8 Ways To Tell That It’s Time to Stop Backpacking and Just Rent a Hotel Room Already

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There’s a lot of allure to bouncing from hostel to hostel with only your backpack for company. Backpacking is the ultimate form of travel freedom; it’s cheap, it’s flexible, and you can meet tons of interesting new people everywhere you go. Sure, backpacking is great … when you’re 20. By the time you’ve hit your mid-thirties, however, it might be time to consider another approach to travel. One that involves your own room and actual plans. Trust: there is a definite point at which you stop being one of the gang and become that creepy oldster looming in the corner. Wondering if you might be a little too old to backpack? Here are some tips for spotting the end of the line.

1. You Don’t Recognize Any of the Music Playing Around You

When you walk into most hostels, there’s a generally agreed upon “chill” area where most of the visitors can gather at the beginning and end of each day and swap stories or share tips. In this area, there’s always music playing. Sometimes it’s some Euro oddity, sometimes it’s K-pop, or J-pop, or just, plain pop. Lots of times it’s Bob Marley. However, when the music shifts to songs with lyrics you actually understand and you still don’t recognize anything, it’s a sure sign that you’re starting to get less interested in the junk that young people are calling music these days. It’s not a bad thing, it just means that you have way less in common with the people around you and you might be better off just checking into a hotel and playing your old music.

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