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So, when I think of backpacking, I think of two things: 1) tromping through the forest camping and hiking and being one with nature 2) traveling from city to city staying in hostels, camping, etc. I've done both, and loved each experience.
Both are similar in that they cast aside traditional accommodations for something a bit more adventurous. If you've never tried backpacking, here are a few reasons why you should.
1. You get to see so much more! Staying in an all inclusive resort can be nice and luxurious, but it sanitizes your experience. An all inclusive in Mexico is going to feel a lot like an all inclusive in the Bahamas and in Hawaii, and in every single place in. the.world. Backpacking forces you to meet new people, try new things and experience more of the culture around you, which for me, is a big reason to travel. The picture at the top of this post is of Pat crossing a rope bridge in New Zealand on our way to see a glacier...which is something we probably wouldn't have made our way to see if we weren't backpacking.
2. You learn new skills. When you don't have a hotel desk clerk to sort out dinner or point you in the right direction, because oh yeah, your in the woods, you have to rely on yourself. This might seem a bit scary, but it's also such an important part of life. There's something so satisfying about being stuck in a difficult situation and then MacGyver-ing your way out of it. This might be as simple as using team work to get the stove to work in the communal kitchen at a hostel or catching your own fish. Or heating rocks to keep warm because someone (me) forgot their sleeping bag. Self reliance is sexy, give it a try.
3. You make new friends. When you stay in a hotel, you kind of have a bubble wrapped around you. You often only meet people in passing or people who are serving your meals, driving your cab, etc. Unless you're on a group tour, you don't really get a chance to meet and get to know other people while you're away. When you're backpacking, that's all different. You're sharing space (which isn't always pleasant, I'll be honest), but it's a chance to make friends all over the world. You get to hear interesting travel stories, and learn good tips for when you finally make it to Thailand. Some of the best people I've met, I've met while traveling.
4. You can travel longer. Backpacking is a very economical way to travel, which means you can afford to go on a longer trip, which is obviously awesome. Stock up some vacation time, and take that month long trip to Europe that you've been dying to do since college.
5. It's good for you. You'll be carrying your backpack all over the place, eating healthier food, and exercising your body and your mind. Whether you're breathing in the fresh mountain air, or cooking the fresh food you just picked up at a local market, you'll be feeling rejuvenated and one with your surroundings. It might seem like more work to backpack, and it can be, but it also forces you to slow your pace a little, which is good for the soul.
Feel free to share some of your favorite backpacking stories in the comments below. If you've never been backpacking, seriously give it a try. It can be a blast!
Have a great week, and happy travels!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz