You may think you're just another traveler, but here are ten ways you can tell if you're part of the backpacker crew.

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  1. You're always wearing flip flops (and if you are visiting Australia call them thongs, or in New Zealand, jandals), even in places where shoes are necessary. It's just easier to slip them off at the airport, on the plane, and in hostels. Who needs laces, anyway?
  2. Your backpack is like a second home. You've got everything you need in there: clothes, toiletries, snacks, and even a travel-sized pillow. You may even have a small tent in there, just in case you decide to camp out under the stars.
  3. You're not interested in luxury hotels. The idea of a five-star resort with a spa and room service seems like a waste of money. You're happy with a cheap hostel, where you can meet other travelers and swap stories over a beer.
  4. You're always looking for the cheapest way to travel. You don't mind taking a 24-hour bus ride to save money on a flight. After all, you've got your trusty neck pillow and a good book to keep you entertained.
  5. You're not afraid to try new foods. Street food is your favorite, and you're always on the lookout for the best local cuisine. You're not going to spend a fortune on a fancy restaurant when you can get an authentic meal from a street vendor.
  6. You're always up for an adventure. Skydiving, bungee jumping, white-water rafting – bring it on! You're not content with just sightseeing; you want to experience everything the destination has to offer.
  7. You're a pro at haggling. You know how to negotiate prices for everything, from souvenirs to tours. You've got your bargaining face on and won't settle for anything less than a good deal.
  8. You've got a travel journal. You've been to so many places, and you don't want to forget a single moment. You've got a journal filled with stories, sketches, and ticket stubs, and it's your most treasured possession.
  9. You're always on a budget. You don't have unlimited funds, so you're always mindful of how much you're spending. You'll skip the expensive tourist traps and opt for the free sights instead.
  10. You're always planning your next trip. You may be on the road now, but you're already thinking about where you want to go next. Your bucket list is a mile long, and you're determined to check off every destination.

So, are you a backpacker? If you answered yes to most of these, then congratulations – you're part of an elite group of travelers who are always ready for an adventure. Just remember to pack your flip flops and sense of humor – you're going to need them.


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