Five Tips for the First Time Backpacker

As travelling becomes more affordable and easy, it’s becoming more and more popular for younger people to take the trip of a lifetime before settling into school, work or life in general. If you want to embark on a once in a million trip of your own, consider backpacking. Backpacking gives you the chance to see multiple destinations, meet tons of new people, learn about new cultures and much much more. If you think backpacking may be for you, here are five quick tips we have for you before take off!

  1. Plan your destinations

Since everyone has different styles and tastes, the first thing you should decide is where in the world do you want to spend an extended period of time. Some of the more popular backpacking destinations are Europe, Latin America, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. If you like beaches, England/Germany may not be your best options. If you like history, a European tour is entirely possible. It all depends on you.

  1. Plan your accommodations

Once you know where you want to go, find the best places to stay. Do internet research about hostels, campgrounds, communities, etc. and find whatever option fits you and your style the best. Try to avoid hotels however, backpackers don’t stay in hotels.

  1. Plan your budget

Now that you know where you want to go, and roughly where you’ll be staying, you can make a rough but fairly accurate budget. Spend your time online looking for the average prices of the things you’ll be needing to pay for. Don’t go purely off the cheapest options you see online because many times they are the cheapest for a reason, and you won’t want that service anyhow.

  1. Plan for the unexpected

No matter how much research you do and how ready you think you are, something unexpected will always come up. Plan these extra days into your schedule and some extra money as well. Consider it emergency money that you will only touch in case of extreme situations, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

  1. Plan to live minimally

Unlike destination vacations where you can take practically anything, you need to plan to live light. This means you can’t take all your favorite clothes and cool gear with you. Instead, we suggest looking for online deals on sites like Groupon Coupons page for Raise to get completely new stuff. This way you can specialize your pack to be light, and not worry about ruining anything you love. Try to buy stuff that is durable but you won’t care if it gets ruined; backpacking can be dirty!