Backpacking is more than just lugging a 70L rucksack on your back. It is a way of travelling, of feeling comforted even during the most uneasy conditions. And if you ever wondered whether or not you qualify as a savvy backpacker, now is the time to find out.
If you do most of the things mentioned below, chances are you’re a true backpacker at heart:
- You always write down your parents’ address when asked for your permanent address.
- The occupation column on application forms leaves you confused.
- You have friends pretty much in every corner of the world.
- You love the idea of slow travel and getting lost in a new city.
- You sniff-check your clothes to find out whether they’re wearable or not.
- You can wear the same shirt for a week, and jeans for two weeks.
- Pleasant outdoor weather is more important to you than anything else.
- You do your laundry in the sink.
- There’s always a pouch of detergent in your bag. And a tissue roll.
- If surprisingly you find a toilet roll in the bathroom, you never miss a chance using it. And using a bit extra.
- You love the free stuff a bit more than the average person.
- Hot water feels luxury to you.
- And so is air conditioning.
- Despite travelling solo, you haven’t slept in a room by yourself pretty much since you last left home.
- You secretly look down upon travellers with a big rolling suitcase.
- You love staying in remote areas with no phone reception.
- You never know what day of the week it is today.
- Pretty much every time a traveller invites you for a drink or dinner together, you end up saying YES!
- You have slept in airports and train stations to save money on accommodation, at least once.
- You have learned to find positives in challenging situations.
- You know how to sleep in a rickety bus or an uncomfortable train ride.
- You can pack your bag in less than a minute.
- Your wallet contains at least three different currencies.
- You spend more money on experiences than things.
Further Reading: How To Travel The World Without Spending Much Money