My name is Michael and im new here. I have been browsing for a while but decided to sign up yesterday as it seems like the right sort of place to get advice on backpacking. Im hoping to visit the US and Canada this time next year with a friend for around 30-40 days (depending on the budget). I will then be returning home to work another 15 months then I plan to head off to Australia for a year on a working visa to explore a bit and also do a bit of work. I will also be going to New Zealand aswell as maybe a short amount of time in Asia but the last part is all undecided as its so long away. Sure I will be able to get advice off a number of people once I start posting.