Author: 
Effy
Date: 
Friday, 1st Oct - Saturday, 31st Dec

The decision to take a backpacking trip overseas is a big one, and you are in for an amazing adventure. Backpacking in a place like Melbourne, Australia often brings surprises and wonderful experiences. If you are fairly new to travelling overseas then there are some things you should be aware of so you can have a flawless trip. The following list outlines some of the best advice for travelling abroad.


Know applicable local and national laws: Make sure you understand the local laws and customs. This is important because the last thing you want is trouble. There are places you can and cannot go. If there is any question, check with local authorities. Many areas require a permit.
There are parts of Melbourne where drinking alcohol is illegal on the street or in some public places, so check before you wander down the street sipping your beer.


Have your papers in order: Make sure you have everything you need to travel overseas and get into the destination country. You should check with both countries to ensure all of your paperwork is in order. Coming into Australia, you cannot bring any fruit or vegetables, uncured leathers or other goods that may carry diseases. Wooden items will be inspected and may need to be fumigated.

Know your budget: Budget is particularly important when trying to find accommodation. Backpacker accommodation in Melbourne is particularly good and light on the wallet. When looking for a hostel, Melbourne has many choices. With today’s internet resources, you can find a budget hostel in Melbourne very easily. There are many types of backpacker’s hostels which offer different types of rooms and amenities.

Make sure your map is up to date: You should check to make sure the map you are taking is current. You do not want to plan a backpacking trip in an area that has recently been changed from wilderness to a shopping centre.

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Keep your family in the loop: Just as you would when backpacking at home, you need to fill in your family on all your plans. This is even more important when travelling. You never know what can happen and nobody there is going to realize you may be in trouble.



Bring medical information with you: If you have any allergies or special conditions or needs, make sure they are documented and carry them where they can be found, like in a wallet or on a bracelet.



Have a backup plan: You cannot always go back home easily if your plans are detoured by weather or some other unexpected event. Be sure you have an alternative plan in place so your trip is not ruined. Watch the seasons, and plan for a season that has a better chance of having decent weather. Overseas backpacking in a hurricane would be no fun! 

Even though you are going on a backpacking trip you still need to understand the basics behind safe travel abroad.

You should try to leave valuables at home. You should hire a local tour guide and always travel in a group or with at least one other person. It is also important that you stick to public areas. Do not try to venture to unknown areas. You never know what types of problems you could run into. Travel smart and your trip will most likely be one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have.
Taking a few precautions can ensure that your overseas backpacking trip to Melbourne will be one of the most fun and exciting experiences you ever have!