Within the mist of what is going on all over the world, I debated holding off posting this blog post. But then I thought to myself, if you are anything like me you can’t wait to get abroad on your next adventure (obviously when safe to do so). So I’m going to share with you all some of my tips on how to plan for a backpacking adventure. Over the last week and a half, whilst working from home I should of been jetting around San Francisco and LA. As much as I wish I was there, I will be forever grateful for my good health, my family, friends and my heart goes out to each and every one of you at these unprecedented times!
Planning an adventure is a great way to keep your mind busy, grab yourself a map – have a google or even search for travel blogs to give you inspiration. Also have a booking platform like Omio for getting a suitable flight. I love having a holiday to look forward to, it gives me the motivation to get through tough days at work and allows me to have a focus. A few years ago now I ventured on a solo trip… it was the BEST backpacking adventure and I cannot stress enough how much I miss exploring hidden gems, meeting inspiring individuals and most importantly eating amazing street foods.
You don’t have to travel around the other side of the world to start your backpacking adventure, maybe ticking off a couple of European cities with your backpack in tow.
Top Tips For Planning a Backpacking Adventure
Where do you want to go?
- The first tip is a little obvious but for some this may be the trickiest part of planning a backpacking adventure. Having an idea of where you’d like to travel is key, this may include a couple of countries you really want to explore, or it could be one region of which you have never been before. There’s lots of ways to narrow down where you’d like to go, how long do you have to travel? Are you taking a gap year to go backpacking? Is it for a 2 week holiday? The duration is a good indicator of what realistically you have time to see, without rushing around and missing hidden hideaways.
- Take a look at travel blogs, if for example you want to visit Asia (but can’t narrow down where) give some blogs a read. That way you can find out more about different countries, regions within countries and the tourist attractions within that area. Also blogs provide you with a honest opinion, review and real life photography.
- How much budget do you have saved for your backpacking adventure? This will also help you to explore flights – can you afford that 1st class ticket to Bangkok? Is there another airport which is cheaper? Looking at budgets is never fun, but it gives you the realistic expectations of what you can afford. You could always check out ferries to Europe to start a European adventure.. it’s not all about how far you travel to.
What experience are you looking for?
- For some this question is easy to answer. Are you want to get away from normality and be a free spirit, which would be absolutely amazing! But maybe you are looking for a backpacking adventure to meet new people who you can explore with? Have you always wanted to experience other cultures this could be through teaching in Nepal or eating street food in Vietnam. What is driving you adventure?
- Experience don’t have to be about travelling around for months, you could have a bucket list; Physical goals such as climbing Kilimanjaro or training to reach Everest Base Camp. Life goals, do you have ancestors in Columbia and you’d love to see where they are from. Or maybe you plan to backpack to find a long lost relative.
- There’s no right or wrong answer! If I had all the money I needed, I’d purchase a one way ticket… and literally take each day as it comes.
Where to book flights/hotels/hostels
- There’s a whole host of large and independent holiday companies who can help you with your backpacking adventure plans. But I’d highly recommend booking everything separately, this way you can pick and choose when you leave a specific region to move onto the next… you might love it and want to spend an extra 3 days somewhere – you just don’t know 🙂 so it’s definitely worth thinking about this when planning.
- How are looking at staying whilst away? Can you manage hostels on a budget, or are looking for more of a luxury experience… maybe a mixture of the both. Hostel world is great for ease and you can see all the ratings and reviews. Another great place to look is Hostel Geeks both of these are great to explore especially on a budget!
- Flights, Omio has an amazing array of searches for you to look at as well as flights you can also book your trains where required. They allow you to travel across Europe, the US and Canada!
Above are just a few key tips when looking to plan your backpacking adventure, of course there are many other elements which you need to consider. I’d make sure you ALWAYS get travel insurance the day you book your adventures, without doing this could mean you will lose all the money you’ve spent on the flights/hotels etc. Your backpack, sounds silly but go test some out… there’s no point in getting a backpack which a. you cannot carry when full b. you cannot fit everything you need inside and c. it’s not comfy enough. Head to Go Outdoors, Millets, Mountain Warehouse are just a few good places to take a look, don’t forget the most expensive may not always be the best! Don’t be easily swayed.
Don’t be put off by planning your backpacking adventure due to the current pandemic, you may just need to hold off for a little while when looking for dates. It’s always worth being prepared, as we all know as soon as we are all able to, we will be holidaying like we haven’t before! Of course not before seeing all our amazing families and friends who we haven’t been able to spend time with.
I hope the tips come in handy for you when planning, and don’t forget to drop me a message if you have any questions or are unsure about something.
Stay Safe. Don’t forget to check Southeast Asia National Parks