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How to travel Oman on a budget

How to travel Oman on a budget

Here’s what we spent in eight days for two people, approximately:

Car rental, a 4WD for 8 days: 200 OMR (519 USD)
Gasoline: 25 OMR (65 USD)
Accommodation, one night in a hotel and one night in a desert camp: 20 + 45 OMR (169 USD)
Food, including two meals in restaurants: around 40 OMR (104 USD)
Entrance fees: 2 OMR (less than 3 USD)

You can definitely spend a lot less than this, however. Keep reading for some tips!

Our Oman itinerary for nine days

Pitch your tent anywhere

Wild camping is legal in Oman, as long as you’re not on someone’s land or a protected area. The mountains and beaches are pretty much free for all. We stayed one night in a hotel in Muscat, because our flight got in after dark, and one night in an organized desert camp. Six nights were spent camping.

Here’s my guide to some of the best camping spots in the country

camping spot between rocks on jebel shams oman

Eat at local restaurants or cook your own meals

One of the benefits of camping is that you can self-cater to avoid having all your meals in restaurants. We only had a single meal at a restaurant, as well as some drinks and an overpriced breakfast buffet, and cooked the rest ourselves on our camping stove. The selection at the hypermarkets is amazing, and they also have a section with prepared food if you don’t want to cook.

Preparing for a camping trip in Oman: all you need to know

Hitchhiking, public transportation or car rental?

If you have a lot of time on your hands, hitchhiking is going to be your cheapest option. Bear in mind that there is not much traffic on most roads, so the wait can get long. We did see some locals hitchhiking, but no tourists. While there is always some risk involved in hitchhiking, Oman is generally a very safe country.

Public transportation is generally not a very good option. You can take minibuses to go between the larger towns, but most tourist attractions are far from any bus stop.  A combination of public transportation and hitchhiking might work, there are many tourists in big rental cars going from central Nizwa up to Jebel Shams for example.

The 4wd mitsubishi outlander we used for driving in Oman

As you can see above, the car rental is the one thing we spent a lot of money on. If you can’t afford a 4WD, a regular 2WD saloon car is probably half the price. It won’t get you everywhere, but it sure will save you some money. Another option is to rent a 4WD only for a few days and then exchange it for a 2WD when you’re done with the mountains and desert. We used Rentalcars.com to compare prices, and ended up renting from Thrifty at the airport.

Avoid tourist attractions that are overpriced for foreigners

Most of the tourist attractions we went to turned out to be free, like Wadi Bani Khalid for example. The forts we went to had an entrance fee of 0,5 OMR, which is very little. One fort, however, the one in Nizwa, had a special rate for tourists of 5 OMR which is way too much. Go to the really nice fort in Jibrin instead and save those rials.

Jibrin castle supposedly the best fort in Oman

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The best camping spots in Oman

The best camping spots in Oman

There are no campsites as such in Oman, but wild camping is legal, meaning that you can pitch your tent pretty much anywhere away from houses. Since hotels are very expensive, this will save you loads of money. But knowing that you can camp anywhere doesn’t mean you’ll want to. Here are some amazing camping spots in North Oman that we made use of during our trip, along with driving directions.

Our nine day Oman itinerary

Are you planning a camping trip to Oman? Read our guide and get there well prepared!

Sharfat Al Alamein

Also spelled Shorfet Alalamin and lots of other different ways, this gorgeous mountain locations is right at the start of the hiking trail number 10h, going across the mountains. To get here, you drive from Al Hamra or Tanuf, depending on which way you’re coming, and Bilad Sayt is signposted on brown signs near Al Hoota cave. From there, the road is paved all the way up to the highest point of the mountain, which incidentally is where you’re going. You can get there in a 2WD, but you’ll probably have to park it by the road and walk a little bit to where you’re camping.

camping spot in sharfat al alamein oman

Up here, you have several alternatives. The most scenic ones, which require a little bit of off road driving, are located very near the end of the paved road. Take the turnoff to the Shorfet Alalamin hotel and continue past it. There is a camping spot very close to the hotel, but there are also some better ones if you continue for a bit. With a good car you can drive all the way. Quite a bit of trash left behind told us that this is a popular location. Another alternative, which we went for the first night as it was already getting dark, is the viewpoints by the road up. Almost at the top there are two really nice viewpoints. We parked the car by the viewpoint and went a little bit down to get away from the road.

We had cell phone reception and that spot is easily reached in a 2WD, but in retrospect we probably should’ve gone with the ones further up.

Jebel Shams camping spots

We spent two nights in two different locations at Jebel Shams, and this is really the best location I’ve ever camped. To get to the camping spots you go to the end of the paved road at Jebel Shams Resort and continue on the sand road that goes beyond it. There are also a couple of gravel roads, but stick with the sandiest. If you’re not sure, just wait for a bit and see which one has traffic. The drive from there is very short, just a few hundred meters, and you’ll get to the canyon rim. The first spot is at a dead end viewpoint, where you can camp between some big rocks. This ensures that no one else pitches their tent right next to yours, and it also provides some shelter from the wind. This is where we slept the first night on the mountain.

Jebel Shams and the Balcony Walk

camping spot between rocks on jebel shams oman

The second spot is at the next turnoff, just below the viewpoint and rocks. At this one you’ll be sleeping on a flat rock, so it’s a bit harder than the dirt just above. This spot seemed to be used by groups as it’s a large area where five or more tents can be pitched together. You can walk all the way out to the edge here.

The third spot is at the next turnoff, a location that really only holds one car and one tent. This ensures a bit of privacy, but you’ll also be really close to the road.

The fourth spot is one more turnoff away, at a small road that ends by a tree. At this location a few cars and tents will fit, but we were lucky to be left alone on our second night on the mountain. Some areas are cleared already for tents, so you can just pick your favorite. You’ll be sleeping really close to the rim, but a bit away from the road.

isolated camping spot in jebel shams oman

At night you’ll see the lights from all of the other tents along the rim, but you’ll have enough distance that it doesn’t feel crowded. We also saw some people camping by the viewpoint along the paved road where some locals are selling bracelets from a makeshift stand, but I wouldn’t recommend that. The traffic out there is pretty heavy and you’ll be sleeping close to the road. Plus the goats are relentless there.

Wahiba sands

We felt really insecure about driving in the desert, so we stayed in an organized camp out there, called Desert Retreat Camp. They met us at a gas station in Al Wasil and guided us to the camp, and we also got a chance to shower and eat a meal that someone else had cooked out there. We were also hit by a bad sand storm in the evening, and I would’ve been scared in our little tent.

where the road ends and desert starts in wahiba sands Oman

All in all enjoyable, but on the way back we did see some good spots for wild camping. You get into the desert by driving southwest from Al Wasil, past the little fort following the signs pointing toward the various desert camps. Continue on the paved road for quite a bit until it ends abruptly, then drive on the sand. There is no cell phone reception out here, so don’t go deep into the desert and make sure you don’t get stuck or lost late in the afternoon as it gets dark very fast.

More about our stay in Wahiba Sands

camping spot outside qalhat oman

Qalhat

Qalhat was our first stop on the coast, where we really learned how warm it can get. We stripped the tent of its outer layer and slept without sleeping bags down here. The camping spot was by the sea, but not by the beach. To get here, you exit the highway between Sur and Muscat at Qalhat, drive down toward the sea toward the beach, then turn left past some weird fenced in things. Drive along the highway for a little bit on the gravel road, and then there will be a clearing by the cliffs. We heard traffic and saw the lights from the highway all night, but it was still okay. Not the best camping spot, but we’d really been spoilt on this trip.

camping spot near white beach between fins and tiwi oman

Beach between Fins and Tiwi

We’d heard of the White Beach in Fins and decided to go and check it out. To get there, you exit the highway at Fins, but just before you enter the village, turn right and follow a road along the sea that’s paved in the beginning but soon turns to gravel. The satellite view of your Google maps will really help here. After a while you’ll get to White Beach, which you can also search for on Google maps.

We weren’t that impressed though, and expected groups to get there as the weekend was approaching, so we kept on driving for a little bit longer. A very short distance south of White Beach we found some amazing little beaches with great campsites right next to them. The one we picked was at the turnoff to the left just where there is also a turnoff to the right that goes to a small, square building. I loved being able to go down and swim first thing in the morning!

camping in sifah beach oman

As Sifah beach

Our last stop was near Muscat, in a beach town called As Sifah. This was a bit tricky, as the sandy beach in town seemed full of people already, and some massive hotel has blocked off most of the town. We did in the end find a really nice rocky beach with several great camping spots, where we were all by ourselves.

To get there, drive past As Sifah as far south as you can get on the new, paved road. It ends abruptly and turns around, and just after the turn you’ll find a gravel road going down toward the beach. The beach is covered with round rocks, not sharp, but still not your typical paradise beach.

Be aware that many people from the city go camping on Sifah beach on the weekend, and some bring loudspeakers.

Here’s what we did in Muscat before flying home!

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Preparing for a camping trip in Oman: all you need to know

Preparing for a camping trip in Oman: all you need to know

The first thing you need to know is that Oman is the perfect place for a camping trip. Everywhere you go is unbelievably scenic, the roads are in excellent condition for the most part, and you will most definitely get an amazing and private camping spot at the end of each day. Additionally, with low crime rates and almost no dangerous animals around, what more could you ask for?

Our nine day Oman itinerary

Here’s pretty much everything you need to know when considering if camping in Oman is for you, or already decided that it is.

I made a separate guide about the spots where we camped and how to get there, so do make use of that if you are planning a camping trip in Oman!

Car rental and driving conditions

While it is possible to travel between the major cities with public transportation, you will need to rent a car to be able to get to the camping spots and all the interesting locations. And not just any car, if you can afford it, you should definitely get a 4WD. While technically possible to get to the top of Jebel Shams, drive a little bit into the desert, and park just a little bit away from your campsite with a high clearance 2WD, I would never have tried it.

We rented a Mitsubishi Outlander from the Thrifty office at the airport in Muscat, through Rentalcars.com, paying 213 OMR (about 550 USD) for 8 days. We figured it would be worth it, as this allowed for free accommodation. There are several car rental companies next to each other in the arrivals hall, and after doing the paperwork, we were directed to the other office in the parking garage right next to the terminal, where we promptly got the car and could drive off.

Technically, you’re required to have an international driving permit to drive in Oman. I have one, but I wasn’t asked for it by the rental company, and we were never pulled over by police.

The 4wd mitsubishi outlander we used for driving in Oman

Driving is on the right side, and roads are generally in great condition. There was some road construction and rerouting, but nothing very disturbing. In some places, like going up Jebel Shams and along the beach away from the towns, the roads were unpaved. Also, in the desert you’ll have to drive on the sand. With a good car, I’d say you don’t have to be a very skilled driver to get by in Oman.

Traffic in Muscat can get quite aggressive, and the roads are wide and crowded with some people overtaking on both sides and showing other types of reckless behavior. Take it easy and you’ll probably be fine. As soon as you get outside of the city, however, you’re going to have the roads pretty much to yourself. You’ll see some people driving very fast on the highway as well, but there’ll always be another lane for them to pass you.

road sign in oman telling drivers to look out for camels crossing

What you will have to look out for is animals on the road. There are lots of signs telling you to look out for camels, but while we did see a dead one by the road, the live ones kept away and moved quite slowly. We mostly had issues with the goats that don’t seem very bothered walking next to the highway or blocking the roads in large groups, sometimes deciding to cross just as you approach them.

Another thing is the speed bumps, that they seem to love. Even on roads where the speed limit is 80 kph, there may be speed bumps! Most of the time there are signs before, and most of the bumps are painted in yellow, but be a bit careful when passing a town on small roads, as they’re usually full of speed bumps and you don’t want to hit one of those at high speed in a rental car.

Gas is really cheap, I don’t know the liter price but we paid about 10 OMR for a full tank. There is always someone filling up for you, and you can tip them if you like but it didn’t seem expected. Most of the attendants we met didn’t understand any English except for “full tank” and “regular 91”, but that’s really what we needed so it was all good. One guy tried to give us 5 OMR too little back. This only happened once and it could’ve been an honest mistake, but I do recommend you count your change before you drive off.

Some examples of road conditions in Oman:

unpaved road still in good condition from Jebel Shams oman where the road ends and desert starts in wahiba sands Oman winding but paved road in Oman driving in the desert wahiba sands oman

Navigation

We got the Ooredoo SIM cards with a 10 day visitors’ package from the kiosk at the airport. It cost 5 OMR for 2 GB of data. If there are no lines, you could probably shop around as there are several other companies there as well. The coverage was better than I’d expected, I even had a signal at the top of the mountain.

We mostly used the phone for navigation with Google maps. This worked well for the most part, even though the driving directions wouldn’t always cooperate, we could still see the map, road and current location, and we could also use it to search for nearby gas stations and stores. You should know that there is a lot of road construction going on, so sometimes the map isn’t accurate, and also that mainly the paved roads are on the map, but you can still see the unpaved roads if you switch to the satellite view. This was particularly useful when we were looking for camping spots along the beach.

Road signs are written in Arabic and Latin alphabet, but there is no standard Latin spelling so you will see a lot of different versions of the same name. Exits and which lane to be in is clearly indicated. Most tourist attractions are clearly signposted with brown road signs, both in towns and along the roads.

Finding campsites

It really does help to have looked up some good camping spot alternatives before you head out. We managed to find some really great ones, but not without the help of Google and other travelers who went before us.

Generally, most of the good spots we saw were either up in the mountains or down by the coast. Along the coast you can camp at pretty much any beach, and see no one around. And along the mountain roads there are cleared areas for parking and admiring the view where it’s easy to pitch a tent, even though some of these are a bit close to the road.

Apart from the places by the sea, we didn’t have access to fresh water at any place we camped. This is something we’re not used to from home. We also sometimes drove long distances where we didn’t really see a good place to camp, although at the time we weren’t looking for one.

camping spot near white beach between fins and tiwi oman

One thing to keep in mind on the weekend (Friday and Saturday) is that some people come out to the beaches from the city and have very loud parties. We came upon one group when looking for a camping spot in As Sifah, and went as far away from them as possible, but we still heard music all through the night in the distance.

What I also would recommend is to use the satellite view of your Google maps app. We had so much use for that when looking for camping spots by the beaches, instead of aimlessly going down a dirt road. You’ll immediately see if the road is leading anywhere or not, and the cleared areas close to the road are visible.

Cooking and eating

You’ll probably want to cook at least some of your meals at your camp, and sometimes you won’t even really have a choice. Gas canisters and camping stoves are sold at the hypermarkets, like the several Carrefours in Muscat. I also saw gas canisters at a couple of gas station shops, but wouldn’t gamble on it. The kind of stove that is sold is the Campingaz kind that punches through the canister, and that was also the kind of stove that we had brought from home. This kind of gas canister was the most widely available, although I did see the kind that you screw on at the Carrefour at Muscat Grand Mall.

Since we had the car all along, we didn’t really try to find lightweight food for camping. Instead, we bought a lot of canned Indian and Middle Eastern dishes that we ate with bread, which were all cheap, filling and tasty. For breakfast we had oatmeal and instant coffee. We bought most of the food at Carrefour in Muscat, and then topped up the stash at other supermarkets we came across. It’s easy to get Arabic bread everywhere, even at gas stations, so we always bought it fresh. Same with juices, we didn’t have a cooler so we bought all drinks except water when we came across some.

Water comes in 5 liter containers and we bought two at a time. We drank at least 3 liters per person and day, and even though we carried so much, we were close to running out several times. Make sure you always have more than you think you’re going to need!

We didn’t have access to fresh water at any of our campsites, so when we had finished our first 5 liter container of water, we simply filled that up with tap water at a gas station to keep for washing dishes and clothes. (We ripped the label off it to make sure we didn’t get it mixed up with the actual drinking water!) The giant paper roll we had with us also helped a lot.

Toilets and personal hygiene

You know the deal with wild camping and bathrooms, this is the gross section. The ground is often very hard so you can’t dig a hole, instead we walked a bit away from the obvious camping spots and covered our deposits with big rocks to make it nicer for the people who would come after us. We did see other people’s poop sometimes, but the hot and dry climate is really good for drying it quickly and the goats will eat the paper.

There are toilets at the gas stations if you want a proper one, and sometimes along the road we’d drive past a place advertising a public toilet. There were also toilets at the tourist attractions and malls. Some malls have really fancy bathrooms, an attraction in itself after several days of camping.

The best part about the toilets in Oman is that they come with the Asian standard butt shower, so we could wash ourselves thoroughly whenever we had the chance to stop by one instead of just wiping with paper, which is really quite gross when you think about it. This is really a life saver when you’re camping for over a week. We also used the butt shower in a mall bathroom to fill up an empty water container to do laundry.

Another life saver was the wet wipes we got from the supermarket. This is great for handwashing, but we also wetwiped our armpits in the mornings before putting on fresh deodorant!

Other equipment needs

The outdoor sections of the Carrefours in Muscat were so good. We did most of our shopping at the one on the expressway in Qurum City (very convenient to enter and exit on the way toward Nizwa) but we also visited the smaller one in the Muscat Grand Mall and one in the center of Sur.

We brought our own tent, sleeping bags and mats, but they are available if you don’t have your own gear to bring. They’re not expensive, tents started at 5 OMR for example, but quite bulky and didn’t seem to be of the best quality. If you’re particular about your gear, bring your own from home.

Aside from camping gas, wet wipes, a giant multipurpose paper roll, batteries and canned food, we got some other really great things from our initial shopping trip in Muscat.

The best one was a plastic mat to put on the ground by the tent. Most of the places we camped were dirty, sandy or rocky, and the plastic mat was not only a great aesthetic addition to our camp, but really did save our pants and a nice place to hang out after dark. This cost us 1 OMR and they came in lots of different colors and patterns! We also used this to cover everything in the trunk of the car during the day, so it wouldn’t be in direct sunlight, which also allowed us to lay wet swimsuits and towels out to dry. They also had a lot of different foldable chairs if you don’t want to or can’t sit on the ground, starting at 1 OMR for a stool type.

There were loads of different kinds of coolers, but we chose not to buy one as they were quite pricey. Do take your time in the outdoor section and you may find things that you haven’t thought of.

It gets dark at around 6.30 in the evening, so you’re going to need your own lights. We had a camping lantern for the tent and a headlamp each.

What to wear

When deciding what to wear in Oman, it’s not just the temperatures that you’ll have to consider. Oman is a traditional, muslim country, and as a visitor, you will have to be respectful to local culture. As a woman, you should cover your shoulders, preferably more, and not show any cleavage. You should also wear long pants or a skirt that goes below your knees. In mosques, women must wear a headscarf, but this is not expected in other places. Men should also cover their shoulders and knees, but a man wearing shorts may get some looks. I find that loose clothing is a lot better in warm temperatures, so I would recommend a thin long sleeved shirt made of pure wool and baggy pants or a long skirt.

When swimming, both men and women should wear at least a t-shirt, and women should cover the legs below the knees. Men can wear shorts, but not a speedo.

sign encouraging tourists to dress modestly when swimming in Oman

You will come across many tourists who don’t dress respectfully, which I think is a real shame. Especially in the wadis, many tourists wore bikinis despite the signs about being respectful to the local culture. I wouldn’t want tourists to be full-on nude when visiting my hometown even if they feel comfortable doing that at home, and that’s really the same thing when you think about it.

Also, you’re going to need a hat or a head scarf to avoid sunburns. I bought a wide paper hat at the supermarket in Muscat for 1 OMR that was really useful. When you don’t have access to a shower for a long time, the head scarf will be your best friend.

When to go

I hear that Oman is the perfect winter destination for Europeans. We went in late March, which I think was an excellent time for camping. In the winter, it is apparently very cold at night in the mountains, but we had a pleasant 15 degrees Celsius at night. And by the coast it was warm, but not unbearable. I think after mid-April it’s not going to be possible to sleep outside anymore. If you want a pleasant camping experience both in the mountains and at the beach, I think March is it. And, I suppose its equivalent in the fall, October or November. If you have a good sleeping bag, you can definitely go in December or January as well, just prepare yourself for cold nights up in the mountains!

Visa and vaccinations

In early 2018 Oman changed its visa system, that previously allowed visitors from many countries to buy a visa on arrival. Now, you’ll have to apply for an Omani visa online in advance. This cost us 20 OMR each, and when we landed in Oman, we simply showed our passports and a printed visa, and we got through immigration in no time. It was still possible at the time, a few weeks after the change, to buy a visa on arrival, and we heard that they’ll set up computers to apply for a visa online before immigration. But there seemed to be lots of queueing involved, so I’d recommend you do the e-visa. You will need to upload a scanned copy of your passport and a recent photograph. Do check what they require from visitors from your country!

As always, check with your health care provider at home well in advance what vaccinations they would recommend for a trip to Oman. Make sure your routine vaccinations are up to date. We have the hepatitis A and B vaccine already, so we didn’t take any special jabs for this trip. Some also recommend a typhoid vaccine. Malaria and dengue are present, but at low risk, and we barely saw any mosquitoes. If you’re coming from a country where yellow fever is present, you will probably have to show proof of vaccination when you enter Oman.

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How to travel with only a carry-on

How to travel with only a carry-on

Everyone who’s traveled extensively has probably experienced this: you’re waiting by the luggage belt, and waiting, and waiting, and all of a sudden everyone else has taken their bags and left, but you’re still standing there as the belt slows down and comes to a halt. Without your bag.

We once waited a week for bag to be found, walking around Mexico City dressed in layers from the hostel’s lost and found box and wearing the same underwear a little bit too long. But at least that taught us exactly what to never check in. And I became a carry-on only evangelist.

Whenever we’re not carrying camping gear, we travel carry-on only. Nothing beats the feeling of getting of that plane and walking straight out of the airport without a worry in the world. When you think about it, even without being one of those people that everyone hates that take a way too large piece of hand-luggage, you can carry A LOT on board a plane.

The trick to fitting everything into a carry-on bag

I should really not be giving advice on this, because I’m one of those few underpackers that can never quite seem to fill a bag. I carry the weirdest shit, like that neat rock I found in El Salvador and just needed to take all around Central America, but still there’s always room for more. I do have a few tricks though. If you’re one of those backpackers who carry 65L on the back and 30L on the front and feel like you need to detox, look no further.

Don’t carry several of anything but underwear

I have one pair of trainers, one pair of thin canvas flats, and one par of flip-flops, unless it’s a hiking trip. I have one pair of hiking pants, one pair of loose long pants and one pair of shorts (unless we’re going somewhere religious, in which case I might as well leave those at home). I have one long sleeved shirt, one t-shirt and one tank top. I do bring two sports bras, and several pairs of underpants. I also carry a fleece hoodie and a raincoat if necessary, and then I layer up like there’s no tomorrow. Don’t bring more clothes than you could wear all at once in a pinch.

If I get bored wearing the same things all the time? Nah, not really. After being on the road for half a year I really struggled to pick an outfit for work every morning when I got back home.

Match it all

Don’t bring anything that doesn’t go well with everything else you’re bringing, color-wise. Don’t think outfits, because what if you spill on the only t-shirt that goes with a certain pair of pants? An added bonus is that you can get dressed in the dark.

And there is no need to bring five t-shirts if you’re only taking three pairs of underpants, because you’re going to be doing laundry before you’ve worn them all. Unless you’re washing up your underwear every night, which is super hardcore and admirable. I know I’m not there yet.

Choose colors and materials wisely

I was recently on a ten day camping trip in a hot and humid climate, and wore the same pure wool shirt throughout. It still smelled fantastic on the return trip (unlike my person). If you choose materials and colors that don’t stain or smell, you don’t have to change clothes as often as you would at home. Maybe you won’t be able to get through any trip without ever changing your clothes, but you definitely won’t have to bring a new outfit for each day. If you’re going somewhere dirty, like a big city or the desert, don’t wear white. If you’re wearing white, don’t order tomato soup.

Don’t buy anything that you can stand to leave behind

This is not the time to buy a t-shirt that’s pretty nice, or a second hand book that’s really cheap. You can do that at home. Get the things that there is no way you could ever find anywhere else. If you’re going to fit it all in your bag, you can only take the things you just know that you’ll regret not having brought back. If you’re not sure, you don’t need it. If it’s a souvenir t-shirt with a beer logo, you don’t need it.

The downsides to carry-on only

Of course, there are some sacrifices you’ll have to make when you won’t check your luggage in. I’ve left behind the best ever mosquito repellant, because I can only take tiny bottles of liquids. We can’t carry a good sunblock from home, and instead we have to hope that we find one on our destination that is not labeled whitening and doesn’t cost a fortune. We can’t shop a lot, and certainly nothing bulky. I carry one book only and then I trade it when I’m done, but sometimes you end up finishing a book at a hostel where only several copies of Shantaram and The Dice Man is on offer. I’m sure we’ve all been there.

You’ll still have the option of checking something in on the way back

If my ticket allows for it, I will sometimes check a bag in on the return, if I’ve done some shopping that won’t fit in a carry-on. It’s not as much of a pain to wait for a missing bag once I’m home again, as it won’t mean I risk missing part of my vacation.

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