When choosing your backpacking destinations, keep these things in mind

When planning for your backpacking adventure, try to focus on a loose plan to help you get the most out of your trip. It is worth researching events like festivals and wet seasons so that you will have some idea of what to expect and where.

Tips to remember:

Seasonal Weather – Many tropical destinations can have months of continuous rain. Making it difficult to get a tan or enjoy any diving if you visit during the wet seasons, although accommodation prices will be rock bottom and there will be fewer tourists. Most backpackers plan their travels around the wet seasons.

Budget – You will get way more for your money in developing regions like Southeast Asia or South America as opposed to Australia, North America or Western Europe.

Timing – Other than weather considerations, you may want to plan your travel around events like festivals and crowded tourists seasons. It would be a shame to arrive in a country, just missing a historic festival by days, but still paying the high prices imposed because of the visitors that were drawn to the festival.

Political climate – The mainstream news media seems to play up the dangers of travelling abroad, but in reality there are very few places that are too dangerous to travel provided you use common sense and take the necessary precautions. Check out the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website for advice before you travel.

Language – Don’t let the local language be a deterrent to visiting somewhere. English, is spoken almost everywhere that there are tourists. To earn a few brownie points with the locals, learn a few common phrases to communicate with locals.

Don’t forget your backpackers travel insurance!
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*Premium £13.52 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an individual aged under 36 taking out a Standard Backpacker 24/7 travel insurance policy for 2 months in Europe. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (February 2010) and are subject to change.