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It would not be an exaggeration to say that I'm a bit of a cheap skate. I hate spending money, especially on things that I don't see as fun. I'd happily spend a lot of money on a trip somewhere amazing, but things like curtains seem like the worst way to spend money. Not that having curtains or furniture isn't nice, or even in some cases a necessity, but I do wish I didn't have to buy them.
I blame this on wanderlust, which is defined as "A strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world." Each time I go to buy something I think to myself, "what would I rather spend this on" or "How much?! I could buy a ticket to Spain for that much!"
Here are a few signs that would indicate that you're also afflicted with the most wonderful of burdens:
1. If you could, you'd spend every penny on travel. Anytime you're tempted to spend $5 on take out coffee, you think I'd rather spend that on bus fare in Rome. Or when your friends are spending a fortune buying a new car, you think, for $300 a month I could rent an apartment in Argentina. Your currency exchange rate is based on what you'd rather spend your money on.
2. You love meeting fellow travelers. You want to hear all about their adventures, swap notes, and talk future plans for your next destination. They get you, you get them, and it's a great feeling to meet people with your same passion.
3. You can't imagine living in the same place your whole life. If you could go back in time and live another life, it would be as an explorer. Staying put is not in your DNA. You want to experience as many different places as you can, and not just as a tourist but as a resident. You want to soak it up.
4. No destination is off limits. Making a bucket list is silly because it's just too long, and you're too busy making actual plans. You're up for going anywhere, and trying anything and everything. You're not just dreaming it, you're doing it.
5. Surfing the internet consists of checking for cheap plane tickets. You'll just check real quick and see if there are any cheap fares anywhere, oh wait, 3 hours has passed and you've planed a whole 3 months in Europe...sound familiar?
6. You know exactly where your passport is. You could pack up in 30 minutes and be out the door just in case #5 works out and there's a last minute deal to Peru and you know the quickest way to the airport. You're not leaving this to chance, you're prepared for all travel scenarios.
7. You'd rather get more vacation time than a raise. Most Americans have unused vacation time...not you! You've considered moving to Europe just for superior time off standards. 5 days of vacation a year, that's no way to live!
8. You're a pro at packing. You could manage two weeks anywhere with just a carry-on. You've got to be free to roam and not chained to 60 pounds of luggage. Need to hop on a bus, a train, a scooter? No problem you've got this!
9. You don't understand people who don't like to travel. It's like not liking dessert or rainbows. How could anyone not love traveling? Your brain can't compute it and you treat them with a bit of suspicion.
10. You wouldn't have it any other way. Sure, it consumes a lot of your time and money, and you couldn't even start to make a 5 year plan, and that's exactly the way you like it!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz