New Series – Over the next few weeks i will be writing up my ABC of Backpacking. If you have any of your own then please leave in the comments below the post. It will be interesting to see how many we can come up with.
Lets start with the first 3 letters ABC
A for ADVENTURE
There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to change up your routine by adding in a little fun and excitement. In fact it can be extremely healthy to do something different now and again. You can broaden your horizons and gain experience by taking on a new challenge. Plus doing something different is a great way to reduce stress and boredom in your life.
So if you are feeling way too comfortable with your regular routines, consider adding a little adventure into your life.
There are 30,000 days in your life….. there are no warm-ups, no practice rounds, no reset buttons. Your biggest risk isn’t failing, it’s getting too comfortable… Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure – Drew Houston
Adventure is usually defined by words like daring, exciting, experience. Adventure is whatever you want it to be. Trek through your local woods, climb a mountain, jump a waterfall, anything to get you out of your comfort zone.
A for ATLAS
B for BACKPACKER
Is a Backpacker a tourist, a traveller or something else? Opinions please !!!!!
B for BACKPACKING
B for BLOG/BLOGGERS
The online diary. We used to write out everything by hand and only we would read it but now we write for anyone who happens across our website/blog and some even go on to attract a worldwide following. A Blog is really an essential part of travel these days. We can keep in touch with our friends and family while backpacking remote corners of this world.
If you don’t have a Blog yet, then a good place to start is on WordPress.com where you can sign up for a free one. For more serious bloggers, you can move up to wordpress.org and put your own stamp on your blog and start to earn an income whilst backpacking and blogging.
B for BUCKET LIST
C for CAMPING
Backpacking and camping go hand in hand. Hike one of the many trails and camp out at night. This helps keep travel costs down but is also a way of life adding that extra dimension to your trip. Tents can easily be carried and put up quickly almost anywhere. Camping aslso gives you more feeling of independance.
C for COMFORT ZONE
To go backpacking you need to leave your comfort zone. This is the state of mind you are in for many months of your life. Get out there, experience new adventures, meet new people, try new foods. The hardest part is taking that first step and starting a new life. Turn off that TV, Pack your backpack and leave your familiar surroundings. Believe me, You will NOT regret it.
C for COUNTRIES
There are around 200 countries in the world. The exact number depends on how you define a country. Wikipedia lists 206 states recognised by the U.N.
There are many Backpackers who like to tick off Countries and make this their travel goal spending a few years in persuit of it. Recently one English Backpacker, Graham Hughes, travelled to every country in the world without flying.
C for Culture and Customs
As you travel around the world you will notice that different peoples hae different ways of life from the life you know. Don’t expect everywhere to be the same. Learn how other people live. Respect their culture even if it is difficult to understand and not to your liking.
Dress according to local law. The best way to immerse yourself is to people watch and discover how the locals go about their day
C for CYCLING
Are there any more ABC’s you would like to add to the list? Please add in the comments below.
Next time I will cover D,E,F