Beware the Tour Group Trap

Tours are a big business on the backpacker trail with an endless stream of travellers whisked off to swim in, jump off, trek through or simply admire all manner of natural attractions.

An arranged tour can give you access to adventure that would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to arrange on your own. Furthermore, an experienced guide will give you opportunities and insights you may miss completely if you where on your own.#

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An Introduction to


I’ve recently embarked on my third spell travelling for longer than a year so consider myself an expert in frequenting my local Waterstones, buying a coffee and settling down to do some research with a pile of reading. Regardless of the destination and length of trip there are certain common questions that crop up during the planning.

How do I get there? What is there to see? Where should I stay? But perhaps most fundamental to my planning, how much will it cost? (Or more accurately my first question is generally “How much is a beer?”)

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Seeing lots of people talking about backpacking to Brazil for World Cup. That will take a solid #budget