Why You Should Backpack in Malaysia

Malaysia is a country of contrasts. On the one hand, many people still live in bamboo houses; on the other hand the downtown of Kuala Lumpur, the capital, can easily compete with Manhattan. Rich Malaysians eat oysters in French restaurants, whereas their poor compatriots have only rice and noodles to feed their families. No matter what part of Malaysia you are going to visit, you meet poverty and luxury, the past and the present, the third and the first worlds mixed together. Malaysia consists of two separate parts, West and East Malaysia, separated by South China Sea. The Western part is more developed, the capital and big cities are situated there. The West part is perfect for seaside vacations, nature trekking and diving.

Time Away to Relax

How do you think about holidays? Where you might go and what you might want to do? Before you know it there is already a thread about it on a forum, or maybe some answers on Yahoo or maybe even a board on Pinterest showing me exactly where I was imagining it, and showing me some of the things that I knew I wanted to do. It’s a combination of all of these things, all of these outlets, that can shed a great light on a location in detail.

There are some amazing resources out there that all can feed into your research for these amazing weekends away. You can find the places you want to go to, the activities you want to do and the things you want to see along the way. You can learn so much before you have even been to the travel agent or set foot on foreign soil. What an age we live in.

A Highland Holiday

The Highlands is home to many castles whisky taverns, ancient monuments and stunning mountain ranges, and it’s the perfect place to visit if you love the outdoors. You’ll certain be in for a hiking adventure if you visit the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands.

You can take mountaineering courses, on rock climbing, visit the lakes and perhaps even camp out amongst the wild, or stay in a luxury log cabin. Many landscape photographers and nature enthusiasts visit the highlands each year, and whether you decide to go when the mountain range is topped with snow, or when the weather is crisp and dry, you’ll always be guaranteed an action packed adventure.

Why not take on Ben Nevis, like many people do every year. You really do feel a real sense of achievement when you make it to the top, and it’s something you can tick off your bucket list.

The Big Apple

There’s so much to see and do in New York but if you’ve never visited the city before, then you have to tick off the main sightseeing activities. Popular options include Times Square, Statue of Liberty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (also known as MoMA). Having a chill in Central Park is another ‘must do’ activity on a New York getaway. There are plenty of cafes and bagel shops nearby too, so lunch in Central Park can be pretty memorable.

The Empire State Building is another ultra ‘touristy’ area, but as New York’s tallest building, it really is a site to behold. The 9/11 memorial is a very emotional tourist spot, but again it’s definitely worth seeing,yet it warrants respect.

New York is famous for so many reasons, and the fact is you can spend an entire week there and still not see half of what it has to offer, but whatever you do while you’re there, make sure you get in some sightseeing.


Ibiza is one of the premier places to go if you want a good time. It offers some of the best night-life in the world during holiday season, as well as some amazing beaches for you to spend your time at during the day. If there is anything negative to be said about the place, it is that it isn’t really suitable for a family holiday.

While it has a similar weather to Majorca, the experiences you’ll gain from the two favourite holiday destinations couldn’t be more different. While there are ample opportunities to have a great family holiday in Majorca, Ibiza is known for the active summer club scene, for the techno music which developed there, and for the great experiences many young people get there.