When it comes to backpacking, a major component of this type of adventure is the ability to keep doing it for long periods of time. Unlike a typical vacation in which the trip lasts only a few days, or maybe a week if you are lucky, backpacking can last for multiple months, and even indefinitely in some cases. But the only way that this long-term type of adventure can work is if there is enough money to prolong it for as long as possible. Although many people tend to think that backpacking trips always can last an eternity, that is not always the case, and in fact there are specific ways to ensure that any backpacking trip has the funds to last for many months at a time.
The first step is to select your destination wisely. Although all backpacking destinations have their own unique charm and beauty, the cost of living can vary greatly by location, and this will directly dictate how far your money goes. Most European countries for example have a relatively high cost of living, meaning that if you want to go to somewhere like Barcelona, then you shouldn’t expect the trip to last many months (unless you are extremely wealthy). The best places to go are places in South America (like Belize!) or even better are places in Asia. In these countries that are typically less developed and modernized, most people can stay there for at least a few weeks at the bare minimum.
Another way to help you effectively save money is to make friends wherever you are backpacking. In particularly, make friends with the local people. Although this is not always the case, many people you meet on your travels are very friendly, and some will actually provide meals to you, or even give you a place to stay for a few days or longer. Some of this is due to the fact that they want to interact and learn more from Americans who they don’t typically interact with, but in any case, it is definitely something you want to take advantage of to help you save your money for other purchases down the line.
Now for people who are planning to take a very extended stay in their new home, if not stay indefinitely, a great way to stretch your funds further is to just take up a job while you are there. You might be balking at the idea that you are “working” on your vacation, but instead think of it as a way to really integrate yourself into the culture and society in which you are living in. Most jobs that you would partake in are not overly strenuous, making the prospect of working much more palatable.
Part of the fun in backpacking is being able to stay in a new and exciting place for weeks to months at a time, if not longer. Thankfully, outside of typical frugal spending practices, there are plenty of ways to really make your backpacking adventure last a long time. So just follow these words of advice and you can thoroughly enjoy your backpacking adventure for much longer than you originally thought was possible!