I’m currently reading a book called One Glass is Never Enough, by Jane Wenham-Jones. It has absolutely nothing to do with travelling, apart from the fact that one of the main protagonists (a woman well into her thirties) has a best friend who is, it seems, an eternal backpacker. One line really stood out to me
Lizzie was always broke, always in temporary jobs, but somehow it never stopped her doing what she wanted
This line perfectly sums up the backpacking way of life.