The fact that I’m going to Nepal on Monday already makes me itch and scratching doesn’t help. I almost forgot that great feeling because it is more than two years since my last backpacking trip to Peru & Bolivia.
Me and my wife are true backpackers hence we only buy the flight tickets, Lonely Planet guide, pack our backpacks and go with the flow. We will spend the next month trekking in Nepal. We didn’t decide yet between the Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp trek, we will make the final decision when we arrive in Kathmandu.
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~Lao Tzu
Backpacking is a life altering experience and here are some reasons to buy a flight ticket, pack your stuff and travel to the faraway places.
Have fun. There is no rocket science in this one. Backpacking is fucking awesome and it is the best way to explore the world and enjoy while you are doing it.
Meet a ton of cool people. While backpacking you meet the most genuine travelers. Nobody is hiding behind his social position or job title, nobody has the latest BMW to impress others, nobody stands out with his fancy clothes,… At the evening all the people in the hostel are talking what they have already experienced and where are they going tomorrow.
Broaden your horizons. Visiting new cultures and new places will awaken some specific areas of your inner-self. It is also very educating and positive experience which expands your mind. Backpacking is quite challenging and you to learn to be more creative and flexible. You will definitely come back as a better person with a bunch of new knowledge about life.
Relax and be happier. Life is really crazy these days. That’s why it is really advisable to get away from the stress of everyday life. You will sense the real freedom because there are no limits and you can decide where to go and what to do in the last minute.