Backpacking is truly unlike any other form of travel. Ask anyone who’s been, and they’re bound to tell you it was the best time of their life. But if you’re totally new to backpacking, we know the thought of leaving home with just the bag on your back can seem a little daunting.
If you’ve been pondering whether or not to plan your own travel adventure, then here are just some of the reasons why people catch the backpacking bug…
1. You make friends from around the world
For us, this is the very best thing about backpacking. You will meet like-minded people from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. There are so many opportunities to get to know people, from taking part in group activities to bonding over breakfast at your hostel (and ours is complimentary!).
We love seeing guests arrive as complete strangers and leave as friends. The saying ‘it’s a small world’ really does apply here – you never know when your paths will cross again, and it might just surprise you!
2. It’s affordable
Want to get the most bang for your buck? Well, backpacking is definitely for you. You will see your savings stretch further by staying in hostels, taking cheaper transport options and scoping out the most affordable places to eat and drink (which usually happen to be the best local places).
If you’re thinking of visiting us here in Vietnam, you’ll be pleased to know that the cost of travelling is super affordable – it’s estimated that you can get by on as little as 20 euros a day here!
3. You get to experience hostel life
Staying in hostels is another great part of backpacking. The hostel experience is completely different to staying in a hotel or AirBnb. Shared dorms, social areas and fun activities are just a few of the things that differentiate hostels from your typical accommodation.
Whether you’re out on a tour with fellow travellers or sharing drinks during happy hour, you’ll meet people easily which is especially great if you’re travelling solo. Did you know we have a daily happy hour from 6-7pm where you can get a free local beer when you buy any bottle?
Oh, and don’t forget the friendly staff who know all the secret spots and hidden gems you don’t want to miss.
4. You learn about different cultures first hand
When backpacking, you’re far more likely to find yourself heading off the beaten track and exploring local areas. Through these experiences, you’ll learn about the country’s culture and realize that there are many different ways to live life. The saying ‘travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer’ definitely rings true when it comes to backpacking.
Chances are, your hostel will also have all kinds of unique experiences to take you off the tourist trail – we have a 2-day tour taking you out to the untouched Bai Tu Long Bay and a cooking class where you can learn how to whip up delicious Vietnamese cuisine (and eat it afterwards, of course!).
5. There’s no freedom quite like it
As a backpacker, you get to do what you want when you want. You’re not locked into anyone’s itinerary and the freedom this brings is truly liberating. Feel like going off exploring today? Great! Need a day kicking back at the hostel? Your call. Want to leave the city and move on to the next place? Easy.
The best part about having no strict schedule is that it gives you more room for spontaneity – while exploring, it’s likely that you will stumble upon unexpected places where you might make your best memories. Backpacking is the time to let go and learn to live in the moment, and if you can take a bit of this attitude back home with you then even better.
6. You come home with the best stories
Further to the above, you’re going to make some of the best travel stories ever while backpacking – as you’ll learn when swapping them with other travellers in the bar. From the people you meet along the way who become friends for life to the unique adventures you experience, you’ll be racking up stories to tell your children and grandchildren (and maybe some you won’t tell them too!).
As you get home and get back into ‘normal’ life, you’ll realise that backpacking is one thing you will simply never regret.
7. It changes you – for the better
It might sound cliché, but backpacking really does change the way you see the world and yourself. By stepping outside of your comfort zone, you learn a lot about yourself and how resourceful you can really be. You’ll gain confidence from meeting new people and become more open-minded in the process.
Backpacking is not always the easiest or comfiest way to travel, but it’s definitely worth it.
So, there you have it – seven great reasons to buy that backpack, book that flight and start making your backpacking dream come true.
If you’re looking to visit Vietnam on your adventures, then be sure to check us out here in Hanoi. With dorms from as little as $8 and our slick private rooms from $35, you won’t find anywhere that offers luxury on a budget like we do. Check them out here and book via our website for an extra 10% off with code STAYNEXY.