Why You Should Go Backpacking!

Silhouettes of group hikers people with backpacks enjoying sunset view from top of a mountain.

Backpacking, usually associated with those in their early 20s, offers adventure, one-off life experiences and some fantastic memories. Many of us over the age of 50 may not have had this opportunity when we were younger, but it’s never too late to ditch the holiday cocktails, and reach for the hiking boots and heavy duty maps! The experts over at Baltic Travel Company offer 5 reasons why every person in their 50s should go backpacking.

1 Enjoy The Freedom

Your children have all grown up and flown the nest, so there’s no better time than the present to go out there and explore. Being older also gives you the time and freedom to opt for a longer trip and experience many different countries in one go.

2 Financially Stable

With the kids gone, you may find that you have a little more money to enjoy than when you were younger – struggling with mortgages, bills and school fees. It’s time to enjoy what you’ve worked for and go ahead and try new things that you may never get the opportunity to try again. If you’ve always wanted to go on that once in a lifetime interrail trip, then now you can, plus you can do it more comfortably and in style.

3 Older And Wiser

You will have many more life experiences than those younger than you, which means you can share far better stories and exciting tales with other travellers. You can also use your life experiences to help you get along in foreign places as you may have more patience when dealing with the language barrier or foreign money.

4 More Comfortable Being Alone

Many youngsters have issues with the solo travel thing, purely because they may find it odd when people enjoy a meal or a drink alone. That is something that those older and wiser have become accustomed to, and it is usually an enjoyable experience enjoying a glass of red whilst taking in the ambience of the country you are visiting.

Sole backpacker looking at mountains

5 Trying New Things

You are usually travelling around so much when you are backpacking that you never find that you’re in one place for too long, or get bored at any point. You will feel as though you have a new lease of life through the experiences of travelling with a backpack. The sense of freedom may also make you want to try new things that you wouldn’t dream of if you were at home.




Moira Chisholm

I'm the Health Editor on My Weekly and am always interested to hear what's new in this fascinating field. I also deal with the gardening, shopping pages, general features, our website content and the Ask Helen problem page. I have a special interest in Christmas content because I'm on the team for Your Best Ever Christmas Magazine, too!