It’s not always easy planning the perfect travel route.
You know you want to go away and see a whole lot of awesome stuff, but you just don’t know where to go first last and in between right?
You know there is a list of things you want to see along your travel route and even throughout your journey as you get chatting to fellow backpackers, you hear of other cool things to see and do close by. How do you get to fit it all in though . . . ?
Don’t stress, there is a super simple solution. And no I didn’t intend to use those three words all starting with the letter S, but now that I think about it, it seems catchy I am going to dub it the SSS method, super simple solution.
From many years as a traveller I have noticed this method of re-organising my travel route comes to me subconsciously, I honestly don’t even realize I am doing it most of the time. When something changes along my trip and it deviates the plan, I just work it out instantly without any conscious effort. This is due to constant change on every journey. As a traveller you know what it’s like, your travel route seems to change as often, if not more than you change your undies.
Although to learn from many of my experiences of getting lost, taking the wrong train or bus, walking in the wrong direction and going backwards to go forwards. What you need to do is work out a travel route, one route that will take you from where you want to start to where you want to finish including everything you want to see and do on the way.
The point is to never go backwards. If you can follow just one line from your starting point, to your final destination no matter how far away It may be, you can plan to stop off at all the locations you wish to visit along the way without having to back track.
So to make it simple, create a route that will get you from your beginning destination to the last destination whilst stopping off at all the places you wish to visit along the way.
Some of the places might not be on the way, however link them up the best you can to avoid added costs. The important rule I want to remind you of is, to try not to go backwards, because when you start doing this you are spending time and money you probably can’t afford (if you are a bum like me).
If it is your first trip away it may seem a little stressful, but try not to let it get to you. I used to worry that the trip wouldn’t work out when I first started backpacking. But once I realized I couldn’t control the journey, letting it go was the best thing I ever did.
That’s not to say I don’t have an overall plan, which you should too. Although allowing for things to change will help you have a much more enjoyable trip.
I found it’s almost certain nothing will go according to plan, so I say bring on the changes, embrace them and have an awesome time backpacking whichever travel route you choose. And if you are still unsure of how to choose where to travel, this post should help.