“To backpack or not to backpack?” That really is the question

It’s that age old question isn’t it? Should you backpack or take a suitcase with you?

Some hail backpacking as the next big thing since sliced bread, ok maybe that’s taking it a bit too far, but you know what I mean, backpacking is very popular today, not just amongst avid travellers but also with the average joe of travellers. What would you do?

Don’t judge me, but I gave into the hype, and bought a backpack… I did this just before my last holiday thinking “let’s give this a go”. You know what… I actually enjoyed having a backpack instead of having a suitcase.

I did a fair bit of research before buying my backpack and decided to go for an Osprey backpack. Yes, I know some of you will say “I don’t want to spend that much money on a backpack”, sure there are a lot of different backpacks available in various sizes and dimensions but here’s why I bought this specific backpack. I know you’re probably thinking, “If I get a backpack, all my clothes will get creased up and everything will be everywhere” but there is one thing that I have to tell you… Not all backpacks were created equal!

When you think of a backpack, you probably think of one big sack that you fill in from the top. When I did my research I found two major types of backpack, first there is the kind that opens at the top (and also at the bottom), secondly there is the kind of backpack that I have where a zip allows the backpack to open the whole way around. A lot of backpacks also come with a mini day-bag attachment to help you in your daytime exploration.

Below I’m putting one link for one of each type of backpack to aid you in your research.

Why does a backpack appeal to me?

            A backpack is easier to transport being strapped to my back and therefore easier to move from place to place.

            There is a limited amount of space in the backpack, which means I also limit the amount of “essentials” that with me.

The fact that the entire backpack will go onto my back, I will only take as much as I can carry thereby guaranteeing I don’t go over the airline’s weight limit (No I don’t mean me, I mean the luggage!).

Why do I feel a backpack may not be right for you?

            A backpack is definitely heavy, if you aren’t keen on carrying a tonne on your back, this may not be the option for you.

            If you plan to stay at one resort throughout your trip, a backpack may not be ideal.

            Are you going to travel mainly on flat terrain? (i.e. on roads when moving from cab to hotel) then a suitcase may be a better idea as a lot of suitcases have wheels these days.

            Do you like to have a slightly larger amount of “essentials” with you on holiday? Then a suitcase may be better than a backpack for you.

The time has come for me to leave the decision in your hands, good luck…

Let me know if you decide to take a backpack with you on your next adventure 😉

To backpack? or not to backpack? That really is the question.
Today's modern traveller is either a solo or group traveller, but either way will be looking for an adventure, does this sound like you?
If it does, you will want to know if a backpack is right for you, and that's what you'll read about in this post.
Tell me if you agree, looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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I might bring a book with me…

I’m going to stop you right here.

Flights can be very boring, especially if you don’t enjoy any of the movies that are playing on the in-flight entertainment system…. “Hmm… I wonder if the latest Marvel movie will be playing on my next flight?”… There he goes getting distracted again…

I’ts not just the flight that you may be getting concerned with, maybe you’re a solo traveller, maybe you have a significant amount of travel planned between destinations on your adventure, and yes you probably like to read, I myself quite enjoy a good book.

There is one thing that I want you to think about here, well two things. First you want to think about how much space you actually have, do you have enough space for one or more books, are you bringing hand luggage only or check-in luggage as well. The second factor is weight, books can be quite heavy so you want to think about whether you are both able and willing to carry the weight the the book(s) add to your remaining luggage.

We will come to the debate around backpacks and suitcases on the next entry of this blog…. I know this will be on your mind at this stage.

If you read my last post then you may have seen the attachment, and from that also the fact that I have got a Kindle (Disclaimer: other brands of e-reader are also available). I don’t use the Kindle very much, I prefer reading physical books but while travelling, I just can’t justify bringing a big book when a small e-reader is available….

The links below will show you all the information you need to decide whether you want a Kindle or not….

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Shhh, dont tell anyone, I’m also adding links for a couple of books that I like, just in case…