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Travelling the world is becoming more and more affordable, and therefore more accessible to younger people now, more than ever before. One reason is because airplane tickets don’t cost nearly as much as they used to even just ten years ago. Another reason is because with the rising popularity there has been a demand for more affordable accommodations, and millennials have perfected the art of travelling on a shoestring budget. Now, you can work hard for a year or two, save up some money and backpack the world without much worry of work or paychecks at all. If you are thinking about embarking on your first backpacking trip, here are four pointers to get you started in the right direction.
- Know Your Destination
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There are a lot of popular destinations for backpackers right now. Three of the most popular regions would be South East Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, and Europe. Depending on your budget, what you want to experience and where you have already been before, picking a place shouldn’t be too hard with just a little research.
- Get the Right Gear
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Probably the trickiest thing about backpacking is having the right amount of gear without forgetting anything or over packing. Since you have to carry it with you from destination to destination, you DO NOT want to over pack. This means you won’t be taking all of your favorite things with you. Instead, we recommend making a list, and buying everything fresh. Look for deals at JCPenney so if/when it gets ruined, you won’t be upset.
- Plan Your Itinerary
When you know where you are going, you can start planning where to stay and what you want to see/do. Allow a couple of days minimum in bigger areas with a lot to do. If it’s the trip of a lifetime, you don’t want to miss out on anything.
- Allow for the Unexpected
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No matter how much planning you do and how ready you are, something unexpected will always happen. Be really careful with your most important things like passport, bank cards etc. To be extra safe, you can scan copies of everything before you go and have someone available to email it to you if necessary. For minor setbacks, just go with it. You can’t control everything, so just think of them as stories to tell when you get home!