We’re backpackers. We’re travelling around the world spending as little money as possible pretty much everywhere we go in hopes we can see further than our wildest dreams … and this is what we’ve learned… from Rebecca’s perspective.
Attire: Adorning the same outfit three days in a row is absolutely Acceptable.
Buses: I have sat behind a very sick woman on a bus. She was horking out her window frequently and more than once that phlem came in my window and on to me. That was 4 years ago and no bus has been worse ever since (my resume reads: Silver Lining Seeker).
Cockroaches are no longer weird to me. I see them in our room, in the restaurant’s we eat at and crossing the street. They are as common as chickens. Let’s give them a little respect, cockrocahes have been around forever and will probably outlive us all!
Dogs: I got ringworm from snuggling a puppy once, I’m still not sure if it was worth it. Actually I just decided it was totally worth it. However, I’ve done my best to keep my distance or use an abundance of Purrel post-pet ever since.
Excercise: I do yoga as often as possible and fit in the odd workout but normally if I get my “5K a day” I’m happy (we do A LOT of walking). Excercise can be hard to fit in on the road – in small rooms and dorm rooms surrounded by strangers – and that’s the reality.
Foul Smells have taken on a whole new dimension. Raw meat hanging in markets, garbage everywhere, poor sewage systems….. and we haven’t even got to India yet. Feck.
Garbage: I saw a dog jump out of a garbage can the other day and it didn’t even phase me. Dogs gotta eat! And garbage is everywhere.
Hair: You know that rule “if you put your hair up every day, you shouldn’t have long hair”? No? Well I used to know that rule and now… eff that shit. All hail braids and the buns!
Incense saves lives. We love travelling with incense. They take away the damp – potentially moldy – smell in our rooms. Currently we’re using Rue which is apparently against greed and evil desires. Incredible!
Journey. One of my favourite words for this life, this experience, this opportunity. Everyone’s journey is different. Fill yours with Joy.
Key. Travelling is the key to a well-rounded life. (Side note: Keep it simple. Sticking close to home and travelling around your own neighbourhood, city, province is totally travelling. Kudos!)
Look, if the locals are going to stare at me, I’m going to at least consider staring back. Blonde hair and blue eyes are far from common in the countries we’ve travelled. After time the looks begin to seem less creepy and more inquisitive.
Mascara (& Make-up): Not even part of my vocabulary these days, they’re moot.
No time for Negativity. Where I come from life is pretty comfy but for some reason we complain all the time! No more negativity over here… now I think “where I come from, we’ve got it made!”. Negative Nancy is a Neanderthal.
Oxygen is life! Feels like I’m inhaling awful chemical fumes all the time. I wish I never took oxygen for granted in my emission considerate country.
Personal space: Who needs it? Let’s see how many people we can fit on one bus!
Quiet is something I crave but something I have accepted is a luxury.
Respect is different everywhere we go and we are constantly trying to keep up with what’s appropriate.
Sweat: I’ve given up on caring about armpit sweat and all forms of perspiration that dampen my clothing (oh that lovely lower back sweat). Sexy.
Toilets: I have sat on a toilet bowl without a seat and I think that’s way worse than squat toilets which I have used more times than I can count. Toilet seats are also in the luxury category.
Umbrella: would be an awesome idea. We still haven’t bought one though. Hoods and rain covers do the trick…. sort of.
Vermin: rats, mice, etc. I see them often enough to know there in pretty much every hostel and restaurant no matter how nice it looks. And I’m totally okay with that.
Water: We drink local water as often as possible to save money and plastic, this has worked out for us a great deal. Some “shower” heads are more like straight taps…. so I’ve drank water out of “shower taps” when the sinks don’t have enough space to fill a bottle. Water = super luxury.
X is for cross-walk??? Today yes it is and cross carefully! Walking is weird and pedestrians DO NOT have the right of way.
Yes: I say “yes” far more than I used to. When you have no idea what the other person is saying (likely in a foreign language) this could be horrifying. Now I’m a full on “yes” girl. Most recently this resulted in an odd milk soup with milk-soaked bread and a milk-poached egg in it… didn’t eat it, worked on my Spanish a little more that day though. Yay!
Zeal. Zest. Words to describe me. Words to describe my attitude towards life. Words to describe travel. Grab life by the balls and get out there you travel zealots! This list probably made you laugh rather than cringe because we’ve all been there. If you haven’t been there and this list totally freaks you out, that’s even more reason to step outside of your comfort Zone and seiZe the day!