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Top Brand Discount Backpacks, Cheap Backpacking Gear

Bid or buy, sell or swap. Where to snap up discount backpacks from the world's best brands and bag a bargain on top quality cheap backpacking gear.

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Round the World Tickets – Backpacker Guide to Cheap RTW Flights

A-Z guide to the cheapest round the world tickets. Top tips on where to go, when to go and how to plan your RTW route to get the best value for money.

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Dirt Cheap International Flights, Discount Plane Tickets, Lowest Airfare

Trick-of-the-trade tips for digging up cheap international flights and scoring the best discount air travel deals on the planet. Time to get packing!

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Cheap Travel Insurance Worldwide – What You Need to Know

Considering cheap travel insurance for a budget holiday, backpacking around the world trip or adventure vacation? Read this twice before you buy!

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Compare Travel Insurance – International Travel Health Insurance

Get the best cheap travel insurance on any budget. Compare travel insurance quotes for low cost holidays and backpacking around the world adventures.

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Flexible Round the World Tickets – Cheap Customised RTW Flights

Looking for cheap round the world tickets with unrestricted stops, unlimited mileage and total route flexibility? These RTW flights tick all the boxes.

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Cheap International Plane Tickets – Find the Cheapest Airfare

Where to snap up dirt cheap international plane tickets, bargain flights on low cost airlines, discount air travel fares and best last minute deals.

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Tighten and Adjust Backpack Straps, Shoulder Straps, Waist Belt

Customise your backpack straps. Learn how to adjust every strap — from shoulder straps to waist belt. Fine-tune the fit of your pack to perfection.

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Gap Adventures – Affordable Overseas Adventure Travel and Tours

Small group adventure tours, safaris, treks, expeditions, volunteer and eco trips. Gap Adventures is now G Adventures — and do they rock! Here's why.

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Budget Travel Insurance – Don't Let the Fine Print Catch You Out

Tips on what to look out for and how to compare policies to get the best international budget travel insurance and cheap holiday insurance worldwide.

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Travel Advisories, Warnings and Alerts – Travel Safety Abroad

Stay safe on the road. Check official travel advisories for up-to-date advice on security threats, safety risks and danger zones around the world.

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Free Accommodation – How to Stay for Free Anywhere in the World

Travelling on a shoestring budget? Backpacking and broke? Get the skinny on free accommodation and never pay for (even cheap) rooms or hostels again!

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International Travel Health Insurance – Medical Cover and More

Cheap international travel health insurance may pay the hospital bill. But what about lost baggage? Unexpected trip cancellation? Emergency evacuation?

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World Time Zone Map, Daylight Savings, Real-Time World Clock

Interactive world time zone map with world clocks, daylight saving time and current local time. Look up your favourite travel destinations worldwide.

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Cheap Backpacks, Discount Backpacking Gear for Tiny Budgets

Searching for cheap backpacks? Hunting for bargains on backpacking gear? Here's proof you don't need to skimp on quality to find a steal of a deal.

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Live International Flight Tracker, Flight Status, Airport Delays

Real-time international flight tracker. Everything from departures, arrivals, delays and cancellations to airline on-time ratings and airport weather!

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World Currency Converter – Live Currency Rates for Travel Money

Backpacking around the world on the cheap? Use this popular world currency converter to avoid exchange rate scams and rip-offs when you budget travel.

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World Clock, Time Zones, Daylight Saving Time Around the World

Backpacking around the world? This world clock covers the best travel destinations in all time zones and automatically adjusts to daylight savings.

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Cheap Rooms, Budget Accommodation, Backpackers Hostels Worldwide

Cheap rooms for budget travelers. From backpacker hostels, homestays and student accommodation to bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and discount hotels.

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Safe Travel – Safety Tips for Backpacking Around the World

Safe travel is paramount when you're on the road. Avoid danger, scams and rip-offs with the latest travel advisories, safety tips and security advice.

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Travel ABC's – A Bit About Me and Backpacking Around the World

Join me in Part 2 of my travel ABC's, where I round up more of my favourite destinations, most memorable experiences and intrepid solo RTW adventures!

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ABC's of Travel – A Bit About Me and My Backpacking Adventures

About time I introduced myself! These ABC's of travel let you in on some of my most-loved destinations and unforgettable experiences around the world.

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Cheapest Round the World Flights – Top RTW Travel Experts

Want to know where to get some seriously great deals on round the world flights? These RTW travel specialists are the best agents in the business!

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How to Fit a Backpack: Measure Torso Length, Hip Size

Knowing how to fit a backpack properly is the key to choosing the best one for you and your around the world travels. Get the whole rundown here.

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Best Backpack Size – Guide to Volume and Fit

Backpack size is about more than just how big a pack to get for your trip. Use this guide to choose a pack that fits not just your gear but you, too.

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Solo Travel, Backpacking Around the World – Have Fun, Stay Safe

Treasure trove of solo travel tips, ideas and advice for independent backpackers. Hints on hitching up with other travellers and vital safety info.

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Travel Warnings, Advisories and Updates – Safe Travel Abroad

Where are the danger hotspots? Current worldwide travel warnings and alerts. Travel safety advice on security risks for backpackers around the world.

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Top 10 Lists – RTW Backpacking Tips, Ideas, Budget Travel Info

Backpacker top 10 lists from around the world. Discover best beaches, cheapest hostels, oddest festivals, hippest bars, coolest attractions and more!

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