The 13 Worst Moments When Backpacking
The perfect blue skies, bronzed bikini babes and boutique hostels you see on Instagram are often merely a facade for the not-so-glamourous lifestyle that is traveling. From being robbed to getting the poops, sometimes you’re just shit outta luck! You’ve read The 13 Ultimate ‘Win’ Moments When Backpacking, now here’s The 13 Worst Moments When Backpacking.
1. Night Buses
Sure you’re saving a night’s accommodation and some precious time that you weren’t going to use anyway, but would it be so hard to TURN THE AIRCONDITIONING DOWN?? Don’t forget your neighbour who snores like a bath draining the last bit of water or the person who feels like they can fart willy-nilly.
2. Bed Bugs
A traveler’s worst nightmare! You try and tell yourself they’re just mosquitoes – until you scan your sheets and find the unthinkable. Now you have to go through the chore of washing all your clothes, your bag and scrubbing the first three layers of skin off. Not to mention looking like a leper for the next few months.
3. Being Robbed
At best you’ll lose a little cash, at worst you’ll lose your whole backpack including passport, laptop, cameras, and credit cards. Not to mention shitting yourself as someone sticks a knife or gun in your face! Despite traveling through ‘dangerous’ countries like El Salvador and Honduras, I’ve managed to avoid being robbed, however I’ve once caught someone messing with my backpack on a bus. Hands off!
4. Food Thieves
Speaking of ‘hands off’, keep your mitts off my food! Quite possibly the worst type of backpacker is someone that steals from others. We’re all on a budget and that is no reason to go pinching other’s stuff. Karma will catch up with you!
5. Getting the Green Apple Splatters
Don’t lie, it’s happened to everyone. Sometimes there are days where you just can’t walk further than a 10m radius from a toilet. You might even shit yourself a little bit, just know that it’s okay. You just better hope that it hits you in the safety of your hostel and not on a 5 hour chicken bus ride!
6. Snorers, Sleep Talkers and Night Walkers
I know for a fact I’m guilty of this. When I hit the hay after a few beers I seem to turn into this snoring, sleep talking monster. I’ve asked my neighbour if I have permission to leave my bed, tried to pull cables out from the back of TVs and gone for spontaneous midnight strolls through hostel hallways, only to slowly wake up and wonder what in the hell I was doing.
7. Losing Your Stuff
Wallets, speakers, hats, sunglasses, everything and anything. I’ve always been particularly dozy but sometimes I just wonder when I’ll ever learn. I’m absolutely the worst for leaving towels at hostels, I think I’ve been through five or six in the past 11 months. How does this keep happening I hear you ask? Well the genius-ness inside my head tells me to hang my towel out to dry as much as possible before it gets stowed away in my bag. And then that’s where it stays.
8. Getting Sick
Especially shitty (no pun intended) if you get stuck in a place you don’t like and you come down with something. I spent almost two weeks in Playa Del Carmen (equivalent of the tacky Surfers Paradise back home) with a bad man flu. It would have been alright if I was in a chilled out beach town but instead I was surrounded by cruise ship goers and souvenir shops – not a relaxing place to be!
9. Rubbish Weather
Sometimes the weather works for you, and sometimes it doesn’t. Clouds, fog and rain can ruin potentially incredible photo opportunities – and if you hiked for 8 hours up a volcano to get a good vantage point that can be the biggest bummer of all. Rain can also ruin other things, like passports (sorry Penelope!) or your mood. Just remember you can’t control it so try not to let it get to you.
10. That Same Conversation
What’s your name? Where are you from? How long have you been travelling for? What’s your favourite place? I know there’s no easier way to start talking to someone but sometimes you just can’t be bothered repeating the same answers day in day out.
11. Packing and Unpacking Repeatedly
Funny how no matter how many times you pack and unpack your bag, you can never quite get things to fit as they should. Especially when it’s 10:55AM and you check out at 11AM, you should have listened to your mother’s voice in your head telling you to do it the night before!
12. Sleeping in Airports
Hmmmm should I book a $750 ticket which takes 12 hours to reach my destination or a $725 ticket which takes 45 hours including two 13 hour stop overs in shitty airports? I manage to tell myself that sleeping in airports is a fun adventure and worth the $25 saving. I then regret all my life decisions as I try to catch some sleep on the dirty floor of a freezing cold airport that has no Wifi. Don’t forget the blaring announcements over the speakers that will make sure you reach your destination looking like a white walker from GoT.
13. Dorm Sex
You wake from your peaceful slumber to find your whole bed shaking. No, it’s not an earthquake (for once), it seems your bunk buddy has found a friend! No matter how quiet you think you’re being – everyone can hear you. Literally, get a room.