Student Travel Backpacking In Europe
or the fortunate few, life neighbors/friends/enemies and hit
isn't complete without a your local sporting goods store.
backpacking trip through With the books, head to the
Europe. This right of passage is backpackapalozza section of the
believed to further the store and pick out a few
maturation process of college sturdy/cool/outrageous rigs.
students, according to Stuff the phone books in, adjust
sociologists. Of course, others the straps and go for a walk. Now
have opined that copious amounts break out into a run to simulate
of alcohol, sun and Amsterdam future dashes for trains/
have something to do with it. ferries/ toilets and make the
Regardless of your purpose, you sales people nervous. These steps
still have to figure out what to should quickly reveal the perfect
Backpack - Getting In Touch With Now, you may have read other
Your Inner Mule publications suggesting highly
technical ways to select a
Obviously, the first critical backpack. Trust me, until you
item is your backpack. While one have run for the last ferry from
doesn't need to buy the $10,000 Italy to Greece, you have no idea
Himalaya Turbo Pack, you should how to pick a pack. The three
also avoid the $12 blue light phone book test solves this
special. So, how do you pick a nicely.
happy middle ground?
What To Take
The best method for picking a
backpack involves three phone There are a few mantras that
books. Select/swipe/borrow three every person should chant before
yellow page books from packing for Europe. These chants
were developed originally by the "I will not stuff thy pack to the
little known, Oh-My-Back Monks of point of bursting, for thy damn
Southeast Asia. The "OMB" Monks zippers always break/get
were known for traveling half way snagged/refuse to work."
to far off cities, turning
around, returning home and then "I will learn humility through
traveling the full way to said wearing incredibly wrinkled
cities. Religious experts opined clothes and shall not bring an
as to the deep metaphysical iron."
meaning of such trips. They were
later embarrassed when the monks "I shall bring only one guide
revealed the back and forth book, not one for each country
nature of the trips was due to that I MIGHT see."
forgetting something, often
whether they had turned off the "I accept that I will come home
iron. Nonetheless, such chants wearing something I didn't take
have become the guiding light of and will have lost/traded/burned
experienced backpackers. much of what I did take."
Let us slowly and clearly chant For female travelers and, okay,
together, the occasional male,
"I will pack only that which will "I will not bring high heels or a
not result in me being hunched gaggle of make-up."
over like a Sherpa."
Admittedly, chanting these
"Remember, I can pick it [(lower mantras will not bringing you
voice) toothpaste, book, soap] up immediate enlightenment. Fret,
over there." not. You can always throw items
away or send them home in a box
to your parents/friends/parole writing it down on the back of a
officer. For the resourceful coaster/napkin/your hand in a
backpacker, it is not unheard of bar/poetry reading/jail at three
to send particularly in the morning. Surprisingly,
smelly/discolored/toxic clothing said coaster/napkin/hand often
to an survive the night/day/weekend and
ex-girlfriend/ex-boyfriend/little get deposited in your already
brother. Follow these practical trashed backpack. Of course,
guidelines and you will soon their presence is often forgotten
happily be speaking in a loud when you later put a Oktoberfest
voice to make foreigners mug/wet towel/toothbrush in. The
understand you. extra padding at the bottom of
your pack is specifically
The Evidence designed to deal with the
decomposing result. Still, the
This is the hard part for most information is gone and so is
travelers to wrap their minds your future with Sven/Svenetta.
around. You will forget those
special moments of your trip when To properly record the magical
you met the hunk Sven or babe moments of your trip, you must
Svenetta from Sweden and had a take a diary or journal. Don't
romantic evening/danced the night worry, you can burn it later
away/got arrested in before you get married/your
Ios/Ibiza/the airport. Maybe not parents get nosey/you have kids.
immediately, but you will You want a journal in a
eventually forget. water/beer/sweat resistant case.
Of course, I prefer a Nomad
You will also forget or lose the Travel Journal, but just make
contact information of people you sure you take something. When you
meet, despite meticulously have some extra time in the
bus/train/jail cell, you can and your nine children are
record how you got there and the sitting on the porch 10 years
people you met. later, you will greatly enjoy
reading your journal. Of course,
Trust me, when you, Sven/Svenetta that assumes you didn't burn it.
About the Author:
Rick Chapo is with http://www.nomadjournals.com - Preserve the experience with writing journals for traveling, hiking, rock climbing, fly fishing, bird watching and more. Check out http://www.nomadjournaltrips.com to read more travelogues and articles.