Seven signs you’ve been bitten by the travel bug
So, you’ve been for your first backpacking trip, and you’re back to your weekly routine. But you feel a bit ‘hungover’ and try to shrug it off and get back to your life. But you just end up browsing through photos and videos of your trip, and maybe upload a few of them on social media. This could be just one of the signs that the travel bug may have gotten you. Here are a few more symptoms:
1. You plan on how to utilise your free time, holidays or paid leaves
Travelling takes a lot of pre-planning with busy schedules that people find themselves in. So, if you find yourself conservatively saving up on your holidays and looking up the calendar more often than usual, it is probably a sign that you’ll be travelling a lot more than before.
2. You start pestering your friends on planning future trips
One of the first people to notice the change in you, since your first travel episode, would be your friends and family members. You will find yourself talking to old friends and new, regarding plans to make forthcoming travel ventures.
3. You start saving money
You become a little conservative on how you spend your money, and you cut out on spending excessively while dining out or shopping, just to save for your next trip. This symptom can still be agreed upon as a good kind of side-effect.
4. You get restless staying at home on weekends and holidays
You no longer like the idea of laid back weekends relaxing at your humble abode. Instead, you’re up for spontaneously travelling to any place other than home. You want to visit new places and see exciting sights and scenes.
5. You ‘research’ about new places to visit
By research, here it means to spend a considerable amount of office time, browsing through travel blogs, reading up about places you want to visit for your next travel venture, and making up mental itineraries of things to do in these places.
6. You start to find daily tasks mundane and repetitive
A severe side-effect post travelling, you yearn to pack your bags and head outdoors again, roaming at your own will, to places you’ve never been before. And the things that bind you from doing so, would be your routine-based lives. But need not worry, as you learn to adapt a healthy balance between your social life, career and travelling eventually.
7. You miss the silent outdoors
City life gets even more unappealing, with the constant feeling of being stuck in a crowd. You look forward to quiet, peaceful and scenic moments of relaxing. But the view of a plethora of buildings from your balcony just doesn’t make up for a scenic view of starlit coastlines or clouded mountainous terrains.
The only cure to this travel-deprived sickness is to plan your next trip as soon as possible. So, what are you waiting for?
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-Text by Aristo Mendis