How Should I Plan My Backpacking Trip?

I’m going backpacking through Europe and Southeast Asia later this summer, and I have a question for you. When you hit a big city, do you fly by the seat of your pants or do you make a plan for what you’re going to see and do?

Jul 17, 2012
Outside Magazine
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Plan your trip, but be ready to improvise. Via Shutterstock    Photo: Kiselev Andrey Valerevich


I do a little of both, Kyle. As cool as it sounds to just let the good times roll in a big foreign city, you’re getting robbed of the cultural experiences that brought you there if you don’t have a general plan. But at the same time, you shouldn’t be so regimented that you can’t allow serendipity to happen. Here are four backpacking tips to keep in mind.

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