Flip Flops – A Gap Year Essential

I woke up early this morning and felt a sudden urge to write a post on Flip Flops or as our Australian counterparts call them; ‘thongs’.

My father once said to me that the two most important things that you’ll own in your life is a bed and a pair of shoes. You’ll spend most your life in one or the other. When you’re on a gap year you don’t always have control over where you’ll sleep (I’ve slept in some awful places) but you do have a greater degree of control over what you stick on your feet.

One thing that baffles me is how many pairs of flip flops travellers will go through. I recall after the Full Moon Party in Thailand the next morning the beach was riddled with flip flops (with the odd camera, purse and phone chucked in for good measure). You would see scores of travellers with odd flip flops, sometimes not even the same size! On the ferry they were walking around looking at other odd flip flops trying to find a match The Flip Flop Economy.

I can honestly say that in the space of my gap year I only ever lost one pair. On Fraser Island 60 pairs of flip flops went but only 59 returned. Where my flip flops disappeared to is anyone’s guess and walking barefoot on hot sand for two days wasn’t particularly pleasant. I’d like to think a dingo is sporting my Nike flip flops (complete with air bubbles for added comfort) but I think that’s wishful thinking.

How many flip flops have you lost?

My advice; stock up on Havaianas in Thailand!

I posted on twitter how I was going to write about flip flops and unbeknownst to me some people *hate* flip flops. Personally I don’t see what’s not to love. Why you be hatin’ yo?

6 Comments

  • Abbie

    November 10, 2010

    It’s hard for me to lose my flip-flops. Because they’re always on my feet 🙂 In Southern California you can wear them practically yearround, too!

  • Nathan

    November 10, 2010

    yeah you’re right – Havaianas are the best, they seem to last forever.

    Do they really call them thongs in aussie? isn’t that a g-string :p cos i think in New Zealand we just call them flip-flops or sandels.

  • Annie

    November 10, 2010

    I can’t imagine anyone hating flip-flops! They are actually one of my favorite things!

    I haven’t “lost” any pairs per say but a couple fell to the wayside with broken straps and holes at the DMB concert at the Gorge in George, Washington over the years… must be the atmosphere.

  • Kyle

    November 10, 2010

    I can’t believe you’ve only lost one pair! I lose one pair per trip. So yeah. I’ve lost more than I can count!

  • Gap Year Escape

    November 10, 2010

    Yup Flip Flops in Oz are Thongs! Very confusing!

    I wish I was I could wear flip flops everyday. Damn winter!

  • Lindsay aka @_thetraveller_

    December 23, 2010

    A cook on the Halong Bay tour boat stole my flip flops so I was barefoot for 2 days. It sucked when we got back to the city and I had to walk barefoot through the filthy streets. Yumsies!

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