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If you’ve been backpacking the world as long as I have you’ve inevitably heard all the same questions, every day, from every single backpacker. Over and over and over. It gets kind of obnoxious after a while. Yes, sure, they’re those basic “getting to know you” questions. But it gets old. Fast. And sometimes you just want to talk about anything else. Sometimes it’s enough to make you want to scream. There are a lot of questions backpackers like myself are sick of and would rather never here again. Here are some of the top ones.
Questions Backpackers Would Rather Never Hear Again:
Where are you from?
Nowhere. OK? It doesn’t matter where I’m from because when I’m traveling I am from the world. I am from wherever I am. I don’t have a home. It doesn’t matter where I grew up because where I grew up doesn’t define me. And I can tell by your accent where you’re from anyways, so it doesn’t need to be asked.
Where are you going?
I don’t know where I’m going. I don’t make a plan for my travels and if you’re a good backpacker you shouldn’t either. Just enjoy the moment where you are and figure out where you’re going later. And don’t ask me where I’m going because chances are, I have no clue.
Where have you been?
“Where have you been?” is just a question backpackers ask so they can one-up you, compare notes, or get information from you. Skip it. Please.
What do you do?
What do I do? What do I do? I’m traveling, man, that’s what I do.
What’s your name?
If I just met you, I don’t need to know your name. I’ll forget it in two seconds anyways. Maybe after a few days of hanging out it’s worth getting people’s names but if you just are meeting someone for the first time in the hostel, skip this one. It will save you the embarrassment of asking again tomorrow.
How long have you traveled?
Longer than you. If you ask me how long I’ve traveled and it’s longer than you have been traveling (which it obviously will be) you’ll just have a bunch of newbie backpacking questions you’ll want to shove down my throat. If it’s longer than me you’ll just act like you’re superior or something. I don’t really care how long you’ve been traveling, and you shouldn’t care either.
How long are you traveling?
Everyone is always obsessed with how much time we have left. You’re starting a year? Yeah right. You’ll either be home in two weeks or never stop. Leaving in two weeks? Sorry you didn’t budget enough to stay longer. How long am I traveling? The rest of my life. And your answer should be the same.
What backpacking questions are you sick of hearing?
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