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backpackerati ['bak`pak`er `raatee'] n. (p)

  1. scruffy looking, tight-arse people who backpack and think they know all about independent travel; often found in third world countries spinning yarns.

  2. the backpacking intelligentsia; a subculture of travellers exploring the planet with a limited budget on a quest to broaden their minds and enrich their life experience.


About backpackerati  
Written by Administrator  
Tuesday, 27 July 2004

We'd like to think that backpackerati will serve as a resource for both budding and experienced backpackers. We leave in September 2004 for a six month trip around Asia. We will be updating this website with tales of our adventure as we travel.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 October 2004 )

Lists Galore!  
Written by Administrator  
Thursday, 14 April 2005

If you open the travel page of a newspaper its full of Top 10 things to do before you die and The Rough Guide series has a handy Top 35, 40, 51 etc. etc. things to do in that country. This is our version, based on our personal feelings only (disclaimer, disclaimer) no hard feelings right.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 July 2005 )

We had all the time in the world...  
Written by Administrator  
Thursday, 14 April 2005

To read lots and lots of books. Zoe normally reads lots and lots, but Andrew prefers to while away his time on the computer. For both of us the last six months has been a book fest and we?ve really enjoyed the time to read. Below is a list of books that we have read over the last months and a brief comment on them.

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 April 2005 )

In Summary  
Written by Administrator  
Thursday, 14 April 2005

We've had a couple of weeks of getting back to normal and catching up with friends in Melbourne and hence, time to reflect on the last 6.5 months of travel. Either out of politeness or genuine interest we keep getting asked the same questions, so here is a little FAQ for you.

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 April 2005 )

Costly Cambodia  
Written by Administrator  
Friday, 25 March 2005

Something about this country didn't sit well with us, the United Nations may have moved out ten years ago but this country is still suffering from the aftermath of war. India was poor but this is desperate and a little uncomfortable. Goods and services are twice the price of neighbouring countries - where is all this money going? We had an Asian budget but faced European prices.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 July 2005 )

Everything but the kitchen sink  
Written by Administrator  
Thursday, 05 August 2004

A six-month trip around Asia, facing not just ice and snow but also jungle humidity and tropical beaches. What do you think our backpacks should weigh? Fill in the poll on the right with your estimate. If you want to cheat?go to the planning section and find out how much our practice pack weighed plus a list of what we've managed to stuff in them!

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 October 2004 )

Vietnam - same same... but different
Lovin' it in Laos
Thailand Again - The North
Sober Singapore Sling
Bored and Broke in Malaysia
We Survived Christmas - literally!
Sawadee from Thailand
India - The World's Biggest Toilet
Pokhara & Chitwan National Park
The Annapurna Circuit
Namaste from Nepal
14 days and several monestaries in Tibet
Tashi Delek From Tibet
Great apple pie in Langmusi
Nee how (hello) from China
Where are we going?
Where are we?
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How heavy should our packs be?
<10kg (just underwear maybe)
>20kg (a few spare bricks maybe?)
How many bouts of diarrhoea will we get over the 6 months in Asia?
none (we have stomachs of steel!)
1 (everyone gets sick at least once)
3 (probably average)
6 (we love immodium)
8 (burning ring of fire)
>10 (we'll be buying nappies)

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