One of the best things you can ever do in your life is to travel. Though Earth may not be the biggest planet in the solar system, there’s definitely a lot of good things to see and people to meet. However, with the rising costs of fuel, it becomes a lot harder for you to move from one country to another, even from state to state. Let’s not forget the price of accommodation these days, where you would be spending hundreds to thousands of dollars every night.
Your next best option is to become a backpacker. As its name suggests, it means a hiker who usually wears a backpack. Today, it has evolved to mean a traveler who settles for the cheapest accommodation and travel expenses in exchange of a more fulfilling and real immersion to a place’s culture and attractions.
Here are some great tips on how to be a real backpacker:
1. Travel light. There’s a huge chance that you will be moving from place to place or that there will be no one who’s going to pick you up at the airport. There’s no car rental and even room service. You have to fend for your own. To make sure that you can easily move around, limit the essentials that you’re going to bring. Bring those clothes that you can easily recycle or pair with the others like jeans. Dark-colored shirts are perfect since stains are not easily seen. Bring a bag that you can easily carry such as a fanny bag or backpack.
2. Plan ahead. You will be living in a small budget. Careful planning will allow you to determine how much you’re going to spend for the entire trip, including entrance fees, transport costs, and food. It permits you to be a better judge. Since you don’t have a lot of money with you, which of the following destinations you would definitely like to go to? What kind of accommodation can fit your budget? How should you travel?
3. Know how to get there. There are some places that you can reach in a variety of ways such as through trains, buses, ships, and airplanes. All of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. Your decision will depend on what element you’re willing to compromise. If it’s okay with you to spend more hours on the road, you can take the train, bus, and ship. You will also be able to reduce your transportation costs since they are a lot cheaper. An airplane can take you to your destination in a matter of hours, so you won’t be wasting a lot of your time doing nothing.
It would be a great idea, though, if you can compare the prices of airlines. There are already a lot of websites that allow you to do that.
4. Choose a hostel or inn. There are beautiful accommodation choices available. Two of them include a hostel or inn. They are a lot cheaper than hotels, with still good customer service.
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