Backpacking remains one of the most popular choices for gap-year students and wannabe travellers alike. Many choose to head to exotic destinations to work hard and explore some of the world’s most iconic destinations.

Countries such as Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia are among some of the most popular destinations for backpackers and budding travellers alike. However, there are those who prefer to visit other countries a little nearer to home – whether it’s a tour around Europe or a road trip across the United States.

If you’re thinking about heading off to far and away places in search of adventure, there are a few aspects to bear in mind before you travel:

  • Where would you like to go?
  • How much will it cost to get there?
  • How long can you afford to stay or travel for?

Research is key when planning a backpacking excursion, from your travel route to travel insurance comparison. Be sure to do plenty of reading up on the countries you are planning on visiting, including laws as well as tourist destinations and travel information.

Work out a route that you want to take in the country of your choice and the best mode of transport to get you there. Whilst many will be content with using public transport to get from A to B, there are those who prefer to hire or buy a vehicle for the duration of their trip. This can allow you the freedom to explore more of your country of visitation, and can be particularly handy if you want to visit attractions that are off the beaten path.

When preparing the paperwork for your trip, it is important to ensure that your paperwork is up to date and valid in the countries that you plan on visiting. This can include your passport, birth certificate and any insurance policies you have taken out in preparation for your excursion.

It can be worth taking some time to compare travel insurance policies before you travel and take out a policy that’s best for your budget. However, be sure to check potential policies carefully, as some may not cover some of the activities that you may wish to participate in – such as winter sports and scuba diving.

By taking the time to thoroughly plan your backpacking trip – from finances to immunisations – you can help ensure that you get the most out of your experience abroad. Make sure you have enough money to last you, taking an emergency credit card with you just in case, and be sure to stay safe during your backpacking excursion.

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