How to Make the Most of Your Backpacking Gear before You Go

Figuring out what to bring on a backpacking trip can be incredibly daunting. There are a huge number of conditions to consider, including climate, trip length, difficulty of excursions and size of your pack.

Here are some important general things to consider when shopping and putting together your gear.

Backpacking Tales: Top Five Things I Would Fight to Keep

When I traveled through Latin America, I had a 65L pack full of stuff. But I quickly learned what were my absolute essentials: things I felt I couldn’t live without, worked hard to protect or were determined to fight for if someone tried to rob me.

Adrenaline rush to the finish: 10 days in Nicaragua

“I didn’t pay to go on vacation and throw poop!” Taylor grins at me. “Yes Karen. Yes you did.” This is life in Nicaragua with Free and Easy Traveler. Ten days of beaches, surf, parties and stupidly-cheap alcohol punctuated by birthday parties, volcano boarding, bazooka-shooting, iguana soup and a beach olympics event that has you … Continue reading Adrenaline rush to the finish: 10 days in Nicaragua

I arrived!

Karen’s first few hours in Lima, Peru through photos: This is all the clothing I packed. Somehow I managed to colour-coordinate everything to grey, turquoise, light green and cream. It was a total accident. Also, taking photos of all this stuff helps me keep track of what I brought in case anything gets stolen. I … Continue reading I arrived!

I did the crazy thing

Have you ever wanted to say goodbye to your job, jump on a place and just go somewhere? Maybe you’ve already heard about this video that’s been bouncing around the internet about an Australian travel company showing this ridiculously good-looking actor travelling around the world. Or maybe you’ve been wondering why I’ve been talking about leaps of faith and master plans on Twitter lately.

Whether it’s all of the above or none of them at all, here’s a update one what’s going on in my life right now.