How to get started backpacking?
You’ve probably heard about such a way of traveling as “backpacking”. This is the most economical variant of tourism with low expenses and the cheapest accommodation (maybe even free). From this article you will learn how to get started backpacking.
How to plan your vacation?
Backpacking does not have strict rules. The main thing is to decide on the country and how much money you are willing to spend during the journey. It’s effectively to seek the information in the Internet. If you are a novice read what the experienced backpackers write, listen to their advices. It’s even possible to find a fellow traveler and face the adventures together. This person may show how to get started such interesting activity as backpacking.
Pay attention to the fact that traveling to Europe or North America will cost more than tourism in Asian countries. If a visa needed in the state you intend to visit, take care of opening it in advance. Find out how many days it is valid so that you will not be deported because of violating the law.
What to take with you?
A backpack of course! Also you may need a tent or a sleeping bag. Let’s consider standard backpacker set:
- a minimum of clothes and shoes (be sure to take rubber flip-flops at least for a shower);
- a pair of towels;
- plastic dishes;
- it is worth taking care of the guidebook, pen, notebook, flashlight, batteries and other small things that will not need much space.
The backpack should weigh no more than 25% of your own weight. Of course, you should pay attention to the season and the weather conditions of the country that you are going to.
How to get to the goal?
If you want to know how to get started backpacking, learn how to save on transport. Look for cheap flights. Now there are many inexpensive airlines departing from Poland and Baltic countries. Think how you can come there cheaper and then proceed the journey in a low-cost airliner.
Tickets for planes and trains may be ordered online. If you are going to travel long distances, it makes sense to purchase a European GlobalPass travel card which is valid in 20 countries of the Schengen zone.
Where to stay for the night?
Backpackers usually sleep in hostels. There is no “All inclusive” system, but you will be provided with bed, place for storing personal belongings, kitchen where you can prepare something to eat, toilet and shower. The average cost of accommodation in European and American hostels is about 15-20 dollars.
If you like to sleep in the fresh air go to camping and set your tent there (or rent from the owners). In the end, you may ask a new acquaintance to let you spend the night at his home in exchange for communication. Believe there are dozens of people ready to make such a favor.
We hope that above mentioned tips helped you to understand how to get started backpacking. Smile! The whole world is at your feet, everything you need lays in the backpack, and the cheerful mood is in your heart! Have a nice rest!