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June 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

If you love travel, and have made journeys, it is imperative that one must try backpacking at least once in their lives. No, not the usual comfortable (and expensive!) vacation that we’re sometimes used to taking but travel and a ‘vacation’ that works on a low-budget and is regarded as unconventional in nature.

Since this approach works on a shoestring budget, the duration of this kind of ‘vacation’ is much longer than the usual type of vacation that one is used to. There’s one more thing that is an obvious difference: a multi-purpose backpack which carries everything that traveler wishes to take on the trip.

According to some people, backpacking is not just a vacation but an education for most travelers. If one opts for a convention vacation, the experience is limited to the places that these deals will take you to not letting you enjoy the location just as fully as the locals do.

Although some attribute its origins to the Hippie culture of the 60s, and even though their travel was limited to certain places, this idea of backpacking has expanded to destinations all over the world with the support of budget airlines and low-cost flights in recent times. This has also led to the phenomenon of gap-packing where students normally spend a year backpacking through several countries before heading off to university or before applying for their first job.
No matter whether you like the idea or not, in trying it at least once, it will leave wanting more the next time around.

Seychelles: A Place Where Time Stands Still

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Apart from sharing the languages of French and Creole with Mauritius, the islands of Seychelles can proudly boast of an ethnic diversity that consists of freed slaves, whites, Indians , Chinese, very simply those who are ‘adventurous’ at heart.

Seychelles, for all its physical beauty, is a truly for the free-spirited traveler and consists of 115 islands (divided into two parts known as the Inner and Outer Islands) that are unevenly spread across the never-ending expanse known as the Indian Ocean.

Ever since the British and French has battled for supremacy during colonial times, Seychelles has seen changes in its political structure along with the shift of power between these two nations until the year of 1976 when it achieved independence from Britain.

When it comes to the economy, tourism plays a significant role with its activities, beaches and attractions where many a traveler has often remarked of visiting a place where time indeed stands still. With very few locations having as much physical or cultural significance as Seychelles has, places such as the Aldabra Atoll and the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Since island-hopping is one of the most popular activities when tourists visit Seychelles, there are 16 islands with accommodation that one can visit its beaches for pure relaxation and for other activities, namely glass-bottom boating among the other popular water sports that are available. From snorkeling to swimming to horse riding, one can also take in the nightlife and Creole cuisine, leaving one with an unforgettable experience that cannot be captured in photos and videos.

All in all, it is a place and a people where freedom and its joys are waiting to be experienced!

Five Adventures Spots in Asia

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Asia – There’s no doubt that it is the biggest continent on the planet filled with flora and fauna, hills, rivers, seas and every possible terrain that an explorer could dream to conquer. Marco Polo, Vasco Da Gama among other explorers took different routes for different reasons but the thrill of seeing distant lands against the force of Mother Nature was that addictive ‘high’ for which these people thrived on.

It’s obvious that with the vast landscape that Asia that it would difficult to pick five of them, but since this is about finding that ‘adventurous’ side of you, it’s worth a try.

The Indo-China Peninsula boasts of several possibilities that offer travel and adventure at it best. And so, here are five adventures that one can go on (not in any particular order of popularity):

  1. 1. Hanoi to Saigon Bike Ride in Vietnam

This lasts for almost 10 days and 9 nights, where you can start from Hanoi up north while cycling for almost 450 kilometers until you reach Ho Chi Minh City in the south.

  1. 2. Salawin River Hilltribes Trek in Thailand

On elephant, on foot and by boat is this journey that takes you through the jungles, hill tribes and rivers for four days.

  1. 3. Bali Explorer in Bali

Another authentic adventure that spanning eight days and that covers areas located between Candidasa to Ubud.

  1. 4. Trek Angkor in Cambodia

Spanning five days, this adventure is trek through the temples of Angkor while also taking in the natural beauty and history of Cambodia.

  1. 5. Mountain Climb up Mount Agung in Bali

Wit quick changes in weather conditions and a lack of water, this 3000-meter climb is sure going to be one to be remembered!