Backpacking is a wonderful experience on its own. If you are imagining backpacking as a hobby in which a person likes to packing bags, you are quite far from the truth. Backpacking, according to the internet, means “to travel or hike carrying one’s belongings in a rucksack/backpack”.
Let us hope that this definition helps to clarify one’s doubts regarding the term. Backpacking is an art on its own. It takes lots of time, planning and experience in order to become ‘the master backpacker’. To pack all of the necessities into a backpack, and that too for the extent of your trip is no easy task.
But fret not for this article aims to help you learn the basics of backpacking and 7 places around the globe where you might want to go backpacking.
First, let us start with the basics of backpacking. Always pack for the geography of the place you are traveling to. If the climate is cold pack lots of warm clothes; if the climate is hot, pack lots of light clothes and shorts.
Get a good and durable pair of hiking boots if you plan to go hiking or to someplace cold, otherwise wear sandals with straps. Remember to pack a light-weight tent and sleeping bag, if you plan to camp outdoors. Remember to keep a swiss army knife on you; you can never know when you might need one of ‘em tools.
Keeps a fanny pack or a sling bag filled with handy stuff. Always have a torch, lighter and compass on you. Store some snacks in your bag and emergency food packs (preferably cup noodles).
Last but not least, don’t ever forget to have a water bottle on you; two if possible (but not three, because three is just overkill).
Now, 7 of the best places all across the globe; one from each continent; places where you need to go if you are a backpacking fanatic:
1. Prashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh, India
Camp at the ‘lap of the Himalayas’! Snow season is from December to March. If you are planning for a slightly warmer stay, camp during July and August. This place has a lot of scope for trekking and photography.
Camp at one of the coldest places on the planet! The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) governs some tourism agencies that cater to basic needs like food and shelter. The agencies will guide you during your expeditions on land, so don’t worry about getting lost. Littering on Antarctica is considered an offense to be on your guard.
3. North Stradbroke Island, Australia
Colloquially known as Straddie, the island is the best place for all day surfing, kangaroo gazing and amazing coastal walks.
4. Glacier National Park, Montana, U.S.A
Enjoy hiking forests, mountains and meadows; while enjoying the amazing glaciers in the vicinity.
5. Rose Cottage, Mojandita, Otavalo, Ecuador, South America
Chillax amidst country-garden flowers and with amazing views of many volcanoes. One can find lots of British influence on this land. You can walk to the town of Otavalo and enjoy the famous crafts market and Saturday animal fare.
6. Siwa Oasis, Egypt, Africa
It is located in the middle of Egypt’s the Western Desert. It is a real-life oasis, especially amazing for stargazing with lots of tourism hotspots.
7. Le Clos du Lac, Provence, France, Europe
Last but not least, this is a campsite located on a mountain. It is amazing for fishing, hiking, and swimming. This land is perfect for Instagram photography and also has a botanical garden (home to 9 species of butterflies).