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13 Dirty Secrets Backpackers Will Never Tell You

You might want to hear the ugly truth before you set off on your journey across the world.

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1. The weather isn't always as good as in the pictures.

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If you don't do your research properly, you might find yourself engulfed in a months long monsoon season paired with the worst flooding recorded so far.

2. You might be expected to pay a different price than everyone else.

Unless you do your best to blend in, and don't wear your camera around your neck.
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Unless you do your best to blend in, and don't wear your camera around your neck.

3. Getting sunburned gets a whole new meaning for you.

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Now where's that after sun your mom told you to pack?

4. Some of the food you are offered might not seem intuitively appealing.

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But then again, one's gotta eat, right?

5. Some of the bars you'll find yourself at might have above legal levels of dampness.

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Which is why everyone wears the least possible amount of clothing when out.

6. Whenever you hear another English speaker you crane your neck and ogle at them conspicously.

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'Where do you think he's from? He's accent sounds a bit Australian'. Let the guessing game begin!

7. Every time you feel a bit ill you'll be convinced you have either tuberculosis, malaria, or some other tropical disease.

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Better start taking that profylax your doctor prescribed you..

8. You think you'll die every time you take public transport.

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Which after all is not that implausable - so watch your toes!

9. Your family and friends back home will try to convince you that you'll either get mugged, raped or killed if you walk alone after dark.

And you try to reassure them that San Francisco at night is actually scarier than Kampala, to no avail.
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And you try to reassure them that San Francisco at night is actually scarier than Kampala, to no avail.

10. At some point you might retort to sign language and inexplicable arm gestures to get your point across.

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And realize a bit belatedly that you should've bought a glossary book.

11. There will also be a point in time when you reluctantly decide to give up on personal hygiene, as the smell of mosquito spray mixed with sweat completely overpowers your deodrant anyways.

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Can anyone tell that I have been wearing this t-shirt for 5 days in a row now?

12. You are bound to have countless awkward situations asking ignorant questions and offending someone.

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Not much use of that anthropology class you signed up for in college, huh?

13. But you would still do it all again in a heartbeat, because traveling truly opens up a whole new world.

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And that's worth all of the struggles!

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