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16 Classic Backpacker Problems

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Backpacker Problems: A Step Below First-world Problems

Living out of a backpack, meeting new people all the time, bunk beds… These fundamental parts of being a backpacker actually bring forth some slightly stupid issues. Backpackers have to live through the hardships listed below, so if you can donate $2 a month to a backpacker they will be delighted and find ways of not spending it.

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1. Having the Same Conversation With Everyone You Meet

“Where are you from?”, “How long have you been in New Zealand?”… You know the drill.

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2. Drinking Every Single Night Just to be Social Enough…

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3. Making Friends Only to Say Goodbye Hours After

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4. Being on the Top Bunk with a Horny Couple on the Bottom Bunk…

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5. Meeting People From Your Own Country and Trying So Hard to Avoid Them

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6. Having Too Many Ingredients to Cook for One So Having to Eat the Same Meal for Three Days in a Row

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7. Packing Way Too Much

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8. Discovering There is No Free WiFi at Your Hostel

Oh well, you can just get it here instead.

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9. Listening to Someone Brag About How Many Passport Stamps They Have

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10. Be Recommended Only Expensive Activities When Your Budget Can Only afford Free Stuff

It doesn’t have to be this way. Here’s some advice to save some cents.

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11. Know-it-all Backpackers who Think They Know Everything About a Country They’ve Been in for Only a Month

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12. Sitting Down in a Hostel in the Middle of a Group That Only Speaks Their Own Language.

Maybe you should give them this link.

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13. Coping with Summer Camp-type Heartbreak Once Every Two Weeks.

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14. Realising That Somebody Drank All Your Milk “By Mistake”

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15. Be Ready to Do Anything for Something Labelled “FREE”

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16. Realising That the Only Reason You Know it is Wednesday is Because it’s $2 Shot Night in the Hostel Bar!

On that note, here are some awesome backpacker bars to do just that!

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Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before calling New Zealand home. He has now spent over a decade in the New Zealand tourism industry, clocking in more than 600 activities across the country. He is passionate about sharing those experiences and advice on NZ Pocket Guide and its YouTube channel. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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