Backpackers Tokyo

It was early 1977, and I was in 10th grade of high school in Ontario, Canada. As a child, I had devoured novels about adventurous travel, such as The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, and as I got older, the desire to escape school and explore the world had only grown, finally reaching fever pitch. It was time to get out there – so my friend Geoffrey Drew-Brook and I hatched a plan to travel together around Europe.We researched our route, bought a tent and backpacks, and – after months toiling away to raise money – figured we had a princely...