Backpacking or travelling for a long period of time is an incredible experience – rewarding, exhilarating and life-changing. However, when travelling for a long time, there are some things that start to affect your daily life, and that people recognise in you even if you don’t see it for yourself! Here are just a few things I realised I have started doing after spending a long time on the road!
- You take spare napkins at dinner to use as emergency toilet paper
- You can sleep anywhere, from the back of a car to a bench in an airport, and no longer care if people see you snoring (and/or dribbling over yourself).
- Your favourite clothes shop is the lost & found box at your hostel
- Your Facebook feed is full of travel photos and wanderlust quotes
- Your friends’ whatsapp messages always begin with ‘So, where are you now?
- You can say ‘hello’, ‘please’ and ‘cheers’ in at least 10 different languages
- Chatting to random people on the subway is no longer taboo
- You find coins from several different countries every time you open your bag
- You don’t care if people see you changing in the dorm room anymore
- When you go home to visit family it is great to see them but you can’t imagine living there for longer than a week.
- You have friends from almost every country in the world.
- Your Instagram account reads like an atlas
- All you want for Christmas is cash for your next trip, or a Lonely Planet book
- Clean clothes from the laundry feel like the best thing that happened all week
- You own two pairs of shoes, and one of them is a pair of havaianas flip flops (thongs for you Aussies).
- When someone compliments your necklace/earrings/scarf/bag you launch into a tale about where it is from & how you came to buy it
- There is still nothing like your mum’s home cooked food.
I hope these made you smile – did I miss any ‘typical’ backpacker behaviours? Are there any you disagree with?
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