An adventure on a budget: Travel tips: TravelersToday

At some point in your life, you’ve probably met or at least heard of someone backpacking through a foreign country in an attempt to “find themselves.” Or you must have at least seen it happen in a movie.

Either way, the idea of ​​traveling to find oneself is accurate on one level. As you travel and learn about different cultures, architectures, and other new and exciting things, you may find that you like some things that you might not have been exposed to in your hometown.

While I favor self-discovery and adventure, I have yet to have the privilege of traveling outside of the United States for an extended period of time. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing, but due to financial constraints, school, and my family, the cards never lined up in my favor.

To combat this inability to travel abroad, I backpacked the United States to achieve that same thrill of adventure. As a result, I not only discovered the states with the worst conductors, I also learned more about my personality, likes and dislikes.

I’m sure there are other people who haven’t backpacked through a foreign country yet due to financial constraints. So instead of driving three hours to play beach games with your family on your routine annual trip, try backpacking the states.

While backpacking through a foreign country may not be financially feasible for some, backpacking across states is a financially possible possibility, and it can be just as exciting.

Before you start traveling, plan first

Many people don’t think about how much adventurous backpacking in their own country can be as traveling in another country. There are tons of breathtaking sights and cultures to see and experience in all 50 states, but before you pack your bags and hit the road, you need to get your things in order.

Planning a backpacking trip across the country is not as big as planning a trip around the world, but it is still an important undertaking.

Will your house be waiting for you when you are done traveling?

The first thing to consider on this trip is how much time you plan to spend outdoors. If you’re only away from home for one to three weeks, you don’t need to make any major adjustments. On the other hand, if your backpacking adventure is going to last longer than four weeks, you may need to do more in-depth preparations.

For example, consider storage units if you are renting or renting an apartment and don’t plan to stay in the rental during your trip. If you are coming back to your same home after the trip, you should hire a babysitter or have a close friend or family member come once or twice a week.

If you work full time, you may need to consider whether your employer will allow you to be away from work for that many days. Perhaps your employer will allow you to work remotely during your trip. Most places in the US have wifi or hotspots, so working virtually is a doable option.

(Photo: Backpacking the United States: A Budget Adventure)

How to minimize finances before traveling?

Once you have determined your home living conditions and how you are going to proceed with requesting work time, you should suspend all other bills associated with being in the same location for a period of time.

Decreasing revolving invoices is essential for having financial leeway when traveling across the country. So you can negotiate lower insurance rates, put utility bills on hold, and ask to keep as many accounts as possible until you get home and work regularly.

Where will you visit and when?

Once the logistics of adulthood are worked out, you need to plan the route you are going to take and the states you are going to go through. Of course, the number of states you pass through depends on the length of your trip, but if you’ve already decided on the length of your trip, you should be able to start choosing states.

The best way to decide where to go is to take your tastes and characteristics into consideration, and then research based on those preferences. For example, I love food, music, and warm weather, so one of the places I plan to visit is New Orleans, as those are some of the things they’re known for. I would also plan when I would arrive in this city depending on the season. Personally, I don’t plan to visit during the winter months.

You can choose which cities and states to visit and what time of year you will visit based on your likes and dislikes. You can even plan around the types of foods you like. You have to remember not to be too picky when it comes to planning according to your personal preferences.

Yes, you don’t want to visit a place you know you won’t like, but you also don’t want to limit yourself to discovering new environments, architectures and cultures.

Consider the transportation available in the United States

Backpacking the United States: An Adventure on a Budget

(Photo: Backpacking the United States: A Budget Adventure)

Fortunately, you have plenty of options when it comes to transportation. The United States offers a variety of ways to get around the country:

  • Flying – the simplest form of travel but not as adventurous and more expensive
  • Car – car trips are cheap if you share the expenses with someone else and you are both over 25 (because insurance rates are insanely high for the younger ones)
  • Form – can be expensive depending on promotions and what part of the country you are in
  • Bus – the cheapest route and opens more doors to adventure

Again, your choice of transportation depends on your personality and preferences. If you are looking to experiment as much as possible then I would recommend incorporating all four forms of transportation.

You can fly to part of the country and then drive or take the bus and use the trains to get to places adjacent to where you are now. It is also important to note that you can save money by using all four types of transportation.

You can also decide when to use each option based on your financial situation.

Where to stay while traveling across the country

Unless you have a large amount of money saved or work for a hotel company, the cheapest places to stay are hostels and motels. If you are going to be staying in a place for more than a few days, you can look for Airbnb or higher quality hotels.

Take a chance and stay in hostels

Hostels are more common in cities and international countries, but they are not as common in the United States. This is mainly because these types of hotels are aimed at backpackers and people don’t travel to this country as often.

Hostels are low-budget accommodation shared among travelers, and because you share living spaces with strangers, it’s important to do your research in specific places.

Backpacking the United States: An Adventure on a Budget

(Photo: Backpacking the United States: A Budget Adventure)

Booking a motel room can be easier

Motels are common here in the United States, and you’re more likely to find one in a big city than a hotel. Motels are smaller than hotels and are also aimed at travelers.

Motels are really great if you are traveling in a group as they offer more space and the cost can be shared between all of you.

Enjoy the freedom associated with hiking

You can completely give up any routine or habits that you have created for your normal lifestyle at home. You have the flexibility to do what you want, when you want, while hiking. It involves eating certain foods that you would not eat normally and at different times. Different cities and states are known for a specific type of food or style of cooking, so while you are in this place, you should experience their culinary culture.

The same advice applies to activities and events that are popular in one region rather than others. Take advantage of the differences and similarities and enjoy the spontaneity of going with the flow.

Visit art galleries, museums, cinemas, national parks, canyons, and even theme parks, but most of all, be careful when traveling.

About the Author: Imani Francies writes and researches for the auto insurance comparison site, She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media and specializes in various forms of media marketing.

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