Okay so there’s obviously no such thing as an actual travel bug (unless you have Bali belly), it’s more of a feeling or state of mind that takes over your whole life. After having travelled to countless countries I can now say the travel bug has taken a hold of me (rather fiercely I might add), and I can’t see myself getting rid of it any time soon. So if you have at least 5 of the ‘symptoms’ below, I’d say you have caught the travel bug:
– You think about travel 24/7, or at least once a day.
– You are constantly coming up with crazy schemes in your mind that could fund your travel plans, even if deep down you know they will never work. The odds of winning the lottery aren’t that bad right?
– You take as many extra shifts at work as you possibly can, even if you kind of hate yourself while you’re there. Do I want to work until midnight? No… But I will.
– You make big sacrifices in order to save cash. This could include not drinking alcohol, less socialising with friends or living off two-minute noodles. I reckon I could live off Mi Goreng for a few days at least…
– You have attempted to sell half your junk on eBay or at markets to fund your travels. Why doesn’t anyone want to buy the pink jeans I bought back in 2008 and never wore? Ugh.
– You dream about the day you’ll once again be in another country embracing the culture, rather than what you are actually doing right now which is probably sitting on your couch. Literally me as I write this blog post.
– You Google the cuisines from far away places, hoping one day you’ll get to try them. Mmmm, paella. Apparently not pronounced the way it looks.
– You follow countless travel blogs and Instagram pages, living vicariously through them. Check out Backpacker Banter and Nomadic Matt.
– You check your bank account as soon as payday arrives, so you can see those dollars adding up for your next trip.
-You measure things in terms of travel potential. 1 hour of serving customers at work = 1 night at a European hostel.
– You can spend hours on the Internet researching flights and accommodation, even if it’s for a trip you aren’t planning to actually take. Did you know there are tours that go to North Korea?!
– You’re thinking about your next trip before you’ve even finished your current one
– You’re drawn to all things foreign including people, food and culture.
– You realise you have way too many belongings. If you can survive with just a suitcase while travelling, you can pretty much do the same at home. It’s all about the simple life.
– Home doesn’t feel quite the same anymore as you are always dreaming of faraway places that you may or may not have been to. *Pictures myself hiking in a lush forest in the pacific northwest of America*
Now who else has caught the travel bug?!