The best backpacking food is homemade

Backpacking Packing List – Medical checklist

It’s always worth packing a small first-aid kit. On my travels, I’ve been hospitalized three times, been in a couple of motorbike accidents and had more hangovers than I can count. My first aid kit saved my ass on more than one occasion…


I recommend picking up a pre-assembled first-aid kit and then pimping it out with all of the below.

  • Personal medicines such as inhalers
  • Paracetamol, ibuprofen, and aspirin
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Mosquito repellent (at least 40% deet)
  • Antihistamines
  • Bandages and gauze
  • Plasters in various sizes
  • Steri-strips
  • Throat lozenges
  • Condoms
  • Ciprofloxacin (the best thing to take for traveler’s diarrhea. Prescription only in UK so please take medical advice before taking)
  • Malaria pills if applicable

Плюсы и минусы бэкпэкер туризма

Без всяких сомнений, самым важным и главным плюсом является полная свобода действий. Вы можете выбрать любую страну, любое направление и действовать по маршруту, составленному вами, а не туроператором.

При таком раскладе у вас есть возможность посетить самые интересные места, куда обычно не завозят туристические группы, но в ваших силах самим выбрать занятия по душе.

К минусам же можно отнести сомнительную безопасность. В вашем путешествии вы будете доверять совершенно незнакомым людям, попутчикам или просто местным жителям

Конечно, не все люди могут оказаться преступниками или бандитами, но лишняя осторожность вам не помешает. Также ваша безопасность зависит только от вас

За вас не несет ответственность туроператор, только вы сами. Так что если вы не готовы сами защитить себя и свои права в другой стране, лучше повременить с идеей о подобном отдыхе.

Backpacking Supply List – Hiking Gear Checklist

You may not need a lot of the gear below, but if you’re planning an epic expedition and will be away from civilization a lot it does make sense to invest in some of this must have hiking gear. I almost always travel with a tent as it has saved me a ton of money on accommodation over the years. This is my hiking/camping gear checklist…

Multi-tool: I’ve been using my ultra-lightweight Leatherman Skeletool for years, it’s the perfect companion for any backpacking adventure.

Portable Stove: If you are hiking/camping, then this obviously needs to be on your backpacking equipment list. I have a pocket-rocket which serves me well – check out my post on the top backpacking stoves to find out if you really need a stove for your travels.

Everything on my hiking equipment list looks like a futuristic weapon

Tent: If you’re camping, you’ll need a tent… Check out my detailed post on the best tents to take backpacking. 

Hammock: Even if you’re not sleeping on the beach, a camping hammock always comes in handy when backpacking and most hammocks take up next to no room in your pack. Check out my article on the best camping hammocks for traveling!

Sleeping pad and sleeping bag: Klymit makes the best value sleeping pads. Check out my post on the best sleeping pads to take backpacking. If you are hiking and camping a lot, this is obviously a must when it comes to your backpacking equipment list – without a sleeping pad, you will get seriously cold.

Some crucial hiking/camping gear

Water bottle: Every backpacker should hit the road with a water bottle – it’ll save you money and help reduce your plastic footprint on our amazing planet. For every Active Roots water bottle sold, we donate 10% to PlasticOceans.org – an awesome initiative aimed at educating people on the risk of single use plastic and helping to clean up our oceans. Active Roots 25 OZ Travel Bottles are tough, lightweight and maintain the temperature of your beverage – so you can enjoy a cold red bull, or a hot coffee, no matter where you are.

Grayl Geopress: The best option for purifying water.

Water purification tabs: A much cheaper option for purifying water.

Take your water safety seriously!

Backpacking Necessities – Technology Checklist

Camera: If you want to take a camera and you’re new to photography I suggest getting something by Lumix, they offer great bang for your buck and is ideal for taking quality travel photos.  Check out this incredibly detailed post for a breakdown of the best travel cameras, or best travel tripods if you’re really interested in travel photography.

You won’t need a camera, but if you take photography seriously then go with one of these recommendations

Laptop: Since I make a living online, I travel with some top-notch tech. Buying a MacBook Pro was the single best investment I ever made. Check out this incredibly detailed post for a breakdown on the best travel laptops for digital nomads and backpackers.

Keep that precious laptop safe and all your accessories organized with our favorite laptop protector, the Nomatic Tech Case.

Any Digital Nomads out there?

USB flash drive: Endlessly helpful.

USB card reader: Essential if you’re into your photography.

World Travel Adapter: This could easily top the list of backpacking essentials. It’s worth splashing out a bit here and getting one that can charge a laptop and two USB devices at once.

A travel adapter is a must

Smartphone: If you have a good smartphone, you might not need a camera – it totally depends on how much you care about your photos.


Portable battery: Extremely useful for keeping your phone and camera charged whilst adventuring. I travel with two as I’m often trekking and away from power.

GoPro Hero 5: If you want an action cam, this is the one to go for…

GoPro’s are fun. Portable batteries are almost a necessity

ScrapTF is acquiring Backpack.tf

OwnerGeel Posted

No, that title isn’t a joke: ScrapTF is acquiring backpack.tf. Once the transfer process is complete, ScrapTF (that’s us!) will have ownership and control of backpack.tf. This is a very exciting opportunity for us; we think backpack.tf is a vital part of the trade community and we have big plans for it. We have more details for you down below, but first, allow me to make something very clear: we have no plans to amend the price suggestion process on backpack.tf. It is a sacred part of the TF2 community and we are dedicated to doing right by it.

Why we’re acquiring backpack.tf

Two main factors drove our decision to acquire backpack.tf. First and foremost, we were approached and asked if we would buy backpack; we felt we were the right people for the job, so we said yes. We’ve created and managed two high-traffic TF2 websites already, so a third one is right up our alley. We didn’t want one of the most vital parts of the TF2 economy to fall into the hands of those who wouldn’t do it justice.

Second, we feel that with the addition of backpack.tf to our network of websites, we can create some great things. Each of these websites — ScrapTF, Marketplace.tf, and backpack.tf  — is able to benefit the other. For example, here at ScrapTF we’ve been collecting a great amount of data from the Steam Community Market to assist in pricing some of our items. This data can go to good use on backpack.tf, where we can use it to help determine prices of items heuristically. backpack.tf also has a lot of data that can greatly assist ScrapTF and Marketplace.tf in determining accurate prices for items. 

Immediate Changes

We have not yet begun the process of transferring the hosting of backpack.tf to ScrapTF, which will begin once the payment has cleared. This process will take some time, but once it is complete, expect us to immediately prioritize improving backpack.tf’s performance and stability. We have a number of improvements planned to ensure that pages load faster than ever, and inventories fail to load far less frequently.

Backpack’s administrators and moderators have done a phenomenal job managing the backpack.tf community, and we’re excited to work with them moving forward. We won’t be making any changes to the staff or structure, and their input is of the highest value to us.

Long-term Plans

Over the next few months and years, we will be building upon and improving backpack.tf in numerous ways. We have big plans for Classifieds which we think you’ll very much like. We’ll be improving the methods through which you can purchase premium or donate; you’ll be able to do so with a variety of items beyond just keys. In terms of statistics, backpack.tf will have much-improved SCM sales statistics that will grant insight into the sales data of the Steam Community Market.

These are just our immediate long-term plans. As we move forward, we’ll be incorporating new ideas into our plans.

Questions?

We’re sure you have questions, comments, or concerns that are burning a hole in your head. To that end, we’re hosting an AMA on /r/tf2; go ahead and ask us anything about ScrapTF, Marketplace.tf, or backpack.tf.

We look forward to a long and healthy TF2 economy. This is just the beginning of our adventure.

-Geel and Jesse

Жилье бэкпэкеров

В крутом пятизвездочном отеле бэкпэкера встретить не получится, зато в хостелах им окажется чуть ли не каждый второй постоялец. Хостел — это своего рода отель-общежитие, где можно жить за небольшую сумму (около 20 евро в Европе, в Азии — еще дешевле) в комнате с несколькими кроватями, рассчитанной обычно на 6-12 человек. Душ и туалет при этом находятся в общем пользовании. В хостелах всегда есть кухня, где можно готовить себе еду, экономя при этом еще и на питании — все-таки это значительно дешевле, чем питаться в кафе и ресторанах, и, само собой, значительно лучше, чем жить на хот-догах и шоколадных батончиках. Нередко в хостелах есть и отдельные комнаты для одного-двух жильцов — стоят они, конечно, дороже, чем койкоместо в общей комнате, но все же получается дешевле, чем жить в традиционном отеле.

Бронировать место в хостеле лучше заранее через интернет. Однако если вы не сделали этого заранее, а приехав на место, оказалось, что хостел переполнен, все-таки есть вероятность, что где-нибудь в кладовке для вас смогут найти лишнюю кровать и вы не окажетесь на улице (но лучше так не рисковать). А в странах Азии в подобной ситуации вам могут предложить переночевать на террасе в спальном мешке (бэкпэкеру очень желательного всегда иметь эту вещь при себе).

Хостелы — это вариант для городской среды, а для любителей жить на природе идеальным вариантом станут кэмпинги. Кэмпинги очень распространены по всему миру и представляют собой небольшие палаточные городки (иногда в них есть и небольшие домики), где можно жить за совсем небольшую сумму (2-15 евро). Конечно, на природе можно жить и бесплатно: поставил палатку в понравившемся месте — вот и дом. Но, во-первых, не во всех странах разрешается свободно разбивать лагерь на природе, а во-вторых, в кэмпингах, помимо участка земли, вам предоставляется еще и ряд удобств (туалет, душ, умывальники и прочее).

И наконец, самый бюджетный вариант для проживания (стоимость равна нулю) — это вписки по каучсерфингу. Суть проекта в том, что в социальной сети каучсерферов вы находите человека, готового принять вас у себя дома в том городе, куда вы отправляетесь. В зависимости от своих возможностей человек предоставляет своему гостю либо отдельную комнату, либо место на диване, а порой в распоряжение гостя может быть отдан весь дом. Подселение к кому-то по каучсерфингу не просто решает проблему с жильем, но также дает возможность завести новые знакомства и лучше узнать город через общение с его жителями.

(by obscure allusion / www.flickr.com/photos/26158205@N04)

Бэкпэкинг — это понимание того простого факта, что путешествие — это не роскошь, и что дороговизна — отнюдь не синоним лучшего качества. Бюджетные путешествия дают гораздо больше впечатлений и нового опыта, чем любые организованные агентством поездки. В какой бы соблазнительной обертке последние не преподносились, они всегда будут лишь не слишком удачной пародией на настоящее путешествие. Тысячекратно прожеванной жвачкой. А мы за здоровое питание — за свободные путешествия.

Напоминаем, что на make-trip.ru вы можете прочесть множество полезной информации о самостоятельных путешествиях, а также узнавать о появлении акций и спецпредложений на авиабилеты, о скидках на отели и другое жилье (информацию об этом мы размещаем тут). 

Первое фото: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Backpacking_in_Grand_Teton_NP-NPS.jpg

BACKPACKING MEAL TIPS

REPACKAGING FOOD — It’s always a good idea to repackage food in ziplock bags to reduce bulk and have the ability to reseal containers. If you can’t close a food package securely, chances are it will explode in your pack and make a big mess.

SPICES & CONDIMENTS — Eating too much of the same thing over the course of a 5-day backpacking trip gets old quickly. Small packets of salt, pepper, olive oil, hot sauce, and fast food condiment packets (mayo, mustard, etc) can really elevate your backcountry grub. If you want to get real fancy, you can even get a GSI Spice Missile to carry up to six spices for less than 2 oz.

FRESH FOODS — We love bringing a couple pieces of fresh fruit, like apples and oranges, on the trail. Fresh fruits have poor calorie per ounce ratios, but they’re a great treat in the backcountry and we like the added nutritional value. Carrots and snap peas are a nice healthy treat that will last a couple days if temperatures aren’t too hot.

CRITICAL FOOD CONSIDERATIONS

LEAVE NO TRACE — You love nature. That’s why you’re out there and that’s why you’re reading this post. So please, always pack out your trash and any food you don’t eat. Yes, truly following LNT rules includes packing out things like spent coffee grounds, orange rinds, and apple cores. Always scan your campsites and lunch spots before hiking on, and if you’re a true LNT rockstar, help pack out trash left behind by other backcountry travelers. Check out our LNT tutorial video for a quick refresher.

FOOD STORAGE — Proper food storage is incredibly important for protecting wildlife. For example, bears that learn to associate humans with food often need to be trapped and killed. So please, always store your food properly in the backcountry. We hesitate to even teach proper bear bagging techniques anymore, because most hikers don’t take the time to do it properly. And even if they do, really smart bears can still bring down a good bear hang. The safest bet for backcountry food storage is an Ursack or Bear Canister.

CALORIE INTAKE — Backpackers burn a lot of calories on the trail. On average, hikers usually burn between 3000-4000 calories per day, but thru-hikers hiking 20-30 mile days can easily burn 5000-6000 calories. It’s crucial to pack enough nutrients to give your body the energy it needs. This important calculation will also depend on your size, weight, age, and activity level.

WEIGHT — Bringing too much food is one of the most common beginner backpacking mistakes. And that’s understandable, who wants to risk going hungry in the woods? But carrying a bunch of unnecessary weight can quickly dampen spirits on backpacking trips, so a little experience and pre-trip calorie calculation will go a long way.

CALORIC DENSITY — It’s important to consider how calorically dense your backpacking food choices are to keep your pack weight down. High-fat foods like olive oil, nuts, peanut butter, and chocolate tend to have high calorie-per-ounce ratios. On the other hand, fresh fruits and vegetables tend to have low calorie-per-ounce ratios. The ideal range is around 120-130 calories-per-ounce total.

FOOD VOLUME — Certain foods will take up a lot more space in your pack than other foods containing the same amount of calories (think bagels vs almonds). This isn’t a big deal on short trips, but on long journeys, and especially when bear canisters are required, you’ll want to pay close attention to how much space your food choices will take up.


NUTRITION — Good nutrition on the trail is just like eating right at home. You’ll want a balance of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates while getting as much fiber, fruits, and vegetables into your diet as possible. It’s hard to eat really healthy on the trail because processed foods tend to be much more convenient, but finding a good balance is key. Also, we always load up on fresh, healthy foods the moment we’re back in town.

CONVENIENCE — After a long day of hiking, chances are you won’t want to prepare an elaborate meal. Nor will you want to clean up a bunch of dirty dishes when you’re done eating. So we recommend keeping it simple. For dinners, this means we almost always eat “just add water” meals, and for breakfast we usually have hot coffee with bars and snacks.

WATER ACCESS — If your dinners require water for cooking, you’ll want to camp near a water source or make sure to pack plenty of water for a dry camp. If you’re backpacking in an area with scarce water, make sure to plan accordingly.

FUEL — Most backcountry meals require a small stove for cooking — check out our Best Backpacking Stoves list to see our favorites. Plan out how many times you’ll need to cook (including coffee and tea) to calculate how much fuel to bring. Fuel usage rates vary depending on the stove model, pot size, elevation, and temperature, so knowing exactly how much fuel to bring will take some experience. On an average 5-day, two-person backpacking trip, we usually boil water about 10 times (once for morning coffee and once for dinner), and one small 100 g isobutane fuel canister is usually more than enough.

Что брать в рюкзак бэкпекеру?

Это самый главный вопрос, который мучает людей, отправляющихся в «свободное плавание».

Начнем с одежды и обуви. В ситуациях, когда точно неизвестны ни маршрут путешествия, ни погодные условия, ни место ночлега, самым важным помощником является обувь, которая поможет защитить вас от всех невзгод. Для занятия бэкпекингом существует специальная обувь, которая отличается прочностью и удобством. Эта обувь непохожа на обычные кроссовки тем, что имеет крупные зазубрины на подошве, начало шнуровки почти у самого носка, в области пятки и носка имеются вставки из плотной кожи, и также она изготовлена из материала, который пропускает воздух и обеспечивает отток воды. При выборе обуви нужно быть очень внимательным, ведь это самый важный атрибут удачного путешествия.

Что касается одежды, ее главный критерий — удобство. Бэкпекеры, как правило, не берут с собой большое количество одежды, а покупают ее по необходимости в местах пребывания. Но в любом случае нужно хорошо продумать свой гардероб, собираясь в такое нелегкое путешествие.

Вот основные вещи, которые должны находится в вашем рюкзаке:

  • запасная пара обуви;
  • запасная теплая и легкая одежда (но в маленьком количестве);
  • палатка и спальный мешок;
  • небольшой запас воды и еды;
  • средства для разжигания костра;
  • аптечка с необходимыми медикаментами и бинтами;
  • средство связи (рация, телефон и подобное).

Это только основные предметы, необходимые для подобного путешествия. Но каждый бэкпекер определяет сам, что именно ему необходимо в пути

Однако важно отметить, что брать нужно только необходимое

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  1. Goodbye Pop-Tarts and instant mush. Say good morning to backpacking breakfasts like Country-Style Grits & Sausage, Bircher Muesli, Hot Peach Crunch, & Pancakes.

  2. How to dehydrate peaches for home and trail. Peach Granola Clusters, Hot Peach Crumble, Peach Crunch Breakfast, Peachy Fruit Cocktail, Peach Leather & Powder.

  3. Barbara Bell shares her Yellow Mung Dal recipe with several ways to serve it up on the trail. This fast-cooking legume is high in fiber and loaded with protein.

  4. Don’t have time to dry your own food? Here are three sources for dehydrated and freeze-dried foods and meals.

  5. Dehydrating olives for trail snacks, savory tortilla spreads, and meal ingredients. Dried olives add a new twist to pasta salads and meals with tomato sauce.

  6. Dehydrating Tomatoes | How to Capture the Full Flavor

    The half-cut method of dehydrating tomatoes packs intense flavor. Learn how to dehydrate tomatoes for tomato jerky, and how to use dried tomatoes in a meal.

Backpacking Checklist • The Definitive Guide to Packing Like a Pro in 2020

This list will show you exactly what to pack (and what to leave at home!)

First thing is first…

If you are wondering how to pack for backpacking, the most important piece of information I can give you is this – pack light.

Whether you are camping or hiking, traveling to Europe or Asia as a baller or on a budget, it doesn’t matter. You need to travel as light as possible. This is why we’ll only be talking about the backpacking necessities.

This is the most important backpacking packing tip I can give you. Travel light!

  1. By traveling lighter you are saving yourself the strain and the stress of a weighted pack. Heavy bags suck, and more shit = more weight.
  2. Traveling lighter will enable you to have spare space, meaning you can fit more stuff in your bag if need be. See a nice souvenir for mom? Want to pick up some camping gear? If you pack light, you’ll have the space to add more gear to your pack…

You might be thinking, ‘But Will, there are over 100 items recommended on your backpacking essentials checklist! I’ll need 4 backpacks to fit them all!’

This is true! I make a ton of recommendations in this guide, and it would be silly to try and bring all of them along with you on your adventures.

I’ve done my best to break this backpacking checklist down into several sections so you can pick what to take backpacking based on the kind of trip you’re doing.

So keep this in mind as you peruse this list – only pack the gear that best fits your travel style and itinerary. Doing so will turn this epic checklist into your perfectly tailored minimalist backpacking list. 

This backpacking gear list will equip you with everything you need

For instance, keep an eye on climate. If you are backpacking Mexico in July, warm clothes might not be essential backpacking gear.

And if you aren’t a Digital Nomad or aspiring entrepreneur, then you can probably take that laptop off your backpacking list.

By keeping note of your travel style and itinerary, you’ll be able to quickly and easily identify which gear on this backpacking checklist is right for you to bring along on your travels…

Backpacking Recipe Books by Chef Glenn

Recipes for Adventure

If you like what you find on the website, you will love my cookbook, Recipes for Adventure. It covers everything from the website plus more recipes and dehydrating techniques. Nicely formatted with hundreds of photos, it is available as a PDF download for computer viewing or as a full-color printed edition.

Amazon Reviews: «This cookbook is exactly what I needed to prepare for our first backpacking trip. Chef Glenn provides you with great tips, basic instructions, and helpful hints to make DELICIOUS meals for the trail. Chef Glenn has taken all the guess work out of preparing foods and makes it SIMPLE for anyone to use. If you spend some time with this cookbook you will be thrilled with what can be made, dehydrated, packed, and then re-hydrated and enjoyed on the trail. You will be glad you have this cookbook after trying the first meal you make! Side note: I tell everyone about this cool cookbook and my sister in law bought one for her and her daughter. Bon Appetit!»

«My girlfriend and I used tips and recipes in this book to feed ourselves two meals each day as we hiked the Appalachian Trail for five months in 2015. The book was very helpful and our meals were envied by most other hikers we encountered. We met several other hikers who also used this book and dehydrated all of their meals for the AT.»While most Appalachian Trail hikers are choking down each bite of their «ramen-bombs» each day, you’ll be devouring every morsel of your homemade warm meals with REAL vegetables, tasty meat (that’s not ANOTHER tuna packet), and well-seasoned goodness!»

Menu Planning & Food Drying Workbook

Use the workbook to plan your menus and estimate how much food to purchase and dry.

It’s a great tool to go with Recipes for Adventure.

Recipes for Adventure Action Guide


A Step-by-step Action Guide to put together 31 dehydrated meals.

Includes the shopping list, drying instructions, meal assembly, cooking directions, and packing.

«When you keep a supply of dehydrated meals on hand – for adventure, work, and travel – you’re automatically prepared for emergencies.»

1001 Miles on the Appalachian Trail

Join me on an Appalachian Trail adventure from Georgia through West Virginia. The journal covers 1001 miles of rugged footpath, inspirational mountaintops, and unbounded nature.

Available in Paperback or Download.

First 315 miles through Tennessee and North Carolina

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Суть бэкпекинга

Что характеризует истинного бэкпекера:

  • бэкпекеры проживают в местах, где живет местное население;
  • сами путешествия совершаются в небольших компаниях или по одному;
  • бэкпекеры полностью вливаются в атмосферу местного быта, досконально изучают культуру, для них особенно важен колорит и атмосфера места;
  • отдых бэкпекеров точная противоположность пляжному или клубному;
  • смысл жизни бэкпекера — бесконечные путешествия.

Для осуществления всех этих пунктов бэкпекеры должны экономить, что делает этот способ путешествий если не самым бюджетным, то одним из таких

Не стоит забывать и о необходимых мерах предосторожности, которые помогут вам провести путешествие с удовольствием и полностью насладиться им

What makes for good backpacking food?

There are a few factors to keep in mind when determining whether a food is good for backpacking: shelf-stable, weight, calorie density, and cook speed.

Shelf-Stable: It’s important to use ingredients that can be stored at room temperature. You can get away with bringing some things like cheese or salami if you eat them in the first few days, but for the most part, you want to skip anything perishable.

Lightweight: Since you have to carry it every step of the way, backpacking food should be as lightweight as possible. Dehydrated and freeze-dried foods tend to be lightest, though there are plenty of grocery store options we’ll review as well.

Calorie Dense: Backpacking takes a lot of energy, so you need food that can properly refuel you. When we plan our backpacking food, we try to average 115-130 calories per ounce or more to keep the weight down.

Cooking Time: Consider how much patience you have to cook your food and how much fuel you will be bringing. Quicker cooking foods tend to be preferred by most backpackers for fuel conservation.

Desserts

Desserts can be a nice back-pocket treat for particularly notable (or difficult) days, or as a way to pad out your dinner’s calories.

Freeze Dried Desserts

There are a number of freeze-dried dessert options on the market, whether you prefer something homey like Cinnamon Apple Crisp, something fancy like Creme Brulee or Chocolate Cheesecake, or something totally space-age like this Neapolitan Ice Cream.

Nutella

This chocolate hazelnut spread is packed with calories that are derived mostly from fats, making it well worth the weight. A scoop here and there will give your body plenty of long-lasting fuel to burn. Plus, it’s freaking delicious!

Stroopwafels

A delicious Dutch treat, stroopwafels are soft, toasted waffles filled with caramel. They’re loaded with calories and pretty durable. Try spreading a little Nutella between two of them and make yourself a “ice cream” sandwich.

History

People have travelled for thousands of years with their possessions on their backs, but usually out of need rather than for recreation.

In the 17th century, Italian adventurer Giovanni Francesco Gemelli Careri was likely one of the first people to engage in backpacker tourism.

The modern popularity of backpacking can be traced, at least partially, to the hippie trail of the 1960s and 1970s, which in turn followed sections of the old Silk Road. Some backpackers follow the same trail today.

Since the late-20th century, backpackers have visited Southeast Asia in large numbers

Benefits

A 2018 study of over 500 backpackers conducted by researchers at Sun Yat-sen University and Shaanxi Normal University in China and Edith Cowan University in Australia showed that for Westerners, backpacking leads to acquired capabilities like effective communication, decision-making, adaptability, and problem solving, all of which contribute to an increase in self-efficacy, and for Chinese backpackers, acquiring skills like time and money management, language development, stress management, and self-motivation provided the biggest increase in self-efficacy.

For many low-income communities in the developing world, the economic benefits of hosting backpackers outweigh their negative impacts. Since backpackers tend to consume local products, stay in small guest houses, and use locally owned ground transport, more of their expenditure is retained in-country than in conventional mass tourism. businesses that cater to backpackers are usually locally owned and profits tend to be retained within the country rather than flowing overseas to international hotel groups.

Criticism

Backpacker tourism of the hippie trail has been criticized for possibly encouraging urban liberal minorities while insulting Islamic traditionalist theology, possibly leading to the Islamic reawakening in the late 1970s.

Even though one of the primary aims of backpacking is to seek the «authentic», the majority of backpackers spend most of their time interacting with other backpackers, and interactions with locals are of «secondary importance».

Backpacker tourism has been criticized for the transformation of some sleepy towns, such as the creation of the Full Moon Party on Ko Pha-ngan in Thailand, which includes «scores of topless teenagers urinating into the ocean».

Characteristics

Backpacker tourism generally, but does not always, include:

  • Traveling mostly via public transport.
  • Using inexpensive lodging such as hostels or homestays.
  • A longer duration trip when compared with conventional vacations.
  • An interest in meeting locals as well as seeing sights.
  • An interest in meeting other travelers.
  • Backpacker tourism may also include working in various countries for short stints, depending on work permit laws. It can also be undertaken by digital nomads, people who work using technology while living a nomadic lifestyle.
  • A search for authenticity. Backpacking is perceived not only as a form of tourism, but a means of education. Backpackers want to experience what they consider the «real» destination rather than a packaged version often associated with mass tourism.

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