Whether it’s soaking up the glory of the Colosseum in Rome or taking one of the many soft lit river cruises through the vibrant and colourful cities, travelling across the world is many a backpacker’s dream. However, taking into account the vast scale of desired locations and the unknown cost can leave even the most experienced of travellers with a nervous flutter in their chest. As much as slinging a few possessions on your back and leaving for the nearest train can seem the more invigorating option, for a nervous traveller this may not be the most feasible. Here are some tips on how to make the whole experience a little less daunting and a little more exciting.
Plan Your Route
Whether you are flying, inter-railing or coaching from country to country it’s more cost-effective and wise to know where you’re heading. If you want to hit seven countries, you will want to know which is closest and farthest from your return destination. You can either fly to the furthest and work your way back, or you work your way out and fly back. Either way, you don’t want to be zigzagging all the way across the map. Once you have the desired route, you can book and plan all your connecting travel, so you are working to a timetable. This will ensure you are able to achieve all the activities and destinations you have planned in your given travel time period and mean you do not have to budget for travel while away and can, therefore, carry a lot less money on your person.
Book In Advance
In each destination there will be activities you want to do, landmarks you want to see and excursions you’d like to go on. Also, whether you are braving the winter vacation, or craving the sun, you will need somewhere to stay at night. As much as you will need to budget for the entire trip before you start booking and planning, booking in advance helps to cut down the “on the trip” budgeting as most things will be pre-payed for. Often, if you pre-book activities and hotels it actually tends to be cheaper rather than when paying on the day – which means more money for food and essentials.
Budget Daily For Food And Water In Specific Currency
Depending on where you choose to travel, you may find you encounter different currencies across your trip. This means things may be cheaper or more expensive from country to country depending on the exchange rate. Budgeting daily for food and water considering the exchange rate will help your budget to be more realistic and accurate. There are three main things you do not what to be without when travelling: water, food and shelter, so make sure you take budgeting and booking hostels or hotels very seriously.
If you are a nervous traveller, making sure you have everything planned for and organised can help to feel a little more relaxed and be in the moment. If you are going travelling be sure to stay safe, and have an amazing time.