Travelling is one of the best hobbies one could have, especially if you enjoy seeing the different cultures that each country provides not to mention the new delicacies that you get to try as well. It can also help to broaden your knowledge and gain insights on the countries that you visited. For those on a budget but still want to travel and explore, why not try backpacking ? If this is your first time backpacking to a country, here are some tips that can help make your journey an enjoyable experience.
Choose your destination
First and foremost, choose your destination depending on your budget. Certain countries can be quite expensive for you to travel to and might break your wallet. Southeast Asian countries, however, are some of the cheapest choices for you to go to. Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia are significantly cheaper than travelling to European countries. They are also culturally diverse, enjoy tropical weather all year round (endless summer yay) and try exotic delicacies that you have never tried before. It is a good choice for those on a budget as you get to experience a lot while saving money. Always remember to download offline maps as well. Since you are in a foreign country, it’s better to be prepared with a local map so you won’t get lost while wandering around the beautiful cities.
Set out a budget
After you have decided on a destination, plan your budget accordingly. Take into account the flight tickets, accommodation, food and your daily expenses. You can easily search for tips on how to set a budget online or on Youtube from people that had travelled there before you. Make a daily note of your expenses as you can easily get lost buying unnecessary things which you’ll find that you’ll be doing often.
Stay in hostels that provide you with a free breakfast. It helps to cut costs and those free breakfasts can provide you with a whole day of nutrition if you are truly on a budget. These free breakfast can come in many shapes and forms such as pancakes, eggs, toast and will always come with a beverage.
It is strongly recommended for you to prepare emergency savings in case unwanted events happen (yes they can happen). In case of emergencies, such as your wallet getting stolen for example, make sure that you have a backup to compensate for the money that you lost. Make sure that you have enough for a flight ticket back to your home or you will be stranded in a foreign country without any money.
Plan out your travels
The next thing on your checklist is to plan out your trip. Planning what you will be doing will help to save you a lot of time when you are travelling. Research the places that you want to go and plan on the time. This should go hand in hand with your budget planning so that you would not have to waste time and money.
A good tip to plan for your trip is to travel in groups. Traveling in groups will not only cut costs but also provide you with added security. Remember that you are in a foreign country, the natives can tell whether it’s your first time travelling and they might scam you of your money. This will happen less frequently if you travel in a group since it will be more intimidating to the would-be thieves and everyone can watch each other’s backs. Safety in numbers is something that you should keep in mind during your planning
This is a no brainer but always prepare for the worst. No matter how meticulously you plan your trip, they will not always go as intended. Problems that you have no control over like flight delays will happen to you on your trip so it’s better to be safe than sorry. You might have to make impromptu plans when accidents happen but if you already have a backup plan, you can easily sort them out for a safer travel experience.
The last tip before you go out there and explore the world is to pack light and essential items only. Travelling can become quite a chore, especially if you have a ton of bags to carry. Only pack clothes that you need for the trip, don’t overpack, or you might have to pay for extra luggage in airports making another dent on your wallet.
If you are on a prescription, make sure to bring you medications with you as well. Paying for medicines overseas will be expensive, so it’s better you bring your own. Moreover you will be more prepared with the medication already at your disposal rather than going to a foreign hospital.