By now, most of the world has already been explored, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing left to find. The good news is that, as you are following in the footsteps of others, there are now great facilities reaching out into some surprisingly remote locations. Whether you want to go luxury, eco or total shoestring, you’ll find something to suit most travel philosophies no matter where you go.
Our backpacker travel blog can help you on your way. First tip, something most backpackers learn along the way, is that you don’t need to pack as much as you think you do! Your form of transport will dictate much about the tone and rhythm of your trip. Some choose to go under their own steam, usually by bicycle!
Backpacking in Asia
Asia is one of the most popular backpacking destinations due to its exotic culture and beauty, sun, sea and excellent exchange rate, making it cheap to live. Arrive with a light backpack spend a day bargaining for cheap and cheerful clothing at local markets. Donate these clothes to a needy charity before you leave and keep your backpack free for souvenirs.
A popular backpacking trip is through Europe by train, namely the Eurail. You can get great deals and city passes to best suit your route. You can also rent a vehicle to explore the vast continent, traveling from country to country across the borders (something you can’t do in Asia) and depositing your rental car at a different city location.
Backpacker Travel Blog and Holiday Tips:
- Money: When backpacking, the one thing you will always need is fast and easy access to funds no matter where you are in the world. Regular bank cards can cost you a small fortune just in fees. Instead, you could opt for an international prepaid bank card or other cards specially designed by banks and financial institutes to cater for people travelling to various destinations.
- Insurance: Travel insurance is a must regardless of your age, current medical status or destinations you plan on visiting. The last thing you want is to end up having to pay for your trip to a hospital. Make sure that your insurance covers you for the duration of your trip and in all the countries you plan on visiting.
- Documents: Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months in order to be allowed access into most countries. Even if you have a valid VISA, your passport needs to be valid beyond your intended stay. In addition, if you lose you passport, it is quite a pain to get it replaced. Make sure that you keep copies of all your documents separate from the originals – just in case.
- Health: Make sure that you stay hydrated and eat well while you are travelling. This will help prevent you from getting sick. You should also check with your doctor about getting a booster shot for your usual vaccines and get vaccinated for any diseases specific to the countries you plan on entering.
- Think before you do: Adrenaline can often take over and convince you to do things that you wouldn’t normally attempt back home. So before you go cliff jumping or riding around on a bike without a helmet, think twice and consider the consequences of your actions. In addition, your medical insurance might not cover you if you are injured due to your own negligence (depending on your policy) so you could end up with a massive medical bill too.
- Stay connected: Your phone can be kept on with roaming for emergencies but you should check with your phone company regarding the cost of this and phone call tariffs. Instead of using your phone to call home, rather make use of WiFi at your hostel or at one of the local establishments like cafes and restaurants that normally offer this service. A call on Skype with free WiFi is a whole lot cheaper than calling from your mobile phone!
- Prepare for emergencies: Make sure that you are prepared for any kind of emergency and keep the phone number of your local consulate or embassy on you at all times. Each time you plan on moving on to another country, you should look up these details before you leave. You could even do all of your research in advance and write down all vital information in a mini pocket journal for easy access. Keep your name, your home phone number, medical insurance and emergency contact details in the front of this book just in case you are unable to speak and the local authorities need to contact somebody regarding your healthcare or any other emergency situation.