What makes a one travel addict? Is it those people who give up everything to travel around the world, year after year? Is it someone who perpetually lives out a suitcase even if they are living in an actual domicile simply because it’s “comforting” to them? Or what about those individuals who are always thinking ahead when it comes to travel, envisioning the next destination they hope to visit? To me, there isn’t one set of criteria that fulfills the travel addict definition. It’s all of those things I mentioned above and more.
While I would give my right arm to be able to live abroad again (not permanently, but definitely for a year or so, somewhere that I could really become immersed in a language again), I have no desire to ever be a wandering nomad. The frugal, aimless, live out a suitcase lifestyle is not for me. Maybe I’m too materialistic, maybe I’m too stuck on a more upper class lifestyle when I travel, but what I love most about travel is doing the things I want to do, not what my budget dictates I CAN do. But just because I don’t want to do a ’round the world trip, doesn’t mean I’m any less of a travel addict.
I subscribe to two travel magazines (National Geographic Traveler and Travel and Leisure). Nothing makes me more excited than when a new issue comes and I see the destination on the front cover. I become even more excited when the cover features a destination I’ve actually been to. A couple of months ago I started tearing out advertisements and stories from the magazines (once I was finished) of places I would like to visit one day, a physical Pinterest if you will. To me it’s a great way to be inspired by all the countless places I hope to see in person whether it’s next year or ten years from now.
Now this may sound odd but on top of reading regular books, whenever I visit the library, I always check half a dozen travel guides. Most are of places I (sadly) have no plans of visiting anytime soon and yet I adore flipping through the pages, seeing the beautiful places, and just dreaming about going there myself in the future. To me, the best way to fill the wanderlust void is by looking at travel guides. I not only get excited by gazing at far flung destinations but I also find that looking at travel guidebooks helps me get to my “calming” place when I need it. It’s the same way in the travel sections of bookstores.
And something that I have always been guilty of is that I am constantly mentally planning my next trip. While my mega trip to Peru hasn’t even happened yet (a couple of weeks to go), I am already thinking of trips afterwards, hopefully a couple smaller ones still in the remainder of 2014 and definitely envisioning 2015 destinations (I am turning 30 next year after all). My Peru trip is basically all planned out; the only thing still left to do is actually go. So to me it’s normal to be thinking about the next destination and all the planning that goes into that one.
So yes, my name is Julie and I’m addicted to travel. What about you?