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BIG Tips: The Backpacker’s Guide to a Perfect Trip

Posted on May 6, 2014

Summer is approaching and fast. Many of you are finally taking a few weeks off to travel.  Ok, so maybe not many, but at least a handful. Hopefully a generous handful.  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.)

1. Packing

Photo Courtesy of Cardekho.com

Photo Courtesy of Cardekho.com

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 ct 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

Photo Courtesy of Pivo Beer

Photo Courtesy of Pivo Beer

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

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Photo Courtesy of Engineeringatravel.com

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

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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

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Photo Courtesy of borderlandlevant.com

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

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By Roberto Garcia