Signs You Are a True Backpacker and Traveler

Backpacking is not just about carrying gear on the back, wearing cargo pants and walking down the streets to have everyone think you are cool. Many other kinds of reasons fuel true backpackers. Getting lost in the middle of nowhere, the desire to experience new places, people and cultures, and the need to find oneself are some driving forces.


Signs you are a backpacker

Backpackers also tend to have a lot in common — a love for the outdoors, a respect for nature, and an ease from going without some everyday luxuries for a few nights.


Signs you are a backpacker

If any of these things define you, chances are you’re a true backpacker!

You can say “HELLO” and “Thank you” in multiple languages, and you know more people by their nationalities, not Names.

When you move to a new city, you have no clue where the post office is but know where the nearest trails are.

Your backpacks have rain covers even if it isn’t raining.

You never stow your gear; it always stays mostly packed, accessible & ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Your budget includes trail food, park memberships, and hiking gear, but not basic cable or “normal” groceries.

You have friends worldwide and a pocket full of stories to share for the rest of your lifetime.

You’d rather spend $300 on a tent and lantern than $50 on a hotel room.

Your best photos are usually with the clouds. The sunrise/sunset and everything else are below.

Are okay when people mistake you for a homeless person.

You have an intense desire to rise above the normal and explore.

All your stories start with “When I was in….”

You feel closer to people you meet on the road than others you have known.

You have no problem taking public transport, staying in villages and interacting freely with locals.

So, there you have it. Those are the signs of a true backpacker.