Student Travel – Backpacking In Europe

Written by Rick Chapo

Forrepparttar fortunate few, life isn’t complete without a backpacking trip through Europe. This right of passage is believed to furtherrepparttar 141694 maturation process of college students, according to sociologists. Of course, others have opined that copious amounts of alcohol, sun and Amsterdam have something to do with it. Regardless of your purpose, you still have to figure out what to take.

Backpack – Getting In Touch With Your Inner Mule

Obviously,repparttar 141695 first critical item is your backpack. While one doesn’t need to buyrepparttar 141696 $10,000 Himalaya Turbo Pack, you should also avoidrepparttar 141697 $12 blue light special. So, how do you pick a happy middle ground?

The best method for picking a backpack involves three phone books. Select/swipe/borrow three yellow page books from neighbors/friends/enemies and hit your local sporting goods store. Withrepparttar 141698 books, head torepparttar 141699 backpackapalozza section ofrepparttar 141700 store and pick out a few sturdy/cool/outrageous rigs. Stuffrepparttar 141701 phone books in, adjustrepparttar 141702 straps and go for a walk. Now break out into a run to simulate future dashes for trains/ ferries/ toilets and makerepparttar 141703 sales people nervous. These steps should quickly revealrepparttar 141704 perfect pack.

Now, you may have read other publications suggesting highly technical ways to select a backpack. Trust me, until you have run forrepparttar 141705 last ferry from Italy to Greece, you have no idea how to pick a pack. The three phone book test solves this nicely.

What To Take

There are a few mantras that every person should chant before packing for Europe. These chants were developed originally byrepparttar 141706 little known, Oh-My-Back Monks of Southeast Asia. The “OMB” Monks were known for traveling half way to far off cities, turning around, returning home and then travelingrepparttar 141707 full way to said cities. Religious experts opined as torepparttar 141708 deep metaphysical meaning of such trips. They were later embarrassed whenrepparttar 141709 monks revealedrepparttar 141710 back and forth nature ofrepparttar 141711 trips was due to forgetting something, often whether they had turned offrepparttar 141712 iron. Nonetheless, such chants have becomerepparttar 141713 guiding light of experienced backpackers.

Let us slowly and clearly chant together,

“I will pack only that which will not result in me being hunched over like a Sherpa.”

“Remember, I can pick it [(lower voice) toothpaste, book, soap] up over there.”

“I will not stuff thy pack torepparttar 141714 point of bursting, for thy damn zippers always break/get snagged/refuse to work.”

“I will learn humility through wearing incredibly wrinkled clothes and shall not bring an iron.”

Successfull travel is not just cheap plane tickets

Written by Kerry Emrich

Planning ahead when traveling can save you so much time. Simple things such as trying to find cheap plane tickets is obvious, but researching your selected place of travel isrepparttar most important thing you can do to ensure a fantastic holiday or business trip.

Making a list and checking it twice. Decide before you start to pack what you will actually need to take with you. A good place to start is to think of allrepparttar 141674 things you wish you had brought on previous trips. Sit down for a minute and imagine you are already at your destination, try to think hard about what you will need. Don not forget to review your list after you have packed and check offrepparttar 141675 items you have packed.

Try a new way to pack. Sometimes you can fit more clothes in if you roll them up. Do not forget to fold your clothes in half first so thatrepparttar 141676 creases will stayrepparttar 141677 same.

Researchrepparttar 141678 country andrepparttar 141679 city you are going to. South Korea is a good example, It is ok for women to smoke in public inrepparttar 141680 capital city of Seoul, but if you travel out torepparttar 141681 small towns it is frowned upon. Find out aboutrepparttar 141682 customs such as tipping. In Most Asian countries tipping is not required, although if you stay at a western hotel it is still recommended.

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