Here at Nomads Auckland we have a lot of backpackers coming and going. So I wondered why do they backpack through the world… I asked around and this is what I found out and their answers made me realise that they’re all really good reasons why backpacking is good for you.

The most common reasons I heard for why backpacking is good for you:

#1 Backpacking gives you the opportunity to travel and see a lot of the world on a budget. You might need to lower your usual living standards a bit with eating street food and sharing a dorm and bathroom with other people. But it is a great way to see different environments on a low costs.

#2 Backpacking let’s you experience the culture and your surroundings in a more intense way. First you might have a problem with the language in the country or you are not used to the smell, food and culture. You are on the “road” so you get to know new people, new impressions and differences from what you experienced before. This “on the road” experience will give you strength and confidence for the future.

#3 Backpackers live day to day basically, we don’t have a strict timetable. Let’s say you want to travel up north somewhere and for some reason you want to spend another night in that city – you just organize a place to stay for the night and leave the next day. Your day is not planned out, you plan by how you’re feeling. Sometimes you feel the urge to move on to see more of a country or the opposite can occur if you feel that you would like to spend some more time at this one place because you haven’t seen everything yet. You don’t get the feeling that you are missing out and due to the flexible timeframe it is easier to enjoy the moment.

#4 Backpackers have an adventure of a lifetime. Each time they go with their giant backpacks to the airport, bus station or even by foot on the streets… they are about to experience a life adventure. You don’t worry about a thing, you have a goal where you want to be in a day, months or even years and you get there eventually.

#5 Backpackers love to stay in hostels, not only because it is cheap, fun and convenient… no, because they love to meet other backpackers. If you travel on your own the easiest way to meet similar minded fella’s is in backpacker hostels most of the time you even find lifelong friends while you travel and you keep in contact.

#6 Backpackers tend to be more open minded. Due to the many experiences of many different cultures and events backpackers have a different view on life. They are more laid back since somehow they always made it through difficulties and dangerous situations. Once you are a backpacker you can’t stop to be one. This lifestyle is addicting.

Let your mind free, experience, get to know yourself better and become a backpacker 😉

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