Experiencing the world with nothing but the clothes you’re wearing and a few items in your backpack may seem like your idea of bliss. Waking up and not knowing where each day will take you is the driving force behind many when deciding to go backpacking, however most of us don’t have unlimited funds to spend whilst we are away. The best way to get the most from your budget is with a little preparation, here are some tips on how to get the most out of your money when backpacking.
Purchase Travel Insurance
When budgeting for your travels purchasing travel insurance may not seem like something that should be high up on your list of priorities. For that comparatively small payment before you leave having travel insurance can mean the difference between a minor inconvenience becoming a major problem that means your entire trip coming to an abrupt end.
There are plenty of great deals to be had, with many companies offering specific backpackers insurance to cater for your needs. Visit price comparison site such as moneysupermarket.com to ensure you’ve got the very best deal on your insurance before you travel.
Do your research
The thought of going wherever your travels take you seems a fantastic idea, unfortunately any kind of budget is quickly diminished if you are purchasing expensive last minute tickets and staying in the only hotel rooms that are left available when you arrive at each destination.
The best thing you can do to get the most out of your travels is to research the area you are travelling too, make a plan of your route and how you will travel from city to city.
The internet is a mine of information, use it, read online travel guides, join online travel communities and forums and take others advice on the hostels that are the best value for money, a restaurant off the beaten track that does great food cheaply and which bus companies to avoid.
Don’t learn the hard way by experiencing being unprepared whilst overseas.
The most valuable thing you will have with you whilst travelling is your back pack, it will house everything you own for the duration of your trip and you will never be too far from it. A useful tip is to have a back pack that doesn’t look brand new, thieves are more likely to target luggage that looks brand new than if it is a little more scuffed around the edges. Only carry what you must, if you pack 5 pairs of jeans and high heeled shoes your back won’t thank you and you will soon get tired of carrying them around.
Some staples for your backpack include, flip flops for use in often dirty hostel shower rooms, a ball of string, useful for many of occasions, a temporary close line or tying belongings to your back pack, a sarong, great as a blanket or cover up or even to provide some privacy if hung up across bunk beds in a hostel and a small torch, even on a key ring can be very helpful.