Free Chapter! 20 Reasons to Backpack Around The World.


20 Reasons to backpack around the world is a fun eBook available on Kindle for just 99p, and is a light, easy read that will make you smile, maybe make you think, and hopefully inspire you to pack your bag and head off on your very own backpacking adventure!

Backpacking around the world is a dream that many people have, but few people realise. The fear and excuses people hide behind to stop themselves from following that dream of independent world travel are extensive and varied as the people who have them, yet it doesn’t have to be like this.

Bemused Backpackers 20 reasons to backpack around the world blows some of these excuses out of the water completely as it explores just some of the best reasons why you should go backpacking.

So if you have always dreamed about travelling the world independently, discover your own tropical paradise, explore the natural and man made wonders of the world or embark on your very own around the world adventure but have never quite gotten around to it, then let Bemused Backpacker’s give you that push in the right direction! It will be the best decision you have ever made in your life! And just to give you that little push, I wanted to give you just a little taster of the book.

Free chapter.


Although some people argue that backpacking – or the ‘gap yah’ as it is commonly referred to by those oh so witty people who are trying too hard to be satirical – is the preserve of pretentious, spoilt rich kids who are funding a year off with mummy and daddy’s credit card, they couldn’t be more wrong. The stereotypical view of the young student wasting a whole year on a self indulgent escapist fantasy with nothing to show for it other than a few Facebook profile photos could not be further from the truth.

Backpacking independently around the world is an adventure that is undertaken by thousands of intrepid souls of all ages, creeds and backgrounds, and it can be a truly worthwhile endeavour. Backpacking, or independent travel is one of the best things anyone can ever do with their lives, and for most people heading off on their first round the world adventure or yet another backpacking trip the effects can be truly transformational.

It is almost anathema – especially in a society where health and safety is dogmatic cannon and carefree abandon is tempered by caution and apprehension – for anyone to dare suggest that they do not want to follow the path that society and peer pressure has laid down for them. How dare someone not leave school, get educated or get a job, marry, have kids and settle down with a mortgage straight away! It is completely paradoxical almost in this economic climate for anyone to give up work and spend their life savings travelling the world. But that is exactly what some people need to do. They need to push themselves, take risks, put themselves to the hazard and see what they are made of!

When people take that plunge and decide to remove themselves from the conveyor belt of life they can reap the untold benefits that backpacking can give them if they only open themselves up to it.

That is why so many people set off on a gap year or round the world adventure every single day. It isn’t just students taking time off from university either, adults, professionals taking time off from work, pensioners or even entire families are starting to see the benefits of independent world travel. The traditional backpacker demographic is changing dramatically as more people open themselves up to a life changing experience that was once primarily the preserve of young students.

So just in case you need any convincing on the benefits of backpacking, here are just twenty of the thousands of reasons you may need to justify taking that leap and buying your tickets.

1. Life Experience.

So many people in modern society just cruise through life on autopilot. They get stuck in the usual 9 to 5 rut and mire themselves in the pointless minutiae of life that they convince themselves is important in a vain attempt to give their lives meaning. They follow the set path that everyone else is laying out for them instead of doing the one thing they should be doing to enrich their lives, and experiencing the variety of sights and life changing events that the world has to offer.

Travel gives you the opportunity to broaden your horizons beyond the tiny bubble that most people tend to live in, to see and experience things that most people can only ever dream of. It bestows entire new skill sets on you and allows you to learn about yourself in a way nothing else on earth can. In short it can not only make your life more fulfilling, it can make you a better person too. It can give you that elusive and almost indefinable quality of life experience.

That is the difference between being a backpacker and being a simple tourist. You are not just being transported into a destination to see it, photograph it and then get bussed out again, you are there to experience it, to see beyond the usual tourist snaps and see and encounter the world in all it’s wonderful variety. You can trek through a tropical jungle in Borneo or party with the locals in Rio De Janeiro’s famous carnival. You can overcome physical and personal adversity to make it to the summit of mount Kilimanjaro, get plucked off the street in Mumbai to be an extra in a Bollywood movie or even find your own stretch of paradise as you uncover a deserted tropical beach in the South China sea and stretch a hammock out between two palm trees. You can meet dozens of amazing and interesting people and see and do things most people back home can never even dream of.

Or you could go down to the pub with your mates. Again.

A Little Word From Me.

I really hope that you consider buying this book (or any others in the Bemused Backpacker series) and support the growth of the website. If you do buy it, then thank you, I hope you enjoy it. I really hope that it helps to inspire you to enjoy and love backpacking as much as I do. If you do enjoy it and find it useful then any review on Amazon will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again to all of you who have read this or any of my work. I appreciate the support and I hope you enjoy it.

Safe travels.

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Michael Huxley is a published author, professional adventurer and founder of the travel website, Bemused Backpacker. He has spent the last twenty years travelling to over 100 countries on almost every continent, slowly building Bemused Backpacker into a successful business after leaving a former career in emergency nursing and travel medicine, and continues to travel the world on numerous adventures every year.

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4 comments on “Free Chapter! 20 Reasons to Backpack Around The World.
  1. alicesgapyearadventures says:

    This book is fantastic, I was already excited about my planned gap year but this sent me into overdrive! Very inspiring!

  2. hi, i’m doing my assignment on persuasive speech and my topic is backpacking. can i quote you? thank you so much. 🙂

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