General safety advice

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Backpackers are considered rich in many popular travel countries. Although that is a matter of opinion. While they are usually not actually wealthy in western terms, a native with the same amount of money would be among the upper social class. That and the fact that they usually lack knowledge about local circumstances makes them easy and appreciated targets. No …

Embrace the new

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Besides just having a good time you have an unique chance to experience a whole lot of new things during your trip around the world. This will not only give your trip that certain something, but also broaden your horizon. Every won challenge will also raise your confidence. Concern youself with the culture.¬†This can lead to some interesting findings. Furthermore …

Mindset and attitude

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Besides a lot of fun you will also have some rather unpleasant experiences during your travels. Persistent “hard sellers” for example. If you face them with the right attitude though, they might become something ordinary you don’t have to worry about anymore. Preconceived opinion It is pretty much impossible to not have a preconceived opinion about the world nowadays. Usually …

Example packing list

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It’s hard to create a packing list for everyone, especially when it comes to clothing, since you (hopefully) have unique plans. This should be more like a guideline to you. I can only tell you what worked for me. You are very welcome to copy paste the list but think about it yourself and adjust it to your needs. Anyway, …

Travel guidebooks

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During your planning you might hear about one or two travel guidebooks. While they were almost mandatory for travellers back in the day, they are becoming less popular since the internet is able to provide pretty much the same informations for free and faster. It still is a reliable source of information and might give one peace of mind. It …

Camera

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Pretty much everyone wants some nice pictures to look back on once the blues hits. It’s rather hard to chose the right camera though, with all the options you have nowadays. If you have an SLR camera already you might want to skip that post, since you’ll most like made your choice already anyway. I try to give a short …

Protection against crime

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Usually crimes can be prevented easily, if you are not too carefree. An expensive phone can be more than a monthly wage for locals in third world countries, so they will develop creative ways to steal it from you, if you let them. The majority of humans are hard working and honest though. Your fellow travellers tend to get underestimated …

Mosquito protection

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Not just the rain and sun are more intense in tropical regions, also mosquitos will be way more intense. While they are usually just annoying in moderate climate zones, they can transmit dangerous diseases in tropical regions. There is no 100% reliable protection against mosquitos, but you can mininize mosquito bites. The most common ways, with their advantages and disadvantages: …

Weather protection

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While it is pretty obvious that we need protection against the sun and rain, some travellers forget that the weather can be way more intense in other countries. Especially when you are travelling equator regions for the first time you should spend some extra time to think about proper protection. Rain protection: You usually don’t always want to hide from …