Different Types of Days within a World Trip
Travelling around the world with a backpack can take any number of days and obviously the more travel days you have, the more you will be able to enjoy the experience. Technically every single day comprising a trip can be considered a travel day, but since there are days of different qualities, they can be categorized in two main groups. There is of course the Active Travel Day, which is what people usually think of when planning a trip, but there is also the Passive Travel Day, which in many cases is sadly neglected.
Active Travel Day
This is the type of day where you are physically moving around with your big backpack on your shoulders and your daypack in your arms. Active Travel Days usually involve taking air-planes, trains, buses, taxis, tuk-tuks, rickshaws and who knows what else exists in the country you are in. While these days can be fun and exciting because you are moving on to a new city, village or place, they can also be very long and exhausting.
These kind of travel days almost always involve finding your way around in the new place as well as finding a good, cheap place to stay at night. Again, this can be fun and this can be extremely stressful when you are tired, hungry, it’s boiling hot and hundreds of touts swarm around you trying to pull you into their rickshaw to drop you off at a hotel that pays them a commission.
The longer I travelled, the more I found a value in having an early start on Active Travel Days. First off you are more relaxed and have more time when you leave early; it is not as hot as it would be if you were walking around in the middle of the day with your backpack on, and you can arrive at your destination during daylight hours. While it is obviously easier to navigate during the day when you can see certain landmarks like towers, churches or other prominent buildings, it can also be a safety factor. Remember, you always want to walk on a busy street during the day rather than on an empty road at night.
Passive Travel Day
This type of day describes all the remaining days that do not involve your big backpack. On Passive Travel Days you can explore a city or a place, you can go for a hike in the mountains or a walk in the jungle, you can take a little Side Trip for a couple of days, or you can be having an Arrival Day, a Travel Sunday, or a Travel Daycation. You could also enjoy Travel Life for a while or have the unfortunate but rarely occurring Miserable Sick Day.
In any case it seems important to understand that your trip will consist of a whole lot more than just those seemingly endless days in long distance buses or trains. So make sure to have enough flexibility in your travel schedule to accommodate all these days because, as stated in the beginning, the more travel days you have the more you will be able to enjoy the experience.
- First Day in a Country
- Orientation and Settling-in
- Dealing with a Culture Shock
- Customs, Cuisine, Climate and Altitude