The allure of backpacking is that it turns travelling into an adventure and can be done on a reasonable budget. When most people think of backpacking they associate it with travelling around the globe to trek through Vietnam or up the coast of Australia. However if travelling abroad to sone places from Britain seems a bit too expensive then you can see somewhere closer to home.

Summer is here and now is the perfect time to explore Great Britain. With travelling abroad becoming more expensive we look at travelling around the UK with nothing more than a backpack and a desire to see new places and meet new people.

The best way to move around Britain is to stay in hostels. Not only are they cheaper than hotels but they are also a great way to meet new people, and potential travel partners. On website Cool Places it has a list of the best budget hostels in the UK. While most hotels are all very similar, the great thing about staying in a hostel is that the buildings are often very different. One week you could be staying in a manor house the next sleeping on a campsite in a tipi.

Most travellers to the UK want to see London. While being a great city it is also an expensive place to stay. Don’t worry though because most of the iconic sights are free to see. On their website, Startbackpacking.com they have a list of the best free sites in London that can be a great starting point for any backpacker.

Aside from finding a place to stay getting around is the most important thing for travelling backpackers. The UK has numerous ways to travel around whether you are a local or from abroad. Getting from city to city is relatively easy as the UK has an extensive rail network and bus service.

Another way to move around is to fly domestic flights around the country. As most airports are located outside the city one of the best ways to access the airport is by road. However, Parking4Less which operates at all the major UK airports warns travellers that although budgets airlines can save you money, it’s important to always read the small print. On their blog, they published an article entitled ‘Beware of Cheap Flights Extra Costs’, which details all the many pitfalls budget flyers often fall victim of including extra taxations, infant charges, EU levy and credit cards fees. In short, don’t assume that there won’t be add-ons when you purchase a budget ticket – always read the small print.

Once you’ve arrived at your accommodation, it’s time to enjoy yourself. Backpacking isn’t like normal travelling where everything is convenient to your needs. A backpacker looks at their travels as a challenge. It’s about expanding your horizons.

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Disclaimer – This post was contributed by Pauline Lea.  I agree with the views and website recommendations that it represents and I would never publish something on my site that I didn’t agree with.

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