In today’s materialistic society where people value is measured by money, possessions or power but not by their quality as human beings, society has become obsess with the idea of working for achieving that financial freedom and enjoy life. Nevertheless, let me introduce you to a group of persons that had dedicated their life to enjoy and meet new cultures through real life experiences, where money is not a limit for freedom and happiness.
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
Backpackers, A group of people that is spread all around the world, this terms more than identifying this group of persons, is the clear representation of a culture, the representation of an ideology, belief, and understanding of the world. First of all, in order to understand this blog, it’s essential to mention who are the backpackers: the people that make part of this group are most of the times high school or college students that decide to go and travel with one climbing back the world without financial, housing or tourist previous plans, instead they make their own path day by day, with new experiences, adventures, and discoveries, with the only objective to find the real richness and happiness of life. However, over the past few year, there has been an increase of age of lovers of this lifestyle from the 30s to the 40s.
On this order of ideas, the people that make part of this culture breath the same air of freedom, travel is a lifestyle, the money is just a superficial and useless weapon for society and the experience is their daily life. Furthermore, when we understanding this culture, we can mention some general topics that are common in the conversations between each single member of this culture: the independence of individuals in society, thinking outside the box and believing that traveling fulfills their happiness and their understanding of life.
On the other hand, it’s important to highlight that these travelers are not as conventional tourist when looking at the duration of their trips, the backpacker take the decision of living in this environment and culture for most time of their life, there could be a close relationship in the past with the Nomads civilization, who decided to move from place to place without need of specializing equipment. This behavior actually had a unique purpose for their lives in which they look further to find new food, new weather, and new experiences, exactly as what the backpacker do when experimenting new adventures in different places worldwide.
“It is fatal to know too much at the outset: boredom comes as quickly to the traveler who knows his route as to the novelist who is overcertain of his plot” – ( Paul Theroux ) .