Common Mistakes of a First Time Backpacker

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Travelling is an experience and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. A true traveler will never feel tired on a Monday morning at office after a weekend getaway. In fact, his fingers will be moving on keyboard, trying to give words to his journey. A true traveler will be found talking about his encounter with nature with his colleagues or he might just be posting everything on his photo blog. Every time you feel like exploring or the pangs of curiosity make you restless, a traveler is born. Most of us in the crowd are backpackers while there are many who wish to be one. However, as a first timer, few mistakes are bound to happen. They say you learn with mistakes but at times you can avoid a few if you are warned beforehand. So, we thought of sharing some common mistakes of a first time backpacker.


Carrying a Lot of Weight– You simply don’t have to carry those high heels or soccer shorts that you may or may not need. Simply carry the general stuff you require. All thanks to technology, you don’t need to carry those heavy guides as you can have all of those in mobile phones. If you do need to carry something to read, better take along just the one you’d actually read. Plus, instead of taking the high end first aid kit, just carry the basics. A number of people carry sewing kit with them but seriously, how many of us actually know how to mend torn denim? All you need is 2-3 bottoms and top, a pajama and necessary clothing, a simple first aid kit and utility, maximum two towels, slippers, some snacks and a water bottle. Always remember, it’s you who has to carry your luggage so make it as light as possible.

In any case, it’s pretty common to shop when you travel. So it is better to carry the least so that you can shop to your heart’s content.


Selecting a Troublesome Partner– The goodness and worthlessness of a journey largely depends on your travel partner. If you have an incompatible partner, your experience might just turn foul. There could be times when you might want to eat a plate of dimsum at the roadside but your partner may care more about hygiene, than the sheer joy you get in eating those lip smacking bags of steamed vegetables and chicken. Always remember that a good friend might not necessarily be great travel partner.

Adjustment is a key aspect to be looked into when choosing a partner for your backpacking trip. There may be times when you wish to stay a little longer but cannot because your partner doesn’t want to. In such cases, you have no option other than dumping the plan or abandoning your partner all of a sudden. So, instead of damaging relationships as well as an expedition, try choosing a partner with your mind, not heart.


Trying to See Too Much– This is something a number of first timers do. What people don’t understand generally is that they are on a holiday and they need to relax in the cool winds instead of running about from one means of transport to another. Go slow, take your time to explore. Going on too fast won’t let you take in the essence of the place you are at. It is okay to cover just two destinations in a week but it is never okay to rush through five places at a go. Always remember, you aren’t there to increase the count of your backpacking experiences, you are there to travel around, to observe the hues and shades of the area you are in. There’s always a ‘next time’ for all the attractions missed.


Booking Too Much in Advance– Booking hotels in advance is a good decision. In fact, during the peak season it’s best to get your rooms booked well before time to avoid the pains of looking for an accommodation on your arrival. But, booking for a paragliding session or a boat ride could be harmful in case you do not end up going there due to some issues. Therefore, think before you plan out each and every detail of your journey. It’s good to be a planner but going too much into the intricate details before even landing there can be dangerous. Your flight might get late or you may simply go busy enjoying other attractions or may be, you just want to rest but have to go for river rafting just because you’ve booked and paid for it. So, think before you leap.


Clinging to Your Inhibitions- A quite normal problem that majority first time backpackers’ face is clinging to their inhibitions. It’s okay to be nervous but it is never okay to let yourself away from an experience of a lifetime. Just because you are afraid of heights, you don’t really have to get scared of it all your life. You have to get over it and the best way to overcome the fear is letting go off the inhibitions. If rest of the people around you can do it then there’s no point you can’t. It is okay to shout out of fear, it’s alright to ask him to stop in the middle of the flight, it’s okay to weep out of horror, you just don’t have to care about what others will think. Neither do they know you nor do you. Those who know you, will understand what it takes to say ‘yes’ to something you’ve been saying ‘no’ all your life.


Live life, don’t just exist. The highs make the traveler in you braver and stronger.

Now that we have warned you about the problems you could face, we hope you make a wise decision and have a wonderful trip. Bon voyage!


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