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You’re thinking of a backpacking trip on a budget?

With a daily budget of $25 per day and over two years spent backpacking across 6 continents, I’ve compiled my top 8 backpacker tips. These tips will help you pack the right things, manage your money and decide where to go.

Top Tips for Backpacking with a Budget

1: Get a travel debit card

Your ability to manage your money will directly impact how successful you can backpack on a tight budget. A travel debit card with no international withdrawal fees is one of the best ways you can save money on your trip.

No longer are fees charged for every transaction or withdrawal made abroad. Many debit cards are designed specifically for travel. The Revolut card is my personal favorite. It is now available in many countries. However, there are other cards that offer similar benefits in the US and Europe. You will not be charged a fee to withdraw cash from ATMs anywhere in the world with this card.

You can also get similar cards for travel:

-Virgin Money Credit Card
-Amex Platinum (this includes free travel insurance and access to airport lounges).

2: Find the Best ATMs and Banks for You

You may still be charged fees even if your travel debit card doesn’t have withdrawal fees. It’s worthwhile to research which ATMs you can use in your destination.

Out of the 92 countries that I have visited, I believe I only have paid an ATM fee in 5-6 countries. I cannot think of Thailand, Cuba, or Myanmar. I have often to visit one or two ATMs before I find a bank that doesn’t charge. Nearly every country has at least one bank that doesn’t charge withdrawal fees. Once I have identified which bank it is, I’ll use the ATMs of that bank for all transactions. I have saved hundreds of dollars in ATM and card fees by using a travel card for over two years.

3: Download a Currency app

A currency app such as OANDA Currency Convertor or XE Currency App is another way to save money. These apps are free and can be downloaded to see the current exchange rate offline. You don’t need data or wifi.

This app is great for when you are unfamiliar with the currency or to ensure you don’t get scammed at a currency exchanger. A currency app can be used to compare the prices of groceries, souvenirs and meals and to see how they compare to what you paid back home.

Using Different Currencies When Travelling

4: Select Budget-Friendly Destinations

Travel long-term if you are looking to save money.

Paris and Venice are definitely on everyone’s list. But if you’re looking to travel cheaply, hold off until then. They will be there forever and likely won’t change much.

You can now visit the less expensive places, as there are many South American countries you can visit. The cost per day decrease can double the travel time. You might consider Eastern Europe, which is less traveled and more affordable, if you’re determined to visit Europe.

Backpacking in South East Asia

If given the choice of traveling to Europe for two months or Asia for six months, I’d choose Asia. 6 months of travel is more than 2 every time.

These are three places that could provide you with a similar experience, but at a fraction of their cost.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia – Kotor, Montenegro

Korfu (Greece) – Himare (Albania).

Serengeti, Kenya – South Luangwa NP, Zambia

Backpacking Around the World

5: Invest in a Decent Bag

It’s worth it to invest in a good backpack.

A backpack with a zip at the front is better than the traditional top-open style. They are more practical and easy to use everyday. My first backpack with an open front design changed the way I felt about backpacking. I loved it and it was a great backpack.

Your backpack should not exceed 10 kg. You will be grateful later. It really does make a difference. It will be a lot of walking when you don’t want to take a taxi to the bus station. So make sure your bag is light. But that’s not all. You can also take your bag with you on the bus or plane, rather than having to check it in, which is often more expensive, more vulnerable to theft and takes longer. Our bags were taken on buses. We would then ask the drivers to stop as near as possible to our accommodation and jump off the bus. We could not take our bags on the bus if they were in the hold. They would make us wait until we reached the destination.

There are many packing cubes that can be used to organize your backpack.

Travelling on a Train with a Backpack

6 Pack of Practical, High Quality Clothes

Purchase versatile and high-quality clothes.

You don’t need bright, colourful dresses you won’t wear every day. It will look boring in all the photos. You should have a few shorts in different colours, such as black, grey, or blue. Also, you should have some shirts that follow the same principles. These clothes should be durable and long-lasting. Avoid synthetic clothes that are prone to getting soiled in humid environments. Instead, opt for natural fabrics like hemp or organic cotton. Hempton Apparel has great travel shirts.

Practical Travel Clothes for Backpacking

7: Eat Like a Local

This is my favorite part of traveling. You should eat like a local. Avoid eating at backpacker-style hostels and restaurants. These places can be expensive, making them not affordable for budget-conscious travelers. You don’t want to spend your hard-earned money on food.

Many backpackers I’ve seen in Bali and Vietnam eat acai bowls, avocado toast, pizza, and drink espresso martinis every evening, spending as much, if any, as they would back home.

You can spend a little more to get home comforts or novelty food at restaurants, but I recommend eating and drinking like a local every chance I get.

Street food has always been one of my favorite meals. Street food is not what you will find in tourist markets. It’s more expensive and won’t give you the authentic experience. You’ll see roadside vendors selling local food and snacks in some countries, especially Asia. Some carts will have small plastic stools at the front, which is often packed with locals. A meal at streetfood stalls such as these can be as low as $1 in countries like Bali and Vietnam. For $5 to $6 a meal, you can find backpacker restaurants.

Vietnamese Street Food Stall

It’s a reason I travel. I love trying local cuisine. My favourite meals are often the cheapest. You can eat like a local and meet people from the local area, which will allow you to have a more authentic experience. You’ll also be supporting local businesses.

Eating Like a Local While Backpacking

8: Do not risk losing your photos

Google Photos is a game changer.

Many travellers have lost their camera, phone, or stolen their cameras, and lost all their travel photos. Because they are reminders of the incredible places I have been to, the memories I have made, the people I’ve met, I treasure them. They inspire me to travel more. It is hard to imagine losing them.

Meeting People While Travelling

Google Photos automatically backs up all your photos to the cloud whenever you connect to WiFi. Magic. It’s that simple. An SD card adaptor can be purchased to transfer your photos directly to your phone or laptop. You can also use Google Photos to save large files from your DSLR or drone photos. You don’t have to worry about packing an external drive for your travel photography – it’s easy and lightweight!

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