Anyone who loves to travel will tell you how important it is. Not only does it teach you about the world but it opens your mind to new ideas and traditions. In addition to that, you get to meet new people, make new friends, learn new languages and see beautiful places. So, given a chance, why would anyone say no to traveling?

With the recent trend of minimalism on the rise, people have learned to own as little as possible. They have accepted that since everything in the world is temporary, there is no point in trying to hold so much. This school of thought has made its way in the world of traveling. People now travel around the world with little enough belongings to fit in a backpack. However, another reason for the great success of the backpacking type of traveling is it allows the traveler greater liberty to move around and is extremely light on the pocket.


Tips to survive

There are several tips for backpacking that make life more comfortable as a traveler:

  1. Researching Properly: Perhaps the best suggestion is to investigate appropriately. It will not only help you explore new places but will also help you get cheaper and better deals. Not only that but researching properly also means that you are well aware of local traditions.

  2. Backpack weight: Since the entire idea about backpacking is traveling light, the simplest trick is to have a light-weighted backpack. This means that you are reducing weight without having to throw out any essentials.  This is will not only lower the pressure on your backpack but will mean that you do not get tired as quickly.

  3. Accommodation: Since the main idea behind travel is to explore the world, do not spend on luxurious hotels. It is way cheaper to find hostels instead of hotels or slightly to camp in open ground (which in fact is the real essence of backpacking). Staying in luxurious hotels is then only a way to keep yourself away from your real surroundings and in an artificial way

  4. Plastic Bags: Always pack plastic bags. You never know how many uses there can be for a plastic bag. From carrying your essentials to waterproofing, there is barely anything that a plastic bag cannot help you with.

  5. Duplicates: Although the thought of running out of some of your essentials will scare you, do not make the mistake of carrying duplicates of everything. Carrying duplicates will not only increase your luggage size but also kill the real essence of backpacking.

  6. Duct Tape: At any time during your trip, any of your belongings can break, and duct tape can do wonders when it breaks. Duct tape can also help with various other stuff, including waterproofing and insulation.

  7. Sleeping Bag: Sleeping bags are excellent in both, keeping your cost down and keeping you warm. If during your trip you feel tired, all you need to do is lay out your sleeping bag and get in.

  8. DIY: never underestimate the practicality of DIY hacks. Not only are they cost-effective, but will also give you a greater sense of what it is like to travel. Also, what is the point of traveling where everything is just given? There is no fun unless you work for it.

  9. Pictures: The best part about any event is the pictures. Later, when you are done with the trip, you could look back and them and relive the experience. But, you need to make sure that you do not make pictures the entire purpose of your visit. If you do that, you will have no real memory of the picture when you look back on it. The only thing that you will remember is the instance of taking that picture. This beats the entire purpose of traveling.

  10. What to Eat: if you plan on only visiting exotic locations and eating exotic food, it will not be long that you run out of money. Instead, your purpose should be to eat as much local food as possible since the cheap local food is what the place is like in reality.

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