I’m Nat and I’m the one behind natpacker. Here you can learn a little bit about me and my backpack, and why I love to travel.
Why Do I Backpack?
For me, backpacking is a way of life, you either like it, or you don’t. I find Backpacking is a cheap way to travel where you see and experience as much as possible, meet some great people and make friends for life.
Backpacking doesn’t have to mean long term travel. Even on week trips, or weekend trips, you can be a backpacker. It’s all in the way you travel, not how long you travel for.
About Me And Backpacking
Born and raised in the Northwest of England, my family weren’t really into travel as such. We went on holidays, but it was mainly all-inclusive hotels and kids clubs. As I got older I wanted to see more, and I began to dream of travelling and taking a gap year to see the world.
My dream came true after Uni. Me and my partner (now husband), took a year out and travelled together. It took about six months to plan our trip and get everything ready. But we were both excited when we bought those Round The World tickets. It meant it was happening.
Our trip took use from Thailand, through Malaysia to Singapore. We then stopped with some of Dave’s family in Adelaide, Australia, before getting jobs in Melbourne and then exploring the country. Next, we flew to New Zealand, where we trimmed and wrapped grapevines before jumping on a Stray Bus and exploring the country. Last was ninety days in the USA, with a little jump into Toronto to spend Christmas with some of Dave’s family. And by the end of it, I had definitely been bitten by the travel bug.
Backpacking Since Then
After we got home, it got a little boring. So we decided to go to Amsterdam. Here’s where we realised we dropped the ball a bit. We only had a five-day trip, but we stayed in the same place. We didn’t think to move on. On the plane back we were sat next to an Aussie, who told us about a village he stayed in just out of Amsterdam and we thought ‘why didn’t we do that?’ And we’ve never made that mistake again!
Since then I have travelled to Europe a lot more and explored more locally. I also took a dive into the digital nomad life, with a six month trip to Mexico. With all my trips I try to see the main tourist spots, as well as discovering off the beaten track places. All my travels are with the other half, we complement each over well when it comes to travel.
The backpacks have changed as I have developed into the backpacker and traveller I am today. I plan a lot more nowadays and really know what I want to see in a place. It has taken years to learn how to backpack well. But this is all subjective, how you travel is a personal thing. I like cheap and I like to do and see as much as possible.
However you travel, make sure you are happy. Travel to your own beat, whether that is cheap, slow, quickly or expensive. It is a very personal experience, what suits you won’t suit everyone.
So now you know a little bit about me, explore my site and find some inspiration for your travels.