WARNING: This post mentions the word BACKPACKER/BACKPACKING several times.
I initially wanted the word “backpacker” to be a part of the domain name that I was about to buy back then. And since I couldn’t think of any other term that I could pair up with backpacker, I just added “miss” to declare my sexuality hence the birth of MissBackpacker. I like to write MissBackpacker this way so people can remember it easily.
I thought miss backpacker sounded cool. I thought its plain definition was someone who loves to travel bringing just a few and necessary stuff with him/her inside a small backpack. I thought wrong, again.
During downtimes at the office, I just read and read stuff over the internet. I recently learned that backpacking doesn’t mean plain traveling.
According to Wikipedia (I know it isn’t a good source, but hey it’s one of the most-read encyclopedic websites today), backpacking can be defined in two ways: travel and wilderness.
Here’s a snippet from Wikipedia:
Backpacking is an outdoor activity wherein a participant packs all of his or her gear into a backpack. This gear may include food, water, and shelter, or the means to obtain them, and often little else. Since each item must be carried, weight is a very important factor in equipment and supply choices and options.
Backpacking is a term that has historically been used to denote a form of low-cost, independent international travel. Terms such as independent travel and/or budget travel are often used interchangeably with backpacking. The factors that traditionally differentiate backpacking from other forms of tourism include but are not limited to the following: use of public transport as a means of travel, preference of youth hostels to traditional hotels, length of the trip vs. conventional vacations, use of a backpack, an interest in meeting the locals as well as seeing the sights.
Ugh. I only travel if permitted (financially speaking) and so I still need to save up more to be really considered as a backpacker. But what the heck, I am already known as MissBackpacker. And I think that La Mochilera (a female backpacker in Spanish) sounds cute as well. ☺