Use A Hostel
Hostels and backpackers go together like peas and carrots. For many, planning a trip starts with mapping out a trail of backpacker hostels and it’s not hard to see why. They’re cheap, they’re often in the best locations and on top of that usually no reservation is required.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking hostels are only for the young. Increasingly, people of all ages are turning to hostels for their flexible, affordable accommodation options.
A major part of being flexible with your travels is packing light and only lugging around the essentials. It’s all right there in the name - backpacking! Being light and nimble means you can be adaptive to whatever the journey throws at you be that a change in transport, a last minute dash through the city or bunking down on someone’s couch. By all means pack the important things but when in doubt chances are you don’t need it and can afford to go a few weeks or months without it.
Talk to people
Your parents always told you to not talk to strangers and in certain situations that advice might still be wise but don’t let that stop you from striking up a conversation with friendly locals and fellow travellers.
Chatting to a local could completely change your plan of attack when it comes to your trip and might throw up some secret ‘locals only’ spots you would otherwise had missed. By the same token, chatting to fellow travellers can save you time and money when it comes to planning your accommodation, booking a tour or choosing a route.
Plus, if nothing else, you might just end up making new friends for life.