25 Things I’ve Learned in My First Month of Backpacking

 

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A month ago I landed at Changi airport in Singapore, groggy from my 3rd flight of the day (backpackers budget, innit) but oh-so ready for the adventure ahead. Here’s what I’ve learnt in my first month of full time travel.

  1. You feel like you’ve been away forever
  2. And all the day to day worries and concerns you feel at home are now totally insignificant
  3. Suddenly you wonder why you ever needed so much STUFF
  4. And develop a deep rooted love/hate relationship with your backpack
  5. The spontaneous adventures are the most fun: days on the road in a camper, unsure where you’ll even sleep that night
  6. But sometimes you’d just really like to sit on your own sofa with a cuppa and an episode of Grey’s Anatomy
  7. No two days are the same and you quickly learn not to get attached
  8. But you scare yourself anyway with how much you’d quite like to move permanently (damn you, Australia)
  9. You realise that every penny really does count and become incredibly price sensitive
  10. Your brain is basically a human exchange rate calculator
  11. $1 frozen cokes from Maccas become your most consistent form of sustenance (guys, that’s like 56p)
  12. When road tripping in Australia, you start mentally befriending the other users on WikiCamps
  13. “Sue said the long-drop wasn’t even that smelly for a free camp!”
  14. You realise you probably never needed the bathroom cabinet full of 65 different face creams and cleansers
  15. Because the $2 replacement you picked up in the supermarket works just as well
  16. Everywhere you go, you’ll take half the beach back with you
  17. Permanent SBC (sandy bum crack)? Standard traveller life
  18. You fall in love with every new place and never ever, ever want to leave. Never.
  19. Until you rock up at the next destination…
  20. You forget what it feels like to ever truly feel clean
  21. But it’s okay because the ocean makes the best bath
  22. And when you do stay in a budget Airbnb with an actual bath tub, you may as well be at the Ritz
  23. You lose all concept of what day or date it is
  24. And time zones mean your friends are never awake when you are
  25. But most of all, you’re already worried about how you’ll ever be able to adjust back into normal life at home again

 

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  1. Sharon
    January 20, 2019 / 9:31 am

    Sounds like you’re having the best time. Really enjoying following your trip on Instagram x

  2. January 20, 2019 / 11:25 am

    Great read! I would of loved to have gone backpacking when I was younger… I mean, I still can but I have a mortgage and other adult responsibilities now!

    Zoey | https://www.zoeyolivia.com

  3. January 20, 2019 / 1:13 pm

    I’m so glad you are having such an amazing adventure! Although you are making me want to visit Australia stat and I miss you oodles and oodles 💕 Savour every moment I’m sure you’ve got so many adventures still to come!

  4. January 21, 2019 / 10:18 am

    god this is making me so so jealous. You are literally living the dream, and it sounds like you are so so happy which is amazing. I’m hoping to go myself one day!

  5. Jess
    January 22, 2019 / 4:40 pm

    We were only in Oz a month and I mentally cried all the way home so dread to think how you will be on your way home. Soak up every bit of it? Travelling is the best thing in the world! Still trying to work out how I can do it for a living haha x

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