My biggest rookie travel mistakes – Tips for first time solo travellers on a budget

Thinking of travelling for the first time? Learn from me, first-time budget travellers! I made a lot of mistakes along the way and over the last few years so you’re not alone!. But I’ve learned a lot, so what were my biggest mistakes?

In this video, I run you through my 5 biggest solo travelling mistakes as a rookie, talking about getting out of debt, budgeting, taking the right backpack and travelling light.

I even started my blog far too late and had to try and learn a lot on the road. Big mistake, I should’ve started travelling with an open mind and a sense of freedom.

MY CURRENT FULL KIT LIST BELOW!

BIG 3

Tent – Zpacks Solplex

Backpack – HMG 2400 Windrider

Sleeping quilt – Katabatic Gear 30deg Palisade down sleeping quilt

CAMERA EQUIPMENT AND ELECTRONICS

Compact camera – Sony RX100 Mk5

Drone – DJI Mavic Air (NOT PERMITTED IN HIMALAYAS)

Tripod – Joby GorillaPod

Microphone – Rode VideoMicro

Sound recorder – Zoom H1

Flash bracket

Phone – iPhone 8+

Storage – Sandisk Extreme 64GB

GPS Tracking – Garmin Forerunner 35

Power bank – Anker Powercore+ 13400mah

Headlamp – Black Diamond Ion

CLOTHING

Shoes – Altra Lone Peak 4.0 trail runners

Shoes – New Balance Minimus trail runners

Shoes – New Balance Zante v3

Rain jacket – Patagonia Torrentshell

Down puffy – North Ridge Hybrid

HYDRATION

Water filter – Sawyer Mini

Vessels – Smart Water bottles

COOK SYSTEM

Stove – MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove

Fuel – MSR Butane/Propane bottle

EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES

Ground sheet

Zpacks tent poles

HMG compartment pod

Leki Trekking Pole

Thermarest Neoair Xlite sleeping mattress

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