- What are some of the reasons why backpackers travel?
While most of it is due to personal reasons, many travelers state that the economy has a hand in the decision. Some of the other reasons are that they want to get work experience in their travels, improve their CV, and volunteer in various NGOs or even just to learn a new language. After all, what better way to pick up a new language than by living in the country that speaks it? A lot of backpackers travel for fun or adventure.
- Do people usually buy travel insurance when backpacking?
Although it is recommended just in case of any issues, many backpackers do not purchase travel insurance. This may have to do with their budget but statistics show that almost 80% of travelers don’t purchase travel insurance with their tickets which leaves them unprotected for the expensive part of their trip. 10% of those who did purchase it claimed it on their return. On average, the people who didn’t invest in travel insurance for their trip ended up saving thousands of dollars which was used to have a better time, a longer vacation and the chance to try out different activities.
- Where are the most popular destinations for backpackers?
Many backpackers choose to explore North America, Canada and Australasia because of the vast choices for traveling in terms of natural beauty and friendliness. These countries are large in size and offer a lot for a yearlong backpacking trip. Backpackers who don’t have a lot of time tended to visit Europe for shorter trips.
- How did backpacking begin?
Many say that the history of backpacking started when some university students traced the Silk Route and documented it. Others say it started when the camping backpack was invented in 1920 by Lloyd F. Nelson.
- How is a backpack different today than from before?
The backpack has evolved over the years with more emphasis given on structure, comfort and support. Earlier backpacks used to be simple bags with shoulder straps which had no back support. A pack board was added to create a divide between the contents of the bag and the person carrying the bag. This made a huge difference as it evenly distributed the weight. This design remains relatively unchanged – at least the concept of it, but engineering and new material have made it possible to make it a more utilitarian product.
- What are the precautions one must take while backpacking?
One cardinal rule is never access money from your money belt in public. If you are carrying one – which we highly advise. This sends off signals to possible thieves that you are a prime target; you don’t want to be stuck in a foreign country with no money and no ID. That is the modern day version of hell. If you have money in your wallet, do not keep it in your backpack as thieves can clash your bag and take it without you knowing. Distribute your money evenly so that if your pocket gets picked, you have backups.