Location Guides

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South Pacific

About Me

My name is Brennan Wilkes, I've been backpacking to twenty different countries, spanning South America, Europe, South East Asia, and most interestingly the South Pacific. My backpacking budgets have always steered me towards hostels, cheap airbnbs, and home-stays, but not camping. I mostly have gotten around by air, but have also taken my fair share of sleeper buses, commuter trains, and leaky boats.


In these entries, my goal isn't to convince you to go anywhere, (that's your job) but to give you the practical and logistical advice that was extremely helpful during my travels, or that I wished I had before I arrived. I'm hoping to provide some insight into the slightly more obscure places I've been, that have less useful information available. There are more blogs about South East Asia than I can possibly read, so I won't add to that endless rabbit hole.

My Gear

Every backpacker is different and has different preferences when it comes to equipment. These items are what I used on my adventures, and while I definitely recommend them, I don't have any relationship with any of the sellers.

Osprey Bag Packing Cubes Gopro Hero 7 Black Anker Battery

Useful Tools and References

These are some incredibly useful tools and references (books, websites, blogs), which I've either used during the planning of my trip, or have used since, in post-researching places I've been, or am hoping to go to. As with the gear section, I fully endorse these references, but have no relationships with the authors or sellers.

flight-map south pacific book Micronesia Book

Polynesia and Melanesia


Forum Threads / Personal Accounts

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