When visiting different countries around the world a lot can be learned about the different cultures that inhabit the planet but sadly, at one time, much of these experiences were limited to those that were fairly wealthy. Although certain tourist hot spots were available for the less wealthy because they were so popular, they lost a lot of what had been their traditional culture with eating establishments with familiar names appearing to sell food that the tourists new rather than offering fare of a more traditional nature. These tourist hotspots may well have allowed the tourist to see different sights but rarely afforded them the opportunity to experience a truly different culture in its traditional fashion. Today though, there are some fantastic travel blogs that can help to open the way for a more unique experience as they are written by those that have been backpacking around the world.
Backpacking is a term that is often used for those that travel on a budget, often using local transport as opposed to the far more expensive first class modes of conveyance. The backpacker does not usually eat at the places with familiar names which often have a higher price tag attached because of that name, they eat whatever it is that the locals eat and by doing so, eat well and save money whilst doing so. A typical backpacker will not usually stay at a tourist class hotel, instead they may stay at hostels or when they do have to stay at hotels, chose one that will allow them to perhaps share a room and thereby only pay a percentage of the room cost. These backpackers are the ones that truly gain knowledge from their experiences and learn how other cultures really live. It is often the backpackers that will meet the more interesting locals, the ones that know where secret view points of the local attractions are, enabling them to get better views of that particular attraction than the traditional tourist and at a cheaper price, if it costs them anything at all. Because these backpackers watch their spending, they are often able to visit more destinations than the regular tourists, especially when they use the local transport which, although may not be comfortable, does get you from A to B at a cheap price, allowing you to broaden your experience still further.
These travel blogs, written by backpackers are encouraging more and more people to try the experience for themselves and are acting as a kind of unofficial guide book for those wanting to gain the experience first-hand. The blogs will tell of any difficulties that there may have been getting from one destination to another and perhaps suggesting a better way they should have travelled. They will tell of areas that should perhaps be avoided especially at certain times of the year and of course they will almost certainly tell of the cheaper places to stay and to eat. Many destinations have famous attractions but it is the expense of getting to them and staying at them which is often a barrier for many people but these blogs can assist in breaking down those barriers.