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Travel Safety Advice For Your First International Backpacking Trip

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Backpacking across the globe is an incredible experience which enables you to immerse yourself within new cultures, view some of the m ost breathtaking scenery in the world, and discover thrilling activities that can quickly become life-long interests. So if you’re about to embark on your first backpacking trip then here are some top tips that I’ve picked up on my travels which will help you enjoy a happy, healthy and safe international adventure!

Research your destinations and create a travel itinerary

When planning an international backpacking trip,  I always make a travel itinerary before I leave. By researching the various destinations on my route and making a detailed itinerary of my travel plans I’m able to learn more about the culture and customs of the regions I’m visiting, as well as finding out the most popular sights to see and the best activities to plan so that I can make the most of my time abroad.

Although this does not always go to plan, like when I ended up going  bungee jumping in Cairns, Australia because my skydiving jump was postponed due to bad weather, it’s always helpful to have my travel itinerary close at hand. After all, you can never be too prepared!

Make copies of travel documents and keep them safe

Before leaving for my international backpacking adventures I make copies of all my important travel documents; from my passport and plane tickets to my travel insurance papers and accommodation bookings.

What’s more, after copying these documents you should keep them in a safe place separate from the originals, such as in a different bag or stored on a USB key. That way, if any of your original documents are lost or stolen then your trip won’t be automatically ruined because you will have your spare copies to rely upon.

Check your travel insurance policy and vaccinations are up to date

Before leaving on a backpacking trip you should research the various immunizations that you may need to receive for the regions you intend to visit. You should also check that your existing travel vaccinations are up to date. Although no-one is a fan of needles, having a few quick shots before leaving home means that I can travel wherever I like without worrying about getting sick.

Also, if you’re a fellow adrenaline junkie like me, and you love discovering adventurous activities whilst abroad, then you should make sure that you are covered to do so under your travel insurance policy. For instance, although it sounds scary, skydiving in Mission Beach, Australia was one of the best experiences of my life, so you don’t want to miss out on such an amazing opportunity simply because your travel insurance won’t let you!

As a rule, activities like kayaking and trekking are covered by most travel insurance policies, but as this travel guide highlights, some of the more adventurous, and in my opinion some of the best, activities like bungee jumping, white water rafting and skiing are only sometimes covered. Therefore, it’s worth contacting your insurance provider before departing to find out whether you need to arrange any additional coverage for these excursions.

Happy travels!

16 thoughts on “Travel Safety Advice For Your First International Backpacking Trip

  1. This is a great list! I think many get caught up in the exciting spontaneity of a backpacking adventure and forget to prepare for potential obstacles. I especially like what you said about not always following your itinerary, but having one being a good backup!

  2. Great first time backpacking tips here! Bringing copies of important travel documents is something that not everyone does, but it’s really important. Just in case!

  3. Yup, bring copies of your prescriptions. My mom recently went to England, forgot her thyroid meds and didn’t have a prescription with her.

  4. Absolutely right. I for once do that “soul searching” thingy and just travel alone. I remember researching out very well on how to be safe if travelling alone. Knowing that it’s not in my country land. And yes, I never ever forget to bring a copy of my documents. I remember being on hold 1 hour before my flight because of that incomplete documents thingy. Good thing is I carry it in my personal things and didn’t put in my checked in bag. In the end, they let me travel because of their false accusation.

  5. I’ve always wanted to travel alone. I’m not sure whether to do it this year or next year. But I love reading blogs which give out detailed tips. It kind of fuels me to plan. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  6. Your post is very helpful. I’ve just recently started travelling and I’ve always just packed my stuff and went. I do research about the place and create an itinerary but I have never considered about the health risks. Thank you for your post. More power to you!

  7. This is great! Some people tend to just pack their bags and leave. I, too, always make sure that my travel docs are complete and intact before I set for the road.

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