10 Words Backpacking In Thailand Changed for Me

soon enough

Thought Catalog

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Things change when you travel. There’s no doubt about that. But when you leave, you figure you have all the basics figured out – until you enter a country that’s so foreign to you that you have no choice but to sit up, pay attention, listen and learn. I spent nine months overseas, mostly in Australia, but my two weeks in Thailand are what stayed with me the most.

1. Luxurious

Before Thailand: Walking into a huge, clean hotel room with a gigantic bed and big fluffy pillows. Complimentary breakfast, a five star restaurant on-site and chocolates on your pillow.

After Thailand: Walking into a bathroom and seeing toilet paper.

2. Hostel

Before: The movie Hostel.

After: A home base, immediate friends, a bar, a library, a giant database for new places to visit supported but outrageous stories told by firsthand experience.

3. Friend

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