The Different Backpacking Genres

Backpacking is an activity that can be defined in different ways. For instance, a person you met, who describes himself as a backpacker, brings around a heavy bag on his shoulders and goes to forests or climb on mountains and intends to camp or sleep there. Another person you just met in a hotel that seems to carry the weight on his shoulders with all the stuff sticking out of his bag. They are all backpackers are people who do backpacking. Backpacking can be described as an independent, often international, low-budget way of traveling. There are three known different backpacking genres: The ultralight backpacking, the flashpacking, and backpacking RTW Travel.

The ultralight backpacking is traveling with fewer things to bring. As we travel to places we often bring things that are either necessary or not. We often bring our toiletries and for a woman, it can be double than the amount. The thought of not having toothpaste or tissues is already scary but ultralight backpackers are very limited people. Every single thing that they bring is being downsized from toiletries to their sleeping beds. These people can adapt to anywhere they go. Either they sleep on the cold ground of the forest or the warm bed of a hotel. In both scenarios, they carry as little things as possible.

Flashpacking, in the simplest term, traveling extravagantly. These are backpackers who mainly like a comfortable lifestyle. They usually bring their gadgets from their cellular phones, cameras, laptops, tablets and other gadgets they can bring. These are travelers that love hotels, go to guidebook destinations and see the main attraction. These backpackers also travel luxuriously like dining in the finest restaurants and go to parties wherever it may be.

And finally, backpacking RTW Travel. This genre of backpacking is the original and might be one of the most common. In this genre, you are traveling on a budget, usually in long distances. These backpackers travel for a long time and these people are not the same with casual tourists that just travel when they have free time, they are people that travel for months or even years. They don’t travel extravagantly, in fact, they only hike in long roads to get to wherever they are going, try to get short-term work for them to continue their travels and immerse themselves in the cultures that are around them. This might sound unbelievable but it is actually quite a wonderful journey.


Where are the best countries to go backpacking?

The five best countries are:

Portugal – A fantastic coastal destination offers you the taste of its culture and amazing scenery.

Indonesia – A place that respects its years of culture that should be explored on foot. It is a budget friendly for the first time travelers.

Turkey – What more can you say?

Peru – An adventure and mystery filled a place for you to backpack especially if you are looking for Machu Picchu.

Malaysia – Untamed forests, Taman Negara, and its Amazonian rope bridges. You will surely enjoy the place.

Why do people backpack?

It is not the most comfortable thing in the world. Based on what we know, backpacking is really about traveling and knowing the world we live in. There are people who think that backpacking is a way to have peace. Some others used backpacking as an excuse to find themselves, which is the most cliché reason to travel. Some others just want to discover the cultures that are not known to the general public. And some others use a backpack for a good cause. Whatever it may be, backpacking is a great way to open your mind and reinvigorate your soul to the world around you.