Although one of the charms of travelling is the unknown and the unplanned, a little preparation does no harm. Especially when it comes to a long trip. When it comes to city trips or short holidays we usually hardly make any preparation. At most, we check what the weather is likely to be, and what sights other travellers consider a must-see. For longer trips, and especially for trips to countries that are clearly different in nature and culture than ours in the western world, it can be useful to prepare yourself thoroughly. Apart from the fact that it is sensible though perhaps not necessary, it is also just fun. It is the fun that makes for a carefree and above all great start to your journey.