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From psychedelic milkshakes to overloaded tuk-tuks, there are some things everybody comes across when backpacking in Southeast Asia.
Whether you spent the brunt of your time beaching, boozing, motorcycling, meditating or trying to see it all, here are 15 things you likely learned.
Learning to chill rather than feel perpetually frustrated was one of the best lessons you took home with you.
At first you felt like part of the problem. But you learned to search out homestays, socially responsible tours, eco-friendly projects and grassroot NGOs. Every little bit helps.
Of course, this is prohibited by Buddhist precepts, and it definitely clashed with your original imaginings of monastic life. But nobody's perfect, and old habits die hard.
Southeast Asia backpackers know these markings well: yolo moments of such (regrettable) power that they actually outlive you.
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