Backpacking across the world on a shoestring budget is no longer something inconceivable or restricted to the domain of hardcore travelers. There's a great variety of options available nowadays to make your budget travel dreams come true, whether it's cheap transportation, accommodation or opportunities to work on the go. Here are some useful tips you can use to plan your travels:

There are resources now available that cater to almost every possible need, and with the advent of creative online services and smartphone apps, you're really spoilt for choice with the options available. There are phone apps and services that will scan ticket fares for travel to any number of destinations, and even send you alerts if any options fit your parameters.

Apps such as Airbnb provide amazing options for renting rooms almost anywhere in the world. If you're lucky enough to land a good host, you might even get home-cooked local food or shown around town for free. If you're budget's really low, or if you're merely looking for the experience, you can try Couchsurfing, a closed community of hosts that vet travelers or new hosts, suggest pairings and essentially let you live-in with your designated local host for free.

Communication is a cinch in this age of WiFi. You get public WiFi in designated areas in almost all cities around the world, and when unavailable, there are options such as the free messaging and calling app called Whatsapp, and, of course, Facebook messenger.

Traveling cheap has never been easier, and these are only some of the popular options and resources  available out there. Be intrepid, head out and give in to your wanderlust. Things have a way of working out when you become a part of the backpacking community.