40 Signs You’re a True Traveler

You won’t find many people in the world that downright dislike traveling, but there are many of us that can admit that we are “travel obsessed”. We spend our entire days thinking about travel, traveling, and travel-related things. Travel is our life, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Here is a list of 40 signs that you too, might be travel obsessed, or a True Traveler.


1. Instead of spending all of your money on that new phone, clothes, or big screen TV, you save it all for a plane ticket.

2. You wonder why people are always saying that they want to travel, but never do.

3. You get really irritated when friends “travel” to all inclusive resort hotels, and post hundreds of photos of themselves on the beach.

4. When you’re at home you include the currency in your prices, even though it’s obvious. Example: “I paid $40 Canadian for…”

5. You are always counting down to your next trip. Otherwise you are planning another one.

6. You often plan trips that you never take.

7. You’ve slept in more hostels than you can count on your fingers. And toes.

8. Your passport is scruffy and has stamps on every page. Renewed passports look too clean to touch.

9. You suffer reverse-culture shock. You feel more out of place when you return home, than you did while traveling.

10. When someone asks how many countries you’ve been to, you actually have to take a moment to count.

11. You refer to cities by their airport codes.

12. You hardly ever get lost, and when you do, you have no problem asking a local for help.

13. You use a beach towel for showering.

14. You spend all day reading travels blogs, and probably have one of your own.

15. You feel obligated to be friends with the other Canadian (or whatever your nationality) while traveling, even though you might not be while at home.

16. Your phone is full of geography and travel apps.

17. You have a subscription to both National Geographic, and National Geographic Traveler.

18. When you meet someone new, your first question is “where are you from?”

19. When you’re actually at home, most of your belongings spend their time in suitcases or boxes, because you never really unpack.

20. You can make take-out last for days.

21. You’ve spent more than one month in a foreign country. Alone.

22. You know about global disasters within minutes of the incident.

23. You have spent at least one night sleeping outdoors, somewhere.

24. When you ask someone for their address, you don’t mean e-mail. Postcards are the best.

25. Your New Year’s Resolutions always resemble a bucket list; listing off countries that you want to visit.

26. You commonly start sentences with, “My friend from ________ [insert country]…”

27. You commonly start sentences with. “This one time in ________ [insert city]…”

28. Your friends from home roll their eyes each time you come up with new travel plans.

29. Your permanent address is still your parents’ house, because you’re never in one place for long enough.

30. Your walls are covered in maps and photos of places that you’ve been, or would love to go.

31. You have a box full of souvenirs, trinkets, memories and random items from abroad. You keep everything from seashells to bus tickets, and beer caps to candy wrappers.

32. You have a map of the world tattooed somewhere on your body.

33. You have multiple currencies in your wallet right now.

34. You know that couch surfing has nothing to do with the ocean. Usually.

35. Your unborn children already have a bucket list.

36. You’ve taken a plane, followed by a bus, before a train, and then another bus, before a long walk and a second train and a cab.

37. You only watch TV for the travel channel.

38. If you haven’t traveled in too long, you get anxious.

39. When someone asks what your biggest passion is, you answer “travel”, without a second thought.

40. You’re named after a city :p

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31 Responses to “40 Signs You’re a True Traveler”

  1. Erin
    June 28, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Hilarious! Between the tattoo and your name – you definitely have your travel bases covered :).

  2. Seattle
    June 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Haha, definitely! 😀

  3. Richard
    June 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    I do have to admit, I do agree with about 90% of the above 😛
    But I do miss: You speak several languages or at least try to do so 🙂

    • Seattle
      June 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

      Ah yes, a good one! I may have been focusing more on my own experiences as I was writing it.. and unfortunately I am lacking in the languages department (I do try!). But, definitely a good one!

  4. Runaway Brit
    June 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Yep, I’m truly obsessed! Great post 🙂

  5. Katherina
    June 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    This is so me! I totally use airport codes and currently have 4 different currencies in my wallet. Great post!

    • Seattle
      June 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

      haha, that’s awesome! What are the currencies? 😀

  6. Katherina
    June 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    mmm… I’ve got a NZD (bring me luck – or at least that’s what I want to believe…), CHF (swiss francs, I live in Switzerland…), GBP (was in London 2 weeks ago and haven’t had the chance to change them into CHF yet!) and some cuban pesos (spent 3 days in Cuba last week… had to keep some of them!)

  7. Seattle
    June 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    WOW! You’re quite the globe trotter! haha. Sounds like a good mix of currencies 😀

  8. Tijmen
    June 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Quite a few signs on this list that I recognize from myself. I took a few months last time before my backpack was completely unpacked 🙂 Als had lots of issues with the reverse-culture shock, it can be really hard sometimes, but its gets better after a while. I bet there aren’t that many people that are named after a city and have a map of the world tattooed on their body 🙂

    • Seattle
      June 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

      Life just seems better when you’re living out of a backpack :]

  9. Tijmen
    June 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    haha, thats so true 🙂

  10. Ryan @ PauseTheMoment.com
    June 30, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    Love this list!

  11. Nomadic Samuel
    July 9, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    This was a fun list to read. I certainly fall into the category of ‘obsessed traveler’ having been on the road for six consecutive years. Points 34 & 35 had me lol. I find that even when I’m not backpacking I’m always thinking/dreaming/planning my next adventure. It’s a cycle that never ends 🙂

    • Seattle
      July 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

      Wow… 6 years.. I am JEALOUSSSS! haha. But really–you certainly do sound like an obsessed traveler :]

  12. crazy sexy fun traveler
    July 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    I so loved this article! Keep laughing still 5min after I read it and now translating it to my mom as she doesn’t really get my travel obsession 😀

    • Seattle
      July 19, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

      haha, I hope it helps your mom understand 😀

  13. crazy sexy fun traveler
    July 20, 2011 at 3:47 am #

    She shut me down after 6 points saying you are the same crazy as me 😀

  14. Ane Munin
    December 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Ha, I hadn’t noticed that my postcard was on there ^^

    Oh, and how about:
    -You only have plants that can survive long periods of drought.
    -You travel with the same things over and over again but they take up less and less space each time you’ve packed.
    -You only ever buy ONE book on the road, but you read several.
    ^^
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  15. Monica | The Travel Hack
    January 11, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Love these, all so true. Except the one about not getting lost! I really wish I could say that I don’t get lost any more but unfortunately I could get lost in an empty room.
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    • Seattle
      January 11, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      Haha–that would be a funny sight! Don’t worry, I think we all get lost from time to time 😀

  16. Chris Brasuell
    February 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    I appericiate your article a lot. Marvellous Hee Hee

  17. Kristen - A Gypsy's Love
    June 18, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    LOVE these. My favorite one is about how you never truly unpack as a traveler. And I’m fine with that 🙂
    Kristen – A Gypsy’s Love recently posted..Ferweh Friday – Columbia River Gorge

  18. karla ceballos
    July 2, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    i just stumbledupon your page looking for ideas for my next tattoo ;), and this entry is amazing. thank you so much! they pretty much all applied to me except the tattoo (soon though!) and the name, but who knows, maybe i am named after a city! scruffy passport, currencies in my wallet, maps all over my room, unpacked boxes, lost count of countries and hostels, reverse culture shock and postcards <3 oh and all the future trips im planning, the list continues 😀 thankyou!

    • Seattle
      July 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

      Haha awesome 😀
      I hope that you get that tattoo soon!!

  19. Jaryd
    July 4, 2013 at 5:09 am #

    This kept me 100% entertained the whole way through, loved it! Ha your unborn child already has a bucket list. Or your unborn child already has a itinerary of more than 5 countries to visit before their first birthday.

  20. Harry
    July 11, 2014 at 12:54 am #

    22 out of 40. I guess I am travel obsessed then.

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