How to survive a day on the road with your backpack: the story of a teen backpacker


It was just after 10am on the evening of October 26, 2018, and the sun was setting.

It was an early-morning walk from the city’s Brentwood High School in south-west suburban Brentwood to Mitchell High School, a suburban suburban high school just down the road.

A bus, with a busload of teenagers and their parents, was parked outside.

A group of six people were sitting on a bench outside the bus stop.

It had been about 30 minutes since they had walked, and they were still getting used to the cold weather and the fact that their shoes would soon be soaked in sweat.

“You know, I just felt like we should get back,” one of the teenagers said.

“We’re probably just going to get here and have lunch.”

“It’s not like I’m a super cool person,” another said.

The bus driver said: “There’s no way we’re going to leave.

We’re probably not going to see anyone.”

The teenagers agreed, and with that, the bus driver told them they would get back to the bus station at around 12.30pm.

They were going to walk, he said, but it would take a little while.

It would take them about 45 minutes to reach the bus.

“There was nothing to do, there was nothing in the way,” one said.

They got on the bus and drove.

Around 12:45pm, a young woman was sitting next to the driver of the bus, talking on her phone.

She said she was going to be home by 7pm.

“If I go, you’ll get on the next bus, and then you’ll go to school,” she said.

It wasn’t until around 1pm that she found out her friend, whose name she’d forgotten, was actually going to miss her bus.

Her friend was the 16-year-old from Mitchell High.

The teenage girl said: [She] had to leave the school and she was stuck with me, she was just waiting for me to go home.

It felt like a lot of pressure.

“It felt like if you leave me I’m going to lose you, and I’m just like, ‘No, no, no’.

I can’t let this happen to anybody else.”

She and her friend got off the bus at a bus stop in the suburb of Woodland.

“The whole time we were waiting, I was like, this is so bad, I can barely walk, and he was like this is good enough for me,” she recalled.

“So I was really happy.”

The teenager’s friend said: I didn’t know there was a backpacker school in Mitchell, and it was a very different school than Brentwood.

“He was like he had never been there, and [he] was like it’s all OK.

And it was really cool.”

She said the teenagers were happy to see the bus stopped at a stop sign for the school bus.

They had been told that it was about 30km from the school, so they took the bus to the school.

They took the school school bus to Mitchell “We weren’t going to do it the normal way,” she remembered.

“And I think he was just really happy that we were able to get to the town to get us home.”

The bus had to stop for about two hours.

She and the other teenagers got off at the school after a short break, and when they got home, they realised they were missing the bus for three days.

They found out later that the bus was actually in the wrong school.

“I was like [it’s] a total disaster,” she told The Guardian.

“How am I going to go to Mitchell if they’re missing my bus?”

The teenagers were given two hours to come up with a plan to find them.

They started to plan, but soon realised that they were going back to Brentwood too.

The teenagers had already packed their bags and left, but they couldn’t get home in time.

“They had a plan for me and [I] didn’t have a plan at all,” she admitted.

“My mum didn’t even know I was going back, she didn’t care.

And I was just like: ‘What’s the point?'”

She said they decided to just walk the rest of the way home.

“Just going home is not something that I want to do,” she explained.

“But I wanted to make sure I did.”

It took two hours, but the teenagers managed to find the bus in time to get home.

They spent about half an hour on the drive home, the other half on the walk to the Mitchell High school.

The buses were a different story.

“Because the school is in the same area, I thought it was more important to make it into the school district,” she added.

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