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Thread: What is Backpacking?

  1. #1
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    Aug 2012

    Default What is Backpacking?

    Backpacking is an outdoor pastime which is popular in many parts of the world. Backpacking involves hiking to a camping location while carrying a pack which contains food and gear for the hikers. Backpacking usually involves at least one night of outdoor camping, but can last for months if hikers replenish their supplies along the way. Many mountainous regions of the world are popular among backpackers, and several countries have well established trails such as the Pacific Crest Trail which are designed for backpackers and day hikers.
    Last edited by sherlyk; 08-30-2012 at 05:11 AM.

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    Aug 2012


    Backpacker accommodation is typically low cost short term accommodation. Traditionally backpacker accommodation was primarily dormitory style with communal self catering facilities and social areas but in recent years the quality and services of establishments has improved dramatically. It is now not unusual for some newer establishments to include en-suite accommodation with single, double or quad occupancy rooms and offer free breakfast, air conditioning, pool and linen.

    For travellers, the main benefits of backpacker accommodation include:

    • The low price of the accommodation compared to alternatives such as hotels and bed and breakfasts
    • Common areas (kitchens, sitting rooms, pool rooms, bars etc.) encourage more interaction between guests than in traditional hotels.
    • Hostels are less formal than hotels.
    • Most hostels have a library of travel guides for guests to use to plan out their journey and often provide DVD libraries and book swap systems.
    • Hostel staff are genuinely there to help, provide free, independent advice on the best places to eat and drink, travel options etc.
    • Many hostels provide activities for their guests for a nominal charge or no charge at all.

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    Jan 2013


    Backpacking is a form of traveling, which is low cost and independent with no fixed schedule. In this, sightseeing is not on the top of the priority list of backpacker. Backpackers are interested in seeing the real places instead of massive landmarks. Generally they are not only active in search of adventure and experience, but also in search of travelers who want to see beyond the usual and experience the real thing.

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    Last edited by johnson1; 01-17-2013 at 07:12 AM.

  4. #4
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    Apr 2013
    Mumbai, India


    Backpacking is a form of low-cost, independent international travel.
    It includes the use of a
    backpack or other luggage that is easily carried for long distances or long periods of time; the use of public transport; inexpensive lodging such as youth hostels; a longer duration to the trip when compared with conventional vacations; and an interest in meeting the locals as well as seeing the sights.
    It is typically associated with young adults, who generally have fewer obligations and thus more time to travel.
    They also have less money to spend on
    hotels or private vehicles. It may include wilderness adventures or be limited to travel within settled areas.


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