I'm A Backpacker...

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I’m A Backpacker…

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I'm A Backpacker...

I think people don't like backpackers. They're badly dressed, with huge backpacks and straw hats, and they're completely oblivious to their surrounds (a trait that makes a backpacker a backpacker in my eyes).

As I left Ipswich to travel to Heathrow Airport, some girl, and I say girl, because she can't have been older than 14, shouted at me, "alright backpack!!!", and I couldn't help but smile. Firstly, I couldn't quite work out if it was an insult or not (trust me, I've had worse), and secondly, it was true.

Yes I had a backpack on my back because I'm a backpacker and that's what makes me happy. It's what's natural to me. As I always say, once a backpacker, always a backpacker...

I even found the thing easy to pack (I really don't know why people complain about packing). My luggage weighed 8kg, an all-time low (beat that anyone...)

Anyway, I hit London in rush hour and people's tolerance of me dropped to detest. And do you know what? I couldn't have cared less. That was their problem, not mine. I was just another nameless, faceless backpacker... in a straw hat, and I knew that in a few hours (more like days) I would be in the sunny climbs of Australia.

I think the one thing that set's backpackers aside from other travellers and tourists is they're always so polite (I should add ). They're always smiling, as if they know what they're about to experience is going to transcend reality, and will be more, so much more, than they were ever expecting.

Backpackers seem to walk around in this state of bliss, and do you know why? Because they've thrown off the constraints that society has put on them and they're free to do what they want to do. Backpacking is exciting! There's always a surge of emotion or adrenaline!

Anyway, I've got a plane to catch and some flight attendants to be 'polite' to. See you on the other side...

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