Why I Love To TravelIn planning my RTW adventure, I have been giving considerable thought to the options of backpack solo, or booking into an organised tour. It doesn't look as bulky as most bags its size either - because it's so streamlined, it doesn't have that gap year backpacker” look about it - making it an ideal choice for people on sabbaticals, or anyone planning a trip based in hotels and hostels.
Of course, an open mind and a sense of adventure are also backpacker essentials Australia has so many unique experiences on offer, australian backpacks so get ready to feel the wind atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge , snorkel above colourful coral or raft through ancient rainforest.
I have been trekking in Central Asia, on adventure travel to Antarctica, on camping tours to the national parks of Africa, on wildlife observation in Alaska, on birding tours to Australia, South East Asia and Latin America and to many other once in a life time travel destinations.
This is when I first started thinking about the whole backpack vs suitcase conundrum, because I've watched people trying to lug huge backpacks on and off buses, up and down stairs, and struggling to even walk down the road without doing themselves a serious back injury.
If an adventure like this is on the cards, pack a lightweight but warm sleeping bag, or make like an Aussie and buy yourself a ‘swag' once you've touched down, a canvas with a thin mattress inside that you roll up and carry on your back, used by locals for centuries.
The most versatile pack we tested, the tribute - which has a men's equivalent called the tetrad - boasts every kind of carrying combination you could think of. As well as a built-in, detachable daypack, the main backpack has three comfortably padded handles on the sides so you can carry it like a suitcase.
As far as big backpacks go, I think North-face and Katmandu have some really good ones. The bag felt really comfortable to wear, even fully loaded; it fitted our overnight camping gear easily; and the odour-proof compartment was exactly the right size for a pair of trainers.
If you are travelling for long periods (for example flights, trains, bus trips), limit your liquid consumption prior to your trip and during your trip. The workmanship behind this backpack defiantly lives up to Osprey's standards; strong sewn seams, great zippers and straps and durable buckles.
The other thing I love about this is you don't have to spend time wondering what to pack in your checked baggage and what to pack in your cabin backpack as you only have the one bag. This compact backpack is great for those planning to travel light or for those escaping on frequent long weekend trips.
There's no getting away from the fact that travel backpacks aren't cheap, but they're an investment that will last you for years if you choose wisely. For premium bags, I prefer the Peak Design Travel Backpack. And when it comes down to it, there is no better plan, than a backpackers travel insurance plan.