Orgasm: n. The most intense or highest point of an experience or of a series of events. Maximum excite in which you experience intense pleasure, followed by relaxation.
Being a backpacker is a self-learning lifestyle were through the travelling experience you search for your own personal growth.
Backpacking travelling can be divided in many aspects:
1. Booking the ticket
Is already an orgasmic experience, backpacking or not, it’s always a pleasure to invest in.
2. Travelling by foot
Carrying your backpack anywhere, avoiding transport, although you end up feeling tired it’s also a positive feeling.
3. Travelling with no routes
It’s handy and easier to have a route planned but I believe it’s better not to plan too much, so you can change if you feel like it. You might enjoy or not where you are, shortening or increasing your stay. This has happened to me and I’m glad I didn’t plan too much so I was able to change my mind with no problem.
If you’re travelling with plenty of time, I recommend you not to plan or purchase transport tickets with too much time, as you might want to stay longer.
This happening leads to two options, wasting money or feeling forced to leave.
4. Using public transport.
Moving around with your backpack is already a big stimulus as I mentioned back on nº2, but travelling on a tuk-tuk, a minivan, bus, train and other local transports to make it to your destiny is really satisfying as well.
5. Staying at hostels and guesthouses
It is a must in backpacking. Around South East Asia, Europe, you will find hostels for backpackers everywhere. Personally I choose the basics, good prices, sharing room and bathrooms occasionally, but always check the reviews.
Other options I go for are guesthouses, private homes which offer private rooms for travellers. It’s a win-win. They might not be helpful in speaking English, but the service is absolutely impeccable. Being their own house they keep it clean, looked after and they are always very helpful and caring. They even include breakfast and delicious local food!
My favourite guesthouses so far are:
-Matara, Sri Lanka – Guillet Beach Home
-Khao Sok, Thailand – Khao Sok Guesthouse Resort
6. Catching up with fellow backpackers and sharing experiences.
Wherever you go with your backpack you will always meet people in a similar situation. Basic questions are the following
-What’s your name?
-Where do you come from?
-How long have you been travelling?
-Where have you already been?
Asking for age is optional but it might also pop up. This will be the main questions you will make and answer.
7. The art of packing.
You will become an expert in packing. During your trip, you will pack and unpack so many times you won’t be able to count them. You will make beginners mistakes, you will drive yourself mad thinking you won’t fit everything inside your backpack, but little by little you will become an expert and you will discover different ways to pack optimizing your free space.
You will master the rolling technic and packing will become an art. Each time it will take you less time to plan and pack.
8. Resolving issues and enjoying finding solutions.
Each one of us organises our trips in different ways, destination, excitement, the adventure, budget, memories… It’s a LIFE EXPERIENCE and every experience includes learning from it. This includes searching for information, resolving the accommodation, learning to camp, learning to pack, becoming independent, surviving, creating sources to keep on travelling or travelling with no money.
These are my backpacking orgasms. Surely you have many like mine and many more, so I hope you share them with us through social media on the hashtag #OrgasmoMochileroMahalo.
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