The Birth of the Semi-Backpacker

Trip Start Aug 26, 2007
Trip End Jan 05, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Rhode Island
Sunday, August 26, 2007

After so many months of planning, dreaming, talking and googling, my trip is finally here! I'd like to say that this Bronx-born city girl that's never been camping is doing a 360 and packing a tent and sleeping bag in her backpack; HOWEVER, I am realistic and comfortable in the fact that change can be gradual and that I am in no way ready for that level of tree huggin' lovin' yet!

Instead, I am proclaiming myself a semi-backpacker. For instance, I do have a backpack that I'm bringing with me, HOWEVER, it has nice, comfortable wheels and I also have an additional piece of carry on luggage. I swear, I tried to swing it with just the backpack, but as soon as I stuffed my hiking boots and weather-proof gear, there was barely space left for any other roughing it-type essentials (such as my curling iron and dancing shoes!)  

As part of my semi-backpacking mantra, I will not be pitching a tent, tying my own knots, or making fire out of bobby pins and fig leaves, but I will be stretching my dollars by staying at low-cost hostels and traveling to my destinations via buses and ferries. 

My plane leaves in less than 5 hours and arrives at my first destination after 2 international layovers and 16 short hours. I am excited to get started on my journey and look forward to staying in touch (as often as I can get to an internet-cafe!)

I will document my trip with extensive picture taking and sassy commentary, so check back often to see what I am up to. My next update, will come to you live in a few days, as I begin my journey to the end of the world!
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smuffy on

Fig leaves and hairpins. Only you, loca. Only you. I'm excited to hear more.

nadhazy on

Judith Good Luck!

lmgreen-rowe on

You GO Girl!!
Becca and I will be checking in regularly to get updates...good luck, have fun and be safe!

wrhpuravida on

All the places I've dreamed of being, okay, except for the tent thing!! I'll live vicariously (I don't even know how to spell that word...I guess that's why I don't use it)through you....Happy Times and Grand Adventures! ---Rebecca

moneygram on

Lookin for Judith
I don't even know you anymore! The girl that has never been fishin in her entire life is now travelling rainforests (albeit with a curling iron...). So jealous as I continue to make edits to the MG workbook...
TIP: you can make a new Jane outfit with bobby pins and fig leaves but probably not a fire.
Tell Tarzan I said hi:)

samiam21 on

Good luck!
Hey sis, good luck on your trip!! Make sure you take a lot of pics. I look forward to seeing you when you return in September :)

carolinaarico on

You Fearless Traveler!
I'm so proud of you! Can't wait to read your first on-location entry.

smuffy on

Awww @ my dad
He totally left you a comment!!!

I gave both he and my mom a link to your blog.

enelra on

Where in the World
Chica - You know I'm super jealous of what you're doing. If I weren't in school, I'd meet you at the end of the world. Que padrisimo! A

erica_d on

So jealous!!
Judith-So jealous that you are finally off! I will anxiously be awaiting all of your travel updates. Stay safe and have fun!!

asilde on

End of the World
We would love to join you. Take care and have fun.
Please keep sending us pics. We love you. Hassan & Asilde

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