Top Signs You Are a Travel Addict

By Nomadic Matt | Published March 17th, 2009

An Expert TravelerGot the travel bug? Looking to explore the world? Always think about distant places? Think of everything in terms of how much travel time it takes away? Well, chances are you are a travel addict. Once the travel bug infects you, there is no going back- you are a traveler for life. Everything I do revolves around travel. I have the bug. I’m addicted. Here are some signs you might be a travel addict too:

You start all your stories with “When I was in…”

You only TIVO the travel channel.

You read guidebooks for fun.

You plan trips you will never take.

You always ask people “where are you from?” even when you know.

You wear flip flops in the shower.

You take toilet paper everywhere you go out of habit.

You have more than one currency in your wallet, just in case.

You keep a packed suitcase handy.

Your iPod only has songs related to traveling.

You run multiple travel websites.

You speak in airport codes not city names.

You can tell where people have been by the cheesy logos and sayings on their shirts. (Same Same = Thailand, Yellow Star = Vietnam)

You have elite flier status on multiple airlines.

You attend travel conferences multiple times a year.

You don’t have paintings on the wall – you have maps.

Travel BooksIf you haven’t been anywhere in a few months, you get the shakes.

You spend two hours each day reading travel blogs and travel websites.

You subscribe to multiple travel magazines.

When you think of prices, you value things in terms how many days in your next destination it costs. “That TV is 10 days in Paris! Let’s get this one- it’s only 5 days!”

You pretend you are a travel writer.

Some people voted for Barack Obama, you voted for Anthony Bourdain.

When people ask you about your hobbies, all your answers contain the word “travel.”

Some people cry when they leave home. You cry when you have to go back.

When people ask you your profession, you say vagabond.

You filled your first passport before the first year was over.

Boots N All is your homepage.

You have trips planned for next decade.

You have Lonely Planet tattooed on your lower back.

You write a travel addict post.

comments 49 Comments

Favorite one: “When you write a travel addict post.”
Ha!

I agree with all of the above! Not one point is out-of-place! Seems like there are plenty of travel addicts out there. I just got back from Israel and I (almost) cried when the plane at Tel Aviv took off the tarmac! And to think, I have a 2-yr-old at home waiting for me.

Definitely got the multiple currencies (three to be exact!) in the wallet. Currently got the shakes as well. Haven’t traveled in 2 months (even though I just landed in Sweden two months ago)

Sophie

Valuing things in terms of how many days in your next destination it costs:

Funny! And I totally agree. My living room needs an overhaul but it costs the same as a trip to Antarctica for the whole family – South Georgia included! Who cares if the paint is beginning to peel :)

Anthony

I’ve got seven reais in my wallet right now, and I’m not even in Brazil… yet.

Last border crossing on previous trip, entered occupation as: viajero. Traveler in spanish.

Awesome list. Each one makes me laugh and think, “yep, that sounds about right.”

Right now I’m definitely focused in on spending 2 hours per day reading travel blogs. I think I spend more time than that, actually. It beats doing real work!

And when you read a book. whatever genre it is, you read it like a travel book.

Wonderwilm

Mea Culpa! Definitely guilty of spending more than 2 hours per day on travel sites n blogs…….

I’m still a healthy man! The bug has only started to infect me, I should run while I still can (back to the US, then to Mexico, then to Brazil, then to ….)

I gots the bug but I don’t want to be cured!

NomadicMatt

@quick: neither do i

@matt: embrace the bug!

@graham: reading blogs is better than working!

@travel channel: great site!

@Anthony: 7 is impressive!

@lola: i’m antsy after 1 month1!

@alan: for sure!

Wait till you get on in years and you are constantly thinking ……I only have so many years to fit in all these places I have yet to travel to………as a couple of similar age we met said”We realised we only had 10 good summers! Ouch………..that isn’t anywhere long enough for all I have planned!

And yes……….your list rang many bells!

Hilarious post! I especially recognize myself in
You start all your stories with “When I was in…” and “Some people cry when they leave home. You cry when you have to go back.”

NomadicMatt

@gail: thanks!!

@erica: two of my favorites

Yes. Sounds a little depressing, but yes: Some people cry when the leave home. You cry when you have to go back.

Last week’s episode of Private Practice had a line about being addicted to online “resort porn.” Laughed until I cried. For me it’s not limited to resorts. It’s travel of all kind. I could spend hours searching the net for trips. Unfortunately I have to find time to work for the money to support my habit.

I loved this post! How about: You wake up and have to ask yourself, “where am I today?” I seriously have to take a few moments to figure it out sometimes.

hey brilliant stuff! Definitely got the shakes now, havent travelled in 1.5 months. :X At least crossing the causeway to Malaysia can feed my withdrawal symptoms temporarily.

Yeh I vote for Anthony Bourdain!

Definitely addicted! Great list.

That sounds exactly like me to a T

Matt,

I have been so busy BEING a travel addict that I have not been around for a few months to visit your site.

Diving in Indonesia, wildlife tours in the Yucatan, sailing along the Pacific coast of Mexico for a month.

Hmmmm. Maybe one to add to your list:

You carry notes and pictures from all your travels that you INTEND to put into stories. (Nat’l. Geo. Mag…here I come!)

Oh, just one more: your nom de plume contains the words “travel writer!”

Hysterical! It was just what i needed today really. I think I have driven my boyfriend crazy saying things like

“Well that is equal to about 10 days in Cambodia.” and so forth…

I bought some new pants for work and all i could think about was how long I could’ve stretched the money on the road.

Good to see I’m not alone!

Most of these apply to me. I have more foreign currency than local in my wallet. I’ve been subjected to questioning at immigration because “no-one normal travels as much as you”. I’ve written signs you are a travel addict posts on more than one site. I try not to go more than a week or so without travel.

Love the list — they’re all true! I found that when I shop for toiletries, that I only will look at items that come in 3 oz or less, or those that I can open to fill up small bottles. And when clothes shopping, it’s “is it wrinkle-free” and “can I wash this out in the hotel sink and have it dried overnight?”

josie

awesome list… i’m sad that cant say they all apply to me though

I would add that when you buy any new clothing you think about whether its crushable, will dry quickly, and will go with all your other travel clothes…

Michelle

i do read guide books for fun & check out travel sites make plans that i may never take!!
That’s me ! and i’m at work now checking out ur site!!! ::)))

“You run multiple travel websites.” – guilty as charged

Love this! I was nodding along to so many…especially this one:

“When you thinking of prices, you value things in terms how many days in your next destination it costs. (That T.V. is 10 days in Paris! Let’s get this one- it’s only 5 days!”

I liked the toilet paper one and asking people where they are from. On that note, I PRIDE myself in never, ever having used a squat toilet.

Regarding planning, I’ve never read a guide book and don’t plan anything, not even this trip. I like to travel 1900′s style. I have so much respect for the people who go into the unknown and find it awesome to choose a destination and then find all the cool stuff there.

That said, I have nothing I *need* or want to see. I just like unknown.

Cool post.

A hopeless addict. I do so many of these things, it’s not even funny. Oh my gosh, what is life without travel? Thank you for a fantastic and creative post….! I have seen this concept applied to other topics but this is the best one yet :)!

NomadicMatt

Thanks for the kind words

Favorite post ever!

“When you think of prices, you value things in terms how many days in your next destination it cost”

HAHA! That’s so true! Whenever I go shopping I calculate how far this money would take me.
‘Prada bag for $500?! Dude that’s a week in Central America’ I told my friend once hahahah

AsoloTraveler

Of course when I am planning my next trip (Turkey, Israel: again, Cairo and Morocco) I came across your Blog and WOW. ( i get so excited that I begin to pack almost months in advance. I mean I have wrinkles in my undies when I land they have been packed for so long. I have Brittish Pounds, Israel “schekels”, Eros and Jordanian Dinari. I would follow Anthony Bourdain anywhere. Any book or magazine about travel, I drool over thinking, maybe, just maybe this is my next adventure. And what can I say about the people you meet on the way. Great bunch of humans. And don’t cha just love the “Street Food”? I get this look from people when I tell them “I eat off the streets”. Great Site

Andrea

Traveling has been my obsession for as long as I can remember. I’m only 17 and I have only been overseas once but I have been saving my money since I got my first job when I was 14 and during school holidays I work full time all so I can travel. I am beyond exited that all my hard work is about to pay off, I have the money to go overseas at the end of the year, in winter next year and the end of next year. I plan on going to Indoasia, Europe and indonesia or hong kong. Then when that’s done I’m going to do uni at home to…… Save more money. For my 21st my parents are buying me a round the world ticket and I plan to go to the Canada, the USA, and south America, Egypt, India and china. The way I’m going I will have been to over 50 contries before I’m 22. Saving money when your young is sooooo worth it. ( ps I’m not dreaming, with my future financial plans I can afford this. Also I’m not rich, I’ve been saving everything since the day I could legally start to work and I have worked 2 jobs since I was 15. Im also studying for uni, I manage to maintain high grades…. My life is work and study but next year, what I’ve been working so hard for, will be reality. I can barely sleep at night knowing it’s gonna be so soon :-D )

jar

sure…I based my occupation on being able to travel constantly…

I definitely have the problem…2 months somewhere, I get really claustrophobic.

Haaaaa! I LOVE THIS POST!!! Sometimes I feel like the only people who “get” me are fellow travelers. Relative to other travelers, I’m quite low on the ladder, but relative to my circles, I’m a huge travel nut. It’s so great to read about other addicts, I was laughing out loud, nodding, extremely excited to ‘meet’ another person blessed with the travel bug. Every time I think “Ok, I traveled enough, time to settle down.”, it’s only a week or two later that I’m scratching my head wondering what the heck got into me. Sorry to keep blabbing here, not offering anything remotely insightful, only my deep appreciation.

(Really?? I thought I was the only one planning dream trips I know I will never take. Well, actually, “never” has been disproven before…)

Dee

Damn, I do wear flip flops in the shower…

Erin

My sign is that I have more Facebook friends from around the world than from where I actually live.

NomadicMatt

Good sign.

I love this! I’ve cried when I left places before, and I’m not a crier! When I was travelling in South America, a lot of the hostels asked for an occupation and I put “adventurer”

I love adventure meeting new pple, different cultures an traditions it keeps my mind off alot. 90% of the above is true. if i stay in one place i get so Frustrated. i am a travel ADDICT i admit. If traveling is all i cn do in life so be it.

Adrienne Morton

I love this, Matt!
You have maps on your wall….SO TRUE!
And the flips-flops in the shower is so true.

This is 100% true. My personal favorite is when you tell peope you’re going away for a couple days, they fully expect you to say South America or Africa or Europe, and almost sound disappointed when you say something like New York City or Chicago.

Marina

A few days ago, I told my friends I was planning to explore a few more countries. Their responses? “Wait, didn’t you JUST go on vacation?!” “Aren’t you tired of it?!”

(baffled look in response) “That was too short a trip. I’m getting the shakes. It’s that time…must leave the USA.”

amy

¡Ay, caramba! this is so me! I want to comment all the list above, but its gonna be long! haha

first, my tv remote isn’t working so we have to press it manually, and the travel channel is on 503, 621, 622 and 707 so its really hard to go back to channel 101! and i got a feeling that someone’s gonna kill me in my sleep soon haha!

i randomly search for travel guides on the internet and plan the trip that i’ll probably never take (like to South Pole,since it needs lot of money)

i steal toilet papers :D

yes i wear flip flops in the shower :D

I have more than one currency in my another purse.

only listen to travel song, like So Good by BOB and more.

i check flight tickets (farecompare), hostels,bnb and hotels often.

yes, i speak in airport code. my friends asked me where i’ll go, then i replied to CPT, and they was like wth is CPT? its cape town .

haha same-same is also for Cambodia!

I have maps on my wall, a globe on my table. oh and i bought a map made of silk too!

If you haven’t been anywhere in a few months, you get the shakes.- exactly! and i’ll get homesick to the places i’ve never been.

i think i spend more than 2 hours a day for reading travel blogs/forums/website.

when i have to pay something, i was like what?? i could fly to Taiwan with this amount!

yes i am travel writer (only for myself haha because i dont know how to write)

i’ll definitely vote for Anthony or Samantha :)

whats your hobbies? i love to travel. what is your ambition? a traveler, vagabond.

i’ll get post-vacation blues.

oh i wish i could have tattoo ‘wanderluster” ! but im scared :[

I do personally make calculations in terms of travel costs.
I also have that haven’t traveled lately bothering feeling. That urge to travel.

Anna

my favourite was: You have Lonely Planet tattooed on your lower back.

too good.

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