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7. You will offend someone with attempts at their language.

And 80% of the time this will occur in France. It’s polite to try and learn at least a few basic phrases from the country you’re travelling to next, but even at your best attempts this can go awry. Don’t dwell on it for too long, just embrace the fact that you’re a tourist and no matter how cool you try to be, there’s no way to avoid the label completely. Be friendly and laugh it off.

8. You will fall spectacularly.

I’ll let the gif speak for me on this one:

9. There will be at least one hostel that will make you want to turn around and go home.

Not every hostel can be the Hilton, and there are some real shockers out there. So be prepared from some drizzly shower heads, stained bedsheets, gigantic dorm rooms (there is such thing as a fifty bed dorm in Berlin… avoid it at all costs), rude hostel staff and seedy patrons… they’re out there, and they will break you.

10. You will run out of money.

If you’re backpacking, then it’s probably safe to say you’re not exactly overwhelmed with cash. There will be times when you’ll have to tighten your purse strings and skip out on a few activities you may have wanted to participate in. For some, this could mean missing out on going paragliding, for others it could mean purchasing a single loaf of bread for dinner… and staying at those aforementioned hostels. Embrace the poverty and do the best with what you can.

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