Yeah, there’s a whole world up there to explore.
1. You’ve accepted that your backpack will be just as big as you are, if not bigger.
2. You can forget carrying anything over 15kg because you’ll probably fall over backwards.
3. You’ve definitely tried to fit yourself in your wheelie suitcase.
4. You have the gift of turning small, cramped spaces into a cosy place for a nap.
5. And you can fall asleep on any mode of transport because leg or height restrictions isn’t an issue.
6. Getting onto the hostel dorm’s top bunk is harder than it looks.
7. You don’t need to fork out for extra leg room on flights.
8. But you have to enlist the help of a kind stranger to put your bag in the overhead storage.
9. You rock the ’90s trend with your flight socks pulled up to above the knee.
10. Running for a bus is like an Olympic 100-metre sprint.
11. And when you rent a bike, you have to take a kid-size one.
12. Your “lucky” rental car upgrade can be bad news.
13. You think a 45-minute tuk tuk ride is practically roomy.
14. It’s always a new experience going to the toilet in another country.
15. The elephant pants you got at a night market are the perfect length because for the first time ever “one size fits all” is actually true.
16. And you keep wearing them back home (read: THE REST OF YOUR LIFE) because who has time for hemming?
17. You get asked if you’re travelling with your parents… a lot.
18. And people refuse to believe your real age.
19. You’re the first of your friends to get lost in the crowds.
20. And the first to be lifted up on a stranger’s shoulders at a festival.
21. But you can squeeze your way to the front of the crowd to get the best photo.
22. The “shallow” end of the pool is deep enough.
— Margaret Hazan (@cutiegooby) August 10, 2015