My Expedition to Antarctica with Quark Expeditions

By Naomi Zerner   In February 2019, I travelled to Antarctica as a guest of Quark on their 12-day Antarctic Explorer expedition from Ushuaia. I’ve sent lots of clients to Antarctica and I knew it would be good, but this trip far exceeded my expectations in every way possible! The Boat The Ocean Adventurer is an expedition ship operated by Quark, among others. She was built in 1975 and underwent […]

Must-Visit Cities in South America

South America is a vast and varied continent, with tropical climates in the North to the windy, icy Patagonia in the South. The lively people, the interesting cultures and varied history are what make South America the perfect holiday destination. We love South America in the Back Track office, so we compiled a list of our favourite cities to visit. You’ll notice they’re not all the popular ones – sometimes […]

Revealed: top small-ship cruises for 2020

Cruising is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to travel. There’s something to be said for what are essentially moving hotels – unpacking your bag once but experiencing a variety of wonderful destinations. The popularity of cruising is also making way for some fantastic value cruises, and we’ve collated our top picks for 2020.   Antarctica Often described as “The Last Frontier” in terms of travel, Antarctica is […]

12 Things I’ve Learned from 40 years Trekking the Himalayas

By Ray Baker My 40th anniversary of trekking in the Himalayas is coming up in 2019. I’ve made many mistakes along the way and I’d like to think I’ve learned from those mistakes. Here’s 12 things I’ve learned along the way. The mountains are in charge; they decide if the weather will be user friendly or not. Go with the flow. Have physical endurance. Endurance, in relation to trekking, is […]

A Quick Guide to the ‘Stans

Central Asia is not the first place you’d think of when you’re thinking of an overseas holiday. But the five Central Asian countries – Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan – have an emerging tourism industry for intrepid travellers from across the globe. Since they gained independence after the collapse of the USSR in 1991, these five Central Asian nations have been developing their national identities, and each offer something […]

Best Countries for Foodies

Australia is a nation of foodies. Our multi-cultural nature and love for cooking television shows is probably to thank for that. One determining factor for plenty of Aussies when they book travel overseas is the food – whether your budget is street-cuisine or fine-dining restaurants, food is always a high priority. If your tastebuds are ready for a vacation, these are a few destinations we suggest to satisfy your hunger. […]

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 […]

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