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1. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 10y

hey... [just out of curiosity], does it seem arrogant or disrespectful to sew badges onto my backpack while travelling? i am 17 years old and i've collected badges from many different countries in europe (which i travelled to a few years ago), and i just got a giant travelling back pack for my birthday...

but i am wondering if it will just seem like im showing off or bragging about my travels if i sew them on... my intention isn't to brag or gloat, but im worried that when i go on my trip to ecuador this summer, that people might see it the wrong way,...

any insights or suggestions?

thanks for your opinions in advance!!!:)

2. Posted by Misty (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

just seem like im showing off or bragging about my travels

Hi Lauren

I don,t think other people will think that you are showing off
it might break the ice if you are meeting new people and might make new friends
and if you have your badges sewing on it,
it won't get mix up with anyone else bag



3. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 10y

Nah, I love seeing people walking round with loads of badges on their backpacks (although I do think 'wow that backpack has seen a lot of places' and if your backpack is new then it hasn't seen many places!) But I don't think there is anything wrong with sewing them on.
If you're a bit worried about it though, what about sewing them onto your sleeping bag instead. One of my friends did that and it looked very cool!

4. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

Hi there, I don't want to throw you off or anything but... There are lots of tourists who frequent the area where I grew up and the ones that have the badges on showing/bragging about where they've been tend to be the ones who are more likely to be mugged or beaten up.

I guess I'm a little older to put badges on my backpack so I wouldn't indulge in it either.

5. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

When you are carrying your backpack, its probably obvious you're a tourist anyway, so I can't see why it a few badegs would make you more vulnerable to crime.

But I don't think its showing off to have badges....and who cares anyway! Anyone who thinks you are showing off or bragging is probably just jealous. You have good reason to feel proud of your travels and want to remember them. Just as people might wear a t-shirt to say they like a certain band or type of music, by showing badges from differnt countries, you are expressing your interests and showing who you are.

6. Posted by Zoom (Full Member 131 posts) 10y

I gotta agree with Windmill. What do you want people to know stuff about you for? In Ecuador most people can't even afford to do a European trip so why would you advertise that you've been there? I do pro travel Photography and the FIRST thing I do when I buy a new almost ALL BLACK camera bag/backpack is take off all the names and colored trim (I usually buy Tamrac). Get out the old razor blade and EVERYTHING that isn't black gets cut off (I have thousands and thousands of Dollars of camera/lens equipment in there - I don't need ANYONE to know that - let them think it's a beach towel and an old book). Most places where I go (Europe, East/South East Asia, India, South America, etc) aren't as violent as the States (I hear Canada - especially Toronto - is slowly getting up there) but there's PLENTY of thieves and pick pockets EVERYWHERE (plus you're a 17 year old girl, not some giant Football player). I'm hearing a lot of naive thinking going on here. If I was your Dad I would have you wait a few more years to travel internationally - you have to get your head in line with what the world is REALLY like, not in fantasies, but in reality. Please explain again why the badges are SO important to show to every stranger out there....Zoom PS. Lauren, I don't mean to be so hard on you but I rather do it this way then hear you got raped cause some pig figured out you were a tourist because of your badges. It's great to be 17 and traveling, but you MUST protect yourself !! It's a wonderful world out there and it's a horrible world out there - travel enough and you'll run into both.... PROTECT YOURSELF !!! (don't put a Canadian Flag on your pack either. If people wanna know ANYTHING about you let it come out of your mouth - don't be a walking billboard for the world to see.)

7. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 10y

i used to have patches sewn on my bag then i realised it was running out of space. so i took them off and sewed them to a cool piece of material i bought in laos... now it hangs on my wall at home as constant reminder of where i have been and what i have done.

its up to you whether you want to advertise where you have been whilst on the road. the last post had some good ideas in it though and obviously came from an experienced traveller.

when i was 18 i had patches on my bag... i'm now 23 and have travelled through 30-odd countries... somewhere along the way i took them off mainly because of a lack of space and also because i felt a bit self-conscious in popular traveller haunts.

buy the patches anyway and then maybe sew them on something else. my mate has his on his sleeping bag and it looks pretty cool. i love my piece of material from laos and all the different patches... i look at them every night and end up thinking about somewhere or other. it kinda keeps me going through work and everyday life.

it's up to you!


8. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 10y

hey everyone!! thanks a lot for your input and suggestions...

by sewing badges on my bag, i'm not sewing on my life story, so even though the badges reflect parts of who i am, it doesn't truly represent ME... but i can definately see how it might look to other people!!
i realised that when i'm travelling, i don't want to look like some tacky tourist either, so i think ill find some other place to sew them!! and that way, it's eliminating more chances of me appearing as vulnerable or a target...
anyways, thanks again!!

its great to hear advice from people more experienced!


9. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 10y

Quoting joey22

i used to have patches sewn on my bag then i realised it was running out of space. so i took them off and sewed them to a cool piece of material i bought in laos... now it hangs on my wall at home as constant reminder of where i have been and what i have done.

Hey, I do like that idea! Hmmmm...may have to do that one myself!

10. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 10y

lauren, glad to be of help! have fun travelling and definitely still buy patches as i reckon they are great souvenirs whatever you eventually do with them!

tallbird, copy my idea by all means! it is pretty cool and i love looking at it. make sure you get a decent, thick bit of material otherwise its really hard to sew them on. i initially tried to sew them to some vietnamese silk and it was really tricky haha.

joey :)