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Backpackers! Here are our tips and recommendations to make your next trip a perfect one.

The option of going out with your backpack and everything associated with it is one of the best ways to travel. Perhaps sometimes it’s a bit more time-consuming, as it means avoiding taxis, hotels and so on. Which you exchange for cheaper public transport, sleeping in hostels or backpacker hostels, or even on a Couchsurfing couch in a stranger’s house.

It sounds easy, and in a way, it is, but it’s better if you avoid making some common and easily avoidable mistakes. Of course, the backpacker’s life also involves learning through experience, taking the seemingly more difficult but generally much more satisfying route.

Packing your luggage
Be careful not to overpack. If your backpack is 65 litres, you may tend to fill it as much as possible: a big mistake. Space is a precious commodity, as is the weight you’ll be carrying, and you’ll probably add a few extra things along the way. In addition, you may need to pack some food or drink that you’ll need, and you may not have that space from the start.

Carrying a backpack means you’ll be walking around with it, all the more reason to avoid unnecessary excess weight. As far as clothes are concerned, you should bring enough to change and change context. You can always wash up on the trip. If you know a bit about the destination or have done some research, bring the right amount of warmth and an extra take up as little space as possible but is as warm or insulated as possible.

Planning and booking
You should indeed have some idea of where you will go and where you will sleep, but you should plan relatively. Do not overbook and stick to a specific plan, especially if we are talking about a long trip.

Recommended: book the hostel for the first few nights, especially if you are going to a big city and a typical traveller destination.
Bad idea: book directly beyond the first few nights or book excursions and activities, especially back-to-back or in different locations.

We must never forget that it is in our interest to be flexible. Who has not fallen in love with a place unexpectedly and yet been disappointed with another, more popular place? Other key planning points are:

Knowing a few words or expressions in the local language is never a bad thing.
It is very important to be aware of cultural norms, especially in certain destinations.
Having a general idea of basic geography will help us more than we think.
Money
A basic and delicate subject. It would be best if you never run out of cash, but it is not at all advisable to move around with large amounts. It is important to know what access to ATMs at your destination and whether your card will work.

Money

Never keep all your money, cards and documentation in the same place, everything separately. The money you calculate you will spend in one day mustn’t be together with the total, and you will be more relaxed. Also, the total should never be all together.

You can leave an authorisation and bank details at your usual residence with someone you trust; perhaps this will avoid some complications.
If you have a credit card, it is sometimes advisable to inform the bank not to block it for suspicious use. This is especially true in certain destinations, such as Bangkok.
Never carry too little or too much cash, at least apparently. It is very important to plan for this and know when you will be able to withdraw.
It doesn’t hurt if someone has some idea of where you are and more or less what you intend your next move to be, but this does not imply a constant flow of communication.

Travel companions
It is very important to know whether you want to travel alone, what that entails, or whether you are travelling with someone, a good friend or someone special. If you make a mistake with your travel companion, it can ruin it or make it hard for you. Equally, if you’re not used to backpacking, it might be best to get a bit of experience before you go solo.

Travelling partner

When choosing your travel partner, make sure that their personality is suited to the possible circumstances and unforeseen events that are common on these trips and, of course, to you. You will spend many hours together and probably some moments of uncertainty; it is not a good option to argue at certain levels on this type of trip with your partner.

Keep in mind the importance of the necessary mutual solidarity.
If you have already travelled with that person, all the better.
On the trip don’t forget the importance of personal space, i.e. sometimes you won’t do the same things or need some time alone with yourself. Respect this, and any tensions will dissipate.
Patience and good communication is a must.
The start of your journey
It’s time to get out and look ahead to all that awaits you. Look for a certain disconnection, don’t pretend to be tied to your day to day life. You can communicate by Skype or any of the many options that the internet offers occasionally, but don’t forget that you are going out; you will disconnect. You have enough to adjust to the “rhythm of your present” without trying to coordinate two, you will end up stressed, exhausted and you won’t enjoy it as much.

If it’s a long trip, you can use a blog to post some pictures and leave some comments; you don’t need more every one or two weeks.
Send out a general email to your list of friends and family, so they have a general idea that everything is going well.
Remember that social media will still be around when you get back; you’ll post photos and so on when the time comes. Disconnect, the reality is still happening and will be in the same place when you get back.
children on the road

What have your backpacking experiences been like? What have been your favourite destinations? Why? I’m sure you also have many other tips or comments, don’t hesitate and let us know; common experiences are a great source of information and learning.

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