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.