Why not? You can become a diehard back packer if you are not one already! Backpacking is a popular method of travelling around the world. People usually relate backpackers with large bags hanging in their backs, looking haggard and dirty. But it doesn’t have to be the case at all times.
Can you avoid it?
Some destinations are such that you must be a backpacker to get to those. For example if you take the Ayers rock tour from Melbourne, it will include some backpacking as well. Usually this type of a tour is a 4 day one, with a day dedicated to trekking or backpacking in the rock. If you are not a fan of carrying a load and walking it might not work for you. But what you need to remember is that backpacking has a taste of its own; you will get to meet people, see things you won’t be able to if you were just driving by, and have a brand new experience. Important thing is to not to listen or read about bad experiences, as in everything people will have bad experiences and good ones. Best is to try it yourself. Visit this link https://www.groovygrape.com.au/ayers-rock for more info on Ayers rock tour from Melbourne.
Concerns for first time backpackers
Of course, if you are doing this for the first time, you will have a million questions. Where will I stay, with whom will I share a dorm (as most backpackers stay in hostels) and if I can survive without my daily essentials such as my shampoo and special coffee. But think of it as an experience; you need to go to college, study, meet friends and have fun, similarly you should do a backpacking tour at least once in your life. There is no need to worry about money and stuff like that, too. Granted, you should have the bare minimum but you are not going to stay in star class hotels and buy super cool clothes. The beauty of backpacking is that, you can simple be you. If simplicity is for you that is!
Choose a path
Most backpackers will choose a safer path for the first time. There is news of people going missing while trekking etc. But that doesn’t mean it will surely apply to you. If you are truly scared about your safety, you can get some friends to accompany you; if you take the Great Ocean Road and Grampians tour, you can ride in a bus for some distance, and then take off on foot, catching public transport and so on. This is very entertaining and especially if you have a friend or a group with you it could be made an unforgettable experience. So collect the money, plan a path, decide on up to which destination you will take a form of transportation if at all, then set out! This is your time to be a star in your own movie.