She was apprehensive about the unknown. Spending three months away from her Shelbyville home and family right after college graduation seemed so long, but today Taylor Moore has no regrets for the experience she had backpack traveling through Southeast Asia.

Backpacking, according to Moore, is a form of low-cost, independent travel. Travelers use public transportation, inexpensive lodging like hostels; travel for a longer time than conventional one- or two-week vacations, and enjoy meeting locals and seeing the sights.