Where to go next

You decide that you have seen everything you want to see and itís time to find your next destination. Like most backpackers, you travel without a preconceived plan or itinerary. The big question is: where do I go next? The good news is that you are now in an environment where you have all the accurate and free information at your disposal. This information is more accurate and relevant than what you would have got at home when you first thought that making a detailed itinerary was actually a good idea.

At this stage of your backpacking tour, being shackled to an itinerary is unthinkable. It becomes a burden to follow a preconceived timetable that you made in another country. Here you start to find out where all the interesting places in the world are. A lot of them cannot be found on the Internet or in a travel guide.

Before you start to choose where you want to go next, just remember that: you may love it or your may hate it, but you never know unless you go there. You will never have perfect information on you next destination.

When deciding, donít be overly picky about your next stop. Each place offers something unique and new. Every time we go someplace else, itís a small controlled leap into the unknown. This is all part of the adventure and fun of backpacking. I have been surprised and amazed at what a small insignificant village could have so much going for it. Based on everything I saw, it was a dot on a map and a convenient spot to spend the night. And always, if you decide you donít like where you are, just leave the next day.

Your guidebook will give you a general overview of what is offered. The information contained is from other backpackers and traveller writers who had previously visited the area and submitted write ups. They try to be as accurate as possible and cover most of the major features of the area that would interest you.

Your fellow backpackers at the hostel are an excellent source of information. They are travelling and staying in the same places you are and usually are checking out the same things that you are interested in. They can give accurate information on where to stay, where to eat, what to do, and things to avoid. This is by far your best source of advice.

The hostel staff are pretty knowledgeable as well. Catering to backpackers on a day to day basis and being from the local area they know the types of places we like to go to. Sometimes the hostels offer special travel packages customized for us at a decent price. It is sometimes worth checking into.

Tourist information is a good choice as well. They are mainly focused on dealing with requests within the local area or city. So if you are travelling some distance, their information could be limited. However, they can provide you with information on getting out of the city and the transportation schedules. Locals are a good source of information but are sometimes a little bias. They want you to see the most and best of their country and would give you an entire run down on all the places you should visit. When I was in Spain for my first time, I started talking to a local and he started listing off every city in my guidebook explaining how I could not miss any one.