How To Backpack America
Those who know how to backpack America can experience adventurous and life changing travels. Journeying through America offers many sight seeing opportunities and a variety of local cultures to immerse yourself into. Traveling does not need to require copious amounts of luggage or expensive plane tickets. Save a few extra dollars, pack up a backpack, and you are ready to go.
- Know where you want to go. Although backpacking through America allows plenty of room for spontaneity and random whims, the most efficient travelers have some idea of where they want to go. Creating a loose schedule for your trip will help every other aspect of preparing for your trip.
- Plan a reasonable budget. Once you've determined how much money you are willing spending to backpack America, you will need to set some realistic budget limitations. Determine how many days you will be gone, how much you will spend on each meal, and how much you can afford for transportation and lodging. Setting aside a generous emergency fund is also a wise decision. You never know what might happen on the road.
- Know what to pack. Fitting all your necessities in a backpack can be a challenge, but thousands have accomplished it and so can you. No more than two or three outfits will be needed. A tightly rolled sleeping bag is crucial. Don't forget a towel, flashlight, water bottle, one set of dishes, an alarm clock, credit cards and cash, and of course, a pen a paper to record your journey.
- Decide how you're going to travel. Some people backpack across America on a bus. Some might purchase a plane ticket. If you are planning on heading from the east coast to the west, a plane ticket might be your best choice. You will also need to consider how you will get around while in each city. Spend an afternoon researching your destinations' public transportation systems.
- Choose where you'll spend the night. The cheapest option when you backpack America is to find relatives and friends who live across the country and won't mind offering their couch for a few nights. Hostels and campgrounds also provide a cheap place to lay your head. When none of these are available, every town has a cheap motel to check in with.