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Travel around the world with A&Z. Come on an adventure with Ashray and Zara as they capture the world through beautiful photos, videos, and more!
Lisbon Tips From A Local
2019-05-25 13:30
It has been over 2 years since I’ve been living in Lisbon. This period has coincided pretty well with Lisbon’s tourism boom and the good and bad that come with it. Although touri… Read More
How To Get To Anguilla
2019-01-02 16:03
Anguilla is a tiny island nation in the Caribbean and it’s part of the British West Indies (BWI). A lot of Indians are familiar with the West Indies mostly because of cricket. Although… Read More
Protect Your Backpack With – The System
2018-10-01 15:31
On several occasions during our travels we found ourselves in busy touristic cities. Places like Rome, Paris, and Barcelona that are known to have opportunistic pick pockets. We’ve hea… Read More
7 Years Of Backpack ME
2018-09-18 23:49
Our blog turns seven today. When Zara and I started this site, we never imagined that we would make it to seven years. Our plan was to travel for up to one year and write about our adventure… Read More
So Where Are You Really From?
2018-08-07 19:22
Identity is an abstract idea that people use to categorize each other. We look at a face and immediately a thousand neurons fire to tell us more about this person based on our preconceived i… Read More
Snorkeling Between Continents In Iceland
2018-05-18 10:56
When we rented a car to explore Iceland, the folks from the rental car company told us that we could also book activities in the country via their sister company Iceland On The Web. We didn… Read More
Tips For Driving In Iceland During Winter
2018-05-14 17:05
Iceland was on our travel wish list for a long, long time. A couple of summers ago, we thought of traveling to this country to explore all around, but that trip never ended up happening. We… Read More
Sync Lightroom Catalogs Using The Cloud
2018-04-18 10:01
With the purchase of a new Desktop machine, I came upon a problem that many photographers have already experienced in the past. I want my Adobe Lightroom catalog on my desktop to be in sync… Read More
Fun Facts And Observations About Iceland
2018-04-15 08:50
We traveled to Iceland during winter, and we didn’t get to go all over the island. As I know even people from tiny countries (I’m from Portugal!) get pretty specific about the th… Read More
Winter On The Silk Road
2018-02-13 18:26
When I was in China working as an English teacher, I decided to cycle around Iran. I finished my contract at the end of November, so I thought I might as well travel to Iran by land. The pro… Read More
17 Most Read Travel Articles Of 2017
2017-12-15 15:30
As the year draws to an end, we like looking back at what were the articles that you found more inspiring and useful here on Backpack ME. We did the same last year, back in 2015 or even befo… Read More
2017-12-13 15:52
We like using Instagram to share snippets from our travels as they happen. This year, we’ve embraced the platform even further and started sharing Insta Stories. If you’re not fo… Read More
Bollywood Inspired Couples’ Travel
2017-10-27 14:54
Weddings in India are a HUGE deal! Unlike many other parts of the world these days, it is a given that you will eventually get married when you are from India. It’s not compulsory to d… Read More
South Korea Visa For Indians
2017-10-22 10:26
Indian passport holders ordinarily need a visa to visit South Korea (except Jeju island). You can apply for a visa at the nearest South Korean consulate and receive a 90 day visa fairly quic… Read More
Dubai Visa For Indians
2017-10-09 06:53
Dubai has recently eased up visa rules for Indian citizens! If you hold a US green card or valid US visa you can visit Dubai for up to 14 days without any additional paperwork. This facility… Read More
Love Letter To Traveler’s Diarrhea
2017-10-03 12:30
On a fine day back in 2011 I thought my life was coming to an end. That was the day when I almost shat myself to death in Doha’s airport. Back then, we were living in Dubai and had dec… Read More
How To Get Inside Tram 28 In Lisbon
2017-08-29 17:39
There are only a few earthly things that can be seen from outer space. The Great Wall of China is a well known example, as are the man-made islands of Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, and the Pyramid… Read More
Things In Common Between India And Mexico
2017-08-09 23:11
If India and Mexico made love, they could give birth to something beautiful! No doubt the newborn would dress colorfully and adorn its everyday things with vibrant tones. It would be saucy… Read More
How To Beat The Heat In El Paso
2017-07-31 18:42
Hot. Dry. Intense. This is summer in El Paso, Texas! There’s a reason why this Texan city, located right on the border with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is called The Sun City. There are man… Read More
Where To Stay In California
2017-06-30 11:17
Thinking about California brings to mind Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Disneyland, road trips down Highway 101, and so much more. Even if you haven’t been to California before, chances ar… Read More
Your Next Mission: Do Something Good!
2017-06-15 19:18
As we travel around the world, we are often asked if we ever get into trouble or if we feel unsafe in some of the places we go to. Our answer tends to be the same: most people in the world a… Read More
Cartoon Afternoon In Incredible India
2017-05-11 14:04
No matter how many countries we keep on visiting, rare are the places that can manage to have the same impact on me as India does. On the same day, or even in the same hour or at the exact v… Read More
Fun Facts And Observations About Bucharest
2017-04-07 14:13
I love traveling to places I know nothing about. From walking down the streets people watching, to entering a random restaurant for a local meal, everything is a learning experience. You cou… Read More
Best Beaches In Menorca
2017-03-09 13:28
Menorca is the most relaxing island of the Spanish Balearics. Compared to its big sister Mallorca, Minorca (how it is actually known in English) receives less influx of tourists. As a direct… Read More
Wicked Campers Chile Review
2017-02-24 10:01
Driving Southern Chile and Argentina along the Carretera Austral and Ruta 40 was the most ambitious road-trip we’ve done until today! Reading Ashray’s article about this adventur… Read More
Tips For Bargaining Like A Pro In GOA
2017-02-07 14:38
If you’ve read Backpack ME before, you know that Ashray is Indian and that I am Portuguese. But there is at least one thing in which I am [stereotypically] more Indian than him: I love… Read More
Guide To Chile’s Carretera Austral
2017-02-01 19:44
The Carretera Austral, also known as Chile’s Southern Highway is a 1240km long route that winds along through virgin prehistoric forests, torrential rivers, glaciers, and snow capped p… Read More
Our Airbnb Experience In Cluj-Napoca
2017-01-23 15:35
Cluj is one of the most visited cities in Transylvania. Even though an increasing number of tourists make their way to this region of Romania every year, I still feel like the area is someho… Read More
2017-01-19 20:03
Chances are Cluj (full name: Cluj-Napoca), doesn’t promptly come to mind when one thinks about good places for digital nomads in Europe. Maybe this Romanian city is not a hotspot for r… Read More
GPSmyCity: The Offline Travel Encyclopedia
2017-01-17 23:07
I am not the greatest fan of guided tours. Not only do I think that there is very little room for spontaneity when you are exploring a new place with a group, I also feel like you invariably… Read More
Things To Do In Anaheim Beyond Disneyland
2017-01-17 13:39
The city of Anaheim in California is well known as the place where the original Disneyland Resort was created. Right next to Mickey’s first home is now the spectacular Disney Californi… Read More
16 Most Read Travel Articles Of 2016
2016-12-29 17:13
Every year, we like looking back at some of the most popular travel articles we’d shared here on Backpack ME. It’s not because these are necessary our favorites, but we enjoy see… Read More
16 Most Popular Travel Instagrams Of 2016
2016-12-24 16:39
We don’t always post travel stories on real time here on Backpack ME. Sometimes, we may be at a beach shack, writing about that wonderful time when we chased the Northern Lights at -20… Read More
By The Sea In Costa Rica
2016-12-20 15:34
When December arrives in the Northern Hemisphere, our imagination tends to be filled with images of snow, evenings by the fire-place and hot drinks in our hands. A rather stereotypical Chris… Read More
Cooking Nyonya Food In Penang
2016-12-19 09:47
After spending a couple of days in Penang, I couldn’t help but think: what took us so long to come here? For most of our traveling years, Penang wasn’t even on our radar. And, no… Read More
Why We Want To Travel To Seoul
2016-12-06 17:21
Lately, we’ve been visiting places we can travel to either without a visa or with a visa on arrival. But there are many more countries we’d like to explore, paperwork considerati… Read More
E-Residency In Estonia For Digital Nomads
2016-12-05 13:32
As a digital nomad and internet entrepreneur I love talking about the intersection of location independence, taxes, residence status, visas, and more. One thing that often comes up in these… Read More
Multicultural Paris
2016-11-27 20:23
Paris syndrome is a transient psychological disorder exhibited by some individuals when visiting or vacationing to Paris, as a result of extreme shock resulting from their finding out that P… Read More
Things To Do In Bangkok Beyond The Obvious
2016-11-17 14:45
Bangkok is perceived by many travelers as a chaotic city. It’s funny, but I do not feel that way. Maybe it has to do with the fact that we normally travel to Thailand after spending so… Read More
The Touristic Beauty Of Hoi An
2016-11-13 10:28
There aren’t many places in the world where mass tourism and beauty blend, in the way they do in Hoi An. This UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vietnam is incredibly popular with visitors… Read More
Travel And Food In Emilia Romagna
2016-11-09 14:34
We traveled to Italy in the summer of 2016. Today we take you with us on a day trip through the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. This is the place where many of Italy’s famous culinary… Read More
Best Things To Do When You Travel To Kuta
2016-10-29 17:14
Kuta is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Bali. It is known for its Indian Ocean beaches, resorts where you can unwind, and also as a good stepping point to visit the rest of t… Read More
Treehotel Sweden – At Peace With Nature
2016-10-25 10:45
Looking back at my days working in an office, I realize how much random stuff I used to browse on the internet. One of the things that I remember used to keep me particularly entertained wer… Read More
Best Cheap Eats In Lisbon
2016-10-09 05:26
Europe might not sound like the most affordable destination, but Portugal proves surprisingly affordable. Historically, travelers have overlooked Portugal. However, I am happy to notice… Read More
Malaysia EVisa For Indians
2016-09-20 06:18
It’s great to see that more and more countries are jumping on the opportunity to welcome legitimate Indian tourists. Malaysia used to offer visa on arrival to Indians in 2010 but after… Read More
How To Use The ATM Abroad
2016-09-12 11:05
There are many things you can do to save money while traveling abroad. How you get local currency to begin with is actually one of the main things to keep in mind! We’re often asked if… Read More
Taxes For Digital Nomads
2016-09-07 11:42
Taxes are complicated. Digital Nomad taxes are even more complicated. The first question that a lot of people ask is “Where am I supposed to pay taxes?”. If you’re lucky, t… Read More
Immigrants, Hope And Powder Milk
2016-08-28 07:38
I remember my first time at the airport in Dubai. I was roaming around the duty free shops, some of which happen to display the largest amount of luxury goods I have ever seen in any airport… Read More
Authentic Mexican Food In Stockholm
2016-08-14 10:48
Mexican cuisine has got to be one of the most misrepresented when it comes to the international dining scene. So much that, for years, and until we actually traveled to Mexico, Ashray was co… Read More
Fun Facts And Observations About Helsinki
2016-08-10 11:39
Before we landed in Helsinki, the view from the plane made me feel like this was going to be quite an idyllic place. From up above, the sky was bright blue, the greenery was vast and the wat… Read More
Fifty Pictures From 50 Countries
2016-07-24 09:56
Finland is the 50th country that we have visited in our travels. When we arrived in Helsinki, I thought it’d be an interesting exercise to choose one photo from each country and say so… Read More
How To Travel To RUSSIA Without A Visa
2016-07-18 15:17
Visas are one of the major considerations when you travel internationally. Particularly if you hold a passport that doesn’t allow you to enjoy visa on arrival to many countries. That&r&hell…Read More
How To Get A Happy Ending In Stockholm
2016-07-06 07:58
Traveling from Helsinki to Stockholm was way more tiring than expected. Even though flights between the capitals of Finland and Sweden take less than one hour, we arrived in Stockholm to (ye… Read More
A Bittersweet #Brexit Celebration
2016-06-24 17:20
As an EU and non-EU couple, the UK referendum was a huge source of stress for us. The UK government, in exchange for a remain vote had negotiated a watering down of family rights across the… Read More
Why AirBNB Is NOT Worth It Anymore!
2016-05-27 18:43
We’ve been using AirBNB for almost 5 years now. In these five years, we’ve had some good experiences and some bad. However, every good experience we’ve had has been because… Read More

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