200 days of travel and 200 reasons to love it

by Poi on March 14, 2011

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Today it is 200 days since we left the UK and began our trip through China and SE Asia.  As I promised in our 100 days of travel post I am bringing you 10 more reasons we love what we are doing.  Just like before I also lied to you in this title….

So here they are: 10 Reasons to love travel.

1 ) Drinking Beer Everynight

Most nights I will drink at least one beer and it’s fine “because I’m on holiday”. Although my liver may not agree travelling and the fact it’s so cheap in SE Asia is a great excuse to Indulge.

2 )The hardest decision of the day

Is usually where to eat breakfast, it’s easy to choose to go and visit a waterfall or go hiking around some gorgeous mountains but eating breakfast, it’s a tough call, who is going to have the least stale bread.

3 ) Become immune to bad smells

Once you’ve walked through so many dodgy dirty markets your nose learns when to shut off, the best bit being when you hit the food stalls the senses go into overdrive and you’re never not hungry.

4 ) It’s acceptable to get angry about little things

It’s human nature to moan and when life is so good there are only little things to upset you. For example if firefox takes a little bit longer than I would like to load it’s like the end of the world! Also it okay for me to get even more wound up about football than I used to!

5 ) The loser is now the winner

Travelling must be the only time when the guy with no job, home or tie’s back at home has the bragging rights, at home I would just be a bum, out here I am ‘free’

Rock climbing in vang vieng laos

Forcing a smile after some unexpected rock climbing

6 ) Walking around like a sweaty mess is acceptable

Walking down the street, sweating, covered in mud and maybe even a little cut up isn’t weird, it earns you respect. You’re the backpacker who went out and did something with their day rather than just sitting round in the sun.

7 ) Living Dirty

Quickly washing your underwear in the sink, drying them out and wearing again is fine and not at all disgusting, this goes for all items of clothes. Do not respond to this to tell me otherwise, just keep letting me believe its fine, please.

8 ) Learning to live with it

There are only so many times you can scare that fly away that keeps landing on your screen before you just let it be, say hello to my new friend. The same goes for sleeping, you get used to laying in a bed of cockroaches.

9 ) Going Tubing – Simple As That

10 ) Sitting round in A hammock all day.

This is the opposite to #6, sometimes you want to be the lazy one and the last week we spent doing exactly this in Don Det, Laos.  I can vouch for the worthiness of it.

So they are our reasons to love travel, only another 100 days to wait for 10 more.

Can you add to the list?


{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

jill- Jack and Jill Travel The World March 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Hah, love number #5. One more week and we can claim that to be true for us as well! 🙂
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Poi March 15, 2011 at 11:25 am

Excting stuff – Look forward to seeing what you guys get up to!


Martin March 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I can lay claim to no 5 – but the UK and actual looser version. Come here and be ont dole with me. We can bike dahn arrows on ‘pay day’


Poi March 15, 2011 at 11:27 am

As good as that sounds right now, they sell john smiths, I’m gonna have to stay here.

You wouldn’t be a proper dole drinker anyway if you had a friend, it’s a solo affair.


Jeremy March 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm

What about no cell phone… or being off the grid..

Or maybe.. maybe having the only non-work related status update on facebook as all your friends. I quite like that one.

Or getting asked the question “Wait, you’re still traveling? Didn’t you leave 5 months ago?” “yep…”
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Poi March 15, 2011 at 11:28 am

All very good one’s, I might have to delete this comment and use all of them on 300 days!


Jaime March 15, 2011 at 7:26 am

I love your reasons and I think I have done ummm just about all of them already just a few days in on my trip. The other day I wore the same outfit 3 days in a row…lol I would have never done that before…lol!!!
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Poi March 15, 2011 at 11:29 am

Well done Jaime – the sooner you accept your drity backpacker status the better!

You’re gonna have an amzing trip, I can tell.


Kim March 15, 2011 at 11:11 am

Rough life guys. Real rough.


Poi March 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

We’re facing the breakfast problem right now…


Jenny March 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I like the 7th point Living Dirty and this is true because when you are in travel for longer period then it’s too difficult to maintain every thing. Like after in one your cloth get dirty and it never like to wear,
And I think this is the true enjoyment of travel.
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Poi March 19, 2011 at 9:20 am

It is very hard, it seems like we need to do laundry every few days and it’s a right pain!


Connie March 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I love your comment about how where to eat breakfast is the hardest decision of the day. I couldn’t agree with you more! My boyfriend and I have the most difficult time with that. After breakfast, everything is pretty smooth sailing.
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Poi March 19, 2011 at 9:21 am

It’s hard isn’t it! Must be a morning thing…?


Andi of My Beautiful Adventures March 16, 2011 at 1:25 am

Oh gosh, I could list another 200 as well! How about when you’re traveling it feels like ANYTHING could happen at any time. 🙂
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Poi March 19, 2011 at 11:44 am

You’re right, that’s the best!


clare March 16, 2011 at 6:34 am

one of my biggest learning points is that you don’t need 80% of the stuff you brought with you.

i bought 2 vests and a pair of shorts all for under $5 in hanoi and that is pretty much all i have worn for 3 months

ALSO flip flops are acceptable at every occasion 🙂


Poi March 19, 2011 at 11:46 am

Thats very true, I’ve been telling friends who are going travelling not to buy anything, I pretty much only wear stuff I’ve bought over here!


Dani | Globetrottergirls March 17, 2011 at 3:31 am

Great list! Good to know we’re not the only dirty travelers out there… I can not believe what dirty travelers we have become – and how quickly we got used to it!! Really like your new header, btw.
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Poi March 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

Thanks – Dan did an amazing job on it.

I know, I look at some of the things we do now and six months ago I would have been disgusted at myself, now it’s just the way it is!

Stay Dirty!


Erica March 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I remember finding a laundry mat after 2 weeks on the road once… I never remembered being so happy about soap.
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Bluegreen Kirk April 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm

#1 sounds like enough reasons to go backpacking for me! Back in the states you’d be considers a loser and a bum but instead your a super human taking chances.
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Poi April 2, 2011 at 8:40 am

It’s great isn’t it!


Marysia @ My Travel Affairs September 13, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Number 10 is my favourite!


Travelmonger January 26, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Very interesting ideas there, ha ha ha 😀
Drinking beer every night. Well, right… you’re on holiday.
I’m not immune to bad smells, though. But my tolerance has improved.
Traveling does indeed give a feeling of freedom. I feel probably more free than anywhere!


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