Why “BackPacking” ?

According to Wikipedia Backpacking is a term that has historically been used to denote a form of low-cost, independent international travel. Terms such as independent travel and/or budget travel are often used interchangeably with backpacking. The factors that traditionally differentiate backpacking from other forms of tourism include but are not limited to the following: use of public transport as a means of travel, preference of youth hostels to traditional hotels, length of the trip vs. conventional vacations, use of a backpack, an interest in meeting the locals as well as seeing the sights.

In My university year I’ve been doing backpacking for almost all my travel, even though I don’t have my backpack yet :p. But I consider it as backpacking with its independent , cost and experience. Backpacking for me is such a great experience rather than following an expensive tour package from the tour agency etc.

Staying on the backpacker inn or even crush in someone’s house couch if you can find your host of your destination in couchsurfing.com or just find some nice local friend . CouchSurfing is a hospitality exchange network and website ,  you have to check it out if you want to do backpacking. It will really help to save your budget if you find host for you to live in. Walking around city, looking for cheap food, cheap tourist attraction is just a new challenge for me. No glamour or luxury involved just make it really an “experience” .

By doing backpacking you can explore the country itself to the sight that you will never see when you follow a group tour. You can always go to the place that suit your interest more than following a fixed schedule. If you like the place you stay, if you don’t leave, such freedom make backpacking is such a great choice of travelling nowadays.

You don’t need certification or be an athlete to be a backpacker, as long as you can walk you can do backpacking. You can explore more than one country ,even one region such as South East Asia in a month or two. You can always starts from Thailand, Myanmar, Laos ,Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore which is relatively near and you can just take bus or train to transit to another country. So compared to just go to one country for one week and spend a lot of money , why not do back packing which is much more cheaper and also healthier ?

It’s cheaper, it’s offer adventure , it’s offer wonderful sense of self-sufficiency, tempered with a tinge of vulnerability , it’s offer the deep-seated need that most of us have to go where no man has gone before, to visit new territory and explore new frontiers. Maybe it’s a little bit tiring but count it as exercise and everything will be fine :p. So start backpacking anyone ?

No need to afraid to start backpacking, wait for my next blog next week about how to start planning backpacking travel. Cheerio : )

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~ by anthonyinphuket on April 1, 2011.

One Response to “Why “BackPacking” ?”

  1. This is inspiring! Can’t wait for the backpacking tips!

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