Backpacking on a Budget: Plan a Solo Trip to Jamaica

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Daily spending ranges between $30 and $60 for travelers who don’t want an all-inclusive vacation in Jamaica, according to the Caribya website. Traveling alone allows you the opportunity to get to know yourself better, and test your boundaries. With its slow pace, lush rainforests, stunning waterfalls, long sandy beaches, and reggae music, Jamaica is a perfect destination to relax, go on a party marathon, and bask in a unique culture. However, you must incorporate the best tips and tricks for international travel to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Don’t Overlook Travel Insurance

Being protected while you travel should be of utmost importance as it’ll help you avoid losing thousands of dollars in case of an unforeseen accident. In other words, travel insurance protects you from mishaps that are out of your control. These can include flight cancellation, theft, accident, or health complications. Before you start preparing for the trip, gather reliable details about travel insurance. 

Create a Realistic Budget

It is tempting not to prepare a budget when traveling solo. But, no matter how good you are at handling money, without a budget, you are likely to overspend. You will be tempted to choose luxury accommodation, which costs about $125 or tourist attractions and activities that cost, on average, $130. However, a budget does not mean you cannot experience the best of Jamaica. Instead of splurging on luxury and have regrets later, consider mid-range accommodation, use public transport, and choose the best attractions, which cost less than $20. 

Research your Destination Beforehand

We all know Jamaica as the birthplace of reggae, and home to golden beaches. But that’s not all there is to enjoy. So before traveling, research about your destination via search engines. Get to know must-see places during your stay on the island. Rafting the Martha Brae River on a bamboo raft, for instance, is a sure way of viewing beautiful scenery while your guide entertains you with stories and songs. Other activities that are worth your time include hiking, diving, snorkeling, and exploring nature. A close view of stunning waterfalls like the Blue Hole, Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Waterfalls, and Reach Falls is breath-taking.

Traveling solo is fun, even when you are on a shoestring budget. The most important thing is to find a budget-friendly destination, get the right travel insurance, and discover places that are worth your time.