My Style of Backpacking
I have tried to avoid the whole “tourist vs. traveler vs. authentic backpacker vs. party backpacker” steel cage battle royale that seems to be constantly raging and mutating in the travel blog world as long as I could. How ever you like to travel is up to you, period. While I personally love the way I do it, I know it isn't the only way out there. I do on the other hand sometimes find myself wondering when I read someone's blog how they travel offline, and if we would mesh well traveling together. So, if you were ever curious as to how I roll, this post is for you.
Generally speaking, I travel independently. I would probably never do a "group" tour or anything like that and have had my share of chuckles and eye-rolls when a large group with a leader holding a flag walks by me. On the other hand though, if I only have a day or two in a city, I can be convinced to take a "hop-on hop-off" tour bus for a couple hours (I haven't tried one to this point though). I actually thoroughly enjoy the organized walking tours offered in so many cities for the exercise and the mingling with other travelers, taking most of what the tour guide says with a grain of salt of course.
|Still Boys to This Day|
|No English on the Menu at this Cafe in Amsterdam|
I'm not saying it's better, it's just where I am right "there" and right now.
How do you travel? Has your travel style evolved? Any tips for me? Let me know!
Scott Hartbeck Thursday, April 14, 2011