I knew I had travel addiction pretty early on in my escapades abroad.
In fact, ever since I was a kid, I can always remember wanting to travel.
I used to sit in school and stare at the huge maps of the world on the wall, imagining what all those faraway places must be like, and plotting to somehow visit them some day. I was a young, budding travel addict, but I didn’t know that yet.
Of course, today I actually have visited many of those places I used to dream of, but even though I’ve had more than my fair share of travel, it never seems to be enough and I’m always planning to see more.
The question of whether the travel bug is something we can ever fully ‘get out of our system’ or is something akin to an addiction which only grows stronger the more we indulge it recently popped back into my mind as I returned home from almost a decade living in Asia. I’d experienced the post-travel mindset before and knew that after a week or two of excitement I’d begin to level out and see things through a realistic lens. I might even take a dose of the ‘post travel blues’, but I was fully prepared for it this time.
Just as I suspected, my mind has begun to wander again and travel is high on my agenda. While my travel ‘style’has been forever altered by my changed life circumstances (the arrival of my son), I am already planning many weekend trips to Europe, as well as a trip West to America to see more of the USA (if it hasn’t plunged into civil war by then – I’m writing this on the eve of the elections in the Clinton vs Trump showdown).
While these trips to Paris, Rome, Sofia and Stockholm won’t be quite as adventurous as the multi-month backpacking sagas around Australia and Southeast Asia I used to indulge in, they do have my bones tingling with anticipation and my gut swirling with excitement.
I really do wonder if the urge to travel can ever be put to rest, or if, as life changes and the way we travel changes with it, it’s something which will always be with us, like the haunting specter of a long lost love?
What do you think? Does the travel bug ever leave? How has your travel style evolved over time as your circumstances have changed? I’d love to hear from you.