• Posted:Friday, September 18, 2009
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Do some good on your backpacking trip

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Do some good on your backpacking trip
Trust me when I say that I know what it's like to be in a new place. It can be so exciting that all thoughts of everything else fly straight out of the window and all you want to do is run around, exploring and having fun. Just remember to try not to be a mucky pup while you're doing it as there's nothing more disgusting than trying to discover the beautiful surrounds of a national park only to find it covered in empty chip packets and ice lolly sticks. The countryside is a lovely place and we should all try to keep it as such, I believe.

If that's your opinion as well, then you might be very interested to hear that the sunny state of California is holding its sixth annual Yosemite Facelift event, where people in the area - who feel sorry for the park, covered as it can be in manmade rubbish - volunteer to clean it up. If you're backpacking in the region, consider lending a hand - you'll have fun and meet lots of new people, one of my favourite things about cheap travel holidays.

Taking place from September 23rd to 27th, the National Park employees and the Yosemite Climbing Association will be around to offer out bin bags, litter sticks and some much-needed gloves. Last year, apparently, more than 2,021 'facelifters' took part and collected 41,631 pounds of trash over 16,168 hours. That sounds like a record just begging to be beaten, to me.

If you want to do even more to help the environment while staying in hostels, you could take part in a Leave No Trace course which teaches people the ethics of travelling around North America.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19368434-ADNFCR
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