Backpacking Tips

The whole idea of having a holiday trip definitely brings joy and excitement! However, you should understand that it is crucial to plan your own holiday checklist that would ensure you a safety travel. Maybe you should ask yourself some of these questions: what to pack, where to go, how to get there, where to stay and how to travel on the cheap.

Once you have all the answers to these questions, you are definitely good to go! Here at Hotels Fairy, we have come up with our very own holiday checklist with backpacking tips to help you get an idea.

Prepare Your Travel Documents (passports, visas, etc.)

Every country requires a different policy on entry permits and visa’s. It is crucial that you check the Embassy of the Country you are going to visit in order to know what their Visa or entry requirements are. You need to plan this ahead since getting a visa usually takes a couple of days. Also, you would need a passport that has at least 6 months left before it expires.

You have to keep your passport in a safe place, since it is needed whenever you board an international flight. Also, some countries will require to leave your passport with the hotel or hostel when you check in as part of their regulation for all foreign visitors. Furthermore, you will need to show your passport when cashing a traveller’s cheque.

You should also photocopy the identification page of your passport in case your passport will be lost or stolen while travelling. Also, before departing, you should make sure that you are covered by the insurance that would reimburse your travel expenses.

Know What To Pack

As a traveller, your main objective should be to travel as lightly as possible. If you are planning to travel to different places or to ‘country-hop’, it is never a good idea to bring your whole closet. Just bring only the IMPORTANT things: enough clothes, travel documents, camera, and some medicines.

Also, be sure that your shoes have soft substantial soles. Not only are they ideal for walking but can definitely ease the difficulty of manoeuvring the cobbled streets that characterise many old city centres especially in the European countries. Bringing valuables while travelling is a big no-no.

Set A Backpacking Budget

Since travelling is a one-time expenditure, you should definitely plan ahead your travel budget. You should understand the money and exchange rate of the place you are going. Also, learn to eat cheap but well street-food as well as write down what you spend in a travel journal.

Once you have been careless with your budget, it is possible that you will run out of money.  You can save money on hotels by comparing the best deals online with the Hotel Price Comparison Tool right here at Hotels Fairy.

Learn Some Local Lingo Before Backpacking

Speaking the language of the place your visiting, or even a few words, will definitely save you money and headaches. By learning this tip, you’ll be able to figure out what cab fare should be, how to make a phone call, and how to find the nearest bus and train station.

You can carry a small travel phrasebook and make lame lingo attempts no matter what — you can even have a good shared laugh with the locals.

Ensure Your Health

Before travelling, you should see to it that you get all your vaccinations from your doctor. This way, you can ensure that you stay healthy while you are travelling. During hot weather, always take sensible precautions such as wearing a hat/sunglasses and sun block. Also, you should drink plenty of fluids.

You should also know that tap water in America, Canada and Europe in general is safe to drink. However, their water has a high mineral content which can cause some minor stomach upsets once a person is not used to it. So in order to stay in the safer side, drinking bottled water is a better idea.

Also, a general rule for those who want to avoid stomach upsets, is to stay away from uncooked foods, fruits and salads, no matter how irresistible they look.

We hope you enjoyed our brief guide with backpacking tips for safe travels.

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