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The WORST mistakes to make when planning a holiday!

Are you in the throes of planning your holiday? Struggling to decide whether you’ve planned for everything so that it can all run smoothly? Don’t worry we are all the same! We all want to make sure we’ve got the best flight prices, the best accommodation prices and the correct budget. BUT. There are some things we tend to forget to consider when planning a holiday! Not sure what they are? Luckily for you, we have written a blog on the worst mistakes to make when planning a holiday!

#1 Packing too late

We all know someone who leaves everything to the last minute but this shouldn’t apply to this case.

Some might think that ‘oh if I pack last minute I will only take what I need’

Well… The truth is, it’s actually one of the worst mistakes to make when planning a holiday and the opposite actually happens!

When you’re in a panic you’ll naturally want to take everything you can and convince yourself by saying ‘just in case’

Be wise and pack at least a week before to ensure you don’t overpack! Check out our blog on backpacking tips for some nifty tricks when it comes to travelling!

#2 Not booking your accommodation direct!

When you book via an online travel agency you are paying more than it would cost to book directly with the accommodation’s website!

You can also get a lot of benefits when you book direct. If you want something for a special occasion or any extras to your booking, you can arrange this easier when you book direct!

Speaking of which, we’ve got great accommodation across Europe. Check them out!

#3 Checking your passport too late!

A classic! If this hasn’t happened to you, you surely know someone it’s happened to!

Because passports last so long we tend to forget about when they expire. So before you even start planning for a holiday, check your passport to make sure it will still be valid!

#4 Not doing enough research!

This goes without saying if you don’t do your research on your holiday you will find it difficult!

Wherever you want to travel to it is important to know what to expect and have some local knowledge for when you arrive.

We live in the 21st century. The internet is filled with billions upon billions of links on google that will give you tonnes of information.

You can read travel blogs to get an account for personal experience or read some trip advisor reviews to see what there is to do in the location. There are also Youtube videos that will be able to show you visually what you can do!

Be sure to research any rules or important information you need to know before you go. You don’t want to end up on the wrong side of the law by mistake!

#5 Planning too many activities!

Whilst there can be too little planning there can also be too much planning!

We know what it’s like, you’re only on holiday for a few days and want to do as many things as possible.

Whilst that might seem exciting at first it can be very very draining and end up as a mistake on your holiday plans.

Also, unplanned events like delayed flights or cancelled tours can dramatically affect your next plans if you’ve planned something for every hour of every day.

Remember it is far better to do a few things with a relaxed mind rather than a lot of things in a rush.

#6 Spending all your time in transit

Whilst it might be a good idea to visit a lot of places at once again this can be exhausting.

You’ll find yourself on the move and in transit for most of your trip rather than relaxing and taking in the city that you are in!

You might be saying oh it’s only a couple hours here and there. Well, add all those couple hours and you actually end up with a full day of travelling! That’s a whole day of holiday wasted.

#7 Setting expectations too high

It’s natural to expect the best but is probably one of the biggest mistakes to make when planning a holiday.

We are all human and all think that our holiday is going to be amazing. But the biggest mistake is to set your expectations too high!

This will only lead to disappointment when something doesn’t go your way. Notice we said when and not if.

Something will always not go your way and that will probably ruin your holiday if you set high expectations.

#8 Not reading reviews!

You can’t get any better information than from other travellers! Read reviews on everything even the activities you want to do in the destination!

The reason we say this is that you can gain a better understanding of the experience before going and prepare for anything that you might not have known!

#9 Booking flights last minute!

Doing this is a risky game and sometimes it might not pay off.

Sometimes while it might actually be cheaper, the prices usually increase as the departure date draws near.

We recommend booking at least 3 weeks before you want to travel to get the best deals!

 

 

 

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The Best Instagram Spots in London

While it might not be famous for its great weather, London certainly is famous for its Instagram spots. Almost every corner you turn there is something worth taking a photo of!

Now London is a huge city and it can be pretty difficult to decide which places to priorities. Luckily for you, we have created a list of the Best Instagram Spots in London

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WHY SHOULD I SIGN UP?

  1. This code gives you the lowest rate found anywhere online.
  2. You’ll be happy to know you can use this offer MORE THAN ONCE. So don’t worry about saving this for that special trip. You can use the code to visit all of our locations. If you manage to do just that we want to hear from you.

 

WHERE CAN I BOOK?

Available to book at any of our locations!

Brussels – Vienna – London – Edinburgh – York – Glasgow – Madrid – Barcelona – Lisbon – Prague – Berlin – Pisa

 

HOW DO I GET THE CODE?

  1. Simply sign up to our membership!
  2. After signing up you’ll get a code sent to your email!
  3. Head over to our Book Now Page
  4. Select your dates
  5. Enter the unique code and click apply
  6. YOU CAN USE THIS CODE MORE THAN ONCE!

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Standard terms & conditions apply
  • Bookings available for any day of the week
  • Applies to new bookings only, existing booking cannot be amended 
  • Subject to availability at time of booking and not applicable in combination with other promotional offers
  • Safestay reserves the right to withdraw this offer
  • Offer does not apply to bookings made via the Groups reservations team

 

 

 

London’s best street food trucks

In modern times, food trucks have become very popular in London’s streets mainly because of the variety of cuisines on offer as well as high-quality dishes that are served. The other benefit comes from not having to spend a fortune to grab some delicious and tasty food. These food trucks usually set up all together in an area so you would have a wide selection to choose from! So don’t worry if you and your friends all fancy something different.

One thing for sure is that there is a wide variety of food trucks in London which makes it hard to try them all. So we’ve compiled a list of London’s best street food trucks right here! We’ve also featured a few delicious vegan food trucks.

#1 Biff’s Jack Shack

Vegan specialists Biff’s Jack Shack allow you to enjoy burgers without the meat. Their goal is simple, to produce the world’s filthiest, most indulgent vegan junk food out of one of the world’s weirdest fruit – jackfruit. You’ll be able to get messy with plant-based street food that also includes the likes of vegan “bacon jam” and “blue cheese” sauce.

Where to find them?
At Boxpark Shoreditch and the Eat 17 stores in Walthamstow and Homerton. They also appear at festivals throughout the year
Look at how delicious it looks

#2 Jake’s Vegan Steaks

Jake’s Vegan Steak have brought you a steak without the beef. They have incorporated seitan to give you the best tasting vegan steaks. Out of all their dishes, the signature Philly ‘cheezesteak’ (£8.50) is by far the best and features shredded BBQ seitan, smoky caramelised onions, roasted peppers, sriracha ‘mayo’ and sweet mustard on a toasted brioche roll

Where to find them?
House of Vegan E1, Broadway Market, Victoria Park Market

#3 Waffle On

Before you get ahead of yourself, this isn’t just for those who have a sweet tooth. Get stuck into one of Waffle On’s delicious handmade waffles. They have a wide range of delicious waffles ranging from sweet classics such as chocolate, strawberries & cream to savoury delights such as bacon & egg and fried chicken!

Where to find them?
Broadway Market on Saturdays
Maltby Street Market on Saturdays and Sundays.

 #4. Savage Salads

We know you’re probably thinking of skipping this one because you’re probably thinking, “Salads? I don’t want a salad”
Trust us when you see how good these salads look and taste you’ll want one every day.

Using hearty ingredients, Savage Salads sell lunchboxes that are full of food to make your mouth water. The queue is usually long but it is worth the effort. It is nothing lke the salad bars you get in supermarkets this is the real deal!
Be sure to try the Marinated chicken breast, halloumi and a choice of salads (£7.00)

Where to find them?
Berwick Street Market, Flat Iron Square, Strutton Ground Market, Elephant West (White City)

#5 Only Jerkin’

The best chicken in the world, and we’re not even ‘jerkin’. Yep, we couldn’t resist that pun!

They are most famous for the chicken strips, but these aren’t any normal chicken strips, these are triple-dipped in cream-soda batter to give it a unique and amazing flavour. They’ve also got great dips and sides to go with them. Their homemade jerk ketchup, jerk gravy and jerk fries topped with chilli and mango aïoli will leave you amazed with all the flavours.

Where to find them?
Kerb Camden, Kerb King’s Cross, Street Food Union

#6 Oh My Dog

These are hot dogs like you’ve never had before. The American street food staple has been given a gourmet twist. Enjoy homemade ketchup and sauces (hi, slow-roasted cherry tomato and vodka relish), handmade demo-brioche buns and prime, heritage-breed frankfurters. We bet your mouth is watering already.
Where to find them?
KERB Camden Market, Unit 12, Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF

Debunking the Most Common Hostel Myths

However, you’d be surprised that there are many misconceptions about hostels which often result in people having a negative view towards them.

So we’ve done research and gathered the most common hostel myths so that we can de’bunk’ them! (PUN INTENDED)

Myth #1: Hostels are basic

COMPLETELY FALSE

If there’s one thing for sure, hostels are full of entertainment! Hostels aim to give you that travel experience from the moment you enter their doors.

We’ve got great facilities and travel experts working at our hostels so they’ll have the best advice to give on what to do in the area. After all, what’s not to love about Europe! We work with tour guides to help give you the ultimate experience of the city. They’ll take you to all the best places around.

In our hostels, we’ve also got great bars and events going on! From welcome meetings & cooking classes to beer pong & pub crawls there is something for everyone!

And we’re not in the dark ages, we’ve got TV, computers and kitchens for whatever you need.

Myth #2: Hostels are in non-central locations

False

The hostels you see in films aren’t really hostels. In reality, hostels are probably only ever spotted in central locations with easy access to all the major attractions. You could literally walk out the doorstep and be able to get to any touristic place in minutes.

We are only located in the major cities in Europe with our hostels carefully chosen to give all our guests the best stay! No one wants to have to travel 30 minutes to get to the main areas.

Myth #3: Hostels are for only young people

False

Since when did travelling have an age limit? Anyone of any age can travel and anyone of any age can stay in a hostel.

You might think that a hostel is full of people causing havoc but in reality, it’s a place where you are able to meet like-minded travellers and exchange stories.

The best part is that most of the times these meetings lead to long-lasting friendships even after the adventure is over!

Myth #4: Hostels only have bunk beds

FALSE

If you’re not keen on bunk beds not to worry. Many hostels have both dorm rooms and private rooms for you to choose from. Whilst travelling is about meeting new people and being social it is understandable that at times you need privacy.

Here at Safestay, we have both private rooms, small dorms and large dorms. A wide selection to suit your needs!

 

Fun Things you didn’t know about York (#5 will amaze you!)

York is the perfect halfway stop between London and Edinburgh.

A walled city steeped in history, most popularly known for its stunning architecture such the city bars and towering Minster which dominates the skyline.

From Vikings and Ghost’s to chocolate crafting and Horse Racing, York’s significant ‘uniqueness’ will certainly appeal to a wide variety of people who visit.

York reigns as one of the most haunted cities in Europe and boasts a plethora of ghoulish tours and other quirky secrets waiting to be explored.

Some in the guidebooks and other from local knowledge…

So let’s begin,

Here are some fun things you didn’t know about York

1. Take part in the York selfie trail

Grab your phone and take part in the York selfie trail, the lovely folks over at the official Visit York website have carefully cherry-picked some of the most beautiful landmarks and locations scattered around the city, from there you can also download the interactive map which will guide you. Not only is these spots totally Insta worthy but a perfect opportunity to explore and learn more about this fascinating city.
You can learn more here: https://www.visityork.org/explore/selfie
Alternatively, you could set up your own trail to share with friends to truly create a unique experience.

2. Get spooked on a nightly Ghost hunt

Did you know that in 2002 the city of York was claimed to be one of the most haunted cities in Britain according to the Ghost Research Foundation? So spooky in fact, that the popular television shows ‘Most Haunted’ even broadcasted their live ghost investigation at York, Knavesmire in 2003.
Nowadays there are as many ghost tours as there are actually ghosts in the city, so you will never fall short of choosing one to take part in, some popular tours include, The Original Ghost Walk of York, The Bloody Tour of York and the York Terror Trail, all of which gather each night for a guided spooky wander around the city.

3. Wander back in time

The Shambles, an idyllic narrow street lined with cobblestones and overhanging Tudor builds is not only one of the most beautifully preserved medieval streets but also believed to be some of the oldest streets in the UK too. Dating as far back as the fourteenth and fifteenth century.
Today the Shambles is most popularly known and recognised for the inspiration of Diagon alley in J.K Rowling’s Novels, Harry Potter. You can’t help but feel transported back in time whilst exploring this gem. Be sure to check out the local independent shops scattered throughout the street.

4. Immerse yourself in a piece of Roman History

That Constantine the Great was the only ever emperor to have been crowned in the Roman city of York? (Formerly known as Eboracum) In fact, the only Roman emperor to have been crowned outside of Rome, you can find the bronze statue of Constantine situated next to York Minster.

5. Remember, remember the 5th of November

Did you know that the infamous Guy Fawkes, who plotted to blow up and destroy the Houses of Parliament in London, was actually born on Stonegate, York? The building itself can still be visited just a stone throw away from York Minster and now serves as a pub, The Guy Fawkes Inn. Be sure to look for the plaques attached outside and enjoy a pint whilst learning more about this story.

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6. Lightning Strikes

Back in 1984, there was a powerful lightning bolt which struck York Minster, which caused horrendous damage to both the rooftop and South Rose Window. Four years and £2 million later the repair and restoration were finally completed.
The scaffolding you see around the Minster today is there for the protection of the building. It is still undergoing ongoing restoration, however, don’t fret, this will not affect your photos.

7. Find the smallest street with the longest name

Whip-ma-Whop-ma-Gate. The smallest street in York with the longest name, the street itself only stretches just a few meters long. It is said to be the smallest street in Britain, located at the corner of Colliergate and pavement, just try not to miss it.

8. Learn more about the significance behind ‘The Heart of Yorkshire’

Just like the bridge of Sighs in Venice, apparently kissing your beloved significant other beneath York Minsters western window supposedly means that you will remain together forever. Just be sure to look up the meaning of the ‘Heart of Yorkshire’ beautifully crafted within the stained glass of the window before rushing off for a smooch.

9. Admire one of the largest Cathedrals in Europe

York Minster was completed in 1472 is the second largest Gothic Cathedral in Europe. The city itself according to York Press attracts over 6.9 million visitors each year, yet is still so underrated compared to other popular cities such as London and Edinburgh.

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Written by:

Sara | Girl About Europe

Sara is a York-based travel blogger on a mission to see the world but more importantly to see it differently. You can find all her amazing articles on her blog Girl About Europe

 

How to make friends when solo travelling!

Solo travelling can be exciting and scary at the same time. The aspect of going to a new place and escaping your current environment will fill you with positive vibes but the aspect of meeting new people can be daunting especially if you don’t know where to start.  You know that if you don’t engage with other travellers you’ll miss out on countless fun activities and adventures. Luckily for you, after researching and using some of our natural expertise, we have comprised a list telling you how to make friends when solo travelling

 

#1 Stay in a Hostel

This one seems like a no brainer and definitely an important tip for making friends when solo travelling!

Hostels are designed to maximise your chances of meeting new people!

Getting a bed in a hostel dorm room will allow you to meet a number of other travellers, some of which might also be solo travelling.

You’ll easily be able to start a conversation as you will all be living in the same area as you. You’ll find that in a matter of a few hours all of you will feel like you’ve been friends forever!

We’ve got some of the best hostel dorms across Europe’s major cities such as London, Barcelona, Madrid, Edinburgh, Prague & Lisbon!

#2 Check out Hostel Bars!

Many hostels come with their own bars that serve great drinks and play great music!

 

#3 Attend Hostel & City Events

Hostels are also known for hosting a variety of events such as music nights, cooking classes and pub crawls!

 

You’ll meet so many people from the hostel at these events create the perfect social atmosphere.

 

External companies also host their own events which bring a variety of people across the city together.

 

We recommend taking part in both hostel events and external events to maximise your chance of meeting people across the city!

 

#4 Take advantage of long journeys

When you’re backpacking, you will 100% take a coach at one point during the trip.

This is the perfect place to get a conversation going and help pass the time. You’ll all be venturing to the same destination so there will be lots to talk about.

 

You can discuss what you’re planning on doing and exchange ideas. You may even decide on something you can all do together!

 

#5 Learn the ‘Lingo’

 

Even though you might just get away with using English when you’re travelling it is far better to learn some basic local sentences to make it that bit easier.

 

It will allow you to connect with people who don’t know much English.

 

#6 Get an app that lets you meet other travellers.

 

Technology really is an amazing thing. Nowadays, with a simple few quick messages, you can organise plans with your friends and when you’re travelling it’s exactly the same concept.

 

There are loads of apps out there that let you meet up with other travellers! We’ll show you our favourite 2!

A) Tourlina

Tourlina is a Women only travel app that lets women meet up with other female travellers.

If you’re looking for a reliable app you can rest assured as Tourlina’s team checks every single new user and only those that are verified can chat to other people.

How does it work?

First, you enter your trip and the dates you are travelling. You will then find and be able to match with different travel companions with mutual interests, destination and travel time. You select a travel companion simply by easily swiping left or right. From there you can chat and plan your trip together once you and your travel companions are matching

B) Backpackr.org

Backpackr is a great way to meet nearby travellers. There are many aspects to the app. You can browse through numerous travellers profiles find likeminded people to meet up. You can instantly message and organise activities together.

There is also a ‘nearby’ section which allows you to see everything going on in your area. You can find some great events that you didn’t know was happening. This leads us on to our next point.

 

#7 Be Flexible

No, we aren’t talking about the stretching type of flexible.

 

We are saying to not have everything planned to a strict regime. The best part about travelling solo is being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want.

 

When you meet other travellers you’ll want to make sure you’re flexible to ensure that any plans you guys make you can commit to!

 

There you have it. Our best tips on how to make friends when solo travelling! Have we missed any? Let us know via Instagram!

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WHAT’S THE OFFER

 

Sometimes plans can change and you might find yourself needing a bed urgently for the night. Whether your flight has been delayed at the last minute or you’ve grabbed yourself some cheap airline ticket this offer can help you get your travel plans sorted quickly! The Last Minute Deal applies to our last available rooms, that are still available for your stay dates. It applies across all Safestay hostels from London to Lisbon, Barcelona to Brussels. Search today and book before it’s too late!

 

WHAT YOU GET

 

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When you book to stay up to 3 days in advance.
No limit on how long you can stay. This discount is applied for the whole stay. Stay 1 night, 2 nights, 3 nights you choose. Just book to check-in up to 3 days in advance!

 

 

WHEN CAN YOU STAY?

 

You can benefit from this last minute deal when you book & stay up to 3 days in advance.

For example, if you book on the 30th of May, you will get 40% OFF if you stay from the 30th May, 31st of May or 1st June

 

HOW TO GET THIS OFFER?

 

  1. NO CODE IS NEEDED – It is automatically applied!
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  3. Book by the 30th November

You will see the discount applied to our Non-Refundable rate ⬇️

 

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Groups get €50/£50 back

Got your group ready for the big trip? Then your drinks are on us!

Imagine yourself on the way to the hostel, knowing there are ice cold beers and hot pizza waiting for you when you arrive, as soon as you drop your bags…sounds good right?

When you make a group booking for 8 or more people using the code below, we’re going to make sure that’s exactly what happens!

Beers and pizza aren’t the only things on the menu.

Heading to Edinburgh? Then you have to check out Bar 50. Our student bar hosts everything from live DJs to Comedy and it’s the best place to hang out off the Royal Mile.

Or maybe you prefer rooftop lounging on a sunny terrace in Spain? Whether it’s Madrid or Barcelona there’s Sangria and tapas on offer to get the trip off to the right start.

How it works

  1. Head over to our Book Page

  2. Copy code: 50F&BCREDIT

  3. Select your hostel and dates

  4. Enter code and hit apply

  5. Book for 8 or more people

  6. Once your booking is confirmed, the General Manager will reach out to prearrange your visit to the bar and prepare your food for your arrival

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  • All persons staying as a group must be booked at the same time, and in the same booking transaction
  • All bookings are non-refundable, unless cancelled by management
  • We reserve the right to withdraw the offer 
  • New group bookings only
  • Cannot be used by groups which have people under the age of 18
  • Food & Beverage credit must be used in a single transaction, credit cannot be carried forward
  • Redemption of the credit must be prearranged with the hostel general manager, 24 hours before check-in
  • If staying at Safestay Barcelona Sea or Gothic your credit will be redeemable at Safestay Barcelona Passeig de Gracia

 

The Ultimate Travel Tips for Backpackers!

The worst part of any backpacking adventure is the packing. Do you feel like you don’t know where to even start and not sure whether you are taking too much or too little or even the right things? Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of the Ultimate Travel Tips for Backpackers!

 

Let’s start off with the most important tip

#1 Download Offline Maps as soon as you get WiFi

 

You don’t want to get lost when you’re in another country so make sure you have all the necessary resources. We’ve got a few tips:

 

– As soon as you get any source of Wi-Fi head over to Google Maps so that it can download the maps.

This will then be stored on your phone even when you don’t have internet.

 

– Download What3Words.

This is a revolutionary app that helps make talking about your location simple!

What3Words divides the whole word into separate 3mx3m squares and assigns each of these squares a 3-word code.

So if you ever get lost or separated from your friends you can exactly pinpoint where you are (or where your friends are) using the 3-word code.

 

– Another tip is to recognise landmarks when you’re walking. The simplest thing to do is to keep an eye out for things.

Anything that stands out that is near where you are staying will make it easier to recognise where you are.

Also, locals are more likely to recognise popular landmarks and give you directions to them rather than places they’ve never heard of.

#2 Don’t pack your whole wardrobe

Whilst it might be nice to have a wide range of your favourite clothes with you so you can have a choice of what to wear, it’s not smart to bring loads of clothes when you backpack. That’s why it has made our list of the Ultimate Travel Tips for Backpackers.

 

You will get very annoyed if you have to drag all of these clothes with you everywhere you go so here are a few tips on how to choose only the essentials

 

It’s also important to pack for the weather so make sure you look at the weather forecast before you travel.

 

You want to make sure you pack clothes that are:

  • Light (try to avoid thick raincoats and go for those thin ones that fold up into the size of a CD)
  • Simple and plain so that they can match with several outfits
  • Suitable for multiple occasions (dinner, parties etc)

Check out this video on how to pack like a pro!

Speaking of clothes this leads us on to our next point!

 

#3 Don’t buy the biggest backpack available

Even though it might seem wise to buy a big bag, this will only lead to you packing more than you need and eventually you’ll have more with you on your backpacking adventure than you do at home.

 

So buy an average size, one that isn’t too small and not too big. A bag around 40-50 litres should be perfect.

 

For more information on the best backpacks click here.

 

#4 Set a Budget!

It’s important to make sure you stick to a budget firstly as it’s good practice for life and secondly so that you don’t end up broke.
However, you don’t need to be stuck onto it as you might encounter spontaneous events whilst your midway through your holiday that you would like to go to.

 

So try to have a budget range that way you can be flexible but also strict at the same time.

 

We also recommend getting a Monzo Card. This is the perfect card for any travellers. You can simply have all your money on this card and use it to pay for stuff without facing the consequences and any International fee charges. You simply pay what the exchange rate is at the time of purchase.

 

#5. Ask Locals for ideas on what to do!

That’s right, no one will know the city better than its own locals.

Yes, whilst you can find lots of cool things to do on the internet, locals will be able to give you an insight into all the hidden gems that don’t exist on the internet.

 

By hidden gems, we mean places that not many people know about.

 

People are usually friendly and will always be happy to help (providing that you ask in a nice way!)

If you’re planning on staying at a hostel be sure to check us out. We have 12 locations all over Europe!

Our team members at our hostels are consist of locals to the area! They will definitely have the best ideas on what to do!

 

#6. Bring some things to keep you entertained

When you’re a backpacker you should expect to be travelling for long hours every day which can get quite boring.

 

So to keep yourself entertained and to help make the journey go quick look to bring some small items with you.

 

A classic is a deck of cards! There are 100’s of games you can play with cards and is always a good way to break the ice if your travelling alone! You can also bring a book or a crossword puzzle book.

 

#7. Take care of your health 

 

Even though you might say you never get sick, when you’re on a backpacking adventure you are likely to get sick if you don’t look after yourself.

 

So make sure to pack all the essential medicines with you so that you have easy access to them whenever you need. Take everything such as painkillers, soothers, plasters & electrolyte tablets.

 

Also, you don’t have to take medicine to stay healthy. Make sure you get a good amount of fruit in your diet when travelling. The natural vitamins will help keep your immune system in check.

 

#8. Research, research & research

Research is key before you make any travel plans. You want to make sure that you’re travelling to a place that you will enjoy and also feel comfortable in.

Make a list of all the things YOU want to do while you’re travelling. Whatever your interest is be sure to match that while you travel.

If you’re stuck on ideas have a look into the common things that other travellers do in that city to spark some interest.

Read up on travel blogs as they often give very good advice! In fact, we’ve got some great travel blogs on our [E]xplorer Blog. Be sure to check it out.

Also whilst it’s good to know about the popular tourist destinations it is also important to research the culture.

Different places have different rules, some that you might not think even exists. You don’t want to unintentionally offend someone so be sure to research this aspect as well.

 

#9. Carry Plastic Bags

You are bound to either have a wet swimming costume or dirty clothes while you travel and it would be wise not to mix these with your fresh and dry clothes.

So carrying bags to separate these is a perfect idea.

You can also use plastic bags to keep your clothes categorised making it even easier to find certain items.

 

#10. See what you can share

This only really applies to people backpacking in groups.

 

You don’t want to each be bringing the same item on your trip. Get in pairs and speak about things you can share. Things such as shampoo and shower gel can be easy things to share which will also save you space in your bag.

 

There are obviously some things that you can’t share but with enough planning, you can save a lot of space!

 

Even if you run out of the things you have shared you can always purchase many branded items in local supermarkets, sometimes even for cheaper than back home!

 

There you have it, our list of the Ultimate Travel Tips for Backpackers is complete! Hopefully, this has given you a good insight into what you can do to make your backpack trip a lot easier.

 

Have we missed any? Have you got another tip? Be sure to let us know via Instagram!

 

 

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