Hi! I’m Hayden — I am a backpacker, solo traveller and amateur photographer. In a previous career I was an engineer working in Perth, Western Australia. Now I am trying to make my way in the world as a travel writer and blogger. Read my blog here.
I began backpacking around the world in early 2014. Over the course of the last few years I have travelled to over 40 countries and 160 cities or towns. The number of hostels that I have stayed in would be approaching 150! You can see a complete map of all my travels in the map below.
My Style of Travel
I am the kind of traveller that makes their plans while on the run. Often I am completely undecided about the next stop on my trip until the day before I am ready to move on. I love the freedom this gives me. Being able to travel with no pre-arranged plans and no strict itinerary is incredibly liberating. If I meet some interesting people in a hostel and they invite me to travel with them to a destination I had not previously planned on going to, I want to be able to say yes. If I travel with a detailed itinerary I would need to throw it away every time a chance encounter like this happens. And this kind of thing happens to me a lot!
As a result of this style of travel, I often turn up to a new city with no detailed plan of what to do. But this no longer causes me any apprehension because I have learnt how easy it is to create travel plans on the go. Any decent hostel, certainly every hostel that I recommend, will have a plethora of detailed information for you to digest on arrival. I always jump on a free walking tour as soon as I can after arriving in a new city because it teaches me a lot about your new location very quickly. Normally my first half day is spent learning about the city at this superficial level and very quickly a more detailed itinerary begins to create itself.
However I do like to have some basic information on my next destination sorted before arriving. Just enough information for me to be able to hit that first day running. I need to know where my hostel is (and one other backup), where I can find some cheap food close by, a decent bar and some free walking tour information. Some basic public transportation info is also great. For everything else, I know that I will pick it up as I go along, by talking to other travellers, talking to hostel staff, and on a walking tour.
To find this basic information, I need to use multiple sources. I would check hostelworld to find my accommodation, a blog post or tripadvisor to find a decent bar or street food vendor, and a google search to find some information on a free walking tour. On top of that, a lot of the bar and food recommendations I find don't suit my budget. It occurred to me that a travel website catered to the budget backpacker with all of this basic information documented very succinctly would be very useful. If one existed I would use it all the time. Out of this idea grew BackpackerTrack.com. Hopefully you will find it as useful!
BackpackerTrack.com Travel Guides
The travel guides that I create provide basic but essential information. Information that enables a budget backpacker to arrive in a city and hit the ground running. I don't include a lot of information on each hostel, bar or restaurant, but you can rest assured that if I have bothered to include that particular location at all, it deserves your attention. For example I do not provide detailed reviews of the hostels that I recommend, rather I just provide some basic information and then a link to hostelworld. But you know that because I decided to include that particular hostel to the exclusion of others, it will naturally be a great pick.
My travel guides are far from exhaustive, I only include 2-3 of each 'thing' in my guides. Ultimately, my basic travel guides aim to give you the same very basic info that I love to have before I arrive in a location. There is plenty more that I learn about and see while I am in those destinations that I do not write about, but you will about learn them in the same way fun way I did. My guides are functional, free from hyperbole, but very useful.