Monday, 31 October 2016

'Backpackability Index' - An Explanation.

My main intention with this blog is to give fellow backpackers and budget travelers a clear and realistic overview of the destinations I’ve visited.  I hope to inspire more people to pack their bags and go exploring.  In order to present the pros and cons of each place in a more simple way, I’ve developed a ‘backpackability index’.

I’ll score each place on four factors which I feel are the ingredients of a great backpacking destination, then average these scores to get the overall ‘backpackability index’.  This final score will take into account suitability for solo travelers, general cost for travelers, the availability of good attractions and the provisions of public transport in the destination. 

Each factor will receive a score of between 1 and 5 (least to most favourable).  Decimal scores of above .5 will be rounded up to the nearest whole number.

‘Suitability for solo travelers’ takes into account the ease at which solo backpackers are able to meet other travelers.  ‘General cost for travelers’ is an approximate judgment based on the average cost of a hostel bed, food and drink, entry to main attractions and cost of transport.

As this is a new feature to the blog, it may need some tweaking so any suggestions are welcome.  I’ll aim to include this index to all future posts.

Elis Griffiths. x