12 signs telling you that you’re a backpacker

You might think you’re not a backpacker. You know, that person that shares a dorm with 10 other people they’ve never met before? That person who can never remember what their actual home address is and can live on pasta and rice for a week if they have to. But maybe you do have it in you and you just don’t know about it yet. Time to put it to the test. If you recognize at least 6 of the statements below, you may want to consider yourself as a true backpacker! 

1. You can say hello and goodbye in at least 8 different languages

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2. Love it or hate it, you know what Khao San road is

3. You have a flip flop tan-line on your feet

12 signs telling you, you're a backpacker

4. You don’t mind taking a cold shower as long as they have WIFI

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5. You can sleep anywhere. At the airport, in the bus, on a plane and on a boat.

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Backpackers sleep everywhere!

6. Your passport has never looked so colorful and you run out of pages.

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7. You boycott the Lonely Planet. You create your own route by trusting the locals!

8. You wear a lucky travel bracelet (yes, also if you’re a man)

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Fellow backpackers give each other lucky bracelets

9. Finding a half empty shampoo bottle is like finding gold.

10. You’ve surfed and caught a wave once, and now you’re addicted.

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Once caught in the virus..

11. You spent most of your Christmases on a beach.

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Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!

12. You start to wear those comfortable wide pants that you swore you would never wear. (guilty!)

So, are you true a backpacker at heart?

Love,

Elke

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Packing Guide » Backpacking the Philippines

Finally! I am going to cross another country off my bucketlist. I’m going to the Philippines!
It’s been on my list for a while so I’m really exited about packing my bags for this trip. It’s hot and moist in the Philippines and I’ll be backpacking so I’m writing this packing guide accordingly.

The trip
Amsterdam » Seoul (stop) » Manila » Cebu » Palawan » Manila » Seoul (stop) » Amsterdam

The Backpack
A lot of miles, a lot of traveling. I’m going to travel for 3,5 weeks so I will bring a backpack. After 7 reliable years, it was time to ditch my old one and get a fresh pack.
I got the The Alpamayo ND from Lowe Alpine. This backpack is perfect for this trip and I’m going to tell you why;
This Alpamayo ND is especially designed for women so it fits perfectly. It supports your back, you can access you bag easily from the side and top and it has useful features including stretch bottle pockets, removable hydration pack and unique tip grippers.
Buy it here!

The ultimate backpack for the Philippines

Carry on luggage
» Small Backpack from Eastpak. Funky and handy for day trips
» Hipbundel from Eastpak. This is super handy for cash, passport or other important documents. Love the print on this one!
» My new sunnies from Komodo / Look fresh, look sharp
» Sony Action Cam / Never miss any action!
» Ipod with my new headphones from skullcandy / The sound is amazing on these!
» Travel journal / Great for those long hours in the plane, bus or boat.

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Travel Gadgets
I love travel gadgets! Every year I find new amazing stuff that I want to test or simple want to get.

On this this trip I will bring 4 travel gadgets that I can’t leave without.

My Olympus OMD-E10 camera is my newest baby and I won’t go to a beautiful place without it. Pictures and video’s are amazing and it has a build in stabilization which makes live a lot easier! More info about this camera here.
My Sony Actioncam for those underwater action moments!

Can’t leave the hotelroom without a emergency phone charger that you can easily take to the beach or a restaurant.
I use the
Powerbank Pro 9000 charger from Avanca. It’s extremely powerful with a capacity of 9000mAh. Depending on the device you connect to this powerbank, your battery will be charged one or several times. Get yours here.

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The worst thing that can happen to you, is to lose your luggage on arrival. This clever interactive tag from Moustag makes sure your bags are easily found.

If your bag is found you will receive a notification on  the Moustag app. Besides this you can also keep track of where you’ve been and share this with your friends. Pretty cool right?

Moustag wander-lust

 

Skin products
Ok, I am not a girl who uses a lot of make up and foundation. Mainly just because I can’t be bothered but I am getting older so I should look after my skin.
I won’t leave for the Philippines without my Dermalogica products! I swear by their products because of a few reasons;
» They don’t test on animals (happy me)
» They only use natural ingredients
» They truly care about your skin! (they only sell 50+ sunscreen because this is really what our skin needs)
They sell a really handy travel kit which includes the multi active toner which I will bring in my carry on bag so I can moisturize during the flight (check my previous blogpost about in-flight skin tips)
My advice is to get your skin analysed and find the products that suit your skin. Visit their website for more info.

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                                                    All my favorite travel products!

So what will you bring?

Love,

Elke

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Packing Guide » Hong Kong

Hong Kong is well known for it’s tax free shopping so be sure to save enough space in your suitcase when travelling to this Asian capital.

Carry on ♥
A direct flight from Amsterdam to Hong Kong takes about 11 hours so make sure you feel comfortable whilst travelling.

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Some of my carry on essentials

» Comfy socks (not too tight!)

» Comfy trousers / sweatpants /Jumper

» Facial & hand moisturiser For Women , for Men

» Eyedrops (yes, you will thank me)

» A good Airplane Pillow Check this one out!

» Ipod (Music saves the day for me, make sure you download a good playlist)

» Sleeping pil (I take half a sleeping pil on flights longer than 8 hours which makes a huge difference!)

Check-in luggage ♥
Summer is around the corner and Hong Kong can get very humid and sticky during this time with temperatures around 27 degrees. Pack light and clever.

» Dante6 2015 collection such fine materials and light for packing!
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The amazing fabrics of Dante6

» Sneakers For all those miles you are about to make
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Nikes always walk the walk for me

» Workout outfit. Most hotels have a gym and this is a great way of getting over your jetlag
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Björn Borg workout essentials

» Elastic bands (Women with long hair need this especially when it’s hot! Men, please ignore..)

» Laptop (as a blogger I really need to write whilst travelling. Plan B is to use my smartphone to store information)

» A good handbag or backpack (this comes in handy when you hike up to Victoria Peak)

I’m just going to Hong Kong for a few days so my suitcase won’t be as full coming in..
I’m not making any promises about coming back though! 😉

Love,

Elke

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