Travelling the world with no more than few essential possessions strapped to your back might seem like a scary prospect, but it can have a transformative effect on your life. You’ll see and experience things you only dreamed of before, meet new people and find out what you’re really capable of, which is why everyone, no matter how young or old, should think about going off backpacking at least once in their life.
Not convinced? Check out these very real ways in which your life will change after a backpacking adventure:
You’ll Make Lots of New Friends
The best reason to go backpacking is undoubtedly the new relationships you’ll form as a result. Wherever you go, you’ll meet new people from new places, many of whom will become lifelong friends.
You’ll have a lot of interesting conversations, which will teach you about others cultures, ensure you learn more about tents and packing backpacks than you ever thought possible, and give you more insight into human nature than you would get in a million years of working a desk job. Who knows, you might even find the love of your life in the outback of Australia or the deserts of Egypt.
You’ll Make Unforgettable Memories
No one wants to look back on their life with nothing but regret for the opportunities they missed and the boring, safe life they led. When you take the plunge, give in to the wanderlust and go camping, you’ll never have that experience because you’ll try new things, see the world’s most precious wonders, challenge yourself to do more and be more and live a life that is truly worth living. You’ll come back with some great stories that’ll make you popular at parties too!
You’ll Challenge Yourself
When you stay in one place, you stagnate. You get into a routine and live a comfortable life that doesn’t offer you much in the way of excitement and challenges. This suits some people, but for withers, it can be disastrous, leaving them bored, sad, and depressed. By packing a tent and strapping on a backpack, you can find out who you really are and what you’re capable of by plunging yourself into new and uncomfortable situations, whether they are climbing mountains, conversing in a new language or getting safely out of a bad part of town.
You’ll Be Happy with Less
When you go backpacking, by necessity, you travel extremely lightly. This might seem really difficult at first, but pretty soon, you’ll get used to having only what you really need, and this will serve you well for the rest of your life. You’ll come to realize that we don’t need lots of expensive gadgets, huge houses, and hoards of possessions to be happy and fulfilled. Once you realize this, you might not have to work so hard to keep up with the Joneses, and you’ll have more time to do the activities that really fulfill you.
So, get packing your backpack, book your flights and go on the trip of a lifetime. You won’t regret it, and even if you do, it’s an experience that you can look back on and say you really lived.