One of the most important things to consider when planning a family backpacking trip is the cost. Running out of money when you’re thousands of miles away from home and your kids need somewhere safe to sleep is no fun at all.
Try to plan a realistic budget that will leave enough room for emergencies and a few treats. If it adds up to too much, try cutting the cost by shortening your trip or choosing a cheaper destination.
You may have graced some less than salubrious establishments during your previous backpacking days but this might not be as much of an option with the kids in tow. The best way to find good accommodation without breaking the budget is to book in advance. This is especially the case in cities where hostels quickly fill up so get in early and save a bundle.(image courtesy of The Backpack Cape Town ).
The safety of you and your family is a number one priority during your adventures but you don’t have to be deterred from backpacking with the kids because of the risks. Instead, take the necessary precautions to reduce these risks and make your trip both safe and enjoyable.
To avoid any worrying situations, research your destination beforehand and always try to arrive in a new destination during the day so that it’s easier to find your accommodation. Obtaining backpacker travel insurance from Allianz Global Assistance for your family is also a must and will cover you against a number of hazards.
The key to a successful family backpacking trip is organization. Research each destination you plan to visit as well as the accommodation, approximate travel times between locations and anything else that could affect your holiday.
It’s important that you try to leave some room for spontaneity as these are what make a backpacking trip great, but thorough planning should always be the foundation of a family backpacking trip.
While the thought of backpacking with kids may have previously been something you considered unlikely, it is possible to have a great time traveling with your children and a backpacking trip will broaden their horizons, and your own, as you go.
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