Author: Michael Glass

Michael is the founder of Backpacker Travel. He also runs walking tours in San Francisco and is a freelance travel writer. Michael is extremely passionate about travel and loves to explore festivals around the world.

Perhaps surprisingly, Japan actually offers a number of different dune options. Our top pick is the Tottori Dunes, because not only do these dunes offer phenomenal sand excursions, they also sit right to the side of the ocean. What can you ask for besides sandboarding while gazing out onto breathtaking ocean views? Other options in Japan include the Shimoda and Chiba dunes, which also offer some awesome sandboarding options.


Listen closely enough and you might just hear the Bandain Jaran Dunes talking to you. Believed to be the result of seismic activity, these Dunes literally groan at their visitors. Even if not impressed by their sounds, you are sure to be stunned by
their massiveness. Some of these dunes in the Gobi Desert stand as high as 1,600 feet!

Libyan Desert

If Morocco left you hungry for of a sampling of the Sahara Desert, then Libya may be exactly what you are loing for. The Libyan Desert is packed full of sand dunes, albeit not for the faint of heart. Make sure to explore with experienced drivers and ask to be taken into the depths of the dunes, where you will be surprised to find dunes of varying colors, sizes and textures. Be sure not to miss the black desert, which while not made up of dunes is definitely a site to be seen.

Erg Chebbi

When you envision Morocco it is hard not to picture the famed Sahara Desert. The Erg Chebbi Dunes epitomize the best that Morocco has to offer, rising right out of the Sahara Desert, almost beckoning to be explored. Take a camel ride into the desert to enjoy the most traditional means of transport and then sleep under the stars in one of the world’s most open spaces.

Sossusvlei Dunes

The iconic burnt orange and red dunes of Namibia are some of the most stunning in the world. Climb for days or take a four-wheel drive deep into the dunes, where you will see pits of white sand contrasting against the red of the dunes and blue of the sky. Nearby safaris and the unique ruggedness of Namibia already make it a must visit spot in Africa, but the Sossusvlei Dunes put it right at the top of the list.

Passport Pro adapter
If you've ever visited another country you no doubt know that powering your devices can be a challenge. Unfortunately, there is no universally adopted power configuration, meaning that you'll definitely need to invest in a power adapter at some point. With so many options available, how do you make sure you're choosing the right one? [...]
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Make sure you read until the end for a special promotional discount! When you’re traveling for stretches at a time, parts of your travels can seem like a blur. Whether it’s being overwhelmed by the countless number of temples in Japan, or eating way too much sauerkraut in Germany, too much of anything can feel [...]
On the search for coffee

As the world’s most addictive drug, a trip to Nicaragua naturally included a visit to Cafe Las Flores, which has been cultivating coffee for three generations. Situated along the slopes of Mombacho Volcano (we got there from Granada), Cafe Las Flores has been recognized by the Rainforest Alliance Certification for its sustainable and organic practices.

sky trek zipline

Sky Trek is a thrilling zip located in Monteverde. Your tour will start riding an open-air gondola from the ground to the heights where you’ll be dropped off at an observation area for fantastic views. From this area, you will start riding down on a zip track stretching across canyons and in between treetops.