The Essential Backpackers Guide to Australia – Part 1

Published: 02/05/2013

In this series of articles, we are going to be providing information that will help you get the most out of your backpacking trip around Australia. This is one of the most interesting and fun places in the world to visit, but in order to get the most out of the experience it will help that you approach things the right way. This is not to say that you have to turn this holiday into some type of strictly regimented campaign, but a bit of forward planning will be a great help when it comes to getting the most out of the trip.

How to Plan for a Backpacking Tour of Australia

In this first part of our series on backpacking Australia, we are going to focus on preparation. This is something that many of us end up getting wrong, and as a result, the trip can be far less enjoyable than it could be. Here are a few things to consider when planning your trip:

·         One of the first things that you are going to want to consider is the people with who you intend to travel. You need to understand that you may be stuck in the company of these people for a long time, and it is going to be far more intense than spending time with these same people at home. Those little things that bug you about your friends now will become magnified when you are with them all of the time. The reality is that this type of trip can ruin friendships and destroy romantic relationships. When choosing your travelling companions you need to be honest with yourself – will you be able to survive the company of these people when you are with them all of the time?

·         Another important thing to consider is your financial situation. Backpackers have a tendency to be overly optimistic in this regard, and they end up suffering as a result. You need to find reliable information about how much you are going to need to live on each day, and it is strongly recommended that you leave yourself plenty of room for comfort – i.e. you want to take more money with you than you think you can get away with.

·         It is a good idea to learn more about the places you intend to visit and create a provisional itinerary about where to go. It will be a shame if you come back from your trip only to find out that you missed some great attractions even though you were right beside them.

·         If you are going to be travelling with friends, you want to agree on an itinerary before you go, or devise a plan whereby you all get a chance to decide on where to go next. It is no fun just to follow the whims of one member of the group, and this is sure to lead to resentment. You will also need to reach agreements before you go about things like sharing money and choosing accommodation.

The Essential Backpackers Guide to Australia – Part 1

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