So school is over and its time for you to conquer the world by backpacking. Or if the thought of Joe Paperclips and Mike Eraser starts to climb Mount Monitor in Republic of Cubicle starts appearing to you, then you also want to think about discovering diversity of the universe outside that box. What should you do before going backpacking for the first time?
1. Start learning some basic languages of the country you're going. It helps a lot by making it easier to purchase and bargain goods, order foods, and most of all, this knowledge saves you from being cheated. Your trip will go easily if you accept some of the notification of learning some of the language.
2. Make a point of trying to embrace new things. Leave the usual western bars later, and go local. Make the point of going somewhere new a life changing experience. You traveled a long way, so you might as well adjust. Embrace the local taste.
3. Bring a few keepsakes from home – your favorite music, family photos, souvenirs, and such. Not only that will help you to cope long – distance traveling, but the people you meet will be curious to learn more about you, and the connecting will be much easier. Pictures are one of the best swaps you can exchange for lifetime friendships with new people you encounter.
4. If you like to keep a journal or diary, bring one along. If you can play an instrument reasonably good, and it's not too heavy, you might wish bring that too. You could have the night's performer at your hostel or campfire, and makes it easier to meet and connect new people.