Use Grammarly for proofreading because typos are for dirty backpackers. Ha.

You’ve been in Southeast Asia too long when…

Chang starts to taste good. And Singha tastes even better.


You no longer flinch when you jump into an ice-cold shower.

You consider $2 to be an outrageous price to pay for a beer.


You haven’t had a massage in two weeks and that feels like a really long time.

You’ve had your clothes and wallet stolen when skinny-dipping.


You carry a huge bottle of water wherever you go.

It seems completely normal to take off your flip flops before entering a building.


You refer to tank tops as singlets and mopeds as motorbikes.

You’re starting to get an English accent because 70% of the people you meet are from England. You also use expressions like “taking the piss” and “I can’t be asked.”

You have survived at least one border crossing.


You have scars all over your legs from scrapes and mosquito bites.

You have to throw out all your make-up because you’re too tan.

You’ve stayed at a hostel with bedbugs.

5 pints of beer no longer makes you tipsy.


You’re definitely templed out.

Angkor Wat

You’re a pro at using squat toilets…


…And you throw toilet paper away in the trash without even thinking.

You own more than one pair of hippy pants.

You can get a good night’s rest on an overnight bus.


You’re emotionally attached to your backpack.

Koh Rong

And even though you have to sleep here…


You get to eat here.


And party here.


And lay out here.


So life is pretty damn great.

Have you ever backpacked Southeast Asia?

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Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21, traveled the world for a year and now lives in Denver. She's usually in pursuit of skiing, languages and perfectly ripe cheese. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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