Author: Beth Grylls

My name is Beth and I am the Editor for Backpacker Travel! I embarked on my first backpacking trip when I was 18, interrailing around Europe with my best friend. I visited so many beautiful countries and cultures during my trip I knew that travel was going to be a major part of my life! Since then my love of finding new adventures and meeting other travelers has never wavered. In 2016 I spent six months traveling around South East Asia exploring jungles in Thailand, mountains in Vietnam and beaches in Cambodia. I’ve been lucky enough to see some stunning places with amazing people and have had some of the best experiences of my life while traveling. Being able to share traveler experiences and tips through Backpacker Travel community gives me huge happiness, I hope you enjoy the site!
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Take a tour through Costa Rica and experience the natural beauty this Central American wonderland is famous for. Witness the Arenal Volcano then take a dip in the hot springs nearby. In Monteverde Cloud Forest you can take a thrilling zip , flying over the cloud forest between giant trees.

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Journeying from Lisbon to Porto, via a stop at a beach-side yoga and surf camp, this trip hits iconic destinations, uncovers Portuguese culture & soaks up the good vibes and free spirit of surf culture across the azure shores of Portugal’s beautiful coasts.

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Turn back time and descend into the dark ages on this tour of Dracula’s country. Medieval castles stand beside heavily fortified towns frozen in time. From ancient Byzantine churches in one town to Ottoman Mosques in the next, you will be charmed by the country so raw and real right in front of you.

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The Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth at 393 meters below sea level, its water is 10 times saltier than seawater, plus the air surrounding the lake has a higher concentration of oxygen than normal.

With all of these features combined, it’s no wonder than this natural phenomenon is reported to have powerful healing properties and feels very spiritual to those who visit.

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The prehistoric wonder of Stonehenge can be found in Wiltshire, in the United Kingdom. The site is comprised of a ring of standing stones, which are between four and two meters in height, and weigh around 25 tons.

One of the most famous landmarks in England, the stones date back to between 2000 and 3000 B. C., though the purpose of the formation still remains a mystery.

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The mysteries of Angkor Wat have enticed visitors to Cambodia, whether their motivation is to learn about history, architecture, art, and culture, or spirituality. Thousands attend sunrise at Angkor Wat every day.

The vast temple city of Angkor dates back to the 12th century and at one point, was the largest and most populous city in the world.

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Ayers Rock, also known as Uluru, is an instantly recognizable sandstone formation associated with Australia. Located in the north of the country, giant Uluru is thought to be 550 million years old and is a sacred place for indigenous Australians.

Climbing this sacred spot is not allowed, but the formation is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, partly due to the creation mythology surrounding Ayers Rock, but also the ancient artwork and caves at the site too.

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Adam’s Peak is a 2,243-meter mountain in tea country, Sir Lanka, home to a significant relic known as Sri Pada. Better known as “the sacred foot,” the Sri Pada is a 1.8-meter rock formation found at the mountain’s summit.

Buddhists believe the foot to be Buddha’s, Hindus concur it is an im from Hanuman or Shiva, whilst Christians and Muslims identify the foot as belonging to Adam, or Saint Thomas.