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11. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

I sew mine on the back of my winter demin jacket. Since they are all from warm weather climates, I rather like the idea of making the people in the grocery line behind me jealous of where I have been. They usually cause the person behind me to ask about them and the discussion breaks up the monotony of standing in line, bored stiff! ;)

12. Posted by xxpacerxx (Full Member 76 posts) 10y

Quoting Zoom plus you're a 17 year old girl, not some giant Football player

Zoom, i find it very interesting you say this. I think you would find even a football player can be out numbered, but how about quick wit and common sense!?? much safer

You already have badges from europe, i think im jealous already. Sew them onto anything you like, and be proud of what you have done and who you have met. At the grand old age of 17 you have the world at your feet discover, it baby.

Zoom are you from the United states of America?

13. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 10y

I dont see any problems with sewing badges. Have done it myself and have been travelling for fifteen years so you can imagine, am running out of space.
I dont see any problems of security with it. More badges you have, means you are an experienced travellers and you are not a novice at it. Because with or without badges, if you have a bagpack on your shoulders it´s pretty obvious, you are a traveller. So I dont see the difference.

It has helped me to make a lot of contacts. People come to me and ask me about places. It´s a great icebreaker.

14. Posted by xxpacerxx (Full Member 76 posts) 10y

I got my hair, I got my head
I got my brains, I got my ears
I got my eyes, I got my nose
I got my mouth, I got my smile

i aint got no badges, aint got no backpack

but got ma freedom

;)

15. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 10y

Quoting xxpacerxx

I got my hair, I got my head
I got my brains, I got my ears
I got my eyes, I got my nose
I got my mouth, I got my smile

i aint got no badges, aint got no backpack

but got ma freedom

;)

Well, someone's been on the smoke or pills-eh!! lol!

16. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 10y

Quoting lil j

Quoting xxpacerxx

I got my hair, I got my head
I got my brains, I got my ears
I got my eyes, I got my nose
I got my mouth, I got my smile

i aint got no badges, aint got no backpack

but got ma freedom

;)

Well, someone's been on the smoke or pills-eh!! lol!

It could even have been stronger than just pills.

17. Posted by xxpacerxx (Full Member 76 posts) 10y

i think the pills was meant to combat these outbursts, but didnt complete required dosage

maybe too many tonic n gins

18. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 10y

i think the only problm with badges is it makes u look really rich. when i was a teenager i lived in byron bay (popular once-hippy now tourist town) and we all used to rip ppl off, espcially if they wer from europe or had european badges on their bags, compared to us ppl in europe have money and if u r not from europe but u have been there then in many ppl^s eyes u have too much money. ppl dont feel bad robbing ppl they PERCEIVE to be better off then them so perhaps the sleeping bag suggestion is a wise one

19. Posted by walkabout (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

Quoting Zoom

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.)

Hmmmm putting badges on your backpack leading to rape??! That sure is a little dramatic, plus very patronising...

Lauren, I think badges on bags is a great idea and it is hardly "showing off" - the badges are something you bought along your travels and I think it is cool to be able to show them and carry them around with you :)

20. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 10y

Quoting joey22

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 :)

Men from my country would never admit to sewing. Anything. Must be great to be European.