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Eight Expensive Mistakes to Avoid When Backpacking


A trip wouldn’t be worth much if you couldn’t enjoy the odd night out, excursion or meal in a fancy restaurant. These are all examples of things that are well worth paying for when you’re on the road. Unfortunately however, most backpackers blow quite a bit of their budget on other, far less satisfying purchases. Here are eight examples of things that you really shouldn’t be spending your money on when travelling (Photo from www.boiseoutdoor.com).

Blind Roaming

If you want to use your smart phone on the road, always talk to your provider first. Accessing the internet abroad needn’t be expensive but it generally requires that you purchase a particular roaming package before you leave. The combination of mobile internet, a bill pay contract and travel have lead to some pretty crazy four figure bills for many unlucky travellers.

Excess Baggage

Carrying too much stuff is not only bad for your back, it’s bad for your wallet. Most airlines will allow you to take a single piece of luggage free of charge but any more than that and you are looking at some pretty hefty fees. The same applies to travellers whose luggage is a little on the heavy side. Always weigh your bag before you go.

No Reservations

Arriving in a new city without a hotel or hostel reservation is never a good idea. Not only will you end up walking around in circles looking for a bed, you can actually expect to pay more for the privilege. Most hostels and hotels charge one price online and another price for walk ins. As you can probably guess, walk ins tend to pay significantly more.

Taking Taxis

Taxis and tourism rarely make a wise combination. If you don’t speak the local language and you don’t have a clear idea of where you are going, always take the bus. Hop into a taxi under these circumstances and you are just begging to be overcharged. If you must take a taxi abroad, always agree on a price before hand. A map is also very much recommended.

Last Minute Flights

Flexible itineraries are all well and good but if you want to travel by plane, advanced bookings are very much required. As budget airlines become more and more popular throughout the world, it’s possible to get from A to B for less than ever before. Unfortunately however, such fares are only available to those who book a month in advance.

Lost Passport

Most backpackers know not to carry large sums of money around with them but many will happily keep their passport in their back pocket. Make no mistake, losing your passport abroad can be incredibly expensive. Not only can you say goodbye to the rest of your itinerary, you can also expect to pay a hefty price for a last minute flight home.

Tourist Scams

Never underestimate just how imaginative some people can be when it comes to parting tourists with their cash. The easiest way to defend against such people is to read up on the local scams before you fly somewhere. In many Eastern European cities, pretty women ask single guys if they would like to go for a drink. Fail to do your research and you’re likely to be unaware of the fact that those drinks tend to cost fifty euros a pop.

Uninsured Hospital Visits

Finally, there is the most expensive mistake of all, uninsured hospital visits. A tummy bug in India mightn’t cost a fortune but a broken arm in America could easily lead to bankruptcy. Nobody heads off on a long trip expecting to need medical assistance but it happens more than you might think. Travel health insurance isn’t expensive either, never travel without it.

The writer of this article, Barbara Woodberry, is an editor in the www.magazinesubscriptions.com website. The website has a massive collection of magazines from which the readers can choose and subscribe.

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