not really my scene now I am in my early 30s.

AH on November 7, 9: So, when are you too old to be a 'backpacker'? Generally I'd say it starts in your mid- to lates: When you just do not want to share a room with a bunch of people any more- that is, you want a good night's sleep, so you can make the most of your travel days!

It's the moment you realise you don't actually want to be sleeping next to a guy who is wanking; or be woken up by loud drunken idiots at 3am. When you get an income, which means you can bump up to private rooms in hostels or hotels.

For me, noise, cramping, questionable cleanliness and unreliable quality just make travel miserable; though I did try it and had more than a few shockers! I have to save for ever to afford a holiday I'm comfortable with - but for me its still fun, and worth the extra effort.

Olivia Ross on November 7, 9: I have a young business so when I travel for work - I travel cheap! Hostels are a good solution and I recently was faced with having to pay euro per night in a German hotel or share a 4 bed dormitory at a hostel for 15 euro per night for the bed.

A quick phone call to the hostel and I had bought all four beds in the dorm for three nights for a total of 60 euro per night. I guessed that needing a private room might suggest that I should put hostels behind me - but during my stay found that the hostel was full of business travellers or backpackers working office jobs!

Chris on November 7, But I've been travelling with a backpack relatively regularly for 15 years or so. In many countries that'll get you a simple clean room with your own bathroom, and you can eat great food every night and enjoy a couple of beers with dinner. Throw in another few hundred dollars to get a couple of internal flights here and there and you can have an amazing two or three month holiday and really see some far-flung place for the same price as a couple of weeks on the Gold Coast.

Each to their own of course but I know which I'd prefer. I'm not a budget traveller counting every penny, and I love a clean bathroom and comfy bed more than most, but you really can make do with very little in many parts of the world. I meet plenty of people on my travels but have never stayed in a dorm. So what's a backpacker?

Am I one or not? Davo on November 7, I turn 30 in January and I am so over camping, 20 plus people Dorms, noodles fo breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I am finding that gee those suitcases with wheels are a good idea, I need a barista made coffee and a read of a good paper to start my day and getting the government reccomended 8 hours of sleep a night. I am so past it - unfortunatly I havent got the budget to do these things and my missus is tighter than a ducks arse. Rob on November 7, Before that I only ever flew economy and stayed in hostels or cheap hotels. Now I usually prefer a hotel with at least 3 stars preferably 4.

Also after realising how great it is to have a bed to sleep in on those 24 hr flights I have decided to only fly biz or 1st on those UK-Aus flights. I don't think I will ever be able to call myself a backpacker ever again. Emma Goode on November 7, Michael on November 7, I once shared along with my parther and his brother a bathroom in the only place to stay in a little village called Chunchi in Ecuador due to fog with two Ecuadorian Women from Riobamba who were working with the UN teaching Ecuadorians about health and water.

We socialised with them late that night after sharing a meal at al local eatery and then managing to break a a bottle of terrible Ecuadorian wine on the floor in our room and resorting to having a drink from a Chilean box of wine not bad value.

We had lots of laughs and made new friends mind you my partner and his brother are Ecuadorians but in a bigger town we may never had met. That was one amazing experience as I never would have had this experience if not for the fog at Chunchi as we would have not stopped there if there had been no fog Posted by: Jules on November 7, DR DK on November 7, The numbers were supposed to represent ages. I was trying to be clever I got my working holiday visa for Ireland when I was 29, after a solid eight years of partying to the extreme in Sydney.

I got an around the world ticket - in Business Class. For me, a holiday has always been about enjoying yourself as much as possible - avoid Economy Class on long flights, 4 star or above hotels, and then picking tours and all the rest of it on arrival.

From the moment I get to the airport, I am on holiday and therefore I want to have the whole experience. That's just me though - I scrimp and save in order to go it, but it's worth it! I've only stayed in a hostel once - and that was last week in Belfast and in a private room. Would I do it again? Sure, but you couldn't pay me to go into a dorm. Or camping in a tent.

It's just not my bag at all. Maybe things would have been different if I had gone away when I was barely out of school Callisto on November 8, 1: But is not about age really but attitude.

How I travels depends on what I want to do and how much it costs. I go to England to buy books with my 2 girls under 4 and I travel by budget transport and stay in a hostel. Romantic weekends in Barcelona are 5 star. We stayed in hotels, cabins, youth hostels, slept in cars, etc, with a 2 year old when we traveled for 6 months in Australia. As I said, we look at location and costs before we make a decision.

I did the same when I traveled when I was single. Holly on November 8, 2: To me, backpacking combines hiking and camping in a single trip, hiking into the wilderness for a couple of days, carrying all your supplies, and then hiking back.

When "traveling", the choice between a Hostel or a Hotel for me simply comes down to money and who I am traveling with. I left Oz in and travelled the world when there was no such thing as a "Backpacker". That was a time when one could sleep in a park, under a truck or a very cheap hotel. Crime was a thing that you were aware of but not uppermost in your mind. I did use a backpack, mainly for camping equipment that was attatched to the back of my Triumph Motorcycle. I remember sleeping in a YHA hostel once and swore I would never do that again.

I even picked up hitch hikers and some stayed on the back of the bike for a few days, once again camping in the bush, orchids, hedges, parks or football grounds. Even now, at this age and retired, I still fill up my back pack and head to Oz or California for the winter months in Canada. The only difference is that now I use a van to travel in but still camp with a tollerable amount of comfort. I meet many "backpackers", single, paired up or with famillies, yes with little kids on my travels and find that age is a matter of outlook.

About 3 years ago I travelled through central America and, hate to say this but found that young Ozi backpackers were worse than the Yanks for being obnoxious and loud. Mind you the Yanks kept a low profile because of possible kidnappings. Paul on November 8, 2: We have enjoyed all the fun times back packing. We have stayed in camel shacks in Tunisia with our 8 month old baby at the time.

She has slept in the bottom draw in a cupboard in a hotel in China. The list goes on but enough it is enough. We have been expats for the last 5 years Vietnam, Dubai and now Switzerland and we have finally grown up and out of the backpack.

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I am trading my backpack in for a great pool and clean bathroom. Virginia on November 8, 3: I'm writing this over a late breakfast in Memphis after being out too late at a gig that was too loud, where I felt like I was the oldest person in the room I'm only in my early thirties.

I've never been big on shared rooms or facilities Briley on November 8, 3: When I'm travelling not for work I couldn't care less about a lot of things, because I want to see the world including it's dodgy toilets and long train delays, but so many people want to see the world with all the creature comforts of home. When you have a 19 year old boy yelling at you on the streets of Barcelona because the toilets in Europe don't have tiolets seats and he wants to know "what are you giong to do about it", then you wonder at the passion and the stamina of today's youth.

Adn then have to hold back from telling them to "suck it up, princess" You still on the road M? Sure you would have worked with some of my buddies M on November 8, 4: I'm in Argentina in So what of it. Still love having a pack strapped to my back. I've made some money at my age so I've no need stayin' in a youth hostel. Call me ageist but I'm no youth.

Budget hotels, camp sites and then a nice hotel or two along the way do just fine in most places on the planet. Tread reponsibly Posted by: My first vision of it is being super poor, minimal everything and nothing more than noodles to eat.

Next is you want a little more comfort and better food. Next is the comfort backpacker. Hire a car here or there, better food and a few more luxuries. Lastly there is the luxury backpacker. At this stage you might be staying part time in hotels, or just not moving on but who cares. Craig on November 8, 6: In reality, a star hotel in Europe is not much better than a hostel, though about eight times the price. You lose the flexibility of where you want to go, with security of knowing that you have a place to stay.

That is what most of it comes down to. I like to get to a place, chat to people and then deceide on the next place, or even turn up to a station and pick a platform at random. There are still heaps of places that arent in "Lovely Planet" and you'll rarely read about festicals or markets in there, that happen to be on at the time you might be near.

Chatting to people in a hostel is the best place to decide where to go next. You also dont get the personalities in a hotel, that you get in a hostel. People are friendlier an always willing to share travel information though sometimes you have to run to get away, once people start telling you of their travels. When you get older, you fall in love with 'the familiar', security and control. You like things the way you like them. Anything getting in the way of that annoys you.

The more you accept your environment and the people around you, the younger you will always be Posted by: Jumbles on November 8, 7: Mining Man on November 8, 8: Also another sign that backpacking isn't your thing anymore is that you decide you won't trust a place whether it be a restaraunt or gousthouse if it isn't listed in the Lonely Planet Posted by: Daniel on November 8, 9: I think I could have done the backpacking thing when I was 19 but now at the ripe old age of 24 no way.

Unfortunately I have become accustomed to a standard of living and I don't like to deviate from that too much.

Even though the hotels I plan to stay in will only be half a star up from being a hostel - just the luxury of privacy and my own bathroom does me.

S on November 8, 9: In the end, just ask yourself if its still fun! If not, move on. There is nothing like being the "old bugger" at the Milhouse - at least for a few nights! Drew on November 8, In my ten years of backpacking, I have noticed that my inner luxury kitten is slowly coming to the fore.

Previous overnight bus trips with similar resulting days have been met with excitement and vigour. I have also found myself thinking of 'treating' myself to the odd hotel 2 or 3 star maximum of course as opposed to seeking out the cheapest mixed, shared dorm at the town's backpackers.