It is important that for at least once in your life you travel, it doesn’t matter how short it is, or how you do it, what matters is that you experience a culture other than your own. This is to open your mind to other ways of thinking and living. One way to do this cheaply and more adventurously is by backpacking, which will not only allow you to travel more economically, but also allow you to travel to more places. A fond memory of mine was when I backpacked around Asia, a place so far away and different from home.
I started my little travel in a place a bit more common to the western world, the place is highly urbanized, and everyone spoke English, that place was Singapore. It is truly a magnificent city, so clean and orderly, though the tough laws are the reason for that. I was traveling on a budget though, so I stayed in a pretty modest hotel, which was incredibly clean and well maintained, exploring the city made me spend a bit of money as the more interesting things there were the attractions built, such as the Botanical gardens, which really amazed me, so many exotic plants wonderfully placed and presented, no wonder it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I highly recommend you going there if you are ever in the country. Another place I visited that stood out, before moving on to the next country, was the Aquarium, Sentosa I belived it was called, I’ve been to a few aquariums before but this one is quite grand, another recommendation to this.
My next destination was the Philippines, I thought to myself why not enjoy some tropical beaches, and a friend I met in Singapore highly recommended Boracay, Philippines. It was quite wonderful, I got there just in time for some sort of festival, or maybe they just partied like that all year round, I wasn’t sure. It wasn’t exactly as cheap as I thought it would be though, but that was just at Boracay, the more I traveled around Philippines to less tourist attracting destinations, I experience beauty and wonders at a reasonable price. I didn’t stay long in the country though as I had more of Asia to explore.
One destination which was definitely not cheap was Japan, the expenses and inns were slightly pricey compared to most Asian countries, but I had to visit Kyoto, as I am a big fan of their animations and some of their movies. The food was wonderful and made with a lot of effort put into it, which reflected in its price. I realized at this moment I was less of a backpacker than I was an ordinary big spending tourist at this point.
I then decided to go to Thailand and rough it out a bit to get back to my Backpacking journey, I ate where the locals ate, and played where the locals played, and made many friends, one even invited me to stay in his home. We had dinner and I helped cooked, this is when I knew I was backpacking the right way.
I went a few places after that but after a while I needed to go back my world. I will never regret my travels, though I lost my way a few times and spent more than a backpacker should have. Traveling to places different from your home is an experience everyone should have.