Travel Tips for Backpackers


Two Danish backpackers in front of
the Vienna State Opera in July 2005.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Now that the internet made it possible to view the different marvelous places on our planet, it can be easily said that among the items in everyone’s bucket list is to travel. Since not everyone can afford extravagant travel packages (which includes posh hotels), the trend is more inclined to backpacking. Aside from staying within a budget, backpacking offers convenience as well, because you are free to move about without the hassle of luggage. It’s also a way to appreciate nature more, and to meet new and exciting people.

For those of you who are thinking about backpacking in the near future, here are a few tips to make your trip fun and memorable:

Plan ahead 

Of course, once you get to the city you plan to go to, you can avoid the tour guides and explore the place by yourself. However, you have to do a little research while you’re home; check ideal spots and reviews on TripAdvisor before booking a flight via This way, you can prepare for weather conditions, usual market prices, and hostel options.

Pack light 

The very essence of backpacking is, literally, carrying a backpack with all your holiday essentials. Pack items that are multi-functional, according to It will be impractical to bring along swimsuits in every color, or different sweaters to match your mood. This way, you can also avoid baggage fees at airports.


Since you’re in an unfamiliar land, you won’t know whether taking a cab will actually be the easiest way to go to a tourist attraction. Besides, you’d want to save up your cab fare for something more important, such as souvenirs or gastronomic adventures. Aside from physical exercise, walking is also a way of discovering interesting places which are sometimes missed by maps.

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