The choice of how to take your belongings in a trip is very important. Frequent travelers already have their preferences and will defend tooth and nail your choice as the best option. However, there are some technical aspects that are important to take into account to choose the best option.
Length of journey
The first question that needs to be observed is the size of your trip. If the trip is small, just a holiday, you can choose either option. And when it doesn’t make a difference, people tend to prefer carry bag, because it is more practical to organize the clothes and also because everyone already has a small suitcase at home.
Now, if the trip is large, the question begins to change. The higher a trip, the more clothes you have to take. If you are traveling to destinations, where the amount of clothes will increase! So, in these cases, whether travel bag or backpack, will have to be a bag at least average and a large backpack, called cargo bag, but better known as backpacking. And in this case will involve the purchase price and other factors that count in the next topics.
Amount of targets (cities)
This is the most important issue for me. That’s what will start to define your choice, because a trip can be great, but has few destinations. For example, you can travel for three weeks, staying a week in Paris, one in London and one in Rome. The trip will have only four shifts, whereas the ida and the back.
However, there are trips that you go through several cities, getting two days or three days in each location. When this is not the case of beats and back and you will sleep in each of these cities, then the amount of offsets with “purse” will be huge. In this particular case, I think more interesting travel to backpacking, since it is more practical and fast moving.
Means of transport
This topic relates to the previous one. When I’m talking about means of transport mean the means of urban transport: taxi, bus, subway, etc. If your trip involve just taxis offsets, you can travel peacefully mail, because there will be no interference in your trip. Now, if you move from public transportation, this may change. Take the bus or subway is a little tricky in some timetables. I’m not referring to the peak times, because in this case is nearly impossible, even with backpack. However, it is much easier to get in a car or bus crowded with a backpack than with a suitcase. And in this case, the bigger the bag, the more difficult will be the offset.
The means of transport will involve the amount you are willing to spend on the trip. Anywhere in the world, the public transportation is cheaper than taxi. On the other hand, there are cities where public transportation is very good and even faster than cars and taxis, as in Europe. Already in other countries is very bad public transport and at the same time taxis are not expensive, is the case of Southeast Asia.
Normally, both of backpack traveler/backpacker type trips, i.e. sleep in places more economical, uses public transportation and buy fewer souvenirs. Not that it is not possible to do that traveling with a suitcase. Have otherwise is impossible. I’ve never seen anyone traveling from backpack and staying in luxury hotels, eating in the best restaurants of the city and buying many gifts, because not even fit in the bag.
Now let’s talk about something no coach and totally subjective. The backpack is not as common in Brazil, you won’t see many people using it in the main points of interest of the country. However, in other parts of the world is very common. In Southeast Asia, for example, you will see many people using backpacking, most Europeans. In some destinations such as Phi Phi, Thailand’s most famous beach, you’ll see more people than backpacking bag.
As who uses backpack are young, became a stereotype of the backpackers: young, excited, accustomed to traveling the world, that make friendships easy, comfort desapegados and party people. It is clear that in part has to do with the hostels that are lodged and the ballads that attend, that have this climate to meet new people and have fun.
Before I go buying your bag, be aware that not all people fit in backpacks all-cargo use. Go to a store that sells and try a bag with something within to see how you feel.
How much does a backpacking
Now let’s talk about values. The first important fact you need to know is that backpacking is not cheap, especially if you’re a good backpacking. A top-of-the-line of backpacking main brands Deuter, The North Face, Osprey will be more than R$1000. And a good backpack will make the difference! I myself have always used cheap mochilões and decided to acquire the Deuter Traveller 70 + 10, which is pictured below. I paid R$1000, but it’s something for life. The other backpacks not lasted much travel.
However, of course, you don’t need to buy face something exceptional. Can buy something cheaper to begin with. Marks trails and directions and Nord (mark of the Centaur) have lower prices, something around R $400.
How much does a wheel bag
The bags, as well as backpacks, vary greatly in price. As you might imagine, are generally more expensive. The top-of-the-line brands Rimowa, Samsonite, Delsy, etc can go from R$2000. But, of course there are cheaper options. As the luggage market is bigger, there are various kinds of brands, models and prices. You can find bags of $200, Chinese models simpler, the famous Paraguay. However, it is clear that won’t last long.
If you started reading this text it is because ponder backpack. Many people have discarded face this option. But even having a Hitcher aura, you may prefer the convenience of wheel bag. To see if it’s worth backpack, think how many offsets you will need to do on the trip and how much public transport need to get. Because maybe the comfort may be small close to the practicality of using a backpack.
I hope it helped on your choice and Bon voyage!
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