I found this article, 21 Signs You’re a Real Backpacker, from HostelBookers. I’ve been going for nearly four months now, so I can identify with a surprising number of the points. Number 8 particularly resonated with me:
8. You’ve invented a simple sniff test to check whether your clothes are wearable, and the standards get lower as the days go by.
Looks like I’m well on my way to becoming a filthy backpacker! Just thought you’d like to know.
I only have one item to add:
22. You recognise that bread, cheese and potato snacks make a perfectly acceptable dinner, once in a while.
Yes, travelling. It’s not all glamorous, you know.