This budget travel planning aid is here to give you a structure, to give you an idea of where and how to start. It will aid you, step by step from start to finish however you don’t have to follow every step. Like I mentioned, the more you travel, the more streamlined your own process of travel planning will get.
This structure from initial research to arriving at my accommodation has been my framework and helped me maintain long term budget backpacking since 2010. As my travel planning and research has become more streamlined, there are times I need to follow the steps and times I can skip most of them but I know this framework has me covered.
The difference between planning itineraries & research
It’s funny, before that first trip back in 2010, like I said I spent months travel planning thinking I had everything covered, only to find out I didn’t. It was only once I was actually traveling I found out how perception changes, things happen, situations and circumstances chance and plans and itineraries well, they can go up in smoke. It was only then I realised the difference in over planning and having itineraries to researching well.
Long term budget backpackers have a golden rule – PLAN LOOSE, RESEARCH THOROUGHLY!
What’s the difference?
The difference is knowing about the things you might want to see, do and experience and having knowledge of your destination to having it planned and booked out.
For example, imagine if you overplan, have things booked and have a packed itinerary, you’re basically ticking off one thing after another without room to maneuver. Before you start traveling you might not think there’s anything wrong with that. However once you start traveling you realise things work differently, you might want to do things differently, circumstances and situations change but with your itinerary those things don’t fit and you either stick to your travel plan or it goes up in smoke.
On the other hand, if you have loose travel plans or none at all but have researched well, you have the flexibility to change your direction, to stay in places longer, to add things you might not have known about before hand. There is more chance of spontaneity and you are more flexible.
TIP: keep your travel plans and itineraries loose, it will help prolong your trip; there is just no need to cram your itinerary if you’re backpacking long term. You will get burn out and run out of money quickly if you do.
With that said let’s dive into your step by step long term budget travel planning aid (< ERROR: the link title is too long!)Your text to link here...