Mistakes to Avoid as a New Backpacker

 

Congratulations you have decided that the time is right and you are ready to strap on a backpack and go see the world. Deciding to really do it puts you over the legions that just talk about doing it so kudos. Now though you need a little bit of advice from the people that have done backpacked before you so you can have the best time possible. Before going into a list of things, the first thing I will say is that you need to let the trip come to you. Planning is great, but the truth is what do you know about the place you’re going until you’re there? A list of some mistakes to avoid as a new backpacker include.

 

You don’t need to take everything and the kitchen sink with you… 

Ever heard the expression less is more…? Well when it comes to traveling it really is. A lot of people will over plan for every possible scenario that “could” occur when they are abroad. The funny thing about this to experienced travelers is some newbies act like there are not stores in these other countries. Whatever you forget you can buy there and probably cheaper. The moral here is the less you have the easier it is to move. Remember you carry this stuff on your back. You sure you need a $300 dollar wet suit with you? Another factor is you can’t have stolen what is sitting back in your room at home.

 

Too little Research for where you’re going, or too much… 

This point is about striking a balance. Ever is the fool who has no clue about the country they are in. They don’t know what to see, they don’t a word of the language – not even hi, bye, and thanks – and they don’t know how to find anything they need be it accommodations or cheap eats. These people embarrass backpacking as they have no respect for where they are. Do some research about where you go, BUT… The opposite of this is that you do too much and form an itinerary for every moment you are there. You’ll regret the latter as so many cool, spontaneous things you could do come up and you turn them down to stick to an itinerary you made before even leaving your home country. Again, balance, balance, balance on this point… and most important listen to the advice of the locals, it is way better than you will read in a travel guide.

 

Overdoing Social Media… 

Have you ever noticed that when people go traveling all of a sudden they are more active on Facebook? While the reality is that as they are doing exciting things so they have more interesting stuff to post, which is fine and dandy – BUT, as they are sitting in front of a computer putting up pictures and labeling them all they could be making more pictures. Naturally when you are away people back home are going to be interested. They’ll be even more interested if you are not online all the time to tell them blow by blow in real time what is happening. Keep the social media to a minimum and interact with the people that are around you right then. That is the real experience, not exciting people back home…

 

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