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Tips to backpack travellers

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IN this day and age of cheaper air travel, backpacking seems like the next best thing to match.

More and more people find enjoyment in travelling with a less rigid schedule as they take in the sights. To many, it is the journey that counts and not the destination. So, they go backpacking, communing with nature and exploring out of the way places.

However, as a site called http://www.skyscanner.net warns, backpacking involves more in-depth preparation than the usual holiday checklist. These include stretching one’s budget, handling transfers between various places, etc.

The same site offers few tips on how to get the most out of your backpacking experience.

• Pack light. The key to backpacking is “less is more.” If you are boggled down by too much weight, you will miss out some great opportunities.

• Leave valuables at home. Bring only the basics on hand.

• Let someone know. Inform a family member or friend where you are going and how long you will be gone. Find a way of getting in touch with you. With modern technology like wi-fi service, it is easy to get connected these days, and for free, too.

• Get a hostel with a kitchen. It makes things easier for you to cook and plan your meals while travelling. Saves you lots of money on food.

• If you’re travelling abroad, buy a train pass. You can avoid waiting in long lines at train stations as well as saves you money.

• Be careful of pickpockets and scam artists. These people are trained to feed on tourists. They can tell right away that you are not a local.

• Bring your own snacks. Buy them at grocery stores instead of in tourist places. Cheaper that way, and they come in handy, too, between meals.

• Walk instead of taking a cab. Walking is good for your body and also for your wallet.

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