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10 best backpacking tips and tricks

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3. To pre-book or not to pre-book, that is the question

Back to that issue of spontaneity – do you plan your travel and accommodation in advance or leave your agenda wide open? The answer to this is really down to timing. Are you doing on a three-week trip around France or doing a six-month stint in Southeast Asia? If you are going on a short backpacking holiday (think two months and under) then maybe having a bit of an itinerary will help you make the most of your short time on the road. However, if you have months and months ahead of you it will be almost impossible to make any concrete plans. Maybe book your first two or three destinations in advance but then give yourself the opportunity to let wanderlust take over.

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4. Save money on attractions

Once you’ve hit the road you may notice money disappearing quicker than you anticipated. But do not fear – there are many ways to save money without sacrificing all the top tourist attractions that you’ve always dreamed of visiting. If you have a student ID remember to flash it as much of possible, it could be your key to free entry and massive discounts on some big attractions, or check out websites like Student Beans for great discounts on travel and attractions (check them out on Facebook too). Also remember to seeif the places you are visiting have free days or evenings. Many museums, such as the Reina Sofia in Madrid, are free of charge in the evenings.

Read more: 12 free things to do in 12 of the world’s most expensive cities

5. Eat local = save money

You are going to be visiting many new places and wanting to try many new things. How do you set a budget for all that yummy world food? As nice as it would be to eat in amazing restaurants every day, it’ll begin to put a bit of a dent in your budget. Allow yourself one good meal per location but other than that try some street food or sample interesting things from the local supermarket and cook in the hostel, which is a good way to get talking to fellow travellers. backpacking,backpacking,backpacking

6. Don’t waste long journeys

It can be easy to waste long train journeys zoning out but these are the ideal places to make some fantastic travel memories. If the person sitting near you is friendly get chatting to them, if they are local they might give you some fantastic advice. If not, get doodling, whether it be making a note of things you want to do or things from your previous destination that you want to remember. backpacking,backpacking,backpacking

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