6 Reasons YOU MUST Go Backpacking
Updated: Apr 30
In our latest blog post here at TRAVELBUG Tours, we get straight to the 6 reasons YOU must go backpacking (asap!)
One of the best ways to experience different cultures and have once-in-a-lifetime adventure is to go backpacking.
Whether you decide to go travelling solo or set off with a small group of travel buddies, a backpacking trip is always a great opportunity to see the world in a more social and fun-packed way.
Reason 1: You get to see lots of the world.
This is the number one reason why people go backpacking. Backpackers are known to stretch their budgets a little bit further than most other travellers, enabling them to visit more countries. Backpackers tend to try and save their hard earned money for experiences and adventures by staying in hostels. It means they have more money left to immerse themselves in new cultures and learn about how people live around the world.
Reason 2: You get to try new things.
Arguably one of the best things about backpacking is that it pushes you out of your comfort zone. There are a variety of adventures that await the adventurous traveller, and there's always something which will cater to your interests no matter how daring you are (or not!).
If you're interested in culture one can learn a different language, even if it’s just a few sentences to get them by - or - if you're a foodie, you can try all different types of local and exciting traditional dishes.
If you love adrenaline adventure travel, you can start ticking the 'must-do's' off your bucket list, Maybe you've longed to dive off a huge waterfall into that perfect blue lagoon, cage dive with great white sharks, or scale the world’s highest mountain - the world truly is your oyster.
With so many new things to see and try unlike at home, you won’t forget your backpacking trip; you'll gather numerous stories that you will treasure and tell for the rest of your life.
Reason 3: You will make new friends.
Travelling is one of the best ways to meet like-minded individuals whom you will share similar interests with. When you choose to travel solo, making new friends can be easier than leaving home with a group of friends.
When leaving home alone, many backpackers find lifelong friends while travelling. There's something about stepping foot on the plane alone which inspires an openness in ones demeanour which is hard to re-create or force when travelling in the comforting company of old friends.
New travel buddies tend to keep in contact and many even plan future travels together with others met in hostels, on tours, or while waiting in the bungee jump line!
Reason 4: You will learn valuable life lessons.
It never ceases to amaze us how many important life lessons are learned just by backpacking.
Amongst many other key life skills, you will learn to anticipate possible scenarios and plan ahead. With the high chance that you meet people from less fortunate backgrounds than yourself, you'll have a great chance to develop your empathy, respect, and understanding. And this sticks with you when you come home.
Eyes are often opened to different ways of life by the locals in the destination country. A traveller is personally exposed to how different people can be, and sometimes also surprisingly how similar people can be, all around the world.
Reason 5: You get more value for money.
Backpacking tours traditionally are cheaper compared to other types of tours. Staying on a low budget means that backpackers can stretch out their trips for weeks or even months at a time. These days, there are many low cost options for backpackers too - and this certainly wasn't always the way.
Gone are the days when weary travellers could only expect to choose from a few budget hostels with very basic amenities. While bunk-bed hostels still exist, there is a new class of 'flash-packer' hostels that offer guests real value-for-money, with all the same benefits as before but with much better amenities and standards across the board.
A backpacker can now opt to stay in this new class of accommodation and say goodbye to slumming it - for good! Most flash-packer hostels even have an on-site restaurant, bar, pool, laundry facilities, and gyms - or some combination of these anyway. These are typically the same amenities offered at five-star hotels but are available to all flash-packer hostel guests at a much more reasonable rate.
Reason 6: You are supporting the local economy.
Backpackers support the local economy by eating at local restaurants, going on local tours and buying hand-made souvenirs.
You might be surprised at how many local businesses backpackers support, in fact. In less well developed countries, which are usually the more attractive countries to backpack in, supply chains tend to be more local meaning typically even if the end merchant has not produced the goods or services you buy in the micro local community personally, it's probably made domestically in the country or region either way.