Tours Versus Backpacking

The age old debate amongst travellers. The backpackers do it there way, getting off the beaten path, and believe they are the only true travellers. The tour company people just want the simple holiday to relax and not waste time trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B.I married a “tour girl”, my first trip on my own was backpacking so I can say I have seen both sides of this story. Both have their pros and cons and you have to ask yourself what you want to do. My first trip was, in my opinion, amazing. And when I look back as to why it was, backpacking was a big part of it. I had the flexibility to do a lot of stuff that you never would get to do on a tour. That being said, I also had 2 months to do it in and was not overly rushed.Remember, think about what your aptitude is and what the place is like where you are going. Backpacking is not cut out for everyone and you might not even enjoy it. I love both of them, but my expectations can be different when I go somewhere and you do not want to take away from your trip just because you chose the wrong style to go in.Here are some pros and cons. I will just list the pros for each as the cons are intuitive from looking at the other option.Backpacking

Flexibility to change your plans.
You can go places tours do not go. This is what made my Asian trip so good. Some of my favorite places were not on any travel routes.
You are not relying on the tour company to be good. If they are not, you are going to have a bad trip without much choice.
You meet way more people.

Usually cheaper, but not always.
There is no wasted time, generally. Everything is scheduled and booked so you won’t have to wait around.
Some things have capacity booking and a tour company will make sure you do what was on the itinerary.
You can leave your brain at home. You are taken care of. Wake up calls in the morning, paperwork prepared for you, advice when you arrive to a destination, and the list goes on.
If you tour with people for awhile you make good friends with a lot of people which is nice when you share activities with them.

Safety. This is really important if you are in dangerous countries.

Easier border crossings? This is generally true. I was recently in Africa and backpacking would have been annoying in more than a few circumstances.
I have to say I have enjoyed both. My tour holidays were very, very relaxing and my backpacking trip was an “adventure”. With backpacking though, you need to be disciplined and resourceful. It is more of a working holiday because you always need to be on your guard and planning ahead, because no one will be doing it for you. If you are a hands-on-kind of person then go for it.You need to consider the region you are going to as well. After being to Africa, I was quite glad I was part of a tour. South-east Asia is geared towards the backpacker so I was glad with that choice (not that I put any thought into it as it was my first trip). I would have gone either way when I was in Peru and Ecuador. I did it more like a tour, but their transit systems and the activities I was doing did not require it. We actually tried a bit of a mix. We had a couple free days here and there where we did whatever we wanted. With the Amazon jungle tours, the Galapagos, and Machu Pichu it doesn’t matter. You have to go with a tour company anyways, so whether you booked it as part of an overall tour from home or found each one individually it won’t matter.

Why Should You Maintain Good Health and Fitness Levels

Staying healthy is very essential in today’s scenario, as everyone get stressed due to one reason or the other. People across the globe are getting more conscious about health and fitness. To face everyday stress and tension, you need to maintain good health and the basis for good health is fitness. Eating the right food and staying physically active are some of the good habits to stay healthy. Leading a healthy life would help you overcome innumerable health risks.Staying healthy and fit needs slow changes in terms of food and exercises. Crash diets and aggressive exercises are not healthy and initially, you may find weight loss but once you stop with crash diet or aggressive exercising your body tend to regain the lost weight. You should lose excess weight in your body in a healthy way without affecting your normal health conditions. Dieting is essential but at the same time you should not starve in the name of dieting. The body needs food for energy and any excess energy generated by the food is stored as fat. So by eating right quantity of balanced diet at the right time helps you in staying healthy. Have a check on the amount of calorie you take everyday and at the same time increase the level of activities you do everyday.Self-control plays a major role in health and fitness. It is not enough if you eat a balanced diet and do routine exercises. You should be free form diseases. Human body is prone to many varieties of diseases; so proper functioning of all systems ensures healthy life. You should give attention to the needs of your body. Take good care of the body, which is regularly exposed to many stresses in day-to-day life. Staying healthy and having a fit body helps you prolong your life too. Healthy and fit body is the secret behind happy and stress free life. It gives you positive attitude about things and makes you move away from negativity in life.Workout is one of the healthiest ways to lose weight. Physical fitness is vital to stay healthy. Normal human body needs 30 minutes of exercise everyday. Exercise helps you to get rid of stress and tension. Everyday exercise like cycling, walking, jogging, dancing, and swimming help you to maintain good health and fight against stress and depression. Everyday diet should have all the essential ingredients in a balanced way to stay healthy.Having lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is good for your body as they are the natural suppliers of vitamin, carbohydrates, protein, and fiber.