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How to Go Backpacking Around the World

Many people dream of seeing the world, experiencing different cultures, and tasting all of the delicacies that different countries have to offer. Not everyone gets the chance to travel the world but if you plan smart and think ahead, you can make time and have the budget available for a trip around the world. So are you wondering how to go backpacking around the world?

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Common Questions to Ask Before Backpacking Around the World

First you have to ask yourself a few questions, then you have to prepare. Take some time to contemplate the answers so you know how best to plan your trip around the world.

1. How long do you want to travel?

Do you want to be gone less than a year or do you plan to see more of the world and be gone for several years? Do you want to be gone for only a few months at a time and break your backpacking trip up into smaller trips? The way you plan your travel is completely up to you.

2. What destinations would you most like to see and experience?

If you are more interested in seeing Europe than South America, you will probably want to include more European stops in your travel plans. Do your research and make a list of those “must stop” places so there are no regrets once you get home.

3. What is your budget?

It’s important to know what you will need to be able to make this trip happen. You can use current costs for budgeting but always plan on costs rising, just in case. You should also always plan on unexpected costs such as illness or injury while in another country.

4. Who will you be traveling with?

Are you planning on traveling the world alone or will you be going as a couple? Are you traveling with a group from school or a religious organization perhaps? Sometimes accommodations and travel agencies can arrange for lower costs with groups. If traveling alone there are websites allowing you to meet up with others traveling alone so you can meet up for coffee or see sights together.

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Tips for Backpacking Around the World

It’s important to keep these tips in mind so that you can make the most of your traveling time and keep headaches to a minimum.

  • Always Be Flexible

If you plan out all travel arrangements before you leave, and something comes up so you have to change all of those plans, you can be stuck with a hefty bill. Making travel arrangements as you go saves headache and drama, plus you get to go with the flow.

  • Pick Fewer Destinations

If you choose to see fewer places around the world, but you stay at each place longer, you will be saving a lot of money on travel expenses which is the biggest expense when backpacking around the world.

  • Public Transportation

Using public transportation not only allows you to save money, it also allows you see more of the local culture as you are immersed in it. Go people watching on a train or bus and see how locals get around.

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If you have the chance to backpack around the world, take it. You won’t regret seeing so many different cultures, experiencing the way of life in other countries, and being able to compare your own way of life with that of others around the world.

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