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Backpacking is a type of independent travel that is often of low cost—which makes it very popular among students and those who have just graduated. It offers a more rewarding experience for those who are seeking to travel off the beaten path. You carry everything you need in one backpack and off you go.
Since backpacking is an increasing trend among the young, you will definitely notice certain similarities among the various backpackers you meet while traveling. They tend to exhibit the same behaviour so you can classify them into the same categories.
There is no doubt you will meet at least one of the following types of backpackers and you may even be part of the group too! Here are 6 Types Of Backpackers You Will Meet While Traveling.
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#1 THE GAP YEAR STUDENT
The most excited of the lot—gap year students tend to be young and full of energy. There is a chance that this is their first backpacking experience and they are more ambitious when it comes to their itinerary. For experienced backpackers, this could be a good way of feeding off their enthusiasm!
#2 THE BACKPACKER WHO OVERPACKED
This person is more or less likely to be a newbie when it comes to backpacking. Having misjudged the amount of clothes they need and bringing too many unnecessary items, this is probably one common problem most backpackers face on their first trip.
A tip to novice backpackers: although bringing everything along gives you a peace of mind, the extra weight will wear you out. Hence, it is important to come up with a good packing list before you embark on your trip.
#3 THE “KANCHIONG” BACKPACKER
There is no such thing as buffer time when it comes to this group of travelers. Their itinerary is planned right down to the minute, which means there is no room for snoozing in or missing that particular train timing.
They will be climbing the mountains to cycling their way around town, shopping in the malls and munching their way through night markets—all in one day.
God forbid if you are a chill person looking for a relaxed holiday and somehow decides to follow the kanchiong backpacker for a day trip. Well, at least you will be making full use of your time!
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#4 THE ALWAYS IN HOSTEL BACKPACKER
You wonder if they ever get out of the hostel. These type of backpackers tend to know the staff by name and are able to tell you everything you need to know about the place. He guides you to the kitchen and tells you where things are kept.
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#5 THE PARTY ANIMAL
The only times you will ever see them are the wee hours when they get back drunk or sleeping on their beds when you are heading out in the day. You aren’t even sure if they are there to travel or to visit every night club possible in the city.
These travelers are probably not the ideal group of people you want to go sightseeing with as they would be half asleep throughout the day. But if you are looking for a fun night, you know who to tag along!
#6 THE VETERAN BACKPACKER
Either they are seasoned travelers who have tons to share or they just want to brag about the places that they have been to. The former is able to give great advice when you ask for it without sounding like a “know-it-all” while the latter is all about ME, ME, ME!
Whichever category they happen to fall in, they have been there, done that. It could be useful to know more about a certain area they have been to that you are intending to go next.