Backpacking holidays always seem like they should be about saving money. Travelling cheaply, living in hostels, and buying food from street markets where you can. Nevertheless, you can definitely inject a little luxury into your travels if you need it. Feet Do Travel share some of the reasons why you should treat yourself to luxury when backpacking.
Before you embark on any type travel, you need to pack, which is sometimes daunting. Deciding what to pack can leave you with a headache, and you ask yourself "which essential items do I need", and "what should I not pack?"
We have been travelling full time in Asia for over two years, and have perfected the ultimate packing list. Whilst we may not have perfected how to travel light, we certainly know which items we cannot do without.
We have been using this essential international travel packing list for many years, and it’s worked for us so far!
We have stayed in All Inclusive resorts, been on luxury tours, gone camping and now we are backpacking, plus we have stayed in every type of B&B and hotel in between. In other words, we know what we are talking about. Regardless of your age, how you are travelling and where you are going, we know the essential items to pack for worldwide travel.
We cover everyday essentials such as toiletries and electronics, how to travel plastic free, which medication you should take, anti-theft protection, plus even what bag to take.
This is Feet Do Travel’s ultimate packing list; all tried and tested! What we carry and why.
Brunei, a small, peaceful Sultanate in the north east of Borneo, a place that many overlook, but why?
When we talk to other travellers, Brunei never seems to be on anyone’s radar, again I ask, why?
And why was Brunei a place we wanted to visit?
The first thing that struck me as we drove through the border of Malaysia into Brunei was how green it looked, the second was how cheap the petrol was! At 30c (20p) per litre for diesel and 53c (30p) for petrol, this oil rich country can afford to preserve its trees and nature, and, as a lover of jungles, it was the pristine tropical rainforests that attracted us to this country.
Brunei’s marketing boasts “A Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures”, but did it live up to this claim?
The sound of a jungle is something I will never tire of hearing. The dawn chorus of birds, the evening symphony of frogs and cicadas – scrub that, the constant deafening sound of frogs and cicadas that in the jungle of Mulu, can be heard at any time of the day as you walk through its pristine rainforest.
On our previous travels we had visited jungles in Sepilok, Beko National Park and Tanjang Putting, but had read that the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gunung Mulu National Park in the heart of Malaysian Borneo, was the most spectacular.
We had to take a trip here to discover this for ourselves.
Viewing a Manta Ray is a dream for a lot of people and has been described as one of the most breath taking experiences a diver can have… but did you realise you don’t have to be a Scuba Diver to see them! We have seen mantas whilst snorkelling as well as diving and nothing could prepare us for how we would feel when we actually had our first encounter seeing these majestic giants of the ocean.
We have been lucky to have a few experiences with manta rays that weren’t just fleeting glimpses, we have hung around watching them feeding and being cleaned for hours.
I would love to share our amazing encounters with you and, if you aren’t a huge manta fan, I hope you will at least have learnt more about them afterwards.
We feel you can never have enough manta action, and we definitely still want more!!
The Brunei Rainforest in Borneo: When you are thinking of visiting the jungle, is Brunei somewhere you have considered? Let me tell you, it definitely should be! Scientists believe the jungle in Borneo could be as old as 130 million years, making it the oldest on the planet.
But why, out of all the other jungles in Borneo you can visit, should Ulu Temburong in Brunei be the one you choose?
Let Feet Do Travel show you the incredible Brunei Jungle - Primary Rainforest Paradise!
The Canopy Walk in Mulu National Park is one of the top things to do when visiting the area, and why wouldn’t it be? You cross a bridge 25 metres high, 480 metres long, and stroll through the tree canopy for a glimpse of life above the jungle floor, all the while looking out for birds and monkeys; who wouldn’t want to do this amazing activity in such magnificent surroundings?
People with a fear of heights, that’s who!
As I sat on the balcony of our homestay in Indonesian Borneo watching turtles feeding on seagrass in front of me, I knew I was in a new-found paradise. After dinner, the sky was so clear, stars were visible sparkling in the black night sky, I couldn’t resist laying down to enjoy them, I mean, how often in life do you get the opportunity to look at an unpolluted sky? Oh look – there’s a shooting star, can it get any better than this?
Let’s hope so, the next day we were going to Sangalaki to look for the majestic manta rays. We had already spotted a small pod of dolphins on the boat journey to the island so we already knew that this place had potential to deliver!
When we first told friends we were going to Borneo most people asked “where??”. It is surprising how few people know about the third largest island in the world; everyone has heard of the Amazon rainforest but Borneo’s is actually older at 140 million years ... so why is this Country still largely unheard of?
Borneo is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and the tiny nation of Brunei (think “Sultan of Brunei” and the wealth that is there!) so maybe this causes people confusion??
This ancient biodiverse land is full of fascinating statistics and is home to half of all known plant and animal species - some aren’t found anywhere else in the world apart from Borneo. We have visited this beautiful Country on two occasions (so far) ... so how about I tell you about our amazing experiences and hopefully you will consider paying a visit yourself!
During our trip to the Malaysian side of Borneo, we spent a few nights in Kuching, which is in the Region of Sarawak. Kuching is actually Malaysian for ‘Cat’ – literally the city of the Cat.
On previous adventures, a cycling trip proved to be a wonderful experience and a great way of learning more about the place you are visiting. We love seeing the most out of any destination and we found a cycling City tour that appealed to us.
We never dreamed that this trip would be one of the highlights of our travels.
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