More travellers opt to backpack as it is a cheap and convenient way to see a place. A friend and her husband recently went backpacking in the Himalayas, and they loved it. She described the experience as ‘out of this world’. These days, some travellers are swapping luxury travel holidays for off the beaten track backpack adventures. I met Judith Meury from Switzerland at Addo Elephant National Park in Port Elizabeth last year, and was fascinated about her travel escapades. Meury, a social worker by profession, said backpacking allowed her the freedom to choose her holiday destinations and how long she wanted to stay. Like her, Dan Elson, who backpacks across the world and documents his experiences on social media, said backpacking allowed him to meet new people, see amazing places, expand his mindset and have fun.
Here are some tips for those who want to backpack:
The most successful backpackers have one thing in common: they travel without fear. Embark on your backpacking journey with confidence and fearlessness. Adopting a positive mindset is just what you need to enjoy the experience.
Research your surroundings
Like any travel trip, make sure the places you visit are safe. Besides crime, certain areas may have dangerous animals or harmful diseases that you could easily avoid if you do your homework.
With only a backpack to last you the duration of your travels, it is important that you only pack what is essential. Some of the essentials may include navigation, map, sunscreen, first-aid supplies, lighting like headlamps and food.
Plan, but not too much
A simple itinerary to get you from point A to B is recommended. Thereafter, take each leg of the journey one step at a time. The uncertainty of not knowing where you will be next week adds an element of thrill.
Stick to your budget
Backpacking is cost effective and travellers can visit more places for less, however it is important that backpackers plan a budget and stick to it. Some backpackers often make the mistake of spending their money at one go, which can contribute to them overspending or cutting their trip short.