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Tips For Fun And Safe Overseas Backpacking Trips

Sep 12, 2008
The decision to take a backpacking trip overseas is a big one, and you are in for an amazing adventure. Backpacking in Europe or other foreign lands, with their ancient pasts, often brings surprises and breathtaking experiences. If you are fairly new to traveling overseas then there are some things you should be aware of so you can have a flawless trip. The following list outlines some of the best advice for traveling abroad.

-Know applicable local and national laws. Make sure you understand the local laws and customs. This is important because the last thing you want is trouble. There are places you can and cannot go. If there is any question, check with local authorities. Many area require a permit.

-Have your papers in order. Make sure you have everything you need to travel overseas and get into the destination country. You should check with both countries to ensure all of your paperwork is in order. Note that Americans need passports for Canada and Mexico visits now.

-Make sure your map is up to date. You should check to make sure the map you are taking is current. You do not want to plan a backpacking trip in an area that has recently been changed from wilderness to a shopping center.

-Keep your family in the loop. Just as you would when backpacking at home, you need to fill in your family on all your plans. This is even more important when traveling. You never know what can happen and nobody there is going to realize you may be in trouble.

- Bring medical information with you. If you have any allergies or special conditions or needs, make sure they are documented and carry them where they can be found, like in a wallet or on a bracelet.

-Have a back up plan. You can not always go back home easily if your plans are detoured by weather or some other unexpected event. Be sure you have an alternative plan in place so your trip is not ruined. Watch the seasons, and plan for a season that has a better chance of having decent weather. Overseas backpacking in a hurricane would be no fun!

Even though you are going on a backpacking trip you still need to understand the basics behind safe travel abroad. You should try to leave valuables at home. You should hire a local tour guide and always travel in a group or with at least one other person. It is also important that you stick to public areas. Do not try to venture to unknown areas. You never know what types of problems you could run into. Travel smart and your trip will most likely be one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have.

Taking a few precautions can ensure that your overseas backpacking trip will be one of the most fun and exciting experiences you ever have!
About the Author
Trevor Kronk is a lifelong hiker, camper and backpacker. See more of Kronk's articles about backpacking trips and backpacking equipment .
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