Twenty years ago, I went backpacking around the Pacific on a trip that covered eight countries in 11 months. On the anniversary of that trip, as a mother living in the suburbs, I'm thinking about what I learned on that trip and the pearls of wisdom I hope to pass on to my little ones if they ever decide to embark on a similar crazy adventure.
Actually, it's kind of good advice for life.
1. Staying in a hostel isn’t like staying at the Four Seasons. At all. But it’s an awesome way to meet fascinating people. But do it while you’re young and your body can take the sparse accommodations.
2. A little dirt, fungus and mildew from communal living never hurt anyone.