Backpacking is very common and is one of the best ways to mingle with the locals and experience a cultural closeness. More and more people are choosing backpacking tours for adventure trips. Unfortunately, backpackers also encounter strange and terrible situations in countries with unfamiliar languages and customs. We offer some common sense backpacking tips that can avoid the pitfalls and turn your trip into a great experience:
Travel tips to pack peace and security in your backpack:
Q Look before you jump in a foreign country
When you travel to a foreign country, you are subject to the constitutional laws of that country. The laws in your country may differ from the destination. Buying a country guide or visiting travel websites will inform you of specific laws. Ask travel advice from your friends and family members who have been to that place. Study your destination before you leave. It can save your time and money, and make your travel experience more enjoyable. There are excellent guidebooks available in the market.
o Travel Insurance (Read Peace of Mind)
For backpackers and adventure seekers, insurance is more important than the average tourist because of the risks involved. Without travel and medical insurance, illness or injury can ruin your vacation and your bank balance. Some hospitals do not receive patients without insurance coverage. If you plan on bungee jumping or riding a motorcycle or moped, make sure your insurance policy covers you. If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.
o Travel safety and security tips for backpackers
Backpackers are an easy target for thieves, especially petty thieves. Some are willing to leave even with your shoes on. Do not carry large amounts of cash. Instead, carry travellers’ checks and some major credit cards. Plan a different strategy for countries that have limited credit card facilities and are not always available for cash advances.
o Keep your passport and valuables in a bag and wear it around the neck, under your clothes and out of sight. Copy your itinerary, passport, credit cards, travel documents and important phone numbers.
o wear a helmet when renting a motorcycle; Head injuries can happen outside, too. While traveling by train, especially overnight, secure your belongings and do not take sleeping pills. In some countries, gangs of thieves operate on trains and rob sleeping passengers. Be careful about accepting food or drink from strangers. Criminals sometimes vandalize travelers on trains, buses, and in bars.
o If, as a woman, you find that you are the object of unwanted attention (such as hissing, mumbling, pinching, suggestive gestures, invading your personal space), keep calm and do not retaliate but quickly remove yourself from the situation by taxi or other means of transportation, or head over to the nearest police officer.