Top 10 Treks Across the World

Here at Back Track Adventures, we’ve been trekking far and wide since our first trek to Annapurna in 1985. There are plenty of awesome treks we’ve done, and just as many we’d love to do. Here’s some inspiration for your next trekking adventure – which one takes your fancy?   Kokoda Track The Kokoda Track is well-known amongst Australians and is slowly growing in popularity with visitors from the UK […]

Unusual Things You Can Only Do In Japan

If you’re looking for a holiday destination with a completely different culture to that here in Australia, look no further than Japan. Different food, customs, cultural rituals and interests are what sets Japan apart, and the joy of visiting this wonderful country is the chance to try something new! Here are our favourite unique and unusual things you can only do in Japan Robot Restaurant The Japanese are famous for […]

Our favourite free phone apps that we use when travelling abroad

As each year passes, our phones are becoming more and more integral in our lives. While this might not always be a great thing, one instance where it does come in handy is travelling. We’ve surveyed the brain’s trust of experienced travellers in the Back Track office for the apps they use most often whilst out of the country, and this is what they’ve got!   Maps.Me Available on iOS […]

5 over-touristed destinations (and where to go instead!)

Over-tourism is becoming a big problem for many countries where the number of tourists significantly out-numbers locals. In some cities, over-tourism has been the cause of rising house prices, overcrowded roads, and  overflowing waste management facilities. With increasing pressure on tour companies to ensure all travel is sustainable, perhaps it is time to forgo the well-travelled tourist favourites and trek somewhere off the beaten track. But where can you go […]

When and Where to See Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights)

Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, are a magical light show that are the result of electrically charged particles from the sun entering the Earth’s atmosphere colliding with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen. Aurora Borealis refers to the lights in the north pole, whereas lights around the south pole are called Aurora Australis. Humans have been fascinated with Aurora Borealis for thousands of years, dating right back to a […]

Five Places to go for Christmas 2019

Seems like just last week we were eating roasted vegetables and opening presents from loved ones. But if you’re wanting to take a Christmas getaway this year, it’s best to book early as many places often sell out by March. Here are our suggestions for Christmas 2019.   European Castle in Austria Europe is filled with gorgeous castles, and what better time to live life like a fairy tale than […]

20 Things to Do Before 2020

It’s hard to believe we are already into the first week of 2019 – the last year of the 2010’s decade. If there’s something you’ve been thinking about doing, but haven’t quite got there, this year is the time to do it! Need some inspiration? Here are some suggestions:   Put your feet on the Antarctic continent There really is nowhere else like it on the planet. Get up close […]

Five things you wouldn’t expect about Antarctica

Travelling to Antarctica is like nowhere else on the planet. The sheer scale and beauty of the environment that completely surrounds you can’t put into words. But there were certain aspects of the trip that I certainly didn’t expect! If you’re thinking about heading to Antarctica, these are a few tips that will hopefully make your journey as enjoyable as possible. Not that it’s hard, Antarctica is pretty epic!   […]

How to survive a long-haul flight from Australia

You don’t get to work in the travel industry without racking up some serious air miles from plenty of long-haul flights. We’ve discovered a few nifty tactics to ensure you get to your destination well-rested and ready to explore. Prepare beforehand The scouts had it right – be prepared. When packing your carry on, don’t forget an eye-mask, ear plugs and comfy neck pillow. A toothbrush, toothpaste and wet wipes […]

Conquering Kilimanjaro

You know that feeling when you arrive at a new destination.  You are waiting in the arrival’s hall with all the other tired but excited travellers. One by one they collect their bags and head out through customs onto their adventures.  Then the baggage carousel stops and your excitement turns to dread as you stand alone, empty-handed. So yes, my Kilimanjaro Safari did not get off to the perfect start.  Upon […]

Galapagos for Beginners: What You Need to Know Before You Go!

The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador are a dream holiday destination for many. The unique wildlife, varied environment and unconventional history make this place incredibly unique and memorable. Naomi recently visited the Galapagos and has a few tips for first-time visitors.  What exactly are the Galapagos? The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands off the coast of Ecuador in South America. The terrain varies island to […]

Top 5 Tips for Hiking the Inca Trail

Kylie Gilbert recently visited Peru and completed the four-day-three-night hike to the famous Inca ruins at Machu Picchu. We asked her for her top tips on completing the hike. I love hiking and conquering the Inca Trail and exploring Machu Picchu has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and something I’ll never forget. If you’re thinking of hiking […]

A Tale of Two Treks

Ray Baker has recently completed two Himalayan Treks, one in Nepal and one in Sikkim, India. Here, he reflects on both treks – how they are similar and how they are different. They were the best of times, they were my two most recent Himalayan treks, one in Nepal and the other in Sikkim. They both give tremendous views of the third highest mountain on earth, Kanchenjunga, 8586m (pictured above). […]

This is where I find myself now… Africa

After mapping out more than 7500km to research Back Track’s first fully-guided and escorted six vehicle safari, Jim Drapes and the brave souls on the first trek, headed off for 29 days through Namibia and Botswana, finishing at Victoria Falls and  including the Okavango Delta. It was a trip never to be forgotten, Jim writes.   In a crowded world, I found an escape … a place to be totally […]

Not lost; just geographically embarrassed

Trek leader, Ray Baker, recalls a particularly memorable trip to Nepal to research a new tour… In April 2000, I did a research trek into the Manaslu area of Nepal. The trek went well off the beaten trail into an area rarely visited by foreigners. Until… There goes the planning My carefully planned itinerary was blown to smithereens on the first day out. A broken- down bus blocked our progress […]

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