Do you think you might be a travel lover? You might be, if you sometimes display signs of wanderlust withdrawals. But what are signs of a classic travel lover? See if you have some of those symptoms if you haven’t traveled for a while. If you have at least half of these 20 signs, you probably are a travel lover! If that’s the case, happy traveling!

Here are 20 signs that might indicate you’re a travel lover!

1. You can’t stop thinking about when you’ll embark on the next trip.  Because you can’t stop thinking about it. In fact, you might oftentimes wake up in the middle of the night and say. “Is it today?” What’s more, the first thing you do when you wake up is start a Google search for new travel destinations. The more love you have for traveling the more new cities you will have on your new bucket list. In fact, your list is always growing and includes places you never even thought about before.

2. You already have a suitcase or duffel bag filled with clothes This is in the event you are invited on a last-minute trip. In fact, sometimes you’ll even ask your friends if they are planning a trip you. If that’s the case, you’ll invite yourself and suggest reasons why your friends would benefit from having you tag along. For instance, you might get a last minute invitation to attend a music festival. Will you be ready to go at a moment’s notice? Of course you will be. Indeed, you will be more ready the friends who invite you! That’s because of your love for travel!

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3. You are considered an expert in packing the largest amounts of items in the least amount of space. Occasionally your travel lover friends will call or email you and ask about which bag or backpack you use. In this case, you have already have several recommendations in which to provide to your friends. That’s because you have had many occasions where you want to pack as much as possible in one carryon suitcase. What’s more, you always make time to search for the newest types of backpacks, suitcases and bags.

4. You have refrigerator magnets and keychains from all over the world. But you think your personal collection of souvenirs is lacking and desperately need more. On the other hand, you have magnets from attractions like Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Taj Mahal and the Statue of Liberty. Of course, you might have to go to touristy stores in order to get that one special magnet or two.

5. You have stacks of travel magazines. In each of the magazines, there are post it notes inserted. This is to remind you of the next possible trip. For example, you already have the latest editions of magazines like Travel+Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. Furthermore, you might have subscriptions to other publications like Today’s Traveller, Global Traveler and National Geographic.

6. You collect foreign coins. This is even though much of may already be worthless. However, it doesn’t matter because these coins are proof for places you’ve been. For example, after extensive travel to Europe, you might still have German marks, Italian lire and French francs.

Surfing the Web for Travel, a clear sign of a travel lover
Web Surfing (credit: Guilherme Vasconcelos via Unsplash)

7. You are getting signs of carpal tunnel syndrome from using your smartphone too much. You’re also viewing too many travel websites and writing too many travel blogs. You have carpal tunnel in the other hand from tapping your hand incessantly while waiting to go on your next trip. If this is the case for you, you might have to start doing hand exercises, like lifting a suitcase. On the other hand, if you’re really savvy, you will make time to go to the gym to lift weights. That way, you help strengthen your hands and fingers.

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8. You write emails to domestic and international tourist information centers for brochures and literature. This adds to an ever-growing collection that you take great pride in. Many of your more prized brochures are encased in a frame and proudly displayed on walls in your home. Moreover, you search online auctions like eBay and Facebook Marketplace for travel collectibles.

9. Your passport doesn’t have spare pages to place a new stamp from an international country. The customs inspector will also take a tad longer to ask you questions about your travel plans. That’s because you’re running out of space for that next international stamp. Be that as it may, you are savvy when it comes to talking to passport control staff.

10. You have 10 pairs of favorite traveling shoes. All of them are completely worn out. However, you replace favorite traveling shoes with the same exact model for your next purchase. On the other hand, if you can’t find your favorite shoes, you do your best to find a suitable replacement.

11. You spend hours online to find the best travel options. Even when you are ready for bed, you are still searching for new travel destinations. This is to supplement the destinations you find when you first wake up in the morning.

12. Your Hosteling International guide is completely worn out. So bad that it has to be replaced every 6 months from overuse. Moreover, if you’re stuck at home, you will often pitch a tent and camp outside your home. This is to offset your travel withdrawals. In that’s the case, you are clearly a lover of traveling.

13. You have a large supply of 4 oz. tubes of Burt’s Bees natural toothpaste. This is just in case you decide to go on another year-long globetrotting trip! Of course, it doesn’t have to be Burt’s Bees. You will just have your favorite brand of toothpaste, along with other necessities.

14. You are a blogger for many travel websites. You even have one of your own travel sites and contribute a blog or article on travel several times a week. Furthermore, you engage on social media travel sites to engage with fellow travelers. On the other hand, you are among the most knowledgeable travelers on these social media sites.

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15. When you travel to Paris, you don’t bother going seeing the Eiffel Tower. You won’t bother seeing Notre Dame or the Louvre Museum either. As a travel lover, you’ve been there, done that way too many times. Of course, you can always add these important attractions towards the end of your trip.

16. Your friends have suggested you take up a new hobby. This would force you to stay at home more often. Yet even if you’re at home, your next vacation is constantly on your mind. Even if you do take up a new hobby, chances are that it has a travel connection.

17. You have an enormous section of bookmarks of travel related websites on your browser. That is what travel lovers do! In addition, you have many more travel websites in your bookmark archives. However, you must occasionally remove any old links and add new links so that your information is up to date.

18. You know you are a travel lover because you don’t really need the GPS on your smartphone. You always know where you are at and where you are going. But then again, you’ll need your smartphone anyways because of your travel apps.

19. You are the first online for reservations to a National Park. Whether it’s Yosemite and Yellowstone or Isle Royal and Dry Tortugas, you’re always ready to go. In fact, you are among the first people to register online for reservations. If that’s not enough, you know well in advance the exact day and time when reservations are available.

20. You know and understand every single subway line in New York City, Paris and London. For cities you haven’t yet visited, you will have no problem figuring out the mass transit system. That’s not to mention that you already know the fare structure and important subway stops.

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About The Author:

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who served as the National Travel Writer for CBS Local from 2012-2019. More than 900 of his stories still appear in syndication across 23 CBS Local websites, including CBS New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. His other stories have appeared in the Daily Meal, CBSNews.com, CBS Radio, Engadget.com, NBC.com, NJ.com and Radio.com. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University.

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