Two women on a Pacific Crest Trail hike summarise the biggest dangers and PCT safety tips.

When planning and researching our pacific crest trail hike, our biggest safety concerns could be whittled down to just a handful of things:

Hitchhiking, wild camping, wild animals and other people.

Incredibly, we had almost nothing to worry about. As most ex-thru-hikers will tell you, these dangers are almost always over exaggerated in our minds, and the reality is that it’s most likely going to be absolutely fine. Of course, there are exceptions to this.

As we completed our hike during the summer of 2018, we had no weather concerns. Therefore, we have not included snow and river crossings to…


TRAVEL HACKS

Here’s how to travel the world longterm, with only a carry-on bag

You’ve probably read it time and time again: travel light. Everybody’s saying it. It’s the way forward, right?

Travelling lighter really does make travel much more enjoyable. It reduces the stress of travel days, and makes travel on local transport much easier (making travel much cheaper for you)!

I too believe that the best way to travel is as light as possible. However, I am prepared to show you how I travel with that philosophy.

For the last 6 months, I have been travelling across Asia with just a carry on sized backpack. Before that, I travelled extensively with less…


MONEY IN A PANDEMIC

And the government won’t help me

Photo by Jp Valery on Unsplash

When I was a child, my father would sometimes refer to the UK as ‘Benefit Britain’. When I asked him to explain, he would tell me that there was no other country quite like the UK; here you could live your whole life without ever getting a job if you wanted. As a British citizen, you could just live off of aid from the government forever — if that was how you chose to exist.

Prior to today, I had never tried to receive a cent from our government. I had therefor never tested my fathers’ theory. …


Hiking And Adventure

Here’s How…

If you don’t think you’ll ever be able to afford a PCT/AT/CDT thru-hike, read this article and think again.

There’s a vicious rumour circling around on the internet. It says that, in order to embark on a long distance thru-hike, you need to spend upwards of at least $4000-$5000 on hiking gear. I’m here to tell you why this vicious rumour is absolute bullshit.

I would also like to touch upon the fact that everybody seems to think that whilst you are actually, physically on the trail, you’ll be spending at least $1000 per person per month. …


Why we can’t “just go home”

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THE SITUATION

There is a perspective that isn’t being voiced as loud as it deserves right now: the one of the foreign traveller trapped abroad. The internet is saturated with information and speculation surrounding the current coronavirus situation, but there is a lack of understanding for those people who can’t get home in all of this pandemonium. People like me.

But, I am not one of few: there is a huge number of people that are stuck in a foreign country right now, during the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

It may be a surprise to read that there are tens-of-thousands of people…


A fully comprehensive guide to packing cubes

I remember when I first heard someone talk about packing cubes, and I was thinking: “what the heck are packing cubes?”.

It was many moons ago, when I first set off on my first solo travels. I had no idea what these wonderful little things called packing cubes were. It wasn’t until I was watching a Youtube video online, when I first heard of them.

I had to turn to my trusty friend Google, to find out what they were.

I’ve always been a very organised person. I love detail, and helping everything fit into its perfect little place in…


The hilarious reasons you need these 10 things on your next packing list.

After many an embarrassing moment — and over 2 years of traveling under my belt — these are the essential things that I believe you need to bring traveling!

These are tips that I wish I had known before heading off on my first 12 month Asian adventure! It’s safe to say that I was absolutely clueless!

I’d never been away without my mum (the trip to Kos when I was barely 18 doesn’t count), and it’s safe to say that what you pack for the family holiday (in your nice, new, shiny wheelie suitcase) isn’t the same as what…


10 things to know before your PCT hike

Before we (my partner and I) embarked on our 3 month hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in California, we researched a great deal. A lot of the same information came up over and over again.

So, here are 10 different facts that we believe people should know before hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

Quick Facts

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL LENGTH2653 MILES

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL SECTIONS5: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (THE DESERT), CENTRAL CALIFORNIA (THE SIERRAS), NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, OREGON AND WASHINGTON

BEST SEASON TO ‘THRU HIKE’ NORTHBOUND: APRIL — SEPTEMBER, SOUTHBOUND: JUNE — DECEMBER

AVERAGE TIME TO COMPLETE ENTIRE TRAIL

Brenna

Travel Content Creator | perusingtheplanet.com

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