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Top Signs That You Are A Backpacker At Heart

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 

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After my couple of years of corporate career, I left that lifestyle behind, and with it, everything that didn't fit in a backpack. I've learned that this world is too big (and too interesting!) to spend your life working at one place, and that's what inspires me to remain footloose and fancy-free for the rest of my life!

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