Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tips For Planning Your Backpacking Trip

With the prices of international travelling soaring, people are more likely to choose backpacking for a way of seeing some exotic areas like South America. Furthermore, more people are travelling alone, so they see this method of travel as a way to make friends.

If you have never been backpacking before, then you might not know what you are getting yourself in for. There is nothing to be afraid of but there are some things that you must do before you go, to make sure that you are properly prepared.

If you have friends that have been backpacking before, then you should be able to ask them for some tips and some honest opinions of backpacking as a method of travel. But, if you don't know anyone, then you might feel a bit apprehensive about starting your, sometimes, life changing journey.

If you are planning a backpacking trip and you have no idea where to start, then read on and you will finish this article feeling like you have a sense of accomplishment and knowing exactly where to get started.

The bag

It makes sense that everyone should start with their backpack. Now, you will need a large backpack to keep your clothes and everything else that you might need in. This should be a bag that feels comfortable on your back and you can wear it for long periods of time.

If you buy a bag that feels comfortable in the store, but then doesn't feel good when you get it home and have packed some stuff in it, then keep the receipt and just take it back. Tell the sales assistant that you are looking for something to travel with and they should show you to something more suitable.

Some people think that they only need one bag and then they are set. Wrong. Your main backpack is for travelling from destination to destination. It should be left in the hostel when you are sightseeing. This is where the second bag comes in. You should plan to take a second, smaller backpack, which you can take out with you from day to day. You are not going to want to carry a massive backpack with you when you are walking around and seeing everything that you have planned.


A lot of people make the mistake of not planning out a budget for their day to day spends. Most people, who run out of money towards the end, will have over spent at the beginning of their trip, due to the excitement of being on holiday. Therefore, it is very important to make out a plan for how much you are going to spend on food, drink and general travel expenses.

You can always save money by shopping for groceries and making packed lunches, instead of eating out all the time. Plus, if you do run out of money, you can always find bar work for a few hours a day, to make that little bit extra that you might need.

If you can't find a job, you can ask the hostel if you can work off some of your bill. Being able to do this depends on the hostel. Some hostels will allow this but don't expect this from hostels in big cities.

Take the bus

Don't try and fly everywhere during your travels as this will cost a lot of money. It is a lot cheaper to take the bus and have a rest during the journey. If you have a bit of extra money on the way back, then you can treat yourself to a few flights, but you should be aiming for buses and even trains.

How to Find Cheap Hotels in NYC - 5 Top Recommended

1. Equity Point New York @ Times Square

The Equity Point New York, is set in Manhattan and close to Times Square, 47th - 50th Streets, the Rockefeller Centre Subway Station and Madison Square Gardens are just a 10 minute walk away.

Whilst the residence is a hostel, the Equity Point has a great bar and cafe, clean and tidy rooms and friendly helpful service, not to mention its great and convenient location.

2. Z New York Hotel

Z New York Hotel is situated in Long Island City. This four star hotel is near by the Grand Central Terminal and Queens Bridge Park. The hotel is not far from Roosevelt Island where you can get a cable car across to Manhattan or the hotel itself has a convenient shuttle service that runs hourly into Manhattan.

This boutique styled hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge and night club. Complimentary wireless internet connection is also available. The modern, comfortable rooms at the Z New York have city views and are air-conditioned.

The Z New York hotel, has friendly, helpful service, is very clean and modern, fantastic bar and has amazing views of the Manhattan skyline.

3. Skyline Hotel

The Skyline Hotel is situated in midtown Manhattan, just a couple of blocks away, approximately a 10 - 20 minute walk from Times Square, the Broadway Theatre District and fantastic restaurants and night clubs.

The hotel has newly renovated guest rooms that are spacious and comfortable. Wireless internet connection is available in the hotel. An indoor swimming pool and fitness centre are also available.

This hotel is good value for money, clean and comfortable with very friendly and helpful service. Rooms surprisingly spacious and a good location for exploring Manhattan.

4. Hampton Inn & Suites Staten Island

Hampton Inn & Suites, Staten Island, New York is nestled in a 415-acre wildlife preserve. Here you can find peace and tranquility away from the city yet still be just minutes from downtown Manhattan and Newark Liberty International Airport.

The hotel offers guests comfortable rooms or suites and a free hot breakfast and if you do not have time to sit down for your morning meal, you can always take a breakfast bag out with you. Free tea and coffee are available to guests in the lobby and free hi- speed internet is also available.

The hotel also has a fitness centre and a heated indoor pool. Views can be enjoyed from the outdoor patio area.

The Hampton Inn & Suites have a free shuttle service to and from Newark airport and to the Stanton Island ferry where you can get a free trip over to Manhattan and take in fabulous views of the New York City skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island along the way.

The hotel staff at the Hampton Inn & Suites are very friendly and helpful, the rooms are clean and tidy and the area is peaceful and scenic.

5. Hilton Garden Inn New York Staten Island

The Hilton Garden Inn is situated on Staten Island and is a 25 minute drive to Manhattan and the St. George Ferry Terminal, which is the launching point for the Staten Island Ferry. A complimentary shuttle to and from the airport can be arranged by bookings in advance.

This hotel has a 5 star restaurant featuring both Italian and Continental cuisine and there is a lively cabaret show on Saturday evenings. You can enjoy your brunch to the sound of Jazz on Sundays.

The Hilton Garden Inn also has a Spa Grotto where you can go to unwind with a massage or facial treatment or relax in the Spa tub. There is a 24 hour fitness centre, indoor swimming pool and bowling alley, or you can hire equipment and work out in the privacy of your own room.

The hotel also offers wireless hi-speed internet connection.

The Hilton Garden Inn hotel is in a great location and the rooms are very comfortable and clean with cosy beds. The food in the restaurant is great and the hotel's entertainment is fun and much enjoyed by guests.

Meg Morris is a travel enthusiast and editor for Hotel Bookings which is a website that partners with top hotel services and search engines to bring our customers the best hotel price comparisons.