The first few times you meet a backpacker, they’ll most likely astound you with expertise, stories, and experiences. By the 600th time you meet a backpacker, you’ll know there are certain codes ingrained in everything they say.
If you haven’t picked up on it yet, here’s a basic dictionary that translates from Backpacker to English.
What they say: “I lived in Chile.”
What they mean: “I volunteered for two weeks in Chile.”