Backpacking, camping, and couchsurfing.

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    Dec 18, 2013 9:19 AM GMT
    Hey everyone, I was wondering if any of y‘all had ever been backpacking/couchsurfing before? What are some travel tips you have? What were your experiences? Gear I should have?

    I ask because I‘m planning a backpacking trip through north and south America, and would like some info. If you‘ve ever seen the motorcycle diaries, that‘s what I‘m basically gonna do. I have been out of the country before (lived in Africa too) but this is all new to me. Your input is appreciated! And if anyone my age is adventurous enough to join me, please do. Cheers!
  • jo2hotbod

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    Dec 18, 2013 9:38 AM GMT
    Sounds like a good time, have fun
  • woow

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    Dec 18, 2013 4:24 PM GMT
    Couchsurfing is a great experience, you get to know many different people and really enjoy the time in the place with locals. I've done it my self and so far no regrets with the great hosts I've met. Just be cautious with the people you are actually staying with, if you have a bad feeling, that's the only recommendation.Good luck!
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 18, 2013 5:10 PM GMT
    Sounds like a blast. Set up a blog diary and let us know how to find it. Can't advise, though. Never done. Love the book.
  • quirkyquirk

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    Dec 18, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    Sounds like a great adventure. I do a good bit of long distance backpacking and I would say that breaking in several pairs of shoes before you begin your hike is key... And break them in with the amount of weight you might be carrying. Feet act different when you are humping 30 lbs. I would also try and have a regular check in time with a trusted friend who knows where you will roughly be over the next week or so. This saved my hide on a section of trail in Vermont when my knee blew up with no warning. Lastly, the most important thing is right between your ears. When it gets hard come back to the present moment and open your mind to the wonderful experiences you are having. Thing will go wrong but laughing at them is key.
    HYOH and I you get to western mass drop us a line. We have a futon with your name on it. Cheers!
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    Dec 18, 2013 10:05 PM GMT
    I have a couple of friends who did this recently. They dropped off in southern mexico with no map (and no guide book) and made their way to the tip of south america. They met other adventurers like themselves throughout the journey and just by talking to them and the locals they found all the best things to do and the best way to get from place to place, and people to hang out with. The only formal transportation they booked was through a section of Columbia, to avoid bandits.
  • sideout

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    Dec 18, 2013 10:40 PM GMT
    I did quite a bit of backpacking this summer - I'd recommend getting a travel towel (saves space and wt), and spend the money on a good pack (50L max in my opinion).
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    Dec 20, 2013 9:34 PM GMT
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    Dec 20, 2013 9:35 PM GMT
    springboks9 saidHey everyone, I was wondering if any of y‘all had ever been backpacking/couchsurfing before?


    A member here got roofied and raped while couchsurfing. Exercise caution.