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What Is Backpacking

Backpacking is a form of low-cost, independent travel. It includes the use of a backpack that is easily carried for long distances or long periods of time the use of public transport inexpensive lodging such as youth hostels often a longer duration of the trip when compared with conventional vacations and typically an interest in meeting locals as well as seeing sights.

Backpacking may include wilderness adventures, local travel and travel to nearby countries while working from the country in which they are based. The definition of a backpacker has evolved as travelers from different cultures and regions participate in the trend. A 2007 paper says “backpackers constituted a heterogeneous group with respect to the diversity of rationales and meanings attached to their travel experiences. They also displayed a common commitment to a non-institutionalized form of travel, which was central to their self-identification as backpackers.” Backpacking, as a lifestyle and as a business, has grown considerably in the 2000s due to low-cost airlines and hostels or budget accommodations in many parts of the world.

Visa laws in many countries such as Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom enable backpackers with restricted visas to work and support themselves while they are in those countries. This allows these backpackers to earn an income while traveling in order to financially support their travels.

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When Did Its Get Start

Prior to the 17th and 18th centuries, the idea of travel was mostly perceived as a negative act, surrounded by the notion that for one to travel, he or she must be fleeing by foot from warfare, disease and tragedy. It was not until the 17th century that travelling became a form of education and excitement. Much like the traditional Gap Year that many Europeans undertake today, many wealthy European men of the 17th century would take ‘a grand tour’ of surrounding countries before settling down to marriage – ‘a last hurrah’ if you’d like to call it that!

In 1955, a bunch of English University students embarked on an overland expedition to follow the trail lead by Marco Polo 700 years earlier – the infamous Silk Route – connecting the East to the West. The students documented their journeys and the word of the overland soon reached the curious young people of the West – sparking the beginning of the Hippie Trail.

Talk of the Silk Route soon sparked the birth of the Hippie Trail – a route extending from Europe to India. This is the moment in history when the idea of ‘backpacking’ really began to emerge. With the cost of air travel unattainable by the average “Jo Blow” or young university student – westerners were excited by the notion of travelling overland by local transport, walking trails and hitchhiking.

Where We Can Make You Do This

Backpacking is one of the most economic and adventurous ways to vacation. For years, penniless college students have enjoyed grabbing their gear, some good friends, a map, and setting out onto an unknown place. That’s how famous European traveller Rick Steves started out in 1973! But the world is changing, and there are some things you need to consider before you go, like where to backpack, your safety, what to bring and how money you can spend. Are you willing to camp, or will you be staying in hostels ? How much will food cost? Finding cheap places to travel can be tricky, but with these top ten best places to backpack you are guaranteed to see the world without breaking the bank.

Some of the places to enjoy backpacking experience are as follows.

  • Nepal
  • Thailand
  • Sri Lanka
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Uttarakhand
  • Nainital Hills
  • Munshiayaari
  • Jammu & Kashmir
  • Indonesia
  • Nicaragua
  • Turkey