Backpack Moments

Your Guide to Backpacking in Asia and Beyond!

I’m Simon the Backpacker

Being a backpacker is about having memorable experiences as cheaply as possible.

I bet you want that too. You’ve come to the right place!

I help with logistics (“How to get from A to B?”), money (“Which ATM is best in country X?”), things to do, and will inspire you to backpack across Asia and beyond.

I don’t sugarcoat places and I only recommend what’s worth the money.

By a backpacker for backpackers, welcome to Backpack Moments.

Simon smiling
top destination of 2024

Timor Leste

Who even visits Timor Leste? Not many, that’s for sure. But I did and let me tell you – it’s an incredible country with a huge potential to become the next Bali. Or more!

But I hope it doesn’t. East Timor’s charm is in its pristine nature, the unspoilt beaches and the incredibly warm and friendly people.

It’s firmly in my top 10 countries in the world!

Hitchhiking in a microlet with some lovely people in Timor Leste

Favourite Places

Svaneti Region

  • Zhabeshi, Georgia

The Dead Aral Sea

  • Muynaq, Uzbekistan

Ha Giang Loop

  • Dong Van, Ha Giang, Vietnam
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Cool Destinations

The wooden church in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
Gaziantep sign in front of Gaziantep Castle
  • Turkey
Lake Tekapo as seen from Mount John
Lake Tekapo
  • New Zealand

Latest on the Blog

My latest moments and guides. I hope they are as entertaining as they are informative!

Simon on a beach in Lombok

Bali vs Lombok: Which Island Should YOU Visit?

You know that there is more than Bali in Indonesia? You’re already ahead of 30%[…]

Malaysian Ringgit Notes

Money in Malaysia: A Tourist Guide to ATMs, Cards and Exchange

Ringg it, baby! Okay, okay, that was a bad one (if you don’t get the[…]

Bukit Merese views

Bukit Merese Hill: The Best Sunset near Kuta, Lombok

Chasing sunsets, are you? Sometimes I wonder what that fuss is all about. After all,[…]

Seven Fijian dollars banknote

Money in Fiji: A Tourist Guide to ATMs, Cards and Exchange

Going to Fiji? Need to know how much money to bring and if you can[…]

New Zealand dollars - banknotes and coins in circullation

Money in New Zealand: A Tourist Guide to ATMs, Cards and Exchange

New Zealand may be at the end of the world (or not even on the[…]

The Golden Stupa in Vientiane

The Best 1 Day in Vientiane – What to Visit in 2024!

Vientiane is frequently described as sleepy, boring, uneventful, or all of these together. I think[…]

Simon holding the Lao flag on a motorcycle on top of Nam Xay Viewpoint in Laos

Nam Xay Viewpoint, Vang Vieng: A Motorcycle on Top of the World!

In my mind 2 images pop up when I think of Laos: The Wat Xieng[…]

Cambodian Riels

Money in Cambodia: A Tourist Guide to ATMs, Cards and Exchange

Cambodia has the most confusing finances in Southeast Asia. Officially the currency is Khmer Riel,[…]

AEON bank branch and ATMs

Money in Thailand: A Tourist Guide to ATMs, Cards and Exchange

Thailand is one of the most visited countries in the world and a common first-time[…]

My Most Detailed Guide


  • Indonesia

Java island, home to 160 million people doesn’t get enough hype. However, anything you can find on Bali, you can also find on Java and then some!

Java has huge busy cities, ancient temples, cute beaches, exhilarating waterfalls, growling volcanoes, authentic culture and lovely people.

Here’s the best 2-weeks itinerary about places to visit between Jakarta and Bali.

Collage of places on Java
You can buy anything at the Sulaymaniyah Bazaar!
Off-the-beaten path


  • Northeastern Iraq

This place is simply amazing!
The region has all the bad reputation, but is actually pretty safe and the Kurdish people are one of the most welcoming and hospitable in the world!
I gathered all my backpacking knowledge from my two weeks in Iraqi Kurdistan to help fellow backpackers with all the tips on travelling there.

My Life Moto

Collect Moments, Not Things.

I have been traveling full time for a while now. Everything I own fits inside my backpack.

I don’t buy magnets, keychains, postcards, or other memorabilia because I have nowhere to store them!

I collect moments instead. Fleeting, pleasant and not so pleasant, serene and loud, intimate and exhilarating.

Thus was born the name: Backpack Moments.

I swear I don’t always have such messy hair, my beard isn’t usually so weird, although my hoodie is a goodie.

If you see me wearing the same clothes in pictures from different countries, it’s because as a backpacker these are the only clothes I have.

To Travel Is To Live

Hans Christian Andersen said that and I couldn’t agree more.

I only blog about places I’ve personally visited and all content is written by me without the use of AI.