Over The Hill? 20 Things Every Backpacker in their 30s will Understand

You’ve spent many a sleepless night on an overnight bus getting snored at and dribbled on by the guy in the seat next to you.

You’ve lay awake, shaking back and forth in a backpacker dorm bed whilst the couple in the bed above you attempt drunken fornication in the wee hours.

You’ve eaten a plate of fried rice enthusiastically after you’ve seen the biggest rat of your life in the kitchen where it was just cooked.

But that was all in your 20s…

Neon girl at Full Moon Party
Your 20s were a time of growth and discovery.

As a wide-eyed, fresh-faced young backpacker, no travel hiccup, set-back, nor the worst “Changover” in the world, could prevent you from having the time of your life!

And now you’re 30.

Will you ever go backpacking again?

Hell yeah!

But this time, for your sanity and your dignity, there’ll be a few slight adjustments….

20 Things Every Backpacker in Their 30s will understand:

1. Full Moon Parties and Booze Cruises. You look at taking a travel kettle with you so you can make a mint tea back at your guesthouse.

Anyone for a cup of tea when we get back?

2. You’re happy to spend an extra 10 pence on a meal that won’t give you food poisoning.

3. You will never stay in a backpacker dorm room again in order to save $2 USD.

4. You will never take an overnight bus again. Air Asia is the way!

5. You’ll take a taxi over a tuk tuk and be happy to pay double the price.

6. You won’t come back with a tattoo in Thai language of something deep and meaningful.

Getting a tattoo in Thailand is a backpacker rite of passage!

7. “So where are you from? Where have you been? How long are you travelling for?” You reach for your headphones at breakneck speed whilst pretending not to understand English.

8. You won’t be ‘finding yourself’ this trip. You failed the first time.

9. You’ve just read ‘Top 10 Places to go in Thailand’ and crossed them all off your list of places to go.

10. You’re taking a backpack on wheels.

11. You’re up early for a trek at 5 am, so you decide to go to bed before midnight.

12. You’re diving the next day, so you don’t drink 10 buckets.

13. You’ve lost your flip flops so you buy another pair rather than walking around barefoot for the next few weeks.

14. You get up before check out time at the hostel. You have no one else to kick out of your room, and you even have time to make your bed.

15. You aren’t going to read The Power of Now, Eat Pray Love, or The Beach.

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Let’s face it, you’ve already read the ‘cliche’ choices.

16. You have no intention of learning the ukulele.

17. You don’t haggle over the price of a sarong for 45 minutes on the street.

18. You avoid party hostels like you avoid malaria.

19. You don’t want to learn to fire dance.

Fire show at The Hideout Hostel, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Drunkenly dancing with fire in Southeast Asia? We’ll pass thanks…

20. You didn’t pack your waterproof first aid kit, sleeping bag liner, emergency whistle and survival blanket – but you’re surviving just fine.

3 thoughts on “Over The Hill? 20 Things Every Backpacker in their 30s will Understand

  1. Nikki Scott says:

    It’s just a jokey article Juh-Juh! It’s not meant to represent all 30 year olds… 😉

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