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Backpacking tips for the adventurous traveller

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Is the current cold weather getting you down? Do you long for balmy beaches? If your adventurous spirit is planning a backpacking trip to warmer climates, we’ve got some excellent tips that will make your journey easier.

Before you go

Fun first, safety second, right? Not if you want to have a good time. Your personal protection should be at the top of your mind before you even depart for your trip. Here are some things to do before you leave so that you can make the most of your adventure:

  • Get all relevant vaccinations.
  • Get insurance, particularly travel, portable possessions, and life insurance. Why life cover? This is something you should have regardless of whether or not you’re travelling, because if something were to happen to you, you’ll rest well knowing that your loved ones are taken care of.
  • If your passport is expiring, renew it well before your travel dates. You don’t want to be stressing about whether or not you can even get on your flight the week before you go.

Accommodation

For the backpacker, accommodation can range from a comfy couch discovered on Airbnb to a basic backpackers’ lodge, to a humungous hotel. Whether you’re into staying in style or your bed is just a place to stop between exciting adventures, it’s important to keep your safety in mind at all times. These tips should help you out:

  • Research the accommodation online; don’t stay in a place with mainly bad reviews.
  • If you have a room to yourself, keep it locked at all times.
  • Make sure you always have your most valuable items with you.  
  • Once you’ve arrived, send a Google Maps location to your travelling partner via WhatsApp, so you can always find your way back.

Money, money, money

Have you wasted it? Is it going to be stolen? Do you have enough? Are you going to have to live on only bananas for the last two weeks of your trip? These questions can take all the fun out of your adventure, but it shouldn’t be this way. From having a clear budget to using simple tricks to secure your money, your holiday can be care-free when it comes to the finances.

  • Don’t keep all of your money in one location. If your wallet or purse gets stolen and it’s got everything in it, your experience could be ruined.
  • Divide your total money by the number of days you’re travelling to get a daily maximum to spend. If you’re aware of this daily amount, you should have enough cash to have a dream holiday from start to finish.
  • That being said, it’s OK to spoil yourself some days and go over that budget if it’s going to make your trip even more memorable.
  • Make sure your bag is always closed tightly. Even better, put a lock on it if possible. That way, pickpockets will have a hard job relieving you of your money.

Do your homework

The thrill of not knowing where you’ll be laying your head down or what you’ll be doing tomorrow or the next day is exhilarating, and there is nothing wrong with it. However, doing a little research on the city or country you’re visiting can turn a great holiday into a brilliant one; you can find some of the local hotspots that are not always on tourist to-do list but are nevertheless excellent ways to really immerse yourself in the local culture. Here are a few ways to do that:

  • Read blogs of other travellers like yourself who have visited the location to get the low-down.
  • Ask the locals where to go.
  • Google the history of the area. Whether it’s a museum, a temple, or a building, you’re bound to find an interesting locale to visit just by learning a little about the place’s history.
  • Find out about some of the basic local customs. Not only do you not want to offend people, but learning what’s acceptable and what isn’t can make your experience even richer.

Whether you’re travelling locally or abroad, Dialdirect has got insurance to help make your travels as easy and as happy as possible, from our Caravan Insurance for those family fun adventures, to Portable Possessions which covers your valuables worldwide.