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    I'm Craig, 26 from England.

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    I had always wanted to go backpacking, but to be honest was quite apprehensive about it.

    Now that I've been and done it, I can tell you that backpacking is absolutley amazing and I have no idea what I was worried about. That's exactly why I set up this site, to allay any fears you may have and help inspire you to go travelling.

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    Should I Go Backpacking?

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    YES! Travelling is the best thing I have ever done, or ever will do. It is what life is all about; meeting new and amazing people, being completely free, experiencing once in a life time moments, trying new things and above all having FUN!

    "All you've got to do is decide to go, and the hardest part is over."

    There are many reasons to go travelling, I am sure you have your own reasons for wanting to go, but for those wanting more ideas or an excuse, here are 15 Reasons To Go Travelling.

    My main advice is if even if you have just a tiny, little urge to go, GO! The fact you are reading this blog shows you have that urge - do you really want to regret not going 10 years down the line?

    Will I Have A Change Of Heart When I Get There?

    Everybody is different, it's all well and good me telling you how much fun I've had and expecting you to feel the same. The majority of people, including me, will at some point feel a form of homesickness, loneliness or culture shock.

    The important thing to remember is that this only happens very occasionally and lasts for a very short time. One of my favourite quotes to recall when travelling is; "it's amazing the difference a day makes" . This got me through every time I had these little doubts and feelings. You may be having a bad time for whatever reason, but the next day when you're diving in the Great Barrier Reef, trekking through the jungle or having a few drinks with some new friends, all your troubles are just forgotten. Some people just don't give it enough time - one guy I met was on a plane back home, one day after beginning his trip!

    Read more about Travelling Alone, With Friends, Or A Group.

    "You'll never know, if you don't go!"

    Everyone is nervous before they go, even if they have done it before.

    It all comes down to having no regrets for me. If you go and have a bad time, really don't like it and after 3 weeks come home, then at least you tried it. It will be out of your system, you know you don't like it and you can get on with the rest of your life. You've lost nothing (apart from a bit of money), but learnt things about yourself and experienced some new situations that will have helped build your character. Surely that is better than sitting at home thinking "what if?".

    When I first went I said to myself, "give it at least 3 months", as I didn't want to regret coming home early.

    What About My Career?

    People are often worried about how travelling will influence their career.

    It will certainly pause your career for a bit, but should in the long term improve your career prospects.

    Your travels will make an interesting topic of conversation in interviews and something you should definitely bring up - people want to work with fun and interesting colleagues.

    You will learn plenty of life skills whilst travelling, consider how they can improve your CV and how they can be applied to a job. If you are really concerned a working holiday or even just learning a new language whilst travelling means you will still be developing different experiences and skills to add to your portfolio, whilst on the move.

    Other Difficult Factors

    Money, like with everything, is a major factor to whether people can or cannot go travelling, but you will be surprised though quite how easily you can save up enough money to go.

    For me and nearly every other traveller I meet the two biggest problems with budget travelling are; sleeping in hostels and living out of a backpack.

    Of course neither of these are fun, it's all about preparing for them before you go. You should see them as a minor inconvenience, that allow you to travel the world cheaply for long periods of time. You wouldn't see very much for your money staying in hotels or get very far travelling with a couple of suitcases.

    Another important thing to remind yourself is, would you rather be stuck in an office all day and then come home to your nice bed, or have fun all day on the other side of the world and come back at night to a bunk bed in a dorm room - bunk bed every time for me!

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