Summer is approaching and fast, and no matter where you’ll be traveling, the essentials remain the same. So before we say Bon Voyage we want to make sure you’re all ready-set-go with our “Backpacker’s Guide to a Perfect Trip” (if only so you don’t look like a complete idiot when you interact with locals.)
So maybe you’ll be moving around a lot. So many places in so little time. Obviously, the smaller your backpack, the easier your life on the road (sky, track, whatever) is going to be. You want to cut corners with clothes. One pair of shoes is probably enough, and let’s be real, you’ll probably be repeating some outfits throughout your trip, so get used to it; it’s part of the experience. If your hotel/hostel has a washing machine, lucky you. If not, there’s nothing wrong with the old-fashioned way. A little stir in the sink won’t hurt.
2. The Cultural Crash Course
Even if it’s just the Wikipedia page. Try learning some basic conversational words; it will show you’ve put forth some effort. At least know how to say ‘beer’ in the home country’s language… there’s an App for that.
3. The Dreaded Excel Sheet
We all hate these, the digital manifestation of so-call spontaneity. But keep it real, you’re probably on a budget. Keeping track of your hard earned dinero will help you make sure you won’t be living on a dollar menu for the remainder of your days. Been there, man. If it helps you feel better, you can pencil and paper it.
4. Have a Plan B
And not just for the aftermath of that blurry night in Ibiza. (Kidding, wow.) We’re talking about an emergency situation. Employees of the airline industry are generally underpaid in Europe; protests aren’t exactly common, but they aren’t uncommon either. But do not fear. There are ferries, buses, and trains so you can be ready if any of this ever happens.
5. Be Chill
It’s really what a vacation and is all about, especially if you’re backpacking. Save stressing out for your day job and enjoy yourself on the road. Who knows, you might even learn a little life lesson about not sweating the small stuff, you know?
6. Share Your Story
Share your story with us on Facebook and Twitter, take some pictures and tag us on Instagram @travelbig! We want you to help us inspire people to drop everything and take that trip they deserve!
By Roberto Garcia