Backpacking makes for a really fun vacation. Though at times you need to do it, I personally never enjoyed going and spending big money on a plane ride and then more big money on hotel then more big money on restaurant food then more big money on some kind of city entertainment. It's just not up my alley. Backpacking is a great adventure. You learn a lot and you test your abilities. And you experience all the outdoors has to offer. And once you get your equipment, it is way cheap!