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Trouble at immigration if you don't know how long you will stay in Europe while backpacking?

I'm going to backpack around Europe for at least 2 months but basically until I get low on money or it gets too cold. Would I have a problem getting into the first country (possibly UK) without having a return ticket? (I will be flying home from whatever country is the last stop on my tour). Should I buy some kind of open-ended ticket? Surely this is a fairly common situation, what do people do to avoid hassle? (I am Canadian).
posted by GleepGlop on Aug 11, 2011 - 11 answers

O for Awesome

Help me have the best, most random 2 weeks in NZ! [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Aug 9, 2011 - 10 answers

Solo Europe backpacking tour package?

Is there such thing as a backpacking tour of Western Europe that ISN'T a group tour? Something where all of the arrangements are made for you but you do the tour by yourself? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Aug 5, 2011 - 13 answers

Where should I go?

I have about six weeks off to travel before starting a new job, beginning August 1st. I'm having a tough time choosing where to go, and I need to get plane tickets soon before they jump up in price. Any suggestions? Details below. [more inside]
posted by decoherence on Jul 7, 2011 - 7 answers

If you're in the Eastern Sierras, you have GOT to see...

Things to do in the Eastern Sierras and Mono / Inyo counties, California! Your favorites? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Jun 30, 2011 - 13 answers

how to make backpacking not totally suck?

What are your packing and predeparture tips for making light-moderate backpacking trips more enjoyable and less painful and exhausting? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on Jun 2, 2011 - 17 answers

Going back country hiking for a week for the first time - what am I forgetting?

I am going for a 110 mile, 6 day hike in Virginia's back country for the first time. What are some things (small or large) you always bring with you (not obvious like a multi-tool/knife) that make the experience much better? Looking for quick/easy tips! (Thanks for being patient - first time poster) [more inside]
posted by LittleFuzzy on May 17, 2011 - 42 answers

Help me find hiking equipment?

What piece of outdoor equipment am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on May 12, 2011 - 15 answers

Inspire me to grand adventure

Help me find engaging audio sources of accounts of people hiking the AT or PCT or something similar. [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 on Apr 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Lacking knickknacks for backpacking

I'm leaving tomorrow from Boston for a round-the-world trip - what easily packed knickknacks should I bring to exchange or give away to new friends? [more inside]
posted by There's No I In Meme on Apr 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me plan my European vacation?

Where should I go on my trip to Europe and how do I pack for it? [more inside]
posted by mewohu on Mar 29, 2011 - 23 answers

I need Rain Gear

Help me pick a nice waterproof, breathable shell for (long) day hikes and possible backpacking. [more inside]
posted by HighTechUnderpants on Mar 25, 2011 - 12 answers

I'll just toss this hammock up between those two coconut trees on the North Shore

Backpacking Hammock filter: I currently use a MSR Hubba for backpacking but am intrigued by the idea of hammocks and would like to go with a hammock for my next few trips; it could possibly replace my tent for all non-desert camping. There's a ton of choices to go with, so help me if you can please. [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Mar 16, 2011 - 14 answers

I'm going on my first backpacking adventure. Any advice/tips?

I will be backpacking in India for 3 weeks in April (awesome!) on an organized trip with 12-15 other individuals I have yet to meet. I am very excited about this trip, but at the same time I have never backpacked before, so I will be very much outside my comfort zone. That is the point of this trip though. With that said, do you have any general advice for a newbie backpacker? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Mar 13, 2011 - 35 answers

closed my eyes and put my finger on the map

just another European travel filter: I just spontaneously bought a round-trip flight to Madrid and have 3 weeks to burn. Any ideas for itinerary? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Mar 3, 2011 - 15 answers

Best bag for 8 weeks of travel?

I'm going to be traveling in South Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia for 8 weeks this summer. I am very much a minimalist, but still, 8 weeks is 8 weeks-- what's the best bag that meets carry-on requirements? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 on Feb 23, 2011 - 20 answers

Should I go to SE Asia this summer or is it too rainy?

I want to travel this summer - in the "backpacking" sense - and I'd love advice on where to go. I'm leaning towards ~6-7 weeks in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma..but I'm worried about the rainy season. Should I go somewhere else? How many countries should I hit? Any other advice? [more inside]
posted by User7 on Feb 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Fix my life, move back to the city, or travel around the world?

I live a sad, lonely, purposeless existence in a city that I'm not crazy about. Should I try to fix my life here, move back to the city that I loved, or quit my job and travel around the world for a year in the hopes of finding a mission in life? [more inside]
posted by coelacanth! on Jan 31, 2011 - 25 answers

I can't wait to get on the road again...

Year on the road...help me plan a working year across the globe! [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Jan 13, 2011 - 19 answers

I don't want my buddy to freeze.

Winter backpacking with the dog. With a hammock. How do I keep him warm? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Dec 18, 2010 - 21 answers

My life, compacted.

I will be living out of my 45 liter/2,700 cu. in. backpack for three weeks in a foreign country (Japan). Help me not lose my mind: please share your tips & tricks to stay sane. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Dec 9, 2010 - 29 answers

Individually packaged OTC Meds in Canada?

Is there some (legal?) reason why I can't seem to find individually-packaged OTC medications in Canada (eg. acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin...)? What are some alternative ways to package small amounts of meds for a backpacking first aid kit? [more inside]
posted by Diplodocus on Nov 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me prepare for a month backpacking in Europe

Please help me plan a month long backpacking trip through Europe. I've never done this sort of this before for this long and I need even the most basic tips as regards travel of this nature. [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Oct 27, 2010 - 21 answers

Drank puddle water. Now how do we prevent an assplosion?

Drank a liter of unfiltered, chemically treated puddle water. What's the best course of action to avoid gastrointestinal Armageddon? [more inside]
posted by toftflin on Oct 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Best/safest/most efficient way to send money from England to Peru, Ecuador and Mexico?

What is the best/safest/most efficient way to send money from England to Peru, Ecuador and Mexico? What's the best international bank in Peru/Ecuador? What are the best travelers checks? [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Sep 25, 2010 - 7 answers

Which European cities should two young backpackers visit?

I'm planning a summer in Europe with a friend and I'm wondering what you think of the preliminary city list... [more inside]
posted by csjc on Sep 19, 2010 - 27 answers

Please help my nice travel to Peru/Ecuador/Mexico

Please help my niece traveling from England to Peru and Ecuador with advice about where to go and what to take: what is the best netbook/mobile broadband stick/ power plug adapter to buy in England? Also what is best cellphone with pre-paid service to buy Peru? [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Sep 15, 2010 - 7 answers

Backpacking with a dog

I’m thinking of going on a solo backpacking trip with a dog and am looking for location ideas. [more inside]
posted by mjcon on Sep 10, 2010 - 10 answers

What are some great forests?

What are some amazing, intact, awe-inspiring, late-succession forests? What are good backpacking routes for seeing them? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Sep 5, 2010 - 17 answers

How do I go backpacking in the backcountry?

What are the logistics involved in back-country camping / backpacking (CA specific)? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Aug 4, 2010 - 20 answers

3 weeks in South America, for noobs. What to do?

Planning a trip to South America. Only have 3 to 4 weeks max for the entire holiday. We will be flying in from Australia so will be coming in and out of Buenos Aires, and are keen to see as much of Argentina and Brazil as possible. I feel like I know next to nothing else other than the continent is huge and I have nowhere near enough time. Hive mind, help me plan the best possible itinerary! Tips and stories highly encouraged. [more inside]
posted by arha on Aug 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Tips for a first-time backpacker!

My first ever backpacking trip is coming up, and I'm pretty much all ready but I was wondering if anyone could offer some advice or share some experiences. [more inside]
posted by hempgranola on Jul 14, 2010 - 28 answers

Another ChinaTravelFilter: Help this backpacking newbie becomes a pro.

Another ChinaTravelFilter: Help this backpacking newbie becomes a pro. [more inside]
posted by Carius on Jun 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Any experience with guided backpacking trips?

Backcountry camping question: Anyone have experience with commerical guided backpacking trips in the U.S., or have any suggestions for increasing backpacking skills and confidence when you don't know any experienced backpackers? [more inside]
posted by crLLC on Jun 10, 2010 - 15 answers

Backpacking in the Northeast

Where to backpack for a week in Maine/Vermont/New Hampshire in September? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane on May 29, 2010 - 4 answers

Gourmet Backpacker

I'm going on a 7-day backpacking trip in about a month with three friends and I need your best lightweight meal recipies. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on May 26, 2010 - 13 answers

Where in the world should I go?

I just graduated from a U.S. university and I have the whole month of June to go anywhere and do anything before I start working. I need ideas! Especially travel abroad. [more inside]
posted by ista on May 22, 2010 - 23 answers

adventuring out of tokyo

1.5 months in Japan and I'm loving it. Now that I'm used to the neighborhoods, and had a few great mini-travel experiences, I want to push myself and my time here more. Help me plan adventures? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on May 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Backpacking in California's Trinity Alps??

Please recommend some 30-to-60 mile backpacking trips in California's Trinity Alps [more inside]
posted by mosk on May 12, 2010 - 2 answers

I need a good backpack

I'm looking to get back into backpacking in a serious way, and right now I'm working on getting my gear together. I have reached the point where I want/need advice on a good backpack and have whittled the field down to three choices. So I need to choose wisely. [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on May 6, 2010 - 20 answers

Suggestions for Backpacking in the Cache Creek Wilderness Area in Northern California?

Suggestions for a weekend backpacking trip to the Cache Creek Wilderness Area in Northern California? [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo on May 6, 2010 - 2 answers

Backpacking with steel-toe boos?

I have a pair of Wolverine Steel-Toe work boots that I like and have gone hiking several times in. However this summer I'll be going on a week long backpacking trip and was wondering if there are any major downfalls to long term hiking in steel toe boots. [more inside]
posted by Deflagro on May 2, 2010 - 22 answers

Travel in South America

What should I know before backpacking across South America? Experienced travelers' advice needed! [more inside]
posted by barbudo on Apr 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Help us identify our campsite intruder!

Help us identify our campsite intruder! Possibly a bobcat or Florida panther? [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Apr 11, 2010 - 12 answers

Now what am I going to spend my dividend on?

Help me find a new backpack! [more inside]
posted by fshgrl on Mar 24, 2010 - 3 answers

No GORP for me.

Can you suggest unprocessed or minimally processed foods for hiking day trips (approx. 12 hours) and three-day backpacking trips? The catch: no refined carbohydrates. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Mar 19, 2010 - 15 answers

Backpacking in the Sierra Nevada's in Early April?

Can I go backpacking in the Sierra Nevada's in early April? [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo on Mar 16, 2010 - 4 answers

Can you help me pick a new camping stove?

Looking for help picking a new camping stove for backpacking (not car camping)- what do you like about yours? Why would you (or would you not) recommend or not recommend about the one you have? Not really the season, but I've got an overnight snowshoe trip planned at the end of the month... [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Feb 16, 2010 - 30 answers

We Had a Great Gift, but We Ate It

What are some possibilities for host gifts while we backpack around Europe? Must be: small, light, and nonedible! [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Feb 1, 2010 - 21 answers

India advice, please!

I'm going to go to India in February and March. I have no plans, and would like advice. Sub-question: if I were to buy a teeny, very light laptop to use while there for email and writing, what kind would be best? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Jan 13, 2010 - 16 answers

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