When going on a long-term travel adventure or any other backpacking trip, one of the most important things is what to take and how to pack. Your backpack will be your house during your whole trip. So it’s important to have the essentials with you while keeping it light. It’s easy to overpack and it can happen very quickly. Which is logical. The first time you pack, you’ll pack for the “what if” situations. This usually occurs when you have no idea what may await you. We had the same problem in the beginning. To be fair, we already sent a package back home the first week of our trip with things we actually didn’t need to carry along. We wrote this to help fellow adventurers, so they don’t make the same mistake we did. Of course, not everyone travels the same like us, and everyone has its personal needs. But find out our packing list to travel around for more than a year and how we try to keep it light! We hope this will help you to pack smart and as light as possible!
From the bustling city to the calmness of the countryside in just two hours of traveling. The diversity in its geographical landscapes, the great (and sometimes bizarre) food and the culture of China appealed us already for a long time. Traveling through this country first looked difficult because of the language barrier, the extreme difference in culture and the overpopulation. But it was a great experience! It became our starting point for our travels around Asia because it was the perfect way to indulge ourselves in the Asian cultures and their way of life. When we arrived in Hong Kong and started planning our itinerary, we didn’t found any useful information online on what to choose as our next destination with Hong Kong as our starting point. That’s why we want to share our one month itinerary with you, so you can get to see some of the coolest things that China has to offer!
Hong Kong became our starting point of our Southeast Asia trip, and it became one of our most favorite travel destinations. It’s a blend of East and West and is the perfect way to get into the vibe of East Asia. Hong Kong doesn’t need to be expensive, you can camp for free on a secluded beach, eat in the the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant, do some lovely hikes and even win money at the horse races! There are a thousand things to do in Hong Kong, so here are our 15 coolest things to do in the city that won’t break your budget!
A few weeks ago, there were some problems at the Mongolian border. Because a lot of teams from the previous years have left their broken cars somewhere in Mongolia, all the Mongol Rally teams now had to pay a $6000 deposit upon entering Mongolia. This deposit was for the Mongol Rally teams only. The authorities managed to suspend this rule just a week before we entered, but the organization warned us that we needed to be very friendly and patient because they would otherwise reintroduce the rule.
Entering Kyrgyzstan went pretty easy. Most European nationalities don’t need a visa if they intend to stay less than two months. The border guards of Kyrgyzstan were super friendly. They stamped our passport, we paid for the car insurance and gave them a sticker to put on their locker. They checked the car very briefly and wished us good luck for the rest of the Mongol Rally.
After finishing the Mongol Rally, we decided to drive the car back to Belgium. This way, we had the time to explore more cities. One of these was Moscow. We’ve heard a lot of Moscow, about how big and magnificent the city is, so we were pretty stoked to see it with our own eyes. We must say, it’s well worth a visit. Unfortunately, our visa’s were going to expire in a few days, so we just had the time to visit the city in a little more than 24 hours. Our day was well-filled. If you’re like us and don’t have a lot of time to visit the city, you can follow our one-day itinerary or get some ideas on what to do.