Traveling. Walking. Driving. Riding. Flying. Moving from one place to another with a mission to collect as many experiences, learn and grow in the process. If you are a traveler, then you know that the point of traveling is not about reaching the destination, it is about the road you are taking to reach it. And as it always is – there are many means to an end. And you get to choose your preference.
Hiking is traditionally reserved for the outdoorsy nature lovers. The destinations hikers choose are usually hills, mountains or any other large portions of land mainly representing natural surroundings. Hikers usually choose to travel on foot, as the name implies and explore the nature as they go. This mean of travel allows a very free and open approach as there is less planing regarding on what you have to see or visit. Also, hikers are less likely to be obsessed with high-tech gadgets, unless the ones helping them survive and orient in the wild. If traveling with a plan, hikers will go by trails and mountain roads, visiting natural landmarks like mountain tops, lakes, canyons and rivers rather then settlements and man-made structures. The often sleep outside, under blanket of stars and travel with their backpacks all the time.
It’s a pretty straight-forward concept: you get on a bus, a plain or a boat and go from point A to point B. At point B, you get out and either get a map or a tour-guide. It’s all about destination and location. Tourists can be recognized in crows as obvious outsiders, holding maps and booklets about the locations they are looking for, taking pictures of everything they see and talking to locals while trying to get more information from them. Tourism is a great way to learn new things about different places, sometimes world across from home, getting to know different cultures and customs and generally broadening your mind. Apart from sometimes long rides in that A to B process, tourists get it pretty easy, compared with hikers. They usually sleep in hotels and eat at restaurants so the financial matter is an obvious distinction here, too, along with the comfort.
Hybrid of the two former styles of traveling, backpacking is a growing trend among younger generations. Backpacking is the form of travel that combines the freedom and “bring your own home with you” style of hiking with urban destinations dominant in tourism. You could say that backpacking is urban hiking. Students and young people accepted this form of travel as it is challenging and easy on the budget. Traveling this way is relatively cheap, as backpackers usually sleep in tents in secluded forests or beaches. They rather option for cheap transportation or hitch-hiking to save as much money as possible. Backpacking will give you a great experience of meeting people first-hand, and experience the city like you live there since you will spend the most time in the streets. The downside is that you might have some difficulties being away from some commodities like hot water and soft beds, but you will certainly get a great experience traveling this way.