Why Backpacking is the best way to travel…

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.

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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. 

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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.

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22 thoughts on “Why Backpacking is the best way to travel…

  1. I agree 100% with all of this! While I’m glad I did the backpacking thing in my 20s, I don’t think there’s ever a “bad” age to start backpacking. You’re never too old to break out of the mold you’ve gotten stuck in and start experiencing life on your own terms, so I hope anyone reading this who’s at a later stage in life doesn’t get discouraged to start backpacking at whatever age they’re at!

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  2. I agree 100% with all of this! While I’m glad I did the backpacking thing in my 20s, I don’t think there’s ever a “bad” age to start backpacking. You’re never too old to break out of the mold you’ve gotten stuck in and start experiencing life on your own terms, so I hope anyone reading this who’s at a later stage in life doesn’t get discouraged to start backpacking at whatever age they’re at!

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  3. I love the idea of backpacking but have never actually tried it yet. I really enjoyed reading your post. I like the idea of just going with the flow, experiences lots of different places and cultures. I think the minimalist nature of backpacking must be liberating too, thanks for the tip about house sitting.

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  4. Backpacking is a great way to see the world and meet new people. We love staying at hostels as it is a great place to meet other travellers and to find out the tips and tricks of the new destination you are staying in. Backpacking gives you a sense of freedom.

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  5. Couple years ago we did a trip to Japan were we toured around the country with a train. We knew we were not able to do that with carrying luggage, and we also had a child with us. I was doubtful about backpacking through the trip with kids and all, but it worked out just fine. We learned to cope with the less things and it felt liberating.

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  6. To be honest, I’ve never backpacked before. I do travel with a carryon most of the times because I like to keep my packing list to a minimum but I also don’t like having to lug a huge bag on my back either hahaa. I do agree that it’s a great way to explore the world when you’re in your 20’s though!

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  7. Well I totally agree with you when you say that backpacking is not just about carrying a backpack and moving around. It is about traveling with minimal essentials, walking a whole lot of it, moving around, being inquisitional around travel and yet saving money. Well I am not an expert at it yet but I like to go around, wander on foot, do things on my own, take risks and make friends. It has definitely done me good and changed my perspective for the better.

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  8. I am glad that backpacking works for some people, we all have different traveling styles. I spent a couple months traveling around Europe in a single bag, the closest to “backpacking in Europe” that I ever attempted. And I was in my 20’s which certainly makes that a bit easier. Find your travel style and do that. And that style will change as you do.

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  9. I do love backpacking! I didn’t get around to it until after my 20s, but it was still so much fun and greatly rewarding. Like you said, you are basically forced to learn so much about others and yourself. I know that not everyone likes to backpack, and that’s totally cool, but I love it and can’t wait to go out again!

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  10. I’ve loved the backpacking trips that I’ve taken across Europe. It is indeed so much fun. Now, I’m yet to try it with my kid. It’s kind of not easy with a very small kid. I’m awaiting for her to grow up a bit more so I can go backpacking with her!

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  11. I so agree with what you’ve said. Everyone who calls themselves a travellers should backpack at least once. Not only does it boost self confidence, but you end up socialising with wandering souls from around the world and end up with a lot of stories too.

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  12. I’ve never backpacked on a trip (only camping) but I agree with several things you said. Limiting yourself to what you’ll carry forces you to only bring items you value. And while solo travelers might mix more with the people at a new place, I think that extroverts do this too. You’re right – take challenges wherever you find them since you won’t regret the experiences.

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  13. I totally agree with you. Backpacking is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lives. It’s fun, “cheap” and life-changing. Met a lot of new friends during my backpacking trips.

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  14. While I’ve never technically “backpacked” (I always did prefer a roller suitcase lol) I have traveled extensively, often on a budget and in hostels. I agree with what you said here, especially about making lifelong friends.

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  15. I agree with all of your points! I travelled with a very small backpack for a year and I didn’t really need anymore belongings that what I brought. Makes you realise how much pointless possesions you accumulate over time. Paris is also my favourite city in the world!

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  16. I am not a backpacker but I can relate to most of the things. It definitely boast your confidence when you are on the road, meet new people ,especially other backpackers. Its budget-friendly also. Home sitting is a new way of traveling without spending much. I loved the post.

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