Organising a backpacking trip can be a time-costly task when you are budgeting for accommodation, food, and sightseeing trips. It also requires research into a variety of other concerns such as safety, weather-averages, and the cost of public transport.
As experts in travel insurance, we were curious to find out what some of the best cities are for backpackers to visit. To do this, we have calculated a variety of different factors for 48 cities across the world and created an index, looking at food costs, number of tourist attractions and hostels, among other metrics.
Here is what we found.
Compare the Market’s General Manager of General Insurance, Adrian Taylor, said backpackers should always make sure their items were stored away safely while travelling.
“It’s always important to keep your belongings safe, so you’re not at risk of having a claim denied if the worst were to occur,” Mr Taylor explains.
“For example, if you have items go missing in your hostel and it’s found that they were not securely locked away, your insurer may refuse to pay out your claim.
“A great way to protect yourself and avoid this happening is by keeping your luggage items locked in a safe location, such as a safe or locker.”
Mr Taylor also explained how medical-only cover could be useful for those wanting to travel on a budget.
“Sometimes referred to as basic cover, medical-only cover is a policy designed almost exclusively for medical assistance overseas,” he said.
“This type of cover could help you cover the cost of hospital expenses if you need to be admitted for an injury or illness, or in severe cases, cover the costs of travelling back home if there has been a medical emergency.
“It’s important to note, however, that not all insurers offer this type of policy, so it’s important to check your Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for an in-depth view of what you are covered for.”