A Guide to Safe and Fun Backpacking in India
India is a popular destination for backpackers because its culture is unlike anywhere else on Earth.
12:37 26 August 2021
Rich and delicious foods, ancient and exciting traditions, ornate buildings, friendly people, and a generous and giving culture make it the perfect environment for totally unique experiences. With that said, sometimes when we're on holiday we forget ourselves. It's important to make the right decisions to keep yourself safe and ensure that your backpacking experience is as much fun as it possibly can be. With that in mind, we've collated some tips to make absolutely sure your experience of India is a wholly positive one.
Dive Into Everything
The first rule on the list is the most important to ensuring you get the maximum out of your trip. Whilst it pays to be sensible and follow all of the other rules on the list, if you're backpacking around India then you want to get some excitement from life. Throw yourself into new activities, try new foods, meet new people and put yourself out there. A backpacking trip is an experience that many of us only get to do one, and many more of us never get to do at all. With that in mind, you should savour every moment of it. We only regret the things we didn't do.
Get to Know Local Laws
It's worth bearing in mind that certain customs from your home country aren't always legal wherever you go. For example, many of us enjoy playing games or placing bets at online casinos, but in large parts of Asia you need to be a little more careful. Some countries have outright bans on these pastimes, whilst others have complex laws that need to be read to be understood. If you do enjoy iGaming then it's worth taking a look at AsiaBet and familiarising yourself with the laws in India. They have a breakdown of the laws in each country and they include helpful advice on the security of different sites, as well as what games to expect to find. Generally speaking you should still be able to enjoy your pastime, but it's best to use sites that come recommended and are verified as safe. For those traveling to Goa this kind of information is extra important, as in this state the rules are quite different to the rest of India. Keeping yourself informed is one of the most effective ways of staying safe and having fun.
Keep Your Belongings Close
When backpacking we are, of course, carrying our things around with us. Many will stay at hostels, they're an affordable place to sleep and the community atmosphere helps to breed friendships that can last a lifetime. There are thousands of brilliant hostels for backpackers in India and they certainly shouldn't be avoided. However, many hostels don't have a completely secure place to store your belongings. Although most of the people you meet will be lovely, there are some people with alterior motives. Nobody is going to steal your shoes and socks, but your passport and travel money is very valuable and should never be left anywhere that isn't locked. Take it with you every time you leave the hostel, even if you decide to visit the beach. If you're afraid of it getting wet and damaged then invest in a simple plastic pouch. Aquapac made the original, but you can buy them anywhere online and take them swimming with you, to avoid leaving your belongings unattended on the beach.
Prepare For the Worst, Expect the Best
Although none of us want to think about it, accidents do happen. In India traffic accidents are particularly prevalent. Cars can drive erratically and smaller vehicles like Tuk-tuks won't kill you, but could really hurt you if you don't see one and step out in front of it! Travel insurance exists for a reason and although the vast majority of us will thankfully never have to claim on it, if you're the person who needs to, you'll be very glad you bought it. We've covered the ins and outs of travel insurance already on Supanet, but to reiterate, buy yourself the best cover that you can afford. You'll probably never need it, but it pays to be well-insured if you do get into trouble on your trip. Your insurance shouldn't only cover you if you get hurt, it should also cover lost possessions, cancelled flights or poor accommodation.