If you're after ideas on cheap backpacking, the internet is a rich source of research.
There are some brilliant backpacker guides out there – dedicated sites, blogs and forums packed full of information. Not just about cheap backpacking, but everything to do with travelling – from backpacker insurance to local customs.
So before you set off to see the world, have a good look around the web. In the meantime we've picked out a few things to think about.
Budget, budget, budget
As any good backpacking guide will tell you, your budget is key. Be realistic. You can't go everywhere and do everything. Budget enough for the places you really want to see and the things you've always wanted to do. Price up travel, accommodation and food, but don't forget money for doing stuff while you're there - that's why you're going.
Work out if you need to work
If you're going before or after university, you may or may not want to spend your gap year working. But often working on your travels can be part of the fun. You'll make closer friends and maybe even pick up a few new skills. And of course, you'll have more funds to play with.