4. “BRB,” you said. “I don’t have time for education or employment right now.”
7. You soon perfected the art of rolling clothes into your backpack.
9. You discovered that no matter how remote the area, you’ll always run into someone you know.
11. Pretty soon you started dreaming about meals that weren’t rice and beans.
12. Not to mention warm showers with a decent water pressure.
16. Haggling at supermarkets over the equivalent of 15p was totally legit.
18. You own a vest advertising every beer ever brewed in South East Asia.
19. You changed your profile picture to feature an exciting animal.
24. You became an absolute pro at changing in a dark hostel using only the light of your Alcatel’s torch.
26. You never realised that cashews taste good with ALL FOODS EVER.
27. You’re sick of people posting this on your wall.
28. Although you have painted at least one wall of at least one school in at least one impoverished country.
29. Which you have definitely mentioned in your personal statement.
30. You now realise it’s way more socially acceptable to drink on trains in other countries.
31. You doubt you’ll ever regain feeling in your back after that massage you accepted from a women’s prison.
33. But you didn’t write that on your travel blog, as you’re pretty sure your mum’s your only reader.
34. You have a terrible tattoo which seemed like such a good idea at the time.
37. So when term begins, you’ll be able to tell everyone how you really found yourself last year.
38. You’ll spend all year stalking your friends who are still travelling.
Tabatha Leggett is commissioning editor at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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