Hey travelers — you don’t need to drop dollars on a Halloween costume.

Instead of trying to go creative this year, how about just showing up at your friend’s party dressed as your own special breed of traveler? Myself: the freeloading beer drinker with frazzled nerves and 30 notebooks. My everyday attire, really.

If you don’t fit into any of these categories, please, do share your style secrets.

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The backpacker

Don't bring any beer or party favors. Show up with a beard, an oversized backpack, and a travel journal. Ladies -- keep your leg stubble fresh. Make sure you have a slight body odor to pair with your wrinkled cargo pants. Complain about being broke, often.Photo: Sigfrid Lundberg

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The adventurer

You must show up dressed head to toe in famous outdoor brands, North Face or Patagonia. Carry a hiking pole that you can later use to prod drunken passed-out people. Ski goggles and a balaklava will help indicate your love for year-round adventure, as will the scores of carabiners adorning your outfit. If possible, make sure your facial hair has snow in it.Photo: Sigfrid Lundberg

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The couch surfer

Bring your laptop. Offer everyone a sample of a famous drink from your home country. Gush about your gratefulness for having a place to crash, and for the “authentic” local experience. Toss your belongings around the room. Flake out on the couch. Bonus: Bring a surfboard.Photo: virtusincertus

Intermission
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22 years later this George Carlin bit on war is relevant…again

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25 pets all dressed up for Christmas

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And the winner for the cutest baby’s Halloween costume is…

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The retiree tourist

Show up in a massive air-conditioned tour bus. Have about 40 of your friends climb down from it and literally swarm the party. Wrap yourself around the other guests. Take photos of everything – the empty beer bottles, the party-goers, the party hosts’ home. Shove those damned youngsters out of the way – they have plenty of time left to see the sights, anyway. Then complain about the food and move on. Doubles as a party bus. Crash every party in town.Photo: Mooganic

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The voluntourist

Dress modestly, pure. Button-up shirts and khaki pants work well. Wear a tool belt and explain to everyone how you’re building homes for families in Guatemala. Pause and reflect often on how much good you’re doing in the world. Instantly bond with anyone of a different race. Hug small children. Smear dirt on your face and body to give the appearance that you’re not afraid to get down and dirty, all in the name of charity.Photo: Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire

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The media junkie

It doesn’t matter if you’re a journalist, a blogger, a filmmaker, or a photographer – carry 40 cameras, two laptops, five notebooks, and the best brand-name travel gear you can find. You may be disguised as a regular costume-goer, but everyone will know the difference. Do NOT let guests hit the snack table until you take photos of it, first with your iPhone for Instagram, and then your DSLR. Give everyone at the party your business card. Tell them you abhor the rules of the world, man. Show them your Facebook stream, littered with pretty landscape photos and inspirational quotes. Laugh when they tell you that they actually like their office job and house.Photo: dennis

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The RTW-er

Blow through the party like a hurricane, snatching handfuls of food, chugging beers, grinding the party hosts. Then leave abruptly. Yell something about having to catch your trans-Atlantic flight to Iceland. Carry 20 different boarding passes in your hand, along with a passport wallet loaded with ticket stubs, maps, and visas. Wear a bikini underneath a thick down jacket, because once you’re done with a polar bear dip in Iceland, you’re headed to the Mediterranean.Photo: Ed Yourdon

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The cruiser

Carry a sun lounger in one hand, a martini in the other. Wear sunglasses and a fedora. Dress in a sundress that costs more than most evening gowns. Set up your lounger in the middle of the kitchen, unfold a map, and ask somebody how long it takes to reach the next port. Wonder out loud about what 'off-board activities' you’ll do there for a full three hours.Photo: orionpozo

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The honeymooners

Show up wearing the same color scheme as your new life partner. Laugh when someone points out that you’re dressed alike, and claim it’s a mistake. Appear whimsical for the camera. Keep absentmindedly playing with your wedding ring. Apply sunscreen to your partner, frequently. Pose for goofy photos often, in front of everything.Photo: Dunedin NZ

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The stag party

Bring your friends from your frat. Wear offensive t-shirts, something with the groom-to-be's face plastered all over it, and carry a giant blow-up doll. Guarantee that at least 99% of the group will get laid. Be entirely black-out drunk by 3pm on a Thursday afternoon. Cause a scene. Throw Skittles.Photo: Matthew Wilkinson