Things I have learnt from backpacking:

March 14th, 2011 § 3 comments

It’s been six months since our backpacking globe-trotting adventure. Looking back now, I can remember some universal truths that I learnt.

  1. Bread will surprisingly sustain you, even if you don’t get four servings of vegetables a day, you will survive. Cheap carbs can sustain you.
  2. A badly packed 2kg backpack will feel like 10kg. A properly packed 15kg backpack will feel like 2kg.
  3. Every big city is kind of the same.
  4. Every small town is uniquely different.
  5. Never be afraid to ask for directions. Strangers will not bite your head off.
  6. Wifi is very, very important.
  7. You can get by on a lot less. Don’t buy things that you don’t really need.
  8. Brightly coloured clothes will fade in a short amount of time when worn every second day.
  9. Travel with someone you love – cause even the love of your life will piss you off over extended periods of time. At least with them you can be frank.
  10. You do not need a plug for sinks. Most hostels have such disgusting sinks you’re going to be washing clothes close to the tap and brushing teeth on tippy toes.
  11. Take thongs everywhere. (edit: flip flops, people)
  12. Bring headphones and music.
  13. Planning will save you money and time.
  14. Newspapers make you feel connected to the world.
  15. Parks make you feel connected to the earth.

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  • Layla says:

    Hehe I traveled without the wifi or the thongs (did you mean underwear??) or headphones/music, and still enjoyed it! :)
    Disagree about big cities too.. they’re all different, but depends how you go about them & where you look! (I’m a small town girl so I ADORE big cities!! hehe)

    I agree about cheap carbs (junk food anyone? Why is it the cheapest option in so many cases?? grr!!) and sinks (depending on how much you have with, you may never or rarely wash clothes anyway! and many have plugs, some hostels have washing machines, or you could ‘plug’ a sink with socks or such if REALLY desperately needed?)
    I LOVE parks too… Newspapers (especially big free ones) are also good to sit on in parks.. :)

  • Gary says:

    Good advice. Identify with it all especially take thongs (= flip flops right) everywhere and to ask for directions.

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