How to plan for a backpacking adventure

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!
The FULL Backpacking Southeast Asia Guide (2020)
The FULL Backpacking Southeast Asia Guide (2020)

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



  1. March 31, 2020 / 9:28 am

    This is as good a time as any to plan for trips. We will be out of our cages eventually.

  2. March 31, 2020 / 10:46 am

    Such a fantastic and informative post Emma. I’ve never seen myself as someone who wants to spend a long time away travelling, I’m more someone who wants a mini break, but nonetheless I loved your thoughtful advice. Thank you for sharing. Take care.

    Kate |

  3. March 31, 2020 / 12:34 pm

    I wish I was such a planner because these are all great considerations. I just go and hope what I hava envisioned is there!

  4. nortoncharity
    March 31, 2020 / 2:06 pm

    This is all such great information. And yes, I agree. You should definitely keep sharing about travel tips because now is the perfect time for everyone to start planning their next trip since we all have so much extra time on our hands!

  5. March 31, 2020 / 3:32 pm

    Such a informative post. I will use this when i hike or travel. Great post!

  6. March 31, 2020 / 5:11 pm

    This is such a helpful post, filled with so much information for people who are planning a trip! Thank you for sharing!

  7. March 31, 2020 / 8:03 pm

    These are such helpful hints and tips! I thought about going a backpacking adventure and few years ago but all the planning and things just got too stressful and I didn’t go. Now I am regretting it maybe once everything goes back to normal I can think about saving and trying again. Thank you so much for sharing

    • April 1, 2020 / 8:49 am

      This is a very helpful post, thanks for this 💜

  8. April 1, 2020 / 1:08 pm

    This just makes me want to go backpacking now! Completely agree with your ending, we shouldn’t let this pandemic stop us from planning for things in the future! Great post!

  9. adamjnew85
    April 1, 2020 / 2:31 pm

    Some great tips, looks like no stone left unturned. Being stuck in the house for the foreseeable certainly increases the appetite for getting out into the big wide world when this is all over.

    Adam –

  10. April 1, 2020 / 3:08 pm

    This is such a useful post for anyone planning a backpacking adventure for when all this is over! Lots of really great tips. I’ve never been backpacking and honestly wouldn’t know where to start! xxx

  11. April 1, 2020 / 3:08 pm

    Sounds like you have some experience – its nice. Not my field, so-to-speak but very nice. I’m planning on traveling to Japan in a couple more years after I finish University.

  12. April 1, 2020 / 5:17 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, there’s no time like the present for planning and researching. This thing won’t last forever and it would be great to have something to look forward to 🙂

  13. April 7, 2020 / 8:59 am

    I loved this post! This is something I’ve always wanted to do, so at least I know better how I can get started with my planning, thanks for sharing! X

  14. April 7, 2020 / 11:06 am

    Thanks for sharing your tips! I can’t wait to be able to start travelling again, I would love to try backpacking, but I’ve never been brave enough to go solo.


  15. April 7, 2020 / 1:34 pm

    Love this! Have all the time now to plan to hopefully be able to travel within a year or so! Fingers crossed

  16. Ellie K
    April 7, 2020 / 2:41 pm

    this is a really good post! i can’t wait to travel either, once the world is back to normal!
    ellie x //

  17. May 22, 2020 / 11:34 am

    Looking at blogs is a great way to get some ideas for travel! Whenever I travel somewhere new I like to research local bloggers for things like food recommendations 🙂 x

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