Why We Love Backpacking

Why We Love Backpacking And You Should Too

Idell and I have traveled around Asia for the last few years. It was the most exciting and memorable years of our lives. Backpacking opened our eyes to different kinds of adventures: from sky diving to mountain climbing, surfing to snorkeling, hiking active volcanoes, and exploring ancient temples. It wasn't just the death-defying activities we did that was unforgettable but the lessons learned too. It's the journey and struggles towards our destination which made a remarkable mark in our hearts. We have written a post together to share our insights about how we learned to love backpacking in our travels. Let's go!

1. The Adventure
We love the fact that the word adventure is written all over the bag, even on our faces and our whole being when we're traveling. While you're still young and active get those huge bags of yours and explore the world. The exciting thrills of traveling will fill your days with magic, friendship and love for life. One bus ride always leads to an interesting location, wrong stops means new friends along the way, a sleepless night means a glorious morning and a skipped lunch for a bountiful feast. An unexpected moment lurks around the bushes when you're backpacking. Things you've never thought of doing slaps you in the face and places you've seen in laptop wallpaper welcomes you the very next morning. 

Here's a favorite quote that speaks loudly the number one reason our love for travel. 
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine. 

2. The discovery 
Every page of the book is different. In every adventure we had, we discovered something new, we discovered places and we discovered part of ourselves. It's the newness of different things we want to experience that keeps us packing. The newness that will surely contribute to the person we become, realizations that deeply touches our hearts to live our lives fully. Being grateful every day of the things we have that others are just wishing. Backpacking gives us these experiences if we keep our hearts open. Just like a book, it is not just enough to read it but also you have to learn from it.

3. Being on the road 
As much I don’t like getting lost I love it when it happens, it's a love-hate relationship.  Even thou it means more hours of walking under the sun or in the rain, prolonged lunch break or another expensive tuk-tuk ride. We focus on the brighter side, going off track shows another side of the road, the unfamiliar route always bring undiscovered beauty and excitement.

4. The people
It is just an amazing feeling being surrounded by people you don't know and they don't know you too. The feeling of being totally free: away from a person that pulls you down and from the people that will judge you for who you are. On the other hand, backpacking gives you the opportunity of meeting new people, people that will inspire you, believe in you and encourage you in many ways.

5. The backpack
I just love the feeling of flying with my backpack rather than a luggage. I think, for me, it symbolizes a true adventure, always ready for whatever comes in the way. Bring only the things that matter most which pushes us to be creative, when needed. As the saying goes, if you wish to travel, fast and far, travel light, literally.

6. Courage
Courage is like standing at the edge of a cliff, you know the risk of falling so you stand firm and eyes on the horizon to keep your balance. However, there will be situations wherein you have to fall headfirst. It doesn't mean you have to crash and burn, it only means you'll just have to learn to fly.  It takes an ample amount to get out of our comfort zone. The main reason for this is we are used to the norms of comfortability and security. Backpacking gets rid of both factors along the road, you'll learn to cope with the limited resources that you have, even learning to trust other people. 

Take a leap of faith, hope for the best, and believe everything will work out just fine. 

7. The Misadventures
Yes, I love misadventures. These are the things that make us stronger. We can't always expect a perfect journey but instead, prepare for any misadventures along the way. We need to embrace it as it comes along, pick up the lessons and move on.

8. Self Discovery
The adventure was just not about seeing new places, new experiences and meeting new people; it was also about self-discovery too. It's a good way to know yourself better like: how you manage stress in difficult situations, staying calm in emergency situations, and even knowing your weaknesses. No wonder people would say "buy a ticket, travel and find yourself." Backpacking will train your senses about map reading, money conversions, bargaining, dealing with abusive people and reading people's motives. It enhances your math and time management capabilities too. Aside from all the skills, you'll learn to develop when you're backpacking, traveling will also open up your perspective about life and how you see things. It's amazing how a person comes back home changed after a great backpacking experience. 

9. The company 
The most important factor in backpacking is not the place nor the activities but the person we traveled with. It is fun to travel solo but is more fun to travel with someone. It always feels better to share your feelings to others in times of happiness and in sadness - a person that understands everything that you're feeling, a person who listens, a person who has the same interests as yours and a person whom you can share the experience with.

10. Low cost
Lastly, the most alluring aspect of backpacking is that it's a low-cost kind of traveling. You don't stay in fancy hotels instead you booked for guesthouses around your destination. It's not always because we don't have enough money. One reason, which is true, the most gorgeous sunsets are high on top of the mountains, or the most exquisite beach is on a remote island, commercialized establishments can't be found in those areas. Advance booking is made for hotels too while hostels and homestays are more flexible with dates. Besides, it’s a great opportunity to meet fellow travelers and have short meaningful friendships. 

When it comes to transportation, a backpacker travels the long route. It's not about being cheap, sometimes; it's also about experiencing the best things in traveling. For instance: a better view, a stopover means food trip means trying out new delicacies and simply taking your time absorbing the wonders that you feel. The sceneries along the way are worth seeing for; an hour flight ruins the experience. Hop from one bus to another and wake up in another city the next day marks a real travel adventure. 

This is our first official co-written post together. We hope it inspires you to go backpacking, venture on your first solo trip, or go on an adventure with your friends. Happy Traveling Everyone! 

A few words from my Guest Blogger:

Hi, my name is Ahdy, a civil engineer by profession, an aspiring full-time stock trader in the future, a mountaineer, a marathoner & a backpacker by passion. I love to travel- taking new experiences and life adventures. My ultimate goal in life is to be happy and worry-free - living life to the fullest.

Wishing everybody to have a healthy & happy life. Follow your passion whatever it is. Cheers!!!

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Have fun and be safe ^__^

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