Overall, I did a pretty decent job of anticipating what I would need in my backpack by relying on my previous travel experience, country research, and consulting fellow travel bloggers’ listicles.
Choosing accommodations where both you and your belongings are safe from theft or other potential harm should be the bare minimum criteria each traveler has, whether backpacking or staying at a five-star hotel.
As I gear up for traveling to Africa twice this year (spoiler alert: next up is Ethiopia), I’m going through the prep I’ve come to associate with a “big” trip (i.e., three or more weeks outside Europe or North America).
It ain’t India unless there’s a cow in the middle of the road. Seriously, every place I’ve set foot in, cows can be found leisurely crossing the road (and other farm animals, but the cow is the most quintessential), seemingly oblivious to the hurricane of traffic swirling around them.