This is a guest post by Sydney
About Author: I love dancing, history, beer and exploring the hidden places. Travelling is my life as it always gives me a new experience and makes me stronger. Till date, I have traveled more than 25 countries and my favorite city is Paris.
BACKPACKING IS THE WAY OF TRULY LIVING IN THE WORLD AROUND YOU
Shall I ask you one simple question? What strategy do you follow when you travel to a new place or go on a hike? Well, I can’t really tell about yours but I believe that backpacking is not only the most luxurious way to travel the world. But it is, however, the only true way to do it, which ultimately allows you to make the most of your trip. Still not getting the point? Understand the importance of backpacking in this way: being minimalistic, you can go anywhere that surely lets you discover every detail for yourself. For my favorite Backpackers trip, you can check my blog.
For those who believe that backpacking is just about walking around with a backpack on trips. Sorry but you need to change this misconception because it has many other essential factors involved. A backpacker has to learn how to keep the minimum and required things possible. He knows how to travel on foot for long distances. He also learns how to savor the taste of small things in life. So, here I am with some of the really good reasons why backpacking is good for you.
EXPLORATION OF THE WORLD
It’s no wonder you learn so much about others and yourself. I learned that I am capable, fearless, and determined in real life. I carried my fully loaded pack over 4,000 miles without losing my money or my passport. I got lost a few times, but always managed to find my way. I thought I’d get homesick, but the only thing I missed was food. I struck up in conversations with strangers, tried new foods, and spent hours exploring the places. Remember, when backpacking, you learn what is important to you and what is not. It’s absolutely wonderful how a person finds clarity while traveling.
IT BOOSTS YOUR CONFIDENCE
Backpacking lets you experience the culture and your surroundings in a more intense way. Firstly you might have a problem with the language in the country or maybe you won’t feel comfortable with the smell, food, and culture. But since you are on the ‘road’ you get to know new people, new impressions and differences from what you experienced before. This “on the road” experience will give you strength and confidence.
YOU LEARN TO BE FREE AND FLEXIBLE
It’s simple. You just have to forget about all the stuff you left at home: your car, apartment, and bills will still be there when you return. Feeling hungry? Wander around in a market and get some bread, cheese, or wine for yourself. That bulky hair dryer you can’t live without–leave it, and let the sun dry your hair. Want to spend more time at any place? Well, you have your essentials with you, so yeah, it is possible. Trust me, you won’t get the feeling of missing out and due to the flexible time frame, it’s easier to enjoy. When we let the freedom of backpacking sink in, we appreciate each moment. Always keep in mind that our lives become complicated only we ourselves make it the same way but backpacking allows you to learn about what are the things that really matter to us.
LIFE LONG FRIENDS
If you travel on your own, making friends out can be easier. If you’re an outspoken type of a person who likes to strike up with conversations with random people on your way, this is definitely going to suit you. If you are more of a shy kind of person, this can be an opportunity to stand out and potentially make new and lifelong friends. No matter what kind of personality you have, these are some of the experiences you’re going to cherish for a lifetime because being a backpacker you will be leaving a lot of stuff behind, in order to enjoy a new you.
SAVE MONEY WHILE YOU TRAVEL
Some budget backpackers travel the world by home sitting, where they look after somebody’s home or hostels. Flying is very expensive, so after the first flight to whatever country you’re going to, make sure, after that you travel by bus, foot, or train. Backpacking makes that essential. You should take small or essential things with you while traveling so that you shouldn’t purchase it at the time you need it. This is my packing list, which I always take on a trip. Also, I find this type of traveling easier when you wish to stay in hostels or other low-cost options. And I must say that this is definitely the ideal way to explore the world and too that within your budgets.
MOST ADVENTUROUS STATE YOU’RE AT
Make this as your priority in your 20s to have fun and explore the world. If you have this urge to try new things and really want to make a mark on the world, let the adventurous side of yours come out. That way, you might push yourself to try something impulsive like zip line through the forest, night surfing or late night cruise. Do not think twice about that, just go for it. I can guarantee you traveling the world by backpacks is the best decision you make. Remember, there’s nothing better than gaining more and more experiences in your life.
So, this was all about why backpacking and once you try it, you can’t stop being a backpacker in the future. And why not, this method of traveling is totally addictive that allows you to let your mind and soul stay free and helps you know yourself in a better way.