It is always an experiment in every journey. From the collective trial and error of my laundry “overnight drying time,” or the number of hours that I feel hungry after a full meal, or the different responses of people when I accidentally drop my near-to-extinction Nokia phone and it breaks into several pieces. haha! For me, it is a mix of experimental research and a hint of sociology. Thus, being a newbie backpacker entails a whole lot of “learning from your previous mistakes.” 🙂
Here’s a rundown of my 8 Awesome Commandments:
Do forgive me for my trying-hard Old English 🙂 haha!
1: Thou shall test if thy backpack is sturdy and comfortable.
I am not really particular with the backpack brands as of the moment but I do look for quality every time I purchase one. Always remember to try as many as you could – look for something that is comfortable (paddings, air flow, easy access pockets, and several other features). It always depends upon the user. If you’re not a backpack fan, I suggest you’ll try to familiarize yourself with it.
Unlike my two other male friends in our Mindanao adventure who opted to bring their luggage… now who’s having a hard time traveling? 🙂
2: Ye shall durst thyself to any adventure.
Always dare yourself to any adventure. Otherwise, what’s the point of living if you’re just stuck there inside your tiny comfort zone? We all have to try new things once in a while, right? We expand our thoughts to more than what we already know – and yes, new experiences is the way to go! Have fun and dare yourself to be! 🙂
3: Thou shall not pack thy entire closet inside thine backpack.
Talk about bringing your entire closet to your trip. You might as well wish that you won’t end up with scoliosis when you get back home. Lol! One tip I got from most of the travelers is to pack light – something that I am trying my very best to perfect. Don’t bring unnecessary clothes for Christ’s sake 🙂
4: If thy fere knows the way, ye shall go whither thy fere goest.
If you are traveling with a friend or companion, else, a group of friends, there’s always a captain that stands out – the one that is map savvy and has the guts to navigate his way around a new place. As what this commandment states, “If your friend knows the way, you shall go where he goes.” 🙂 But it’s also great to get lost hahahaha 🙂 Kidding.
5: Ye shall not act fullsome to avoid thieves.
This is very important. Don’t act like you’re the king or queen. Don’t wear expensive things, jewelries, bling-blings, anything that sparkles. Don’t dress like Richie Rich in order to avoid potential thieves. Never give people the hint that you’re rich. If possible, blend in and stash your money inside a safe place – the bank! 🙂 Carry only small cash. (Pretending to be rich defeats the purpose – lol!)
6: Thou shall beseech thy neighbor if lost.
Never hesitate to ask. “You shall ask your neighbor if you’re lost.” There’s no harm in asking anyway. I’m sure people will be glad to help you out – unless of course this person you are asking is a devious thief then… just be careful. I know it’s bad to pre-judge, but always trust your instincts in asking. Another is to talk to people that knows: Security guard, police, hotel clerk, cab driver, trusty local tour guide, etc.
7: Ye shall tarry to learn newer things.
I am a kinesthetic person although it does not show in my physique. I move a lot. When backpacking, try to pause at times. Be slow and absorb every new thing or experience as possible. Life is never rushed. Learn a new language or learn how to commute… Don’t be in a hurry to go to another destination – unless of course you’re catching your flight home. 🙂
8: Henceforth, thou shall seek happiness from what God hath wrought.
Need I say more? In every journey, always seek for happiness. This beautiful Earth was made for us by our creator because He loves us that much. Be happy! Be thankful! Most of all, enjoy every bit of traveling with a backpack. 😀
Credits to Vhan for the Photo!
I have so many things to include but I guess this highlights most of the lessons I learned last week during my stay in Southern Philippines. 🙂 Newbie backpackers, if you are reading this, don’t worry, we’re on the same page. Let’s learn from our mistakes and be better the next time we embark on another journey! 🙂
See you on the road! 😀