If you think about it, a backpacking journey is a bit like having sex! Since these are two of the great joys in life, we thought we’d explain why the two of them are alike. Enjoy 🙂
In the beginning, you’re nervous and unsure of what lies ahead
This is true. Even though setting off on a great round the world adventure is exciting and you can’t wait to get out there and see what this world has in store for you, it can be a bit intimidating at first. As with sex, give it time. The more places (or people!) you have under your belt and the longer you’ve spent on the road, you’ll become quite confident and the nerves will melt away.
You need to find a “bag” that fits
Finding a backpack that fits your body is key to having an enjoyable time while travelling around the world. If the bag is too big and bulky or, too small and tight, you’ll be uncomfortable and it will take away from the joys of travel. Finding the right bag for your body (parts) is key. Do your research and find one that fits like a glove.
You may get lost and need to ask for directions
For us, one of the great things about backpacking is getting off the beaten path and purposely getting lost. However, if you find yourself in a city, with plans and things you want to see and do, this isn’t ideal! Get a map, get orientated and don’t be afraid to ask for directions. The sooner you can figure out where you want to go, or should be going, the sooner you’ll be having a good time.
You can travel as slow as you want, or as fast as you want
Some people like to saunter along, spending lots of time in each place and really getting a feel for it. Others, like to get in and get out! We like to travel at a slow’ish pace, spending a minimum of 3 days in each place. No matter what speed you prefer to travel, make sure you’re having some great experiences along the way…and make sure your partner is in agreement with the pace!
It can be very relaxing or it can be a total body workout
Some days will be filled with lazing around on a beach, leisurely strolling through a market or sitting somewhere with a great meal while people watching. Other days, you’ll be hauling your heavy backpack through train stations, tuk-tuks and taxis, all while dripping sweat and trying to endure the 90% humidity of some countries! Either that, or something a bit more enjoyable like trekking through mountains or hiking through beautiful valleys. Whether you put in minimal effort, or are really gung-ho, just make sure you’re having a good time.
You can pick up new skills along the way
Before heading out on the road, you may think that all you’re good at is working in an office, or being a construction worker. Opening the doors to the world of travel allows you to pick up new skills, some you may have never even thought of. Who knew we’d be able to teach english, go on long distance treks, be advanced divers, photographers, or even writers? Gaining new skill sets in life are a great part of growing as a person. Just like in the bedroom, it’s always nice to try something new!
The longer you do it, the more enjoyable it becomes
The longer you’ve been backpacking, the easier everything becomes. You know how to bargain for things, you know how to get from point “a” to point “b”, you know what to pack (and what not to) and you know the ways of the world a little bit better. Going from a backpacking virgin to a backpacking vetran is an interesting journey. We loved the experiences we had when starting out, and we love how we now travel with a few more years of knowledge (insert the obvious sex comparison here!)
There you have it! Backpacking is like sex in a lot of ways. We’ve been through the ups and downs of travelling the world and have now been on the road for a total of 3.5 years. We’ve experienced these points first hand…and I’m sure over the next years we’ll be able to add more sex comparisons to this list!
What do you think…is backpacking like sex?! Would you add anything to this list? Leave a comment below!