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The 10 Truths Of Backpacking

It's not every day you get to backpack the world. But when you do, you realize there are certain indisputable truths.

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1. Without fail, 30 seconds after you lock your bag you'll remember you need something in it.

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It doesn't matter how organized you are or how many times you think, "this isn't going to happen again". It does.

2. Everyone secretly hates the snorer

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Sure, everyone's all smiles and chitchat at happy hour but behind those friendly eyes they're cursing your name and wondering where they can find you Breathe Right strips.

3. You will meet really interesting people

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Every backpacker has a story. As you wait for the train or check-in to your hostel, you'll exchange stories and find yourself continually in awe of the people you cross paths with.

4. You're always wearing something that should have been washed a week ago

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Laundry is expensive, you brought a limited amount of clothes, and there's not always time to hand wash. The sooner you accept that you'll always be a little dirty, the happier you are.

6. Every now and then, you won't believe this is your life

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The moment could come while staring at the Swiss Alps or leaving the bar at 5 a.m. with 7 people you met yesterday. The experiences are so amazing that sometimes you just have to shake your head and laugh.

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