GuideGecko Backpacker Cheatsheets simplify travel planning

Singapore Backpacker Cheatsheet from GuideGecko

Singapore Backpacker Cheatsheet from GuideGecko, page 1

Singapore-based GuideGecko, a travel guide website, just launched a series of Backpacker Cheatsheets that can be a very useful starting point when planning a trip, whether you are a backpacker or not.

Guidebooks have their place as they are packed with volumes of detailed information, but it can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin. “While every traveler researches his own trip, 95% end up on the same itinerary,” says Dr. Daniel Quadt, Chief Backpacker at I have found this to be true in my travels around the globe. We spent hours investigating various Vietnam highlights on our last trip, yet almost everyone we met was doing the same things we were, and in fact, we started recognizing familiar faces in different towns.

Singapore Backpacker Cheatsheet from GuideGecko

Singapore Backpacker Cheatsheet from GuideGecko, page 2

GuideGecko offers information for travelers on 169 countries and 270 cities and regions around the world, in a variety of formats ranging from new and used guidebooks, mobile apps, Lonely Planet chapters for download and Backpacker Cheatsheets.

The Backpacker Cheatsheets are perfect for our harried, time-limited society and provide a concise visual overview of a country. Each country is represented on two succinct pages, including a map of the country and a brief, 500-word summary. The downloadable PDF format features a map dotted with numbered text balloons on the first page, while on the second page you can quickly locate the numbered location, with a brief description of what makes it special. Presently the Cheatsheets are in launch mode and outside of Asia the Cheatsheet offerings are a bit limited. As time goes on they will be filling in the blanks with additional titles.


Many guidebooks needed for an extensive itinerary

Looking at the guide for Vietnam I could verify that it contained all the key elements that a tourist would want to visit during their first stay, including places like Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hoi An, the DMZ and more. You may feel like you’re just part of the crowd, and, well, you are, but on your first visit you probably want to get a sense of what the most interesting and/or scenic places are, and that’s where sightseers go. On subsequent trips you may want to venture further afield and do some exploring of lesser known sights that are off the beaten track.
The compact Backpacker Cheatsheets from GuideGecko are a helpful starting place if you have never been to a country before and want to jumpstart your travel planning.