I cringed slightly when I read it, knowing that I’ve fit some of those descriptions before. I’ve been a Turtle and a Meanderthal, but never a Womad or a Hitchedhiker. I’ve met Chic Packers, Flip-floppers, and Preachers, and I hope that no one would categorize me as such, but I may have deserved it at one time or another. I’ve seen Bromads from afar but only once up-close, and I’ve spent time with Thrift Drifters and the World Weary alike.
Reading “Backpacker archetypes” left me wondering which Meanderthals, Womads, and Flip-floppers I’ll meet (or re-connect with) upon my return to India (and I’m trying not to be such a Turtle this time around).