Going to the land down under? Read this first.
There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road for an extended trip while exploring your home country. For many people, backpacking around Australia is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, so you should ensure that you get the very most from your trip.
Planning and preparing for your trip correctly will allow you and your travel companions to enjoy more peace of mind when you’re out on the road. Taking the time to plan your adventure in advance will ensure that you are fully prepared for the epic adventure. As the old adage goes ‘fail to prepare; prepare to fail.’ When it comes to planning a backpacking mission around any country, it’s vital that you heed this advice and prepare for your adventure ahead of time.
Let’s take a look at a few key elements you need to consider when you are preparing and planning for your Australian backpacking tour.
Take Out Travel Insurance
If you plan on travelling around Australia it’s wise to take out adequate domestic travel insurance for your trip. No matter where you are travelling, having the right travel insurance will allow you to enjoy more peace of mind, knowing you have somewhere to turn should things go wrong beyond your control.
Plan Your Finances
Before you can start to plan your trip, you will need to determine a budget. How much you have to spend will dictate where you can go, what activities you do, the accommodation you stay in, transport you take, the food you eat and virtually every other aspect of your trip. Be sure to allow some extra money for emergencies when you are creating your budget and also take some time to consider how you will access your money when you’re on the road. With a solid financial plan in place, you can start planning out the details of your journey with confidence.
Determine Your Must-Do’s
Exploring Australiacan take time. Spend some time researching the different places that you want to visit and prioritise those destinations that are non-negotiable in your itinerary. With a solid list of places in mind that you must see, you can be more flexible with your time in the event that you end up spending too long in one place, you miss a flight, or you get sick. Agree on this list with your travel companions to ensure that everyone is on the same page from the very beginning.
Put A Plan In Place
Once you know how much you have to spend and where you want to go, you can start to put a plan in place. If there are seasonal events, festivals or cultural events that you want to include on your trip, then you will need to time your journey around these events. Be sure to allow for some flexibility so that you can visit new places that you hear about from other backpackers when you’re travelling. Being able to adapt and change your schedule will allow you to explore more destinations and have more unique experiences.
Set A Date And Book Your Ticket
Setting a date for your departure will give you a goal to start working towards with your savings for the trip. Meet regularly with your travel-mates to discuss your trip and organise the details of where you want to go, what you want to do and what gear you are going to need. Start buying any clothing, equipment and other gear that you are going to need ahead of time so that you can spread out the cost, instead of parting with a large chunk of your savings just before departure. With your departure date set and your ticket bought, you can get on with planning and preparing for the trip of a lifetime.
Prepare In Advance To Ensure A Successful Backpacking Adventure
Preparing in advance will ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible and that you have everything you need to deal with any unexpected events along the way. Plus, working as a team to plan out your adventure is a fantastic way to bond and ensure that your trip is as good as it can be for everyone involved. So, whether you’re going on your own or with your friends & family, good luck!