5 Must Do Activities for Backpackers
Tuesday 1st May 2018 | Annalisa
Backpacking is popular with many young people and is becoming increasingly more popular with the older generations who are coming to retirement age and have money to spare.
There’s nothing quite like the freedom of putting the bare essentials into a bag and setting off on a trip. Whether you are heading out across the country or across to the other side of the world, there are certain ‘must do’ activities for backpackers. Let’s take a look at some of those here.
Do Something Crazy
Everybody has a bucket list with at least one crazy thing on it, right? Whether it’s jumping out of a plane, doing a bungee jump or holding a deadly python, you need to finish your backpacking trip with a succession of awesome stories to tell the jealous folk back home. Wherever you are in the world, conduct some research and see if any of those crazy things you’ve always wanted to do are available to do in your area. If they are, you’re just going to have to take the plunge and do it.
It’s important to challenge yourself every now and then, and if you’re not going to do it while backpacking, when are you going to do it? This could be something work related like farm work in Texas or fruit picking in Australia, to having a day out at the Pittsburgh Escape Room, where you can put your heads together to solve tasks in order to win the day and get your freedom back. The latter is a lot more fun, but it’ll work your brain like nothing else.
Take a Road Trip
Whether you’re in the Outback in Oz or in a small town in Eastern Europe, a backpacker needs to get themselves some wheels at some point and experience the area the proper way by driving around and getting lost. The tours and the Greyhound buses are fine, but you miss the nooks and crannies that are off the beaten path and can’t be found in the guidebooks, and isn’t that what backpacking is all about?
Eat Something New
It’s always good to try new things, even if you can’t pronounce the name and it doesn’t look or smell too good. Still, it’s another way to indulge in other cultures, and when you’re backpacking, that’s what you need to do. Steer clear of the fast food restaurants you can find in any country on earth, and get down with the local cuisine. Try some street food, eat what and where the locals eat and give your taste buds an experience you’ll never forget.
Do as the Locals Do
Wherever your travels take you, it pays to invest time and effort into making friends with the locals and engaging in the kind of activities they like to do. Not only is this a fun and rewarding experience for you, but it is also a polite and respectful way of indulging in other cultures and people. In most cases, people love to have travellers come and stay with them and learn about the way they live. You’ll add some mileage to your soul and learn a great deal in the process.