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This is a public health warning

We’ve seen a particularly bad season of the travel bug this year; latest statistics reveal that the contagious disease continues to spread rapidly to the point where we may be facing a worldwide epidemic.

A highly infectious condition that leads to addiction, the travel bug threatens to broaden the mind and enrich the soul. It doesn’t discriminate, and has been known to take hold of people from all walks of life, both young, and old.

The highly addictive nature of this condition has led scientists to believe that there is no cure. So we have compiled a list of the warning signs that you, or someone you love, may be affected.

If you can identify with all 21, you may be too far gone.

21 Signs You’re Totally Addicted to Travel

Every single story starts with ‘When I was in …’

Venice sightseeing

Packing takes you less than 10 minutes

Packing 2 weeks in advance? Pffft. You’ve done this so many times you know exactly what to pack, and can do so in under 10 minutes.

In fact, the bag from your last trip is probably still half packed.

I mean, unpacking seems silly when you’ll probably be jetting off again sooner than later. Living out of your suitcase at home seems much more efficient!

You know your Passport number off by heart

Passport stamps

Filling in an immigration card half an hour before you land? While the amateurs are fumbling around in the overhead lockers looking for their passport, yours is committed to memory.

And while we’re on the topic of passports, the immigration officer has a hard time finding an empty page to stamp!

You’re a human luggage scales

You can tell instantly whether or not your bag is too heavy to fly as soon as you pick it up.

In fact, you don’t even need to pick it up. You can tell by just looking at it.

You’re a ninja at currency conversions in your head

Pexels Money

Even if you sucked at math.

‘Home’ is where your toothbrush is

‘Home’ isn’t so much a permanent place, it’s where-ever your toothbrush is.

You’ve learnt to feel at home in new countries after a day of checking in; when you’re out exploring, you refer to your hotel room as ‘I’ll do that when I get home’; you start stories with ‘when I lived in ….’ even though you spent less than a month ‘living’ in!

The thought of staying in one country, city, or town for more than a year is the most terrifying concept.

You custom order travel quotes on Tshirts

Travel TShirt Fashion

Sites like are permanently bookmarked, and your wardrobe is full of custom t-shirts you’ve designed with your favorite travel quotes.

You’re tired of generic T-shirts and want to shout to the world that you’re travel addicted, so you make your own. You can also add your favorite quotes to custom phone cases!

You can swear in any language

It’s just what you do. You can also greet people, say thankyou, and, most importantly, know the word for cheers in more than 10 languages.

Na zdravi.

You’ve had love affairs with more countries than you have with people

Greece RF

You fantasize about countries more than you do about people; 50 shades of grey means talking about the weather in London to you.

You’re head over heels and madly in love, and never stop thinking or day dreaming about a particular country.

You shake with excitement when it comes time to book another ticket.

Films make you want to travel

In fact, so do books. And music.

Even if a film is not about travel, it still makes you want to.

When friends talk in acronyms you think they’re talking in airport codes



When friends talk in acronyms, you think they’re talking in airport codes.

Also, you rock at this subject at pub trivia!

Your top drawer contains every conceivable currency

From the Australian dollar, to the British Pound, and Indonesian Rupiah, you have a vast collection of leftover foreign currency.

And even though it might add up to be quite a lot of money, you don’t exchange or get rid of it. After-all, you’ll be heading back soon.

Most of your friends live in foreign countries

As a travel addict you have friends from all over the world, perhaps even more so than in your home country.

You have places to stay in more than 20 countries, and your Facebook wall is filled with bilingual messages, especially when your birthday rolls around.

You frequently miss special occasions

You’re forever absent at birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions, though you’re friends and family have come to expect that you’ll be overseas.

Plus, they appreciate the foreign gifts.

Not so much the 2 am phone calls. But you travel so often you forget which time-zone you’re in.

You swipe right on Skyscanner instead of Tinder

How to be a spontaneous traveler

You’re always on your phone, though instead of lusting over Tinder, you’re lusting over Skyscanner.

You set up price alerts for places you have no real plans to visit, you know, just in case…

You’re always using Skyscanner’s ‘Everywhere’ search and daydreaming about where you might go next.

When you spend money, you calculate how far you could travel instead

Car registration due? You could travel to London for that.

Your hobbies include passing time in airports, day dreaming of your next trip, and ticking new cultures off your list

Cuverville Island, Antarctica.

You’re always planning your next trip

Home is more of a pit stop than a permanent destination. And if you’re not planning a trip you get antsy.

In fact, you’re planning your next trip before you’ve even finished your current one.

You’ve collected more airline miles than you have on your vehicle

The US was made for iconic roadtrips. Anyone with a car can go anywhere, and the nice thing about this mode of transportation is that the journey is the destination in itself – a road trip is an adventure!

Not hard when you spent the money for your car registration on a trip to London …

You can sleep anywhere

Trains, buses, cars, wedged between the seats of an airport. You, dear traveler, have learnt the art of sleeping anywhere.

And jet lag doesn’t affect you anymore.

You can name countries none of your friends have ever heard of

Hagia Sophia Istanbul

Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi. When you start naming countries you’ve visited your friends think you’ve started making places up.

Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau. You excel at geography.

Bonus: Your bucketlist is 99% of the world

The 1% is your home country.


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Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.



  1. Good curated list to know how much we love traveling, a good no of points are true in my case. One I point I would like to suggest is “Google Maps is the most used app in your smartphone” it’s a Saviour for most travelers according to me.

    • Ah yes I love Google Maps too! Great app suggestion Chad, and so glad you enjoyed the post :)

      Happy travels!

  2. This is awesome blog very informative thank you for sharing and keep sharing.

    • Glad you enjoyed it :) Happy travels

  3. You become an expert of airport proseguirse and helping others we to go in the airports

    • Absolutely! Good one :)

  4. Home is, indeed, where your toothbrush is. I’ve been saying that for years. Keep spreading that word!

    • I think I may have lifted that phrase from you :D

  5. This is so beautiful…!!!!I can relate myself with every single word…??

    • Thanks Neela! Glad you enjoyed the post :)

    • Meg Jerrard thanks for actually made my day.?

  6. 19 out of 21 ?? love it!!

    • You addict you :D

    • I learn from the best! ?❤️

  7. I always have a luggage packed for different seasons.

    • Love it!

  8. Keep doing what you love Megan.

    • Thanks Miguel!

  9. So true … I know exactly what 50 lbs is like when I lift my luggage ?

    • I’ve started knowing exactly what I can and can’t pack to hit that 23 kg limit lol the intuition is great :D

  10. Hahaha! “Home is where your toothbrush is” love it ?

    • One of my favorite quotes :D

  11. I think there were just two that didn’t describe me ? #proudnomad

    • ❤︎ Travel on :D

    • Meg Jerrard always! #proudnomad

  12. You are nailing it!

    • Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the post :)

  13. Love this; thank you Meg – you’ve nailed it! I hope they never find a cure for the addiction, or attempt to put us in Rehab…

    • I’m right there with you! One of my favorite memes that I’ve seen is: “I’m a travel addict on the way to recovery … just kidding, I’m on the way to the airport” lol sums it up nicely :D

  14. “You’ve had love affairs with more countries than you have with people” Yesss

    • :D So madly in love with so many countries!

  15. I have all of them! I can rest easy now knowing my condition. ?

    • Glad we could help with your diagnosis lol :D

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