Despite being 32 and no longer within the right demographic to be classed as a gap year backpacker, my budget travel background still hasn’t deserted me.
However while I may now prefer a bit more privacy than an 8 bed dorm, even if that is only sleeping in a tent, there are certain behaviours I haven’t relented on!
So, if you’re also a little older than your average backpacker, but still love an adventure on a shoestring, here are 25 clear signs you’re still a serial budget traveller too!
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#1 You’re still happy to walk miles with a heavy bag on your back rather than catch a taxi
#2 Overnight buses or trains are still your favourite mode of transport because you get a free bed
#3 You still prefer street markets to smart restaurants
#4 You’ve CV is confusing! You may have more volunteer positions on there than paid jobs
#5 You still feel confused about why people enjoy staying in swanky hotels
#6 You hate paying for travel insurance even though you know it’s the sensible thing to do
#7 You still regularly have several flight price alerts set up at the same time
#8 You love making friends around the globe, not least because it gives you a worldwide network of free accommodation
#9 You’ve disabled data-roaming on your phone so you don’t get caught out, or better still you may have got rid of the phone all together
#10 You’ve become a jack of all trades and will still do whatever work you can to sustain the travel fund
#11 You’ve stated a travel blog in the hope you’ll be able to travel for free one day!!
#12 You still balk at the idea of an organised tour
#13 You’re constantly trying to see how you can tie a holiday in with any other events going on in your life, such as work trips or visiting relatives
#14 You still consider anything that costs over $50 to be luxury
#15 You’re an expert money saver, in fact, you construct your life around this
#16 You’ve been to Southeast Asia, Central America and East Africa, but never Canada, Scandinavia or Brazil
#17 You’re an expert in cramming a large amount of luggage into a carry-on sized bag to avoid extra fees
#18 You’ve slept on more airport floors than you care to remember
#19 You’ve called more places home than you care to remember
#20 You can’t remember the last time you had a rental contract
#21 You consider normal beds a luxury – tents, sofas or mattresses on the floor are your norm
#22 You’ve relented and finally got a credit card, but only for the air miles
#23 Your Couchsurfer profile is bigger than your Facebook one
#24 You often carry an unwise amount of foreign currency on your person when travelling, in order to avoid paying overseas ATM fees
#25 The offer of free wifi is what clinches your coffee location decision
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So there you have it! 25 clear signs you’re still a serial budget traveller, even in your 30’s!
Can you relate?
What’s the thing do you that still shows you’re as much of a budget traveller as ever?