Viva Backpack

"Viva Backpack: Handbook of a Traveller" provides tips on travel planning, transportation and alternative means of accommodation, travelling on a tight budget in addition to detailed information on work and travel as well as ecotourism, permaculture and how the concept of responsible/ethics has emerged with examples from volunteering projects and organizations from different parts of the world that are respectful to the nature and cultures.

VIVA BACKPACK – Handbook of a Backpacker

Author of Latin America: An Alternative Travel Guide, Okan Okumuş is back with another book from Kolektif Kitap based on his own experiences, full of practical information for those who wish to travel the world but do not know where to start or those who are tired of tours and package holidays.

Viva Backpack: Handbook of a Backpacker provides tips on travel planning, transportation and alternative means of accommodation, travelling on a tight budget in addition to detailed information on work and travel as well as ecotourism, permaculture and how the concept of responsible/ethical travelling has emerged with examples from volunteering projects and organizations from different parts of the world that are respectful to the nature and cultures. The book also provides special suggestions for disabled and gay travellers as well as families with children.

Viva Backpack provides answers to your questions on travelling with information on where to go and when, visa and travel insurance, plane tickets, food and drinks, festivals, activities, alternative tours, leading guidebooks, online travel blogs, web sites and forums, smart phone applications, proper etiquette depending on where you are going, methods for preparing your backpack, safety, shopping and more.

The book also contains information on how you can travel the world via three different routes (Latin America, Oceania and Eastern Asia) with a single plane ticket as well as information on how you can travel the world by train or ship.

In addition to general tips on travel, Okan Okumuş also suggests alternative routes to his readers which enable travellers to get to know different cultures more closely.

Back Cover

Many people want to travel the world, escape their daily routine and take part in the daily lives of people from different cultures, hoping to gain a new perspective on life or even to “find themselves”. Of course, this requires an alternative understanding of travelling: you must be a traveller rather than a tourist.

Viva Backpack: Handbook of a Backpacker provides a detailed roadmap for those who wish to discover new places in the world but do not know how and where to start this journey. The book provides information on planning, transportation, accommodation, budget, guide books, useful internet resources, health, safety, food, shopping, communication, festivals; travel tips for disabled and gay travellers or families with children; volunteer and social responsibility projects that enable you to work and travel the world via three different routes (Latin America, Oceania and Eastern Asia) with a single plane ticket.

This book aims to inspire those who are tired of working nine-to-five for years on end and want to take off their ties for a while; those who are looking for cultural alternatives to sea-sun-and-sand holidays, who are tired of following the footsteps of tour guides, who would rather let their roots grow through all the earth’s boundless lands rather than in a single plant pot. Through real experiences and examples, this book will show those people that it is not as difficult as they think to travel the world and discover new places.

Preface

When the first astronauts on the moon returned to earth, all they wanted to talk about was the beauty of their home planet rather than its satellite. “People should stop struggling for land and fighting over their differences. The borders are all invisible up here!”

You don’t need to go to space to realize this. Travellers who start discovering the world by traveling to other countries are also awed as they feel the excitement of experiencing the wonders of nature, seeing historical works of art and getting to know different cultures and people, eliminating all borders one by one only to return home spiritually richer. With this book, you will enter the travelling world and discover answers to all your possible questions on traveling; you’ll find information on planning, transportation, accommodation, budget, guide books, useful internet resources, health, safety, food, shopping, communication, festivals while also reading special sections on volunteer and social responsibility projects that enable you to work and travel as well as three different routes through which you can travel the world with a single ticket.

During their travels, travellers closely witness that the resources in the world are rapidly dwindling and do not want to remain silent to the destruction of the beauties they see all around them. This book provides alternatives to those who want to leave behind a better world and who hit the road according to certain ethical travel principles and a belief that a better world is possible. They can spend time in Eco farms learning permaculture practices, take part in volunteer and social responsibility projects or volunteer service networks such as Workaway and HelpX that enable them to work and travel at the same time.

Even though for most us our holidays are limited by the time we can take off from work, the number of those who have managed to break out of this mould and who travel the world by finding work wherever they go has increased rapidly in recent years. In the last section of the book, you will learn about how you can make use of airway partnerships via combined tickets known as an “air pass” and travel the world with a single plane ticket, in addition to reading about three different world tour routes which you can travel either by plane or by other means of transportation. You’ll also learn about travelling via programs such as “Work and Travel”.

Founder of the Simplicity Collective, Samuel Alexandre says, “Today, the majority of people spend most of their lives trying to climb the never-ending ladder of hopeless consumerism, trying to buy and own more. Unfortunately, they realize at the end of their lives that they actually have not lived, just spent their one and only chance of life in shopping malls”. Travelling, seeing new places and meeting new faces is one of the best methods of self renewal and living life to the fullest. In short, this book provides tips for traveling on a budget in addition to giving the secrets of traveling to those who wish to make the Invisible Cities of Calvino visible, follow the footsteps of Strabo, Evliya Çelebi and hit the road with just a backpack. It aims to inspire those who are tired of working nine-to-five for years on end and want to take off their ties for a while; those who are looking for cultural alternatives to sea-sun-and-sand holidays, who are tired of following the footsteps of tour guides, who would rather let their roots grow through all the earth’s boundless lands rather than in a single plant pot. Through real experiences and examples, this book will show those people that it is not as difficult as they think to travel the world and discover new places.

As Cemal Süreya says, “life is short, birds are flying”. Now is the right time to follow those birds, hold on tight to our lives and take the first step on the road to freedom before it is too late!