. Most recent trip 2016: February - Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Nikko, Hiroshima) . next trips 2016: May - Vilnius, Lithuania May - Dublin, Ireland
Very vague future plans include: maybe Moldova . .
- TIME magazine, 16 December 2002 Few modern social developments are more significant and less appreciated than the rise of backpacker travel. Backpackers are not only more likely to respect local cultures than those tourists served by the mass market, but they are also, in their own way, valuable to host economies. Backpackers may spend less on vacation than what their parents, but most of what they do spend stays local
70% of backpackers' vacation expenditures go to locally owned businesses, compared with only about 30% of the cash spent my "mass tourism", who often stay in big hotels owned by foreign firms . .
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