Choosing a type of transport and how to go about the entire idea can present a challenge to even the most adventurous among us. We are going to break down how to travel, the upsides and downsides of each method and what you may expect on your journey.
Backpacking is the definition of cheap traveling. It consists of you bringing your clothes, food and water, a map, a phone and some money, and going day-to-day between cities and countries, trying to get to know this new land.
On the plus side, you are not tied down by another person’s itinerary. You can go wherever you want and see whatever you want. How much you spend on food and lodging is up to you, so, if you play your cards right, you can see a good chunk of the world before your funds run out. Backpackers sometimes get temp jobs, and stay in certain places for a few weeks.
On the other hand, your budget is pretty limited. You can stay at a hostel, and that’s about it, unless you want to come back home within a week at the most. You are also without support when it comes to scams, health insurance and affordable and legitimate transport. It’s not only an adventure, it’s roughing it.
Most people go to a travel agent when they want to visit a special part of the world, or enjoy a family vacation. The agency takes care of a number of issues, whereas you only have to show up.
On the plus side, you will not get a headache from trying to find a good way to transport yourself to your destination. You will also not spend a ridiculous amount of time dodging tourist traps in the hopes of finding something you can afford. The agency takes care of everything, from the list of documents you might need, through transportation, all the way to lodging.
On the other hand, you can only go to your destination on certain dates. Cutting your vacation short can mean additional expenses, as the buses are designed to carry 20-50 people, and it is not certain whether the agency would be willing to accommodate your decision or emergency. Also, if you have a package deal, your trip is pretty much decided to the minute, so there is little to no free time whilst exploring.
If your destination is a popular one, and you have been there before, you are more than welcome to pack your bags, jump into your car (or bus, or plane) and just go somewhere with your friends or family.
On the plus side, no plans. You are in complete control of your vacation, similar to backpacking. You may come across cheap vacancy and food, and you don’t have to worry about the date you have to leave – it is entirely up to you.
On the other hand, you may end up in a motel or residence that is not the best or most affordable. Be careful.