My opinion as an experienced backpacker?yangg wrote:Hi to all.
This is gonna be a little long, so if you bear with me and read through it all, thank you.
I'm a local (23/M). I'm have been working since I left the army last year, and as expected, I'm not loving my job.
Thus, I've been thinking about what I actually want to do, and only one thing comes to mind, travelling.
So now, I'm actually thinking of quitting my job soon, and going on a long backpacking trip. I'm considering Japan, since I can speak the language to a certain extent. The trip would consist of travelling through the country by bicycle. During this trip, I plan to try my hand at writing and record my journey.
As I'm not confident in travelling alone for such a long period, I'm thinking of finding a buddy.
I would like to hear of your opinions on the following:
- The idea of such a trip
- If anyone else would actually be interested (A yes doesn't mean you'll
have to join me
Hi lynx, thanks for your post.the lynx wrote: My opinion as an experienced backpacker?
Start small if it is your first time. Go somewhere nearer, or do a shorter one first. Then only do the one you mentioned above. Backpacking can be a soul-searching experience but you can only truly experience it wholly if you plan enough. From your post, you're still a newbie in this, hence my advice.
Since you have done it before, then you should not have any problem. Think of it as an extended version of your regular backpacking trips. One of the game-changing factor would be your funds. You don't want to be forced to end your trip prematurely just because you run out of funds, especially when you have to quit your job for it.yangg wrote:Hi lynx, thanks for your post.
I have backpacked about 4-5 times in the past, but nothing on this scale, hence the insecurity. And I don't have plan yet as I just came up with the idea, but I do intend to come up with an itinerary.
Seeing as you're experienced, may I ask about the kinds of risks which I might face?
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