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Rough Guide to Australia
On my travels

Backpacking before the internet

At the risk of sounding like an old fogey (although I have just turned 50 so I do feel slightly entitled to a certain level of grumpiness!) I can’t help feeling that young people today have got it easy when it comes to seeing the world.

My first backpacking experience was in the summer of 1988 when a friend and I went inter-railing during the university summer break. Armed with a copy of ‘Europe by Train’ (which took up far too much room in my backpack) and the Thomas Cook European Railway timetable (which took up even more) my friend and I were like a female version of Michael Portillo with his trusty Bradshaw’s guides.