7 Essential Tips for Single Backpackers

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7 Essential Tips for Single Backpackers


Taking a solo trip is probably an adventure that many of us have included in our bucket list. No matter where our destination is or how we will make this happen, it seems to elicit some deep passion in us to discover and understand the world around us. But for some, traveling alone might be so intimidating especially if it’s to some faraway place that they know very little of. If you belong to this group, fret not.  You can go solo and not worry by taking a load of the following essential tips that will make your journey a safe, hassle-free, and quite memorable experience.


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1. Plan.

First and foremost, you have to be well-prepared. Always keep in mind that everything you expect might change once you start your trip. Thus, it’s better to anticipate all of them. Base your plans on how much time you have, your budget, the reason for your trip, and the main activities you want to accomplish. You don’t have to detail every step. You just need to map out everything you will do for your travel.



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2. Keep your valuables secure.

Even before you start your trip, all of your things should be kept in a safe place. It is advisable to carry a special pouch for your credit cards, passport, cash, and other valuable items. As much as possible, don’t bring jewelry, important documents that you really don’t need for your specific trip, and bulky gadgets. According to an article by Tales of a Backpacker, an online site that features destination guides for travelers, all important items should not be placed in your backpack to avoid the risk of damage. 



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3. Pack light.

“Travel light” is one of the most popular mantras for backpackers. First, you must choose an appropriate backpack that is not too big or too small. FluentU, an online site that brings language learning to life through language immersion with real-world videos, stated that travelers should only take backpacking gear that is essential. This is particularly important when you plan to walk long distances or expect to ride cramped buses or trains.



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4. Don’t overplan.

Most of the time, travelers get too excited in planning their itinerary that they tend to overdo it. It is best to plan only the things that are feasible. You should consider the time you will be spending on your trip. 



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5. Make a checklist.

Once your travel plans are in place, the next thing to do is to make a checklist so you can track the things you have achieved and the things that you are about to do. This will help you avoid getting confused about your itinerary. Also, it’s always better to be organized. 



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6. Stay in hostels.

Although it can be quite intimidating to stay in hostels, travelers usually choose these places because they are good as a budget option. Hostels can also offer resources for your trip, such as discount coupons, maps, transportation schedules, restaurant recommendations, and many more. Also, you will be able to meet fellow travelers who might offer valuable help or insights.



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7. Enjoy!

All of these tips and preparations will help you get the trip you have always dreamed of! Make sure to enjoy all your activities, meet new people, and collect new memories. Drop your worries away but, of course, don’t forget to stay safe.




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