You know you've been gone for a long time when...

Isla del Sol, Lake Titikaka, Boliva
Isla del Sol, Lake Titikaka, Boliva


I wrote this muddly stream of consciousness while living in the woods nearly a year ago. Though I usually try to avoid click-bait "Top 10" titles, I thought I'd share this one for your amusement...

1. Your shoes are revolting but perfectly moulded to the shape of your feet. Your feet have never been more comfortable or looked worse. 

La Espiranza, Ecuador
La Espiranza, Ecuador

2. Half your tan washes off in the shower.

Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira, Morocco

3. Your idea of luxury is a bowl of crunchy nut cornflakes and cube of cheddar cheese (or maybe a bath).

4. Nearly all your electrical items are broken and your phone is just an impractical watch.

Milos, Greece
Milos, Greece

5. The roles of scarfs, towels, blankets and skirts have become interchangeable to you and you will never consider buying a white item of clothing again.

6. You're seen more sunrises than you can count on your fingers.

Long Swamp Beach, Sapphire Coast, Australia
Long Swamp Beach, Sapphire Coast, Australia

7. You steal paper napkins from grimy sandwich shops to use as toilet paper.


8. The days of the week have lost all meaning to you, but you can instantly convert several currencies in your head.

Sorata, Bolivia
Sorata, Bolivia

9. You have mild phobias of wet socks, bus toilets and taxi drivers.

10. Your only sleeping requirements are a relative lack of biting insects, limited leaks and a fair chance that no one will steal your valuables off your bed in the night.

Al Hoceima, Morocco
Al Hoceima, Morocco

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Beth W (Tuesday, 17 November 2015 18:35)

    You have mild phobias of wet socks - amen. Scotland's wet.

  • #2

    Katie Featherstone (Tuesday, 17 November 2015 19:50)

    Sealskins are the way forward...

  • #3

    Shikha (whywasteannualleave) (Wednesday, 18 November 2015 19:27)

    hehe, I think lots of us can relate to pinching napkins for that very purpose! And just so you know, even with the creature comforts of a regular daily life in London, depending on my level of hunger and the day I've had at work, a cube of cheese or a bowl of crunchy nut cornflakes still sounds like bliss and luxury to me! :)

  • #4

    Katie Featherstone (Wednesday, 18 November 2015 20:09)

    Haha! Thanks Shikha. :)

  • #5

    Ben Butler (Sunday, 22 November 2015 23:17)

    Gorgeous photos Katie! Great post. :D

  • #6

    Ted (Monday, 07 December 2015 23:43)

    I can relate to the shoes and using the interchangeability of various things like towels, shirts and that all important napkin blue jeans.

    As for mouth wiping apparatus, anything I can lay my hands on. Like several sheets of paper towels or the mounting inventory of McDonalds napkiins slowly rising in my backpack. Also the occasional half roll of toilet paper (stuffed in-between my travel writing kit and flip-flops) - still have a bit left from a loo in Paris ;)

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