Enjoy Travel With Backpacker Trend

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Have you heard of travel junkies travelling with their rucksacks scoring cheap options to travel around places? They are called “Backpackers” and their mode of travelling is called backpacking.

“Backpackers’ are bona fide light travellers who travel to remote locations on a budget. They skip the convenience of travel agencies who offer scheduled tours complete with tour guides and detailed itineraries.

Backpacking requires a lot of research. Backpackers do not depend on packaged tours from travel agents because they make their own itineraries. They look out for cheap but suitable hostels. They also research a lot about the local food fare and where to find them. Make a list of tourist spots to see and find a way to navigate from one point to another. Most importantly, it is advisable to calculate your budget for the trip in advance.

Most of the backpackers seek inspiration and ideas from travel websites and travel blogs. They often pattern their itineraries with other traveller’s journey or they make their own route.

Some people often wonder why some travellers love backpacking, instead of the conventional packaged tours that are usually more convenient. The answer is that backpacking has numerous benefits including the following:

  1. Acquiring New Wisdom
    One important thing about this humble way of travelling is that you get to learn something new along the way. You can also learn a lot about people, culture and ideas from your firsthand experiences. It’s also a good opportunity to learn something new about yourself.
  2. The Sights
    The sights are the main reasons why tourists visit a place and backpackers often see tourist spots in a different light. It is quite different with packaged tours where you are brought to a certain place and only allowed to visit certain sights with limited amount of time.
  3. Your Personal Time to Reflect
    Backpackers enjoy their personal time and they happen to experience that during their travel time – those long hours of bus rides going to a tourist spot, or their idle time on the hostel. Those are great times to marvel on the beauty of the scenery or even have enough time for personal reflection.
  4. Get to Know the Person Travelling with you
    Travelling strengthens bonds and relationships between companions, and a backpacker’s itinerary often entails a lot of teamwork and rapport. Problems and troubles will most likely arise along the journey and your response and attitude towards the situation will eventually surface. Based on such situations, you will learn something about one another and will also ascertain your compatibility with each other.
  5. Meeting New People
    Backpacking creates opportunities to meet other travellers and locals alike. It is a good way to socialize and share travel stories, and find new friends and future travel buddies.
  6. The Weather
    “Weather” is a good conversation starter and every place has different weather conditions. It’s something backpackers should consider since the weight of their backpacks depends on the weather condition of their destination.
  7. The Food
    Food is also a form of experience. Your food palate shouldn’t be limited to the food you are used to eat back home. Foods teach us a lot about a place’s culture and also broaden one’s culinary knowledge.
  8. The Workout
    Backpackers are no stranger to the strenuous amount of footwork experienced when travelling. The added weight of the backpack also gives an extra level of difficulty, which makes it seem like you are also working out.
  9. Packing on Confidence
    Backpacking is also a major confidence booster. Solo-backpackers find travelling alone as a life-altering experience because it helps them realize that they’re capable of becoming independent. Independence is very empowering. It gives people a more renewed perspective in life.
  10. You’ll Live Longer
    Travel somehow helps you detoxify from stress. Those ‘fatigues’ are repaired by nature through breathing fresh air, eating fresh organic products produced by the locals. Your newfound view of independence also makes you more optimistic. Those things defer your chances of getting sick and travelling has this healing component to it.

Considering those above mentioned points, backpacking is not really a bad idea. It’s definitely a great experience every traveller and adventurer should try even once in his lifetime.

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Save Time and Money For Tourists

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People all over the world take an opportunity to go on vacations during summer. For them, it’s the best time to spend time with their families and enjoy themselves before the start of schooling season and return of cold weather. Taking a break doesn’t require too much money. In fact, there are a lot of ways where tourists can enjoy their vacations and save time and money at the same time.

• When going to the airport, fall in line behind business travellers and avoid falling in line behind families that carry a lot of stuff to put into the x-ray machine tray. This is because frequent travellers already know how to move quickly through that line than the others.

• When taking a flight, choose the type of plane to ride on. Not all airplanes are made equal so it’s recommended to check out the ones that offer nice seats and amenities. Some airlines have inline Wi-Fi onboard while some do not. Newer airlines have the comfort of nicer seats and more leg room. Furthermore, not all planes also have personal television screens for passengers either. Sometimes, trips also require airport transfers.

To ensure comfort and to avoid inconvenient trips and airport transfers, always check out the airlines’ quality and their amenities on various sites online.

• During room accommodations, deals processed last minute on sites such as Hotwire and Priceline can give tourists a discount of over 60% on the normal rates. They can also use the site Better Bidding to bid on their preferred rooms. Once the bid becomes successful, then it’s considered to be a steal if they will able to get a cheaper room rate during peak season. Looking at other people’s bids doesn’t require forum memberships; however, membership is required in order to place a bid.

• Ask for a hotel upgrade when checking in. Other than advance booking online, it’s also recommended to ask for free upgrades and goodies on the actual day of check in. Some hotels recommend free upgrade on certain rooms if there a lot of guests checking in to keep their customers happy. Guests should use that as an advantage especially when they came from long trips and airport transfers.

• When traveling with a group of people, getting suite rooms is much cheaper. Some king suite rooms have couches that can be folded out into beds. Ask friends to chip in to make the room rates more affordable and enjoy the comfort of staying in that place for a number of nights.

• When spending more than a week in the city, renting furnished apartments is much cheaper checking in hotels.

Apart from saving money on room rates, travelers can also save money on food expenses because apartments have kitchens where they can cook good food.

• Consider visiting sites like Hospitality Club and Couch-Surfing to enjoy a free stay with the locals. These sites are perfect for finding inexpensive places to stay in the city and learn more about it while hanging out with the locals. These locals act more than guidebooks in providing information on what the tourists want to know.

In planning the next vacations, remember to keep these things in mind because travelling should not have to be an expensive and time consuming process. Instead, it should have to be convenient, affordable and fun.

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