Traveling Lite

The standard postgraduate journey for 19th century young English ladies and gentlemen was the Grand Tour of Europe, a lengthy buffet of the best art, architecture andfor the menwenches that the Continent had to offer. Today's overmedicated, under-careered university graduates have come up with their own rite of passage: backpacking through Asia. It might be more of a slouch than a Grand Tour, but at least it's edgy.

Or it was. Once guaranteed to send parents into spirals of anxiety and friends into paroxysms of envy, the Asia trek...

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