22 Things All Young Travelers Do in Europe

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1. You sneak water bottles into restaurants to avoid breaking the bank on fancy restaurant water.

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Tap Water? Forget about it.

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2. You couldn’t even believe it the first time you had to pay to use the bathroom.

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Literally, I beg your friggin pardon???

3. You look at a restaurant menu and notice that it’s cheaper to order a vodka shot than a Coke.

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So naturally, this is the most economical option.

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4. You take a million pictures of churches…

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…Only to later think: “What in God’s name am I supposed to do with a million pictures of churches?”

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5. You wander up and down the winding streets, searching for your hostel.

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And when you ask a local for directions, they look at you as though you have just arrived from outer space.

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Because GUESS WHAT, your hostel doesn’t exist.

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Gotta love phantom hostels.

6. You find your true love in France: wine that only costs two Euros.

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7. You share a dorm room with a grown man who has no shame in publicly undressing.

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A scarring experience to say the least.

8. You wake up to the feeling of your bunk bed jiggling and realize that there are two people above you doing unspeakable things.

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Either that or they are doing two-person push-ups. But probably the former.

9. On days you’re feeling cheap, you hoard food from the free hostel breakfast to avoid buying lunch.

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10. But on days you’re feeling culturally stimulated, you eat ALL OF THE FOOD!!!!!!

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Local cuisine GET @ ME.

11. You get food poisoning and wind up at a local hospital where no one speaks English.

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I knew I shouldn’t have eaten that strange-looking meat.

12. You try to keep your things clean and tidy to ease the process of repacking.

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But let’s face it, that ain’t gonna happen.

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13. You wear the most stylish of handbags to avoid getting pickpocketed.

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But be wary because “fanny pack” means something entirely different in the U.K. …

14. You feel all clever for using the expression “When in Rome” when you’re in actual Rome.

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M-K and Ash know what’s up.

15. And you can’t possibly leave Rome without reenacting the famous Lizzie McGuire Movie scene.

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16. You go on a free walking tour, only to learn that it’s not actually free.

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I feel cheated.

17. You go to the South of France and Instagram a pic with a groundbreaking caption about Nice being nice.

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But I’m not gonna lie to you hunny, I’ve seen it before.

18. You try to get away with paying discounted fares on the Metro.

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And if the authorities catch your sneakiness, you ever so innocently play the “sorry, I’m foreign” card.

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19. You pretend to speak a made-up language when approached by men in the street selling roses or balls that you splatter on the ground.

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…Gross.

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20. You come home from your trip tired, broke, and wearing your last clean T-shirt, which you probably won at a pub crawl.

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21. But it was worth every single penny, and you have no regrets.

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22. And you promise yourself that you’ll visit again.

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