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.

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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.

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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.

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You carry a huge bottle of water wherever you go.

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

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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.

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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.

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You’re definitely templed out.

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You’re a pro at using squat toilets…

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…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.

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You’re emotionally attached to your backpack.

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And even though you have to sleep here…

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You get to eat here.

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And party here.

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And lay out here.

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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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