Recently more and more of my friends have been finding out I’m a backpacker and I do this blog. At the same time I appear to be slipping away from the backpacker life more and more each day.
Now that I’m in the “saving enough money to do an epic trip” phase I’m finding I don’t have much to write about. The reviews of new places I’ve been have been replaced with reviews of activities I’m doing here in the UK or new things that I’ve bought that ‘will almost certainly help me when I travel… so I must buy it’.
Not only am I failing in the adventurous side of things at the moment I appear to be losing that adventurous spark I once had. A few years ago I loved the thought of turning up to a random place, finding anywhere that had a bed (or a sofa large enough for me) and calling that my home for the next week or so. Right now if somebody asks me to go away with them the first thing I do is log on to the internet and search for a hotel to stay in… 3 or 4 stars tends to be the minimum I look for.
As I’m clicking that little box next to the 4 star rating I think to myself “When did you turn in to such a snob?” but that thought is quickly replaced by “Oh my god you get free use of the spa!” I don’t know exactly when I turned in to this luxury whore but I think it may have been when I managed to get an awesome late deal staying at the Hilton earlier this year. In my defense I did take a backpack to the Hilton. The look on the faces of some of the people staying there as I rolled up with a backpack in semi-scruffy clothes from travelling was priceless. I was half expecting some of them to throw change at me thinking I was homeless.
As a challenge to myself I’ve planned a few mini trips next year where I’ll be staying in hostels once again in places that I’ve never been. I’ll be going solo as well as taking along a few of my friends. I’m determined to gain the backpacker title once again… if anything this stint as a flashpacker has helped me renew my love for the travel world… excited? Yeah mate! Keep watching this space…