Ever since I can remember, I've been searching out other travellers' advice on . . . the best beaches, coolest festivals, cleanest hostels, hippest bars, quirkiest attractions, strangest street foods, easiest border crossings, cheapest airlines and everything else to do with backpacking around the world.
Sound a tad obsessive? Well, maybe.
But I absolutely love top 10 lists (top any number lists, actually). They're like the crème de la crème of budget travel, shortlisted!
Tired of reading the same old info in every guide book? Desperate for some unique backpacking tips and new itinerary ideas? Or maybe you just want a fresh perspective on a well-worn trail?
These top 10 lists recommend all the oldies but goodies as well as offer up more unusual experiences and fascinating, off-the-beaten-track destinations you might never have heard of elsewhere.
Of course, everyone's got their own opinions and speaks from their own experiences. What one person considers the wildest surf waves on the Gold Coast or the hottest vindaloo in Goa might not impress you much.
Can't believe your favourite tango club in Buenos Aires didn't make the cut? Think the Louvre is overrated? Discovered a fantastic cooking class in Oaxaca you want to add to a list?
That couldn't be easier . . .
Click here to write your own Top 10 List — or start a list and ask other backpackers to contribute!
Did I just hear you say that you haven't really travelled much? That you never have anyone to travel with? That you don't even know how you'd save up that kind of money?
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Feel like you've been putting off your round the world trip forever?
Wish you knew someone who's been there, done that to show you the ropes?
Need that one last little nudge to finally get yourself out there?
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Jam-packed with practical advice and invaluable inspiration, this book is like having a friend walk you through it all — from start to finish!
Okay, I admit that not all the pages you find here are top ten lists exactly. Some are a bit longer, some are a bit shorter.
But you get the idea.
10 Cheapest Travel Destinations for First-Time Backpackers
Most Visited Cities on Earth
Things to Leave off Your Packing List
Top 10 Places to Teach English Abroad
Wackiest Food Festivals Around the World
Amazing Hot Air Balloon Rides
World's Most Spectacular Sky High Bars
10 Best Things to Do in Sarnia, Ontario (What can I say — I grew up there!)