Backpacking—you’ve probably heard of it—is a popular way of traveling among adventurers out there. In case you’re not familiar, backpacking is when people pack their stuff into a backpack and hit the road to explore different places and seek amazing adventures and unforgettable experiences.
When you’re backpacking, you’re all about the budget life. It involves staying in budget accommodations like hostels, crashing on a friendly couch through Couchsurfing, or trying out other cool and cheap accommodations and often prioritizing low-cost and low-maintenance travel—relying on public transportation, walking, or hitchhiking to get around. They tend to be more flexible with their itineraries, having a go-with-the-flow attitude that allows them to follow spontaneous detours and recommendations from fellow travelers or friendly locals.
However, with all the hype surrounding this travel style, there are some of us who simply aren’t drawn to it. I count myself among this group.
Now, here’s the thing—I’m not here to criticize backpacking. It’s totally cool, and I actually gave it a try myself back in 2016 when I started traveling solo and I continued doing so the following year, but you know what? It just didn’t click with me. It never became my preferred way of traveling.
So, in this blog post, I want to share my perspective and explain why backpacking isn’t my cup of tea.
Reason #1: I don’t like traveling on a tight budget.
Reason #7: I’m all about exploring good restaurants and trying local foods.
I’ve noticed that many backpackers I know (at least from where I am from) choose to save money by not eating proper food during their trip to save money, such as eating instant noodles. Okay, nothing’s wrong with that. Whatever works for them. As for me, I have a different approach. When I travel, I prefer to fully experience the local food culture and enjoy authentic dishes. I’m not a fan of bringing food from home or having the kind of food I can find in my home country to cut costs. Instead, I believe in treating myself to tasty meals and dining at good restaurants when I travel.
I am also quite picky with food, and I tend to avoid street foods because of my sensitive stomach. Taking care of my health is important to me when I travel, so eating quality food is a priority.
There you have it, my top 6 reasons why backpacking isn’t my thing. Some of my friends label me a “backpacker,” but to be honest, I don’t really fancy it. I like to do things my own way when I explore the world, which, based on what I’ve mentioned above, obviously is not the same as backpacking.
After all, traveling is a personal journey, and we all have our own preferences and ways of doing things. Let’s break free from generalizations and stop assuming that everyone travels the same way. It can be confusing for those who aren’t familiar with the term and the many different ways people go on their adventures.
There’s no right or wrong way to travel. It’s all about finding what makes you happy and brings you joy. Whether you enjoy the comforts of a fancy hotel or the excitement of camping under the stars, the beauty of travel lies in the freedom to choose what suits you best.
X, Hani. ❤