It’s only a week before you jet off on a six-month backpacking experience.
The flights are booked, you have been buying backpacker insurance and it is secured and the stresses of life will soon become a thing of the past.
However, it’s important to have a game plan once you hit your destination airport.
Of course, some people may reject the idea of planning your six months trip in advance as ‘backpacking is all about doing what you want’.
Backpacking is about the freedom to do what you want, true, but without a plan in place, things can go awry very quickly.
Furthermore, while it’s good to have a plan to keep safe, it can also enhance your enjoyment of the trip.
For example, stumbling upon a place with wall-to-wall tourists could be a nightmare for some, especially if you’re intent on venturing off the beaten path.
As a result, it is highly recommended to seek traveling advice before jetting off so you can learn some of the best places to visit (and avoid).
However, not every neighborhood will welcome backpackers with open arms. Therefore it’s good to have a game plan so you can avoid these areas.
Backpacking veterans in that area can give you advice on the best places to go, rather than just venturing off into the wilderness on your own.
Freedom is great on a backpacking trip but avoiding specific areas that may not be so welcoming is key to enjoying a happy holiday.
Furthermore, learn the travel infrastructure of your destination. Pre-learning some of the train routes or bus times may help you get out of a jam, particularly if you find yourself in the middle of nowhere.
Public transport can also be a wholly effective way to see some of the best sights the destination has to offer, especially if your chosen method of transport is cross country train.
All manner of landscapes could be available to you on these types of services, so make sure you soak them in.
Backpacking is currently one of the most popular pastimes of university graduates looking to escape the shackles of real life.
However, before embarking on the dusty trail, it’s important to formulate a travel plan; otherwise there could be an early trip back to reality for an unlucky backpacker.
Moreover, don’t hesitate to read the common myths about backpacking.