Welcome to Pack For Travel

 

My name's Alex and I'm passionate about travel, I've been fortunate enough to take a few trips including India, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.

I like to get off the beaten track as much as possible and have mot enjoyed volunteering where I can, this has mainly been with Elephants  and wildlife in Thailand as well as Orangutans in Borneo.

This blog is just a record of my travels as well as book recommendations and travel tips. Please feel free to let me know of any recommendations for future volunteer oppotunities or good reads, thanks :0)

Travel Gear Update

Travel Gear Update

After using the same travel gear for a good few years now I’ve decided to update what I take away in my carry on bag. Camera You can’t really beat the quality and functionality you get from a DSLR. This Canon 700d came with a EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Lenses I also bought the following lenses Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens good for portraits. Canon EF S 10 18mm f/4.5 5.6 IS STM Lens that…

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Volunteering with Elephants in Thailand

Volunteering with Elephants in Thailand

I’ve always had a fondness for Elephants, I’m not too sure why, I think it must be their sheer size. Luckily I never saw them in a zoo here in the UK when I was younger. This was my first ever trip solo outside the UK, lots of my friends had settled down and the few remaining singletons weren’t really the backpacking/volunteering type, happier to sit in an all-inclusive hotel for 2 weeks. Choosing a Volunteer Placement I decided that…

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Bike Trip in Vietnam

Bike Trip in Vietnam

In 2012 I went for a bike trip in Vietnam, after being inspired by a Top Gear episode where the presenters all rode from Saigon to Hanoi on a Vespa (Clarkson), Minsk (Hammond) and Honda C90(May). I had an initial plan of buying a bike (favoured by many backpackers) and riding with a friend, starting in Saigon and seeing how far up the country we could make it in 2 weeks. I went for three weeks meeting a friend after a…

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Volunteering at a School in India

Volunteering at a School in India

Time for an Adventure Back in 2011 I decided I’d had enough of the endless 9-5,  working as a Warehouse Manager for an electronics company. I was really at a dead end and needed an adventure, volunteering seemed like a good option, luckily I had internet access all day at work and spent most of the quiet days searching travel websites like www.lonelyplanet.com for inspiration. I had only really done one bit of travel before when I went to Thailand on my…

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Top 10 Travel Writer Books

Top 10 Travel Writer Books

Here’s a list of my personal favourite Top 10 Travel Writer Books 1 Uneasy Rider: Travels Through a Mid-Life Crisis (Paperback – 5 Mar 2009) This is probably my favourite read at the moment, I’ve read it 3 times now. It follows Mike Carters 20,000 mile travel around Europe. It’s really well written (he is a journalist after all!) with wit and sensitivity. Mike is inspired by the Long Way Round book by Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor. He did’t…

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What to Pack for Travelling

What to Pack for Travelling

I’ve done a fair bit of travelling to India, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia and have managed to cut down exactly what I need to pack as the basics for my travels. Anything else I need then I buy there. Travel Documents Passport, or you’re going nowhere! Flight tickets. Travel Insurance paperwork. Your driving licence if needed. Worth keeping copies of all these on your email account. Money Foreign currency, some small denomination included for Taxi’s etc. Credit Card, always handy…

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