We all like to dream about getting out of the rat race, leaving the world behind us and going to explore the world with just a backpack for company.
But is the backpacker’s life really all it’s cracked up to be? Well, the short answer is… yes. Of course it is. You don’t have the 9-5 or morning traffic to wake up to everyday, you’ve left the stress of society in your rear-view mirror and you’ve found yourself in places around the globe that you couldn’t have even dreamt up.
But that doesn’t mean that it’s perfect, and it certainly doesn’t mean that the backpacking life always goes to plan. It is still life, after all – and if you’re staying in hostels or camping every night, we can almost guarantee you’re going to see some weird stuff from time to time.
We’re not talking ‘Hostel’ scale – that movie was bullshit and actually had a hugely negative impact on backpacking tourism to Bratislava in Slovakia, which is a genuinely lovely city – we’re more talking slapstick comedy moments from the road, and there are some rather peculiar stories out there.
We asked for some horror stories from a community of people who have been out and about when the worst has happened, from tales comical and farcical to pretty damn terrifying. Don’t let them put you off travelling of course – we know you won’t – but let us know if you encounter any madness when you’re out on the trail!