Backpackers is people who  travels or hike carrying their belongings in a rucksack. It is a form of low-cost independent travel. It may include wilderness adventures, local travel and overseas while working from the country in which they are based.There are literally thousands of options to take you anywhere in the world, covering pretty much every experience imaginable,  form road-tripping to trekking the Himalayas in Nepal.

Backpackers hostels and lodges are clean, well run and generally fun and often offer single and double rooms, as well as the traditional dormitory with shared bathrooms.

The average hosteler is 18-26 years old, but every year there are more seniors and families hosteling. 

Many countries have dropped the word “youth” from their organization name.Hosteling is a philosophy. A hosteler trades service and privacy for a change to live simply and communally with people from around the world.Bedding is usually included.Theft can be problem at backpackers, but try and wear your money belt, even while sleeping. I doubt if any one will steal your shoes or journal.

Backpackers come in all shapes and sizes. There are castles (Bacharach, Germany)

moored ships and a converted jumbo jet ( Stockholm),

alpine chalets (Gimmewald,  Switzerland)

lakefront villas ( Lugano, Switzerland) former prisons….

And then if you after the ultimate beach bum coastal experience why not enjoy the South African coastline. Waves sun and beautiful people. Start in KZN hop on the bazzbus and make your way south and towards Cape town. stop along several backpackers and stay over for as long as you want. Hop on hop off service. Find hidden “gem” backpackers on route to cape town like Mantis and Moon yoga and surf club in Umzumbe

The adventures of backpackers ceased to amaze me. They convinced  me yet again that age has nothing to do with a youthful  spirit.

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