Hi, my name is George W Harcus and I am the founder of Grabba Backpack Travels (GBT). As a young company I think it is important to know something about GBT. Who is the company? What is it all about?. Traveling has been a passion in my life since I was a teenager. My first overseas school trip to Russia got me hooked on exploring the world. After that trip I knew I wanted to see the world. My desire to learn about cultures led me to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, where I received a specialized Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. My interest in people led me to study photojournalism at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, which ultimately landed me a job at a newspaper. After seven years of applying my trade the yearning to be on the road and exploring the world led me to quit my job and start traveling again. After visiting close to 60 countries I thought there might be an opportunity to do something with this passion of mine. Hence, Grabba Backpack Travels was born, hoping to introduce people to backpack traveling, or what also could be called budget traveling and to give travelers another affordable option to exploring the world. Backpacking is not only a great way to get closer to a culture, it is also economical and very rewarding.
GBT's Philosophy Grabba Backpack Travels philosophy was touched on in the Home Page. As a long time independent backpacker I have logged many miles or kilometers traveling on my own without the company of a companion. Traveling this way you tend to meet a lot of people and in the end it is the people you meet that often make the trips memorable. I have also spent a fair amount of time on organized tours in one form or another. Meeting people and sharing those special travel moments is really priceless. As with everything, there are pros and cons about traveling alone or with people. And of course there are good things and bad things about traveling on a tour. At GBT we hope to create the best budget travel trips by maximizing the good things and to minimize the bad things. Here is how we plan to do it: *Keep trips to a manageable level for everyone- Maximum 12 guests per trip. Keep it intimate so people can get to know one another.
*Tours obviously need structure and schedules, however, people will be given the flexibility to go on their own and explore while at a destination and not feel obligated to join a day tour. This is why we normally do not include various fees such as day tours or entrance fees to parks in the price of the tour, however, there are some exceptions. But as a usual rule not everyone wants to do the same thing. On the other hand our host guide and assistant will be available to help book or plan day trips and offer advice if asked. A Lot of times groups can get discounts on day trips and entrance fees etc.
* At GBT we do like to use public land or sea transport when we can. It is a good way to meet the locals and it is usually very cheap, however, it can be very demanding and not always practical. As a result, we do hire private transportation and take some flights when necessary. As a group, private transport can often be reasonably priced and usually offers more flexibility and relaxation, while flying really saves time. Both modes of internal transport ( private and air) are usually included in the tour cost, unless otherwise specified. The good news about internal flights in many developing countries is it's much cheaper than developed countries.
*Our host guide and guide assistant are always available to help out with anything they can, but only you can make your own fun by bringing a great attitude, an open mind and an adventurous spirit.
*Accommodation is probably one of the most important factors when traveling. Firstly, it can be your biggest expense aside from purchasing your flight ticket. Secondly, it is your home away from home. So, at GBT we try to reduce the cost by staying in budget lodging, but yet we are very fussy about where we stay. After a hard day of traveling it is nice to stay at a clean, welcoming place, but yet not have to pay an arm and a leg for, especially if you don't spend much time in the room. There are a wide range of budget hotels available in most regions, some can be as cheap as a few dollars a day. More remote locations you have to take what you can get and be happy you have a roof over your head. Generally, we like to strike a balance between cost and comfort. And if were lucky, sometimes you can find some gem hotels that have incredible comfort for incredible value. It is important to know that we do not stay at the cheapest hotel because it is the cheapest. We stay at hotels that offer value for your money and are clean and comfortable. However, everything is relative. What might be a castle to someone, might not be suitable for someone else. And availability of hotels is a factor also.