Sorrel chats about backpacking.
The Backpacking Guide.
Thursday, July 20, 2000
We give advice to a first-time traveller going solo backpacking.
Wear your valuables around your neck, concealed in your clothing. Don’t flash money, travellers cheques, jewellery or anything valuable around. Always act with caution.
It’s a good idea if you’re heading somewhere remote to leave details with your nearest Australian High Commission. You really should also try to stay in touch with family and friends at home and let them know your travel plans. These days that can be done easily, by popping into an Internet café, which are becoming more and more prevalent. These are also good places to meet up with other travellers to swap experiences and share information.
A good guidebook is essential and there is a pamphlet full of tips and good ideas put out by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They also have a regularly updated website which gives details on safety issues around the world. The address is www.dfat.gov.au and the pamphlets are available at travel agencies.