Because let’s be real- traveling for long periods of time make us adapt to a “new normal”
1. Sharing a room with 5 to 40 other strangers
When it comes to saving money while traveling, those large and cheap hostel rooms become even more appealing. Maybe you’ll be stuck with high schoolers on a school trip, a bachelor party going through a midlife crisis, or some other students study abroad. Either way, these strangers become your bunkmates, the ones who wake up in the middle of the night, and make sure you’re having a good time no matter where you’re at.
2. Speaking multiple languages in a single conversation
When you’re staying in hostels and traveling to different countries with people from across the world, every conversation is full of different languages, dialects, and accents.
3. Wearing the same five shirts (or one skirt) for five months
RyanAir, EasyJet, and Vueling have hella strict guidelines for the bags that you can take on planes as carry-on items… which means there are only so many clothing items that can fit into that small NorthFace backpack. But, wearing the same shirt is a small price to pay for seeing the world. [Plus, scarves, simple necklaces, and headbands can really change up your outfits!]
When you’re traveling alone, that also means going out to eat or drink alone. However, traveling alone also gives you confidence and gives you a unique ability to talk to strangers and make new friends.
5. Eating new foods you never thought you’d eat
I’ll never forget the time that I had an omelette in Sevilla with pig brain in it. It was a translation issue, but it was actually pretty good and I would definitely eat it again. Now it’s cool because I can say that I have bragging rights to say that I’ve eaten lots of different foods.
6. Couchsurfing or hitchhiking
Obviously, you trust your gut when it comes to who you get in that car with or whose couch you stay on overnight, but anyway you can save money (see #1) to see more places, eat more foods, or experience new cultures is worth it. Besides you get to meet some pretty cool people and locals along the way.
Because everyone knows that taking a shower in one of those hostel bathrooms can make you even more dirtier than you were before you entered that shower.
8. Staying out to party until the metro starts running…. on a Monday night
When you’re traveling, you might not be in a city on the weekend for the traditional Friday or Saturday night out. So sometimes you just have to make the most of where you’re at, find a cool bar or club, and party like there’s no tomorrow… And then ride home with people who have just woken up to go to work.
9. Having a complete heart to heart with a complete stranger in your hostel
One of my favorite things about traveling and staying with other hostels is that you get to meet so many different people from different places and in different journeys in life. I remember one conversation in particular that I had with an Australian girl on the roof of a hostel in Granada overlooking the city with the stars shining above us and talking about our passions like we’d known each other for ages… even though that was the first conversation we’d ever had. And I definitely learned a lot about myself from it.
Besides, nothing bonds people more than a shared love for travel
10. Spending the rest of your money on that ticket to that one place on a whim….
Because you’ll figure the rest out, right?
What are some “weird” things that became the “new normal” for you while traveling?