Many people today read travel blogs on the internet and for many of those people, reading about the different experiences is enough to satisfy their curiosity but for others, they just whet their appetite for more and encourage them to visit the places for themselves. These travel blogs are becoming more and more numerous as an increasing number of people choose to write about their experiences and share them with others. In some ways travel blogs can be more informative than even the best guide books as they report real experiences from real people, not just possible scenarios. Some of the best travel blogs and the blogs which are perhaps of the most use to would be travellers are those that are written by backpackers. Backpacker is a term that is often used for someone that travels on a budget and does not necessarily mean that they hike with a backpack everywhere. A backpacker may of course use a backpack rather than a suitcase as they do not expect to have porters and baggage boys at all the places that they stay and they may also opt to use the more compact local transport rather than the more luxurious and expensive tourist transportations. In those circumstances a backpack is far more convenient and versatile than a suitcase, no matter how rugged that suitcase may be.
When a backpacker writes a blog, they will often advise as to which are the cheaper guest houses to stay at rather than paying for a full service hotel and they may also indicate cheap eateries where they found a full plate of nourishing food at a fraction of the price a more visually appetizing fare may be being served in a pricey restaurant. Often a backpacker’s blog will provide details of the locations to catch local buses or other modes of transport, transport often left out of the more traditional tourist guide books. Although all this information may be very useful to someone that is thinking of backpacking themselves, they should keep their eyes out for travel blog updates as often things in other locations around the world can rapidly change and you would not want to find yourself visiting a flooded or earthquake ridden area, especially as the blog information would probably all be out dated.
There is little doubt that today, given the readily available large number of travel blogs written by backpackers, that travel around the world can be cheaper than the prices offered in brochures however, those backpackers were prepared to change their way of thinking in many respects, in order to ease their travels. When backpacking, you are more likely to meet the real people of the area you are visiting, as opposed to just those that work in that country’s travel industry and so you must be prepared to accept their traditions and cultures. Once you do that though, backpacking can reward you with experiences that can never be matched by any tour operator or travel agent.