Travel Resources

Want to travel the world on a budget? I’ve been gallivanting around the world for nearly ten years and started out unbelievably broke. This page is my attempt to share my best backpacking tips, tricks and hacks to travel the world long-term.


Most first-time backpackers pack way too much crap, I know I did. I’ve improved greatly over the years and I pretty much live out of my backpack – Find out what gear to take, which backpack to buy and which items really are essential for any adventure. I never hit the road without a head torch, a good knife and a book to read.



Are you ready to embrace the backpacker lifestyle? Get tips and tricks on how to travel with a minimal footprint, pick up some of the lessons I’ve learnt on the road and find out about my own story living and traveling the world on $10 a day for nearly a decade.



The world is not a scary place and if you head off with a smile, you’ll usually have a good time. It’s easy to keep yourself safe on the road – read up on the posts below for a crash course in travel insurance, motorbike accidents, travel banking and digital security – It’s boring shit but if you don’t know it, it’ll bite you in the ass.



These are the best tips and tricks for how to travel the world broke, stick to the three basic rules of budget backpacking and you’ll be golden. Check out the posts below for info on hitchhiking, cheap places to travel, how to haggle and tips for stretching your money further.



Want to travel the world but you don’t want to camp or hitch? No worries, It’s easy to pick up casual work on the road if you know where to look. If you want to travel forever, join the digital nomad revolution (comrade!) and earn money from a laptop – it’s not as difficult as it looks and there are a lot of options out there.



If you take a tent backpacking, you suddenly have a lot more options and can save a ton of money. Take a stove, and you can cut your food bill down too. I’ve been camping for nearly twenty years and I know my gear; Take a look at the posts below for practical tips on how to pick a tent and other camping gear.



Our professional photographer, Ralph, has put together a TON of epic resources for aspiring photographers or those simply looking to choose a decent travel camera for their travels.



Our epic backpacker country guides are regularly updated to provide you with the single greatest backpacking guides in the known universe!



From battered tents to shiny hotel rooms, there’s a lot of places you might crash out whilst on the road. I’ve camped, couchsurfed, hostelled and airbnb’d my way all around the world. See the posts below for some very special discounts and plenty of inspiration…



Finding cheap flights is an art form… Just kidding, it’s not that tough if you know how to hunt down error fares and how to get the best deals. Below are the tools I use to score affordable flights around the world.


  • Avatar Naina Singh says:

    Hi Will,

    You have shared your experience very thoroughly. Thanks for the spread of the tour. If you plan to visit India again, you can also visit Patna in Bihar. The natural beauty and years old culture here is truly fascinating. Looking forward to seeing you. Keep sharing your interesting travel stories.

    • Avatar Clair says:

      Thanks for the tips Naina, I hope to return to India, maybe next year. I (and many others I’m sure) had a one year visa that was cancelled by the Indian government early 2020 due to the virus outbreak.

  • Avatar Nishchay N Mehta says:

    I don’t see your social handles on your website. Difficult to find you on Instagram. A lot of people with similar names.

  • Avatar Tanvi Menaria says:

    Really your blog is commendable. You are one of the best storyteller.

  • Avatar Maryna Hayes says:

    You are a great storyteller! Love your style, its simplicity, good humor and useful info.
    I am working on my little blog and want to ask you if you min me referring to your blog? You have it all, the best!

    Thank you for inspiration.

  • Avatar Nicola says:

    Hi Broke Backpackers.

    So me and my boyfriend are planning to go travelling for an indefinite period of time, starting in Asia and then who knows where. Now I know you’re kind of anti planning, and generally I apply the same philosophy, but I’m worried about visas. We want to go to China and India and countries where it looks trickier to get visas whilst on the road and without pre-booked onward travel and accommodation. Have you got any tips on how you manage this? We can’t get all our visas sorted before we leave, as they’ll have expired before we even reach the destination in some cases.

    • Avatar Clair says:

      Hi Nicola,
      It will serve you well to do some investigation prior to your trip.
      More and more countries are offering eVisas, so that is a great help. India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are good examples of this. You may be able to apply at embassies on the road, and some places have visa on arrival. If you happen upon a country that requires application from your home country this will be more tricky, you maybe able to apply before you go but often visa have short windows in which to start your stay. In some cases you may be able to send your passport home, in other cases you may HAVE to return home to apply. One thing to note with online visa applications, you may still be called in for a face to face interview in your home country, even tho you have applied online.

  • Avatar Elizabeth says:

    Hi Will,
    Really hoping to receive a downloadable PDF copy of the New Zealand backpacker guide but unfortunately the email link won’t work. Would love if you could send a copy through.
    Much appreciated, E

  • Avatar Travelling Between Places says:

    You have made a complete package for travellers, Thanks for this.

  • Avatar rachel says:

    Hi! I love your site :-). I am starting research into a 4 month surf/travel trip to south america and wondering whether you think feb-june or sept-dec would be best? I’m not a good surfer, so just looking for 3-4ft waves and some sun with idea to go from Peru-ecuador-chile-argentina and brazil (or backwards) depending on best time. I could do may-aug but think the waves will be too big then… an advice? thanks!!

  • Hello Will,
    You have shared your experience very minutely. Thank you for spreading the message of travel. If you plan your visit to India again, come to Bastar too, in Chhattisgarh. The natural beauty and the tribal culture here are really enthralling. Looking forward to see you.

  • Avatar NTripping says:

    Hey Will, just letting you know that your link to “Ultimate Guide To Error Fares” currently doesn’t work.

    You might want to check where the problem is 🙂


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