Backpacking For Beginners 2021
In my backpacking for beginners guide, you will find out everything you need to make your dream trip a reality. Travelling the world is undeniably food for the soul and many of us plan to do a bit of it. However, it can seem daunting to actually put our plans into motion. I want to share my tried and tested methods to help you with your own journeys.
It may sound like an epic task, but in truth, it really isn’t that hard to do once you have built a system. Every traveller will develop their own method that will be completely unique to them. That will take time and money to work out, so it pays to have the internet. That means you can cherry-pick ideas from lots of minds all in one sweep.
While you don’t have to follow my method to the letter you can certainly rely on it to work. I have spent approximately 28% of my whole life travelling and I have been lucky enough to visit almost one-third of all the countries on earth. That means I am in a position to bring some real value to my backpacking for beginners guide. Today I specialise in travel to South Asia as it is here that won my heart in the grand scheme of things. However, my method is applicable no matter where you decide to go in the world.
I will keep this as brief as possible to let you get back to your day as soon as possible while absorbing high-value content. I appreciate your time is fleeting so let’s get on with it.
Choose where you want to go and how long will you go?
Having to choose where you want to go and how long will you go is probably the hardest step. As strange as that sound, that is certainly true because it is the most important. There are 195 countries on this beautiful planet, and choosing what you want to see the most can seem bewildering. Today it is clear cut for me, but when I was young, I wanted to see every country in the world. As much as I loved to travel, some countries turned out to be an almighty flop, and some were memorizing. After a few years, I started to return to what I love.
If this is your first trip away, you will have no idea where you love, so you will have to decide where it appeals to you most. The answer to that question is very personal, and there is not much I can do to influence that choice as one man’s bread is another man’s poison. I think you can see now Why this is by far the hardest part of making your travel dreams a reality. For more information on how to plan your trip, I recommend checking out my blog on that. It is made for those planning a trip to India, but the same method applies to just about anywhere.
Build a plan for your travel.
Now you have completed the first step. You will have to build a plan for your travel. This part is a delight as it gives you a reason to get out of bed on a Monday morning and face the monotonous and often harsh grind of our normal lives. Planning my next big trip certainly helps me get through the humdrum of my work, rest and play routine at home in London.
You can never know too much about where you are heading. Some people say this takes the romance out of travel. In reality building, a coherent plan will enrich your experience. You are also overwhelmingly more likely to manage your money and, more importantly, your time effectively. There are glaringly obvious advantages to knowing where are you going, how will you get around it, what will the weather be doing, are there any restrictions to travel there etc.
We work hard for our holidays, so it is only right we want to maximise the value of our efforts. I can not overstate the importance of doing this in detail. Don’t get me wrong there is no need to book the whole thing, but it is important to know where it is you want to go and what you want to get out of your trip.
Vaccinations for travel.
Consult your doctor and find out what vaccinations for travel you really need. You can be vaccinated against all manner of diseases in private clinics so do some research to check to see if you need them or not. Paradoxically I have found that researching too much on this can make a person feel paranoid so don’t go nuts as there is definitely such thing as too much information. However, I strongly recommend seeking out some reliable advice from a medical professional.
When it comes to malaria treatment it is a good idea to have a good look to see if it is worth you taking them. They can certainly have very pronounced side effects but if it is a high-risk area the side effects are probably very small compared to actually catching a life-threatening illness. I use fit for travel for reliable and up to date advice. This website is also widely used by the British NHS for its recommendations. Simply type fit for travel malaria map with your chosen country into google and you will be able to see clearly what the NHS recommends.
Organise your visa and travel insurance.
It is important to organise your visa and travel insurance in a timely and organised fashion. You won’t want to leave these things with days to spare before your take off. Finding out the visa requirements of whatever country you are going to will be of critical importance and is something you want to have a good idea of before you book any flights.
While visas are not optional travel insurance is. Some travellers will knock this stage on the head and some will go all out and purchase comprehensive cover. There are a lot of packages out there so if you are going to purchase it shop around for a deal that suits you and more importantly cover you for the activities you will be doing. For example, I have seen many packages that do not cover hiking. I have often wondered when exactly do I stop walking and stark hiking? Try and have as much as possible made clear on your package before you purchase it.
Buy your flights.
It is always so satisfying when you finally buy your flights. With the many budget airlines running all around the world getting a cheap one has never been easier. There is a lot of competition these days and there is a lot to choose from.
Shop around for the best price for your flights and consider booking any internal flights you may have. You have a plan now, so work everything around your schedule. I have found Sky Scanners to be super useful and comparing flights, and I suggest you use the same. I used to use STA Travel a lot, but unfortunately, because of Covid19, this is now no longer an option. So Sky Scanners it is then.
If you are on a more extended trip, it may be beneficial to book a flight into one city and out through the next. This is called an open-jaw flight, and it is useful if you will be backtracking. You dont want to spend too much time on public transport as that would be a massive waste of your fleeting time. I recommend drawing a map of your proposed route and think about how you will be getting around and if internal flights or an open jaw will be helpful.
Buying your backpacking equipment is a huge topic and I have a whole E-book for that you can get for free when you sign up for my emails. Simply follow the links provided for that.
I will say only pack for what you need. When I first decided to travel I had a 100-litre rucksack filled to the brim with equipment for just about any conceivable event. You probably won’t need half the things you think you will so give my book a good read and then decide for yourself what will be going in your backpack based on where it is you are going. If you are going to the desert there is little need to pack thermals. You have limited space in your tiny mobile home so it is important to be selective.
I will also say that this can cost a lot of money depending on what you want. The more expensive items such as your camera should be bought in advance. If you leave everything till the last minute, it can be both overwhelming and expensive. Some things like medicines or toiletries are best bought closer to the time you start your visit.
In summary of my backpacking for beginners guide.
That was not so painful, was it? Give or take that is all there is to it. At this point, all that will be left is to get on an airplane and enjoy the fruits of your labor. There is a million more thing I could say but one blog can only be so long before you get bored. If you do have any more questions or suggestions simply leave them in the comments section below and I will get back to you.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog and have found it of value. I wanted to keep it short and to the point. With that said I think that will do for now so take care guys and see you in the next post.
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