5 benefits of backpacking
A person with an active lifestyle plus a love for travel usually sums up what a backpacker is. Traveling across different countries with only a single bag strapped to your back may not seem as glamorous or as fun as a luxurious jet setting adventure, but there’s a whole lot more going on than you think. There are quite a few benefits and positive reasons why backpacking is a great way to explore the world.
Here are a few reasons why it only takes a single pack to make a great adventurer out of you:
- Getting a great exercise
Backpacking is a great exercise for travelers. Combining long hikes with a bit of weight strapped to your back is sure to make you a little faster, stronger and a better than the average traveler. Depending on the environment you are exploring, backpacking can range from a light trek through the forest to a grueling mountain climb.
- Feeling free
Unlike most scheduled trips, backpackers are the captains of their own ships. Sure, you still have to do a bit of planning to fit your intended itinerary within a limited time frame, but other than that, you’re free to explore the world the way you want. It feels much more liberating to direct your own course rather than let somebody else do the charting for you.
- Building your confidence
Walking on your own two feet (literally and metaphorically) can also help build trust in yourself as a person. As a backpacker, you experience a whole lot of things more than the average tourist does. From all your small triumphs and little mistakes, you learn to become independent and sure of yourself.
- Experiencing the moment
Nobody experiences the moment better than backpackers. Every place you visit, every event you partake in and every journey you make is a lot more meaningful because you exert a lot more effort in visiting and exploring your destinations. You also appreciate things a lot more by taking a slower pace than people who opt for taxi rides and bus tours.
- Making new connections
Taking it slow also means you get to observe and know people a lot better. Bus tours are good for bringing different group together, but the lack of camaraderie and interaction can be a damper. Backpackers have a lot to talk about with their fellow travelers, from sharing destination recommendations to hiker-friendly travel routes.
While the backpacker life seems appealing, it can also be a difficult and arduous one. If you’re planning on trying it, start out with a friend or an experienced acquaintance to see if you can handle an adventure with a single bag and lots of hiking.
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