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Backpacker Magazine – March 2009

Travel Like a Pro: What to Do Before You Leave

Don't suffer through a poorly planned trip: Use our tips to choose a destination and create a to-do list to begin your adventure.

by: Berne Broudy


Travel Tip
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually the cheapest days to fly.

What to Do Before You Leave | Tips for En Route | When You Get There | How to Stay Healthy | Etiquette On the Trail | For the Extreme Traveler

Choose Your Adventure
The best use of your precious vacation time? Depends on what you want most.

Raw wilderness
Go with New Zealand, southern Chile, the Canadian Rockies, or anywhere above the Arctic Circle.

Light pack, great food
Take a hut-to-hut trek in Europe, where you often need to carry only clothes and snacks.

Physical challenge
Climb into the high, rugged terrain of the Himalayas or Andes.

Cultural immersion
Share the trails with indigenous communities in Peru and Nepal.

Other Resources
Lonely Planet's Thorntree forum (check the "Walking, Trekking & Mountaineering" thread)
lonelyplanet.com/thorntree

Rough Guides' Travel Talk forum
roughguides.evecommunity.com/eve/forums

Adventure.travel's clearinghouse
adventure.travel/resources.aspx

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