Remember in your teens, when drinking in the park was the best thing ever? Then you got old enough to blag your way into bars (or, if you were unlucky, had to wait until you were legal) and sitting in the park never seemed quite as appealing again. For me, becoming a travel junkie was a bit like that. Many of us started as backpackers, but smelling bad and boasting about one’s thriftiness can only take you so far. The next logical step is to become a travel junkie!
There are no set rules for what makes a travel junkie, but here are seven signs that you might be one.
7) You’ve heard of places like Transnistria and Abkhazia
Usually if you were to bring up unrecognised breakway states like Transnistria or Abkhazia, you’d be met with blank stares. Not so with fellow travel junkies, who not only know of these places, but have probably been. These chats give you a real sense of belonging.
6) People ask you why you go to the places you go
‘Norms’ will ask you why the hell you’d go to North Korea or Turkemistan and will think that you’re weird for going. You think they’re weird for not going.
5) Travel advisories are for pussies
Never trust government websites and their travel advisories; actual travel and research is required, since the picture is rarely as simple as your government might paint it.
4) You have a system for flying
Travel junkies don’t fear flying; they embrace it and kick ass at it! The world is smaller than ever with the advent of budget flights, and though airlines might be penny-pinching soulless bastards, they make getting somewhere easier than ever.
3) Hand luggage only
You see people with roller suitcases and it fills you with dread! If you can fit everything you need into hand luggage (maybe not on Ryanair flights, in fairness), then you definitely have the travel junkie gene.
2) What counts as visiting a country MATTERS to you
Some people claim airport layovers as visiting a country. Not you. You likely have your own set of country-collecting rules that you will happily throw fists over.
1) You are planning your next trip whilst on a trip
The travel junkie is just that: a junkie. You’ll never be free of the addiction, and compulsively need to be planning your next trip even as you’re on your current one.