Backpack Full of SunshineA travel blog of a boy following his dream and embarking on a four year backpacking sabbatical around the world

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A List of Life-Changing Food

I first met Brent back in high school, and till this day, he is still probably the smartest kid I know. For the longest time, I sort of revered him from afar as this seemingly awkward math genius, and took the rest of him for granted. Yet fate has a funny way of bringing people closer. One thing led to another, Brent and I left our jobs at serendipitously similar...

The Fascination of Fear

Years down the road, from Africa to Europe to Latin America, whether sipping on an espresso, walking a dog, or taking a breather from a tough day hike, folks would reflect to the day they met Ben and drift back to their fond memories of this golden boy, smile, and say, “Damn, I miss that fucking guy!” Weirdly optimistic, genuinely caring, mildly...

10 Tips on Hostel Mingle

Personally, along with food and nature, people ranks right up there as one of the most fascinating and rewarding elements abroad. I thoroughly enjoy mingling with fellow backpackers from all corners of world, hearing their stories and learning their cultures. And of course, when you put a bunch of wanderlust filled youths under the same roof, with enough booze and...

Best Credit Cards to Maximize Rewards

Credit cards over the years have changed dramatically the way we think about money and personal finance. When utilized properly, they are simple tools to help manage your monthly cash flow, monitor your personal expenses, and lower your overall cost with cashback and other rewards. Picking the right credit card, on the other hand, could be a bit overwhelming...

Top 5 Self-Guided Treks for Beginners

A few years ago, I stumbled upon this quote by a seasoned climber, “If you are making a list of the most beautiful mountains on earth, there are the Himalayas, and then there is everywhere else.” He is probably right. There is indeed an indescribable grandness and mystique in those tall peaks of Asia. But not everyone has the time, means, skills, and the...

5 Travel Hacks that Save You Money

As a budget traveler for most part of my backpacking journey, I pride myself in taking the road less traveled, having those authentic experiences, and trying to accomplish the most with least amount of resources. What started as an impulse to just stretch my saving as far as possible, and travel as long as I could, quickly taught me that sometimes, less is more. By...

7 Things I Learned While Traveling

I had the good fortune of meeting Vito back in college, and it has been quite a ride since. We rendezvoused in Paris summer of 2016, and what started as a 3 month Euro trip turned into an 18 month journey of adventures and self discoveries. More than just a travel companion, VIto is a caring friend, a patient listener, and most of all, VIto is family. He is one of...

5 Handy Items to Pack for Every Trip

With each trip, I get a little smarter and better about what to pack and how to pack. Here and there, I pick up tips from fellow backpackers, like rolling those t-shirts and undies instead of folding them. Each time, I learn to apply just a tad more common sense… packing the heavier things on the bottom, or lose that second pair of shoes I hardly wear. As time...

The Ultimate Packing List for Trekking

From the foot of Mt. Everest to the top of Kilimanjaro, from tranquil villages in Swiss Alps to magnificent glaciers in Southern Patagonia, I was fortunate to have trekked through some of the wildest and most beautiful alpine regions on earth. There is just something very, very special about being in the hills. The sublime views, the crisp mountain air, and the...

Step by Step Guide to Pick That Perfect Trip Destination

Make sure you are going to the right place for the right reason One of the first things I ask myself before going anywhere is “What am I trying to get out of this trip?” All too often we fall into the trap (a good trap, nonetheless) of going somewhere just for the sake of “going somewhere”. Jessica raved about Japan because she has always been a sushi enthusiast, and...