Have you ever dreamed of grabbing a few necessary belongings and taking off on a travel adventure, visiting several areas you’ve always fancied?
If you have, backpacking could be just the thing for you.
You don’t have to be a gap year student to embark on your own journey, and you don’t have to follow any set rules; the beauty of backpacking is that your adventure is tailored to your needs, wants, and desires, and more often than not, it turns out to be the adventure of a lifetime!
You could volunteer, find casual work as you move around, or simply dedicate the entire time to leisure, but however you decide to organise your backpacking break, there are certain things you simply cannot afford to forget.
Visas and passports
It may seem obvious, but make sure you have more than enough validity left on your passport, because different countries have different rules as to the length of time you need remaining after your return date. In addition to that, do you need a visa for any of the places you’re planning on going to? This is something you need to plan and give serious consideration to ahead of time.
Because there tends to be no fixed route while backpacking, there is more chance of a hiccup or bump in the road. Obviously, we hope this doesn’t happen, but it’s imperative to make sure you have adequate insurance, and in the case of this kind of break, you need more specific cover, namely backpacking insurance. This covers you for all manner of problems, including lost luggage, and will insure you for up to two years, even allowing you a trip home for a set amount of time in the event of a problem. This is one thing you should never forget when organising your travels.
Immunisations and health issues
Now, wherever you’re going, especially if you’re going off the beaten track, as some backpackers do, then you need to be making an appointment at your GP surgery before you go, to check whether you need additional immunisations or medications, such as malaria medication. Your regular immunisations also need to be bang up to date. Don’t take risks with your health.
Currency and money matters
You need to give serious consideration to how you’re going to take your money. Remember that it’s not sensible to take large amounts of cash with you, especially if you’re moving around a lot, so you need to do some research into the best option for you. Pre-paid cards are making waves in the travel currency world, so look into this, but if you are planning on using your debit and credit cards whilst you’re away, then talk to your bank beforehand to put travel markers on your accounts.
Backpacking might need a bit of planning and organisation to start with, but once you’re heading off into the horizon, your cares a distant worry, the groundwork you do before you leave will help pave the way to a journey of a lifetime.