Are you suffering from a serious case of wanderlust? If so, the only cure is to pack your bags and get on the road to somewhere exciting. Whether it’s a two-week beach break or a year-long backpacking adventure is up to you.
If you’re experiencing more than three of the following symptoms, it’s time to book your next trip ASAP!
#1. You spend way too much time staring at travel Instagrams
Seriously. You follow more travel accounts than you do actual people.
#2. Work is becoming more unbearable than usual
The number of times you press ‘snooze’ on your alarm has increased significantly, and your capacity for chit-chat with your unexciting colleagues has decreased significantly.
#3. Happy hour at your place is becoming a thing
You’ve taken to making your own pina Coladas at home. Alone. And sometimes, you play generic island music while doing so.
#4. You eye tourists in your city with envy
Damn their annoying wheelie suitcases and carefree attitudes.
#5. You’re starting to crave trashy beach reads
You bitched about Twilight and Fifty Shades, but now they don’t seem so bad.
#6. Your search for flight deals obsessively
To places that you have no immediate plans to visit.
#7. Owning furniture starts feeling claustrophobic
And so does everything do to with having a home. Why own all of these pots and pans when you could buy a taco from a van on the street in Mexico?
#8. Your reggae playlist is getting way too much airtime
Bob Marley is great, but playing his greatest hits on repeat is one step too far.
#9. You can’t stop yourself from comparing things at home to things overseas
The pizza is better in Italy, and everything is twenty times cheaper in South-East Asia; you don’t have to be on time in Central America. We know.
#10. People are annoying you more than usual
Especially cheerful people.
#11. Even your comfortable bed is annoying you
Why can’t you be sleeping on an overnight train through India instead?
#12. Every day feels the same
Sleep. Eat. Work. Repeat.
#13. Sunday nights are almost too much to bear
The realization that the weekend is over hits you harder than usual these days.
#14. Your reading pile consists solely of Lonely Planet guidebooks
No harm in reading up on those places you’re not going to, right?
#15. You’re in a perpetual state of extreme nostalgia for your previous vacations
Seeing the old photos on Facebook hurts your heart, but you can’t stop looking.
#16. You steer all conversations toward travel-related topics
The ability to move a discussion from economic policy to tropical islands in one leap is one of your best talents.
#17. Listening to other people’s travel stories is both infuriating and fascinating
You want to stop listening, but you just can’t.
#18. Your friends have gently suggested that Who may put you on some fake tan
Being this pale can only be fixed with at least a week of non-stop beach time.
#19. Travel bloggers upset you
Why are they getting paid to travel, and you aren’t?!
#20. Nothing feels exciting anymore
Not even pizza.
#21. You’ve started purchasing a lot of maps online
And a compass. Just in case.
#22. You have a general feeling of anxiousness about all the places you haven’t seen yet
‘If I haven’t even been to Paris, when will I ever make it to Mongolia?’ you may think regularly.
#23. You’re sick of everybody in your normal life
Social events never felt this boring before.
#24. You feel discontent and restless
Your life kind of feels like a placeholder until something better comes along.
#25. Living out of a suitcase doesn’t seem that frustrating to you anymore
It sounds amazing!
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