For many of us, backpacking is initially an exhilarating, exciting and often scary experience. However, you’ll come out of it with wonderful memories that you won’t get anywhere else. Unfortunately, as you continue backpacking, you might eventually get to a point where you’ve exhausted all of the fun and you’ll encounter some very similar and samey experiences. You’ll meet similar people, eat similar food and even see similar sights.
Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic ways to challenge yourself while backpacking, and in this post, we’re going to cover a couple of ways for you to spice up your adventures.
1. Keep up with people you meet on social media
When you meet people backpacking, you’ll often think about meeting people then never seeing them again. However, thanks to technology and social media, it’s completely possible to keep up with people that you’ve met. As a challenge, ask people for their social media accounts and keep up with them to grow your network of global friends. Stay in touch even after you leave the country and try to arrange a meetup at some point in the future–perhaps in your home country next time!
2. Try a different way of travelling
If you’re used to taking public transportation and walking, then why not try a different form of transportation? For example, a great way to get around anywhere is to cycle. Think you’re up for a cycling challenge? Try Lands End to John O’Groats in the United Kingdom or consider a famous long-distance hike such as the Great Himalayan Trail in Nepal. These are some fantastic ways to experience the country you’re in from a different perspective and a physical challenge that many people would love to tackle.
3. Set yourself a budget limit and try to stick to it
Backpacking always loses some of its magic when you have a lot of funds to work with. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, then set a challenge to get through a day or even a week on a limited budget. This could mean going through a day with just a bit of money or trying to make it as long as possible without actually spending a penny. This is a fantastic way to force yourself to get to know people, socialize and even look for budget eats.
4. Search for a place that you can’t find online and share it
There are plenty of places in the world that aren’t on Google Maps or even on the internet. Sure, they might be whispers of a great hole-in-the-wall restaurant to eat at or a place that serves fantastic coffee but try and go to places that haven’t been mentioned on the internet and report back what you find. If you find a hidden gem that offers delicious food, then it’s well worth sharing your discovery so that others may also enjoy it. Of course, it doesn’t need to be related to food either and can be a great public bath or antique store.