Some countries require proof of onward travel. Meaning when entering said countries, you’ll need to show proof that you are leaving it before your visa expires.
Proof of onward travel can be a flight, train, or bus ticket, as long as it is out of the country. The most reliable way to prove onward travel is a flight ticket.
The problem? As a backpacker, you probably prefer to keep your travel dates flexible; chances are you don’t even know where you’ll be heading next.
This can cause you big trouble. Why? Well, many airlines make it a point to ask you for proof of onward travel from the destination you’re heading to.
This is because of the following: depending on your luck, the Customs&Immigration officer of the country you land in might ask you for proof of onward travel – if they do, and you don’t have one, the airline is then responsible for flying you back to the original country you came from.
So, usually, most airlines check for proof of travel at check-in to avoid this headache, and if you don’t have one, you might not be allowed to even board the flight to your destination.
We recommend always checking if you require an outbound flight and getting your official ticket (only for $12) on Onward Ticket.
Since we travel with a bit of gear and typically plan to do activities like skydiving, motorbiking, and diving, having travel insurance is a must for us.
Our travel insurance really depends on where we travel and what we do. While Safetywing is cheaper, HeyMondo covers more destinations and activities. For instance, for Cuba, we had to show valid travel insurance to enter the country.
Always do your research! We know that this isn’t the most entertaining topic but seriously, get insurance. If something goes wrong, you will be incredibly grateful.
Traveling the world also means visiting the most famous sights all over the globe.
From the Colosseum to the Taj Mahal. Some sights are so popular that you’ll have to pre-book them before even landing in the city. This goes for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Colosseum in Rome, and other major sights. Please read this before you go to avoid disappointment.
Omio.com is a website we use to find all official trains and bus schedules around the world.
Flixbus is a bus company connecting mostly European cities and US cities via buses. We wrote a complete review of Flixbus here.
We love travel apps. Here we share our favorite apps for your smartphone. We dedicated a huge article to our 47 best travel apps 2023.
The Hostelworld App is your best friend when it comes to booking hostels on the go. It has some incredibly cool features, like the social feature “Solo System.” You can check who will be in the same hostel and city as you. And once you have booked your accommodation, you can get in touch with your fellow hostel mates to make plans (before you even land in the city). Super cool!
MapsMe is the perfect offline app for your phone. It works without an internet connection.
Thanks to your GPS location, you can find your way wherever in the world you are. As an alternative, you can use Google.Maps directly. It works offline as well, as long as you’ve pre-loaded the area.
Traveling on a budget?
Then get TrailWallet to keep track of your budget. It is so easy to use and gives you a full, up-to-date report. There is a free version that allows you to test it, but we loved it and invested 4.99€ in the full version.
This app is a gold mine!
FourSquare is an underrated app that has been used a lot, but nowadays, fewer people seem aware of it. This is what makes it so awesome.
The best app for editing your photos on the road are Snapseed and Lightroom. Snapseed is easy to use and free to download. You can download Snapseed both for Android and iOs.
Lightroom from Adobe is also free for the phone. I absolutely love their functionalities. It is more powerful than Lightroom, yet you really have to know what you are doing. So, in a nutshell, Snapseed is lighter and easier to handle, and Lightroom is more advanced.
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When it comes to luggage, we recommend getting a backpack.
Yet, not any backpack. A bulky, heavy backpack is not recommended. For traveling light, a backpack must have certain criteria, such as lightness and functionality. The chic factor may also be something to take into account.