You Know You've Been Backpacking Too Long When...

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019

Travelling is truly an amazing experience - getting to see the wonders of the world whilst partying and having copious amounts of fun is something that everyone should do at some point in their life.

But the backpacker lifestyle comes with certain elements that can take some getting used to, whether it be the creepy dude in your shared dorm room, the cheap street food you eat to stay within your budget, or the constant 3 a.m. starts to make that early bus. And with these constant challenges, it’s inevitable that you’ll eventually fall into one of the following travelling stereotypes: 

YOUR FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM ARE FULL OF PEOPLE YOU WILL NEVER MEET AGAIN

YOUR FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM ARE FULL OF PEOPLE YOU WILL NEVER MEET AGAIN

Everybody knows that travelling is a fantastic way to meet new people, and before too long you’ll be receiving a barrage of new friend requests. However, although at the time you’re positive that “We’ll definitely meet up again! I’ll stay in touch for sure!”, before too long you’ll realise that you have a huge number of people on your Insta that you will never communicate with again, and at a certain point you’ll realise that you no longer care that Tom from Belfast’s Nan is holding a bake sale, and you’re basically just peering in on the lives of strangers at this point. At least you look like you’ve got a lot of mates though, right?

OU HAVE A LITANY OF TRAVELLING (AND DRINKING) STORIES IN YOUR REPERTOIRE

OU HAVE A LITANY OF TRAVELLING (AND DRINKING) STORIES IN YOUR REPERTOIRE

They say that travelling leaves you speechless - then turns you into a storyteller. And this is demonstrably true - within a couple of months you’ll be spinning yarns and telling tales that will entertain even the most critical of audiences. However, be careful, as with your newfound bardic abilities, it is easy to become a “One-upper”, constantly usurping your mates stories; “Mate that reminds me of this time in Budapest…”. Use your story telling talent wisely my friend.

THE SOUND OF STRANGERS SNORING IS LIKE A LULLABY TO YOU

THE SOUND OF STRANGERS SNORING IS LIKE A LULLABY TO YOU

Oh, the horrors of the shared dorms. An almost universal experience whilst travelling, stories abound of nightmare roommates, dodgy toilet facilities and rambunctious, noisy sex in the bunk above. But, as with all things, familiarity brings comfort, and after months of travelling you’ll wonder how you ever managed to sleep without that jackhammer-esque snoring emanating from 3 foot above your head. Who needs warm milk anyway?

PLAIN PASTA AND TOMATO SAUCE HAS BECOME A STAPLE OF YOUR DIET

PLAIN PASTA AND TOMATO SAUCE HAS BECOME A STAPLE OF YOUR DIET

No matter how healthy you eat back home, be prepared for a nutritional deficit whilst you’re gallivanting around the globe. Unless you’ve come out with buckets of cash at your disposal, maintaining a good diet on a shoestring budget whilst prioritising tours and drinking is a mammoth task. Before long you’ll have acclimatised to the taste of plain rice with a meager serving of sauce, and maybe a couple of chunks of frankfurter if you’re feeling fancy that evening. Home cooked meals will never taste so good.

YOUR LIVER HATES YOU

YOUR LIVER HATES YOU

One of the best parts of backpacking is staying at cool hostels, meeting people from all over the world, and of course, drinking with them. Even if you were just a social drinker back home - while you’re backpacking you’re a borderline alcoholic. Pub crawls? Yes please. Easter European warehouse raves? Sign me up! Should we start drinking at 3PM? Hundred Percent. Everytime you leave one city and head to the next you say it will be different - but somehow end up at a bar without even trying.

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK IT IS ANYMORE

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK IT IS ANYMORE

Is it a Monday? The weekend? Who knows and who cares? The best part of traveling is that you leave all your responsibilities and your boring job at home. You have no idea what day it is anymore and it doesn’t matter. Go partying on a Tuesday. 

So there we have it, a by no means exhaustive list of what to expect after living the backpacker lifestyle for many, many moons. But, dear reader, by no means should you be put off by any of these factors, for there’s a reason that so many people flock back to the travelling way of life despite all the downsides - travelling truly is the experience of a lifetime. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, book your tickets and get ready for an adventure! And if you ever find yourself out in Hungary, join us and our team on any of our events for guaranteed fun and mischief - the party never stops in Budapest.

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