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10 Weird Things that Happen When You Come Home After Long Term Travel…

8 November 2014

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10 Weird Things that Happen When You Come Home After Long Term Travel…

Coming back home from a long stint backpacking can be very strange indeed. At times you feel like an alien in your own country! (Cue Sting). You've forgotten so much about what 'normal' life back home is like and you've picked up many weird habits while you've been away. Are you still the same person that you once were? Here are 10 symptoms of extreme reverse culture shock...

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“Live Each Day Like It’s Your Last Day on Earth.” But is this Really Possible?

7 September 2014

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“Live Each Day Like It’s Your Last Day on Earth.” But is this Really Possible?

How many times have you heard the quote ‘live your life like it’s your last day on earth’? But how many of us do this? And is it possible? Surely if today was your last day, you’d spend all your money, travel to the place you’ve always wanted to, tell that boy / girl that you’ve been playing it cool with that you’re wildly in love with them and then get crazy drunk? So - is this concept practical in the real world!?

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Notes From the Editor: Do you Embrace the Prospect of ‘Change’ into Your Life & Travels?

26 September 2013

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Notes From the Editor: Do you Embrace the Prospect of ‘Change’ into Your Life & Travels?

The anticipation of a big change has been lingering in the air of the S.E.A Backpacker office in Chiang Mai recently. As soon as it was felt, we knew deep down that we must follow our hearts and obey the backpacker spirit that brought us here in the first place… Even though making big changes in your life is never easy, sometimes you need to take the plunge and dive right into the next adventure...

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Notes From the Editor: Don’t Let Your Possessions Possess You!

7 July 2013

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Notes From the Editor: Don’t Let Your Possessions Possess You!

Living a life of minimalism can lead to a life of increased adventure. Those tied down with credit card bills, car loans and mortgages while harbouring a desire to escape can relate to this. Sometimes it can seem that your possessions possess you! For a brief period of time, as you live out of your backpack, you witness a life where you are detached from your things, location independent and free to go wherever the adventure beckons. Spontaneity reigns –suddenly everything is a possibility...

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Notes from the Editor: Patience and Backpacking in South East Asia

16 January 2013

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Notes from the Editor: Patience and Backpacking in South East Asia

“What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare”... When backpacking through South East Asia, your patience threshold will be tested on more than one occasion. Trains that take five hours longer than planned, spontaneous holidays that make banks, embassies and post offices close when you just need to get that something done and a laid-back attitude to the point of slumber are just some of the things that you may struggle with. Coming from a Western culture, we find it very difficult to just… WAIT. Learning to adapt to this cultural and lifestyle difference is an ongoing lesson...

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Notes from the editor: Where is home?

12 September 2012

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Notes from the editor: Where is home?

Where is home to you? Is it a building or a place where you grew up or where you went to school? Is it where your family and friends are located? Is it a place where you feel like you can just relax and be yourself? Lyrically speaking, is ‘home where the heart is?’ or is it ‘Wherever you lay your hat?’ Editor, Nikki Scott discusses the concept of home and how travel has changed the place where she now calls "home"...

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Notes from the Editor: Going Against the Grain and Forging Your Own Path

17 July 2012

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Notes from the Editor: Going Against the Grain and Forging Your Own Path

Many people in the West tend to follow a similar route - we leave school, go to university and get a job - success is measured in assets and achievements. It can be scary and daunting to imagine a life that strays from this structured ladder. Backpacking is a time to break away from the regimented order of Western society and get a taste of a different way of life - adventure, excitement, spontaneity. Once sampled it may be hard to go back to 'normal life'...

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Notes From the Editor: Travel and a Simple Twist of Fate

30 May 2012

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Notes From the Editor: Travel and a Simple Twist of Fate

Unencumbered by routine and responsibility, backpackers are free to make impulsive decisions that have the potential to change the next few days, weeks, even years of their lives. Have you ever wondered how differently your backpacking trip may have turned out if certain, seemingly insignificant events had gone differently? Retracing the steps of your journey it is possible to pinpoint those tiny instances that with hindsight literally changed everything, the course of your journey and even your life...

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Notes From the Editor: What Does Travel Teach us?

19 March 2012

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Notes From the Editor: What Does Travel Teach us?

What does travel and living in a foreign country teach you? Does it changed your personality? Does it change the way you look at the world? Since the idea of backpacking began, travellers have returned home with shaggy unkempt hair, a dozen bracelets on their wrist, perhaps a bindi on their forehead and proclaimed to their wide-eyed parents ‘woah man, Cambodia really changed me.’ I want to delve deeper into this statement and ask why? And how does it change you?

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