Backpacking in the Isle of Wight

Backpacking around the Isle of Wight may not be the most common trip for travelers to take, but let me tell you guys, it’s well worth it!  First up, it’s a great way to experience an English county at a very low cost, giving you a great chance to see more sights with the budget you set aside for the trip.

The Isle of Wight is the largest Island in England located in the English Channel; it offers a host of awesome things to see and do,  from great views, to buzzing theme parks, great beaches and cracking hiking all of which that will suit your budget.  This non-metropolitan county has been one of Britain’s most relaxing holiday destinations since the Victorian era, centuries ago up ad although their tourism has been dwindling, it still has loads to offer!

Backpackers will surely enjoy this county with no pain in their pockets.

The Needles Isle of Wight

The Needles, Isle of Wight

Accommodation

There are a lot of options for accommodation while backpacking in the Isle of Wight. There are different campsites available close to the main resorts, beaches and parks in the county and it will cost you less to rent and tent site than a round of beers in London! Backpackers can also find several hostel chains that are perfect for all their comfort needs on the Island. Also don’t forget couch-surfingl it’s increasingly getting popular to backpackers around the world, so why not take advantage of this awesome website and link yourself with couch hosts? It’s a great way to find locals and socialize with them and have a little bit of culture exchange while you’re at it.

 

Transportation

There are many ways to reach the Isle of Wight from trains, bus, boats, or by plane. You can choose your option on how you want to get there as long as it suits your travel budget, personally i love the ferries to Isle of Wight the most. Planning your day here couldn’t be easier, you can get around using local transport without any bother, buses are often less than $2 a ride. Renting a bicycle is a popular choice too, cycling the coastline is nothing short of beautiful but some of those hills will get your calf muscles burning! Finally, you can always hit the road on your two feet (shock horror!), there are few places with less traffic in all of the UK so get marching and absorb that fresh air.

 

Food

Quick word of warning here folks, food in the Isle of Wight served in restaurants doesn’t really come cheap, although still a heck of a lot cheaper than the mainland.  As a backpacker though, you get used to eating budget meals on the street. Local mobile street foods are a great way to encounter local dishes and enjoy dining outdoors, although this isn’t exactly Bangkok or Peru. Street food here is more fish and chips or a hamburger!

 

Sights

The isle of Wight may not be jam packed with things to see, but there’s more than enough to keep you occupied for a couple of days. Here are 3 of the highlights:

The Needles: Iconic stalks of chalk off the coast, an absolute must-see for all visitors

Osbourne house: Home to none other than England’s longest reigning Monarch, Queen Victoria!

Carisbrooke Castle: 800 years of history, right in the centre of the island.