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10 Fun things you gain from backpacking

Backpacking is something that forces you out of your comfort zone into new cultures and to new places. Backpacking to new places makes you realise that the world is not such a scary place after all. There are some many things we can gain from travelling that we cannot gain by staying with the four walls of a classroom.

Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.”

Here’s a list of 10 things you gain from backpacking-

1. Deeper understanding of yourself

A time away from your family, friends and colleagues lets you realise who you really are, what you like or dislike and also where your priorities lie. Travel can give you a new purpose and direction in life. You comprehend that your life should be much more than the rat-race.

2. Deeper understanding of your home country

Parashar lake walk up

Majority of people are so mesmerised by foreign countries that in the bargain they forget to explore their own country. Backpacking helps you gain a deeper understanding of your own country. You learn more about your countries traditions, cultures, languages and history.

3. New friends from different cultures

The longer you are on the road the more friends you make. Travelling helps you gain friends from around the country or the globe. You make friends of different cultures, religions and states and realise that you have more in common with them than you have with most other people you know.

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4. Wilder perspective of the world and life

Exploring new places and meeting different people will teach you that that the way you look at the world isn’t the way everybody does. Backpacking opens new doors, it helps you think beyond your job, struggles, etc and you figure out that there is more to life.

5. Courage to step out of your comfort zone

When you travel in an overcrowded jeep, sleep in a room with 20 other strangers or get lost in a city you know nothing about, you gain the courage to step out of your comfort zone and take on challenges in your workplaces as well as your personal life.

6. Skills to manage spending effectively


Since backpacking is all about exploring in the least cost possible it helps you improve your bargaining skills and makes you street smart. Not only do you look to save up on rooms and modes of transport while on the road, but you also learn how to manage your income for a better lifestyle.

7. Backpacking gives you cool stories

Backpacking gives you plenty of stories to share with your friends or even with strangers, be it about a long hike, a friendly local who you shared lunch with or the millions of stars you camped under. A constant trip to new places will make sure there is no awkward silence around you ever again.

8. Confidence in yourself

Dawki at sunset

Taking on a trip to a place away from your family and friends boost your confidence in a way nothing else can. You understand that you are capable of anything and everything. Basically travel removes any limits you put on yourself.

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9. Wanderlust

One of the best things you can gain from travelling is the desire to hit the road again. Travel is simply an addiction that can never be fulfilled, no matter how many places you cover you want to cover more.

10. Travel is education

Dawki backpacking

By travelling to a place you can learn not only about its economy, history, geography and sociology but also get a hands-on experience of the language, food and traditions. One simply cannot learn these things by reading a book.

No gain without pain they say and backpacking for sure is a journey worth taking to learn lessons for life like no other.

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