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Top Tips To Backpacking Better!


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Backpacking is an adventure. It’s an opportunity to see places most people miss and it gives you a rare glimpse into how other people live. But to get the most out of your trip there are some tips and tricks to backpacking better.




Be Flexible

Ditch the tourist hotspots and get off the beaten track. Do you like a certain place? Why not stay for a few extra days to explore some more. What’s that? You scored some cheap tickets to a festival back in the opposite direction? Why not turn around and make the most of it!

Too often great experiences are cut short because backpackers have a flight to catch or a hotel to check out of. Being flexible is crucial to getting the most out of your next backpacking adventure. Now it’s important to do your research, stay safe and have a plan but don’t let a plan come at the expense of maximising your trip. Instead, use it as a guide to help organise your adventure but don’t be afraid to throw it out the window the second a ‘too-good-to-miss’ opportunity arises.

Avoid Planes

Planes, airlines and airports are notorious for ruining holidays, on top of that they can be super expensive! Sure you might pick up a bargain airfare but before you know it you’re paying extra for your luggage or trying to find something to eat in the airport that doesn’t require a mortgage to afford.

Part of being flexible is being able to customise your travel and unfortunately by taking to the air you are pretty much at the mercy of the airlines as to where you go and when. At Greyhound we offer a range of flexible hop on hop off options, shop hop or direct travel and even km passes which let you travel as far and wide as you need.

Backpacking bags

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.

Pack Light

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.

Backpackers looking at a map

Document your journey

In the era where everyone has a phone with a camera and a selfie is almost as common as a handshake, documenting your journey might seem like a no brainer. While getting a snap on the phone is all well and good, don’t overlook putting a pen to paper and keeping a journal of your travels. This is a great way to capture quirky moments throughout your trip, funny stories or interesting sights and sounds. Keep things like tickets stubs, coasters or napkins to remember places you went and experiences you had. While 1,000 plus photos of the top tourist attractions are great, it’s the experiences between those attractions that you will really want to remember.

Backpacking is a great way to see a more realistic representation of the places you are visiting. It’s an opportunity to see the nitty gritty side of the tourist hotspots that most people miss and may even give you a glimpse into what it’s like to live in these places. The trick is to backpack the right way and get the most out of your trip! Start planning your backpacking adventure today with Greyhound.