Backpacking around Europe or other areas of the world is something a lot of people consider doing, but there are some things you need to do before heading off on your adventure.
Firstly, before you do anything - set a budget. Think about how much you'll need for the basics, such as transport and accommodation. Then, think about what you'll need to feed yourself every day, clothe yourself and occupy yourself. It's no good buying a round-the-world plane ticket, getting to your destination then not being able to eat anything because you've run out of cash.
Next, decide where you want to go specifically. Do you fancy going around the world, or sticking to a continent, like Europe? Then make a plan regarding the order in which you'll visit each place, for example: London, Paris, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Austria then Switzerland. If you're stuck on how to do this, why not research festivals or music events happening in each place, then structure your trip around them?
Thirdly, you'll need to find the cheapest way in which to get around. Will aero plane be best? If so, hunt for cheap flights. Or if you think rail, bus or tram will be easier, then have a look to find the best deals on these types of transport. If you're a student, under the age of 25 or over the age of 65, you might be able to get some sort of discount - so don't be afraid to ask.
Travel documents are the next step. Will you need a visa? If you plan to work you definitely will, and for some countries, you just need one in order to gain entry. Don't forget your backpackers' travel insurance! This is crucial, as if anything happens to you, you'll need some security and a plan you can fall back on.
Think about your passport as well. If you haven't used it in a while, it may be out of date. Even if it still has four or five months left on it, some countries won't let you in without at least six months' use, so check this out.
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