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The Backpacker’s Checklist | Away Holidays

Backpacking is a great way to travel. It allows you to explore many different countries in the same trip, and can also be much cheaper than more conventional holidays. When preparing for a backpacking trip, there are a few helpful tips, as recommended by clients of Away Holidays, that you should bear in mind to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.

Away HolidaysThe first, and most important thing, is to choose your bag wisely. Your backpack will be your portable home on your trip, so make sure you choose it appropriately. It should not be too big, so that it is uncomfortable or difficult to carry, nor should it be too small, so that you can’t carry all you need. It is also worth checking with any airlines that you will be using what their bag restrictions are; weight, size, shape, etc. If you think you will have to pay extra for bulky or oversized luggage, you may want to rethink your choice of pack.

When packing clothes, be brutal and only pack clothing that is definitely, absolutely essential. As the experts at Away Holidays know, backpacking is certainly not a fashion contest – it’s about comfort more than anything. If you have to walk for two hours, or if you get stuck on an uncomfortable bus journey, high heels and mini skirts won’t be of much help. For men and women alike, your most comfortable clothes and shoes are your best and safest bet.

Clothes that can be washed and dried easily are a good idea if you are not sure how often you will have proper laundry facilities, as are clothes that do not weigh too much or take up too much room in your pack. Also, remember waterproof clothing if necessary!

Your toiletries and wash kit should be minimal. If you are travelling with someone else, can you share soap, shower gel, shampoo, tooth paste, etc? If so, then it means less for you both to carry overall. It is also a good idea to take a small first aid kit with practical items such as mosquito repellent, sun cream, lip salve, plasters and any motion sickness or hay fever tablets if you should need them.

Last but certainly not least, is water. Dedicate as much room as you can to carry water bottles. Most large backpacks have a pocket on the outside that will easily fit a one or two litre bottle of water. The last thing you want is to be dehydrated, as you will feel ill and won’t be able to enjoy your travel to their full extent.

Luxury Travel Trends in 2013 | Away Holidays

Luxury TravelThe face of luxury travel in 2013 is changing. Companies are using travel data and logistics strategies to improve the travelling experience, and reduce the time and stress caused by long haul trips. The buzzword this year is “effortless” travel.

Effortless Travel

Technology has raised the expectations of travellers. They now demand a level of personalisation to their hotel and package choices. Travel agencies that are ahead of the game are able to take advantage of the improvements in data collection and data sharing to tailor the experiences they offer to their clients.

For example, an airline company recently announced that they are developing what is to be called the ‘Know Me’ program. It might sound a bit like big brother, but they will be using online image tools to identify VIP passengers before they arrive – so that they can be greeted by name at the terminal. Their staff will have access to tablet computers which can give them information about meal preferences, previous flights with the company and onward plans for their trip. It is hoped that this level of bespoke travel experience will add to the satisfaction of luxury travellers.

Maximal Experience

Now that there are so many destinations – and so many restaurants, hotels and bars at those destinations – that are able to offer a luxury experience in 2013, it is becoming more and more difficult for travellers to differentiate. There are more ways to have an unforgettable time, but this leads to a paradox of choices where people on holiday worry about maximising their experiences.

A solution to this new issue is to increase the speed, variety and intensity of the experiences on offer. Rather than a holiday maker having to commit to one specific part of a trip, many exciting mini-experiences can be strung together throughout the vacation. A  Finnish entrepreneur reportedly combines fine dining with a trip down a mine shaft. His pop-up restaurant is found 80 metres below the ground, but diners can order a four-course meal which will set them back close to 130 euros. This gives travellers the thrill of new experience, without missing out on the luxuries they are accustomed to.

This report on the luxury holiday trends of 2013 is brought to you by Away Holidays. Away Holidays arrange luxury trips to destinations such as Dubai, the Maldives and Mauritius. They offer special deals to five luxury hotels, at a variety of destinations, every month.