Backpacking is a great way to see the world. One of the many benefits is the sense of freedom, independence and being in command of your own destiny. There is something very liberating about waking up in the morning and the only decision you have to make is whether to turn left or right, but whatever the decision, it actually doesn’t matter that much. Backpacking often takes you off the beaten track and down some of those little side streets and back alleys that you might never get to see on many of the package tours. This can be a revelation, as can the number of people that are willing to help out with many of the day to day dilemmas that this form of travel can throw up.
However, independent travellers do face a daily pressure of where they are going to lay their head that night, where the next proper bed and the next shower or hot bath is going to be, and how to find it. All part of the fun of backpacking you might think and in general most backpackers would agree with you. But would it not be nice to ease the pressure a bit and build a little respite into the trip schedule? There may well be some essential destinations that you want to schedule into a rough journey plan. Perhaps a stay in a city or an area that has so much to offer that it simply can’t be rushed, and deserves a whole week set aside to fully appreciate everything that it has to offer.