17 Signs You Travel A Lot

Written By: The Planet D

Dave and I have been running a travel blog a long time now and we travel a lot. Sometimes too much!

The other night while huddled in a tent on the shores of the Mediterranean, we talked about how life has changed a lot through our years of travel.

kayak tent
Camping on the Mediterranean

We are actually more comfortable with the strange things that occur when traveling than we are at home trying to be a part of regular society.

We realized that life is different when you travel a lot. We’re a little bit weird but lucky for us, we like each other, just the way we are. (Yes, I’m referencing Bridgette Jones) When you’re a couple, that’s a good thing.

This list was easier to come up with than you would think. We had so many ideas pop into our head all night long and could have made 100 reasons and signs you travel a lot.

But we decided that nobody would want to read a list of 100 signs, so we whittled it down to a mere 17. Enjoy!

Signs you Travel A lot

travel a lot dave deb
105 Countries, 10 years

You Know you Travel A Lot When…

1 – You feel the need to entertain your guide for fear that he’ll get bored.

2 – You Have Money in your pocket and you don’t know what country it’s from.

3 – Your first aid kit is made up of drugs from every country but your own and you have no idea what each pill does or what they’re for.

4 – You actually start to use those bidets in Europe.

5 – Your passport resembles the thickness of War and Peace.

6- You stop buying souvenirs from each country you visit, not because your are too cool, but because you simply forgot.

7 – You actually enjoy getting the chance to cook and clean.

8 – You forget what you have in storage

9 – You don’t remember what it’s like to have ice water.

10 – When your shower has cool water coming out instead of ice cold you yell “Honey, we’ve got hot water!”

11 – You cut your own hair, and sadly even when you visit home, you still cut your own hair.

12 – Two sugars in your coffee or tea isn’t near enough

13 – You have no idea who is hot on TV right now.

14 – Have a collection of SIM cards from all around the world and have no idea which country each is from so even when you do return, you can’t use it again, because you don’t know which is which!

15 – You look at your photographs and see that you are still wearing the same shirt from four years ago.

16 – Stay in your hotel room all day long to relax and watch T.V and feel no guilt about not taking in the sights or going to the beach!

17 – You write a travel blog post and realize that you wrote the exact same thing years. (We have since deleted that post:)

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36 thoughts on “17 Signs You Travel A Lot”

  1. A tip for not having the same clothes in EVERY single picture is to buy new clothes from locals and give away your old ones. I’ve ended up with several new styles and it’s fun to have some kind of memory that isn’t a typical souvenier!

  2. Love this list; it’s interesting and entertaining! And I really relate to it–especially to 1 and 2. And 14, which actually drives me crazy. I sometimes just pack up several SIMs and hope for the best!

    • Ha, I know. It’s so frustrating because we end up in a country, know we have a SIM card for it, but have to go buy another anyway. We need better organization.

  3. Guilty of just about all of them.However, I still must have hot water, I do not use sugar. Yes, my sim card collection is out of hand. I look at bills and try to remember if they are worth anything. My souvenir collecting has stopped because I have no more shelf space and my fridge is covered. Love the post. See ya in Porto???

    • Good for you for not using sugar. We have become sugar addicts in our coffee and tea. It’s terrible. And yes, great point. We have receipts all over the place that we keep collecting and don’t know what they are for. We need to just purge them all. Yes, we will be seeing you in Porto! Cheers.

  4. Guilty of #15. I have a “travel wardrobe” and there’s a sleeveless fuschia floral dress that as shown up in Panama in 2010, Guatemala in 2011, and Tenerife in 2012!

  5. Very funny. My addition is that if your weight sometimes fluctuates you look at pictures from a few years ago and say “who’s that? Oh wait it’s me…but where was I?”

  6. #2 reminds me I can probably take the dollars out of my wallet now…I’ve only been back in Chile for 2 weeks already!

  7. Hahaha nice post! Although I can’t agree with the souvenirs thing – my mum would have some very strong words if I didn’t pick her up a fridge magnet from every country I go to. I think she’s in silent competition with herself. I was figuring out how long I’ve had some clothes for the other day and there’s definitely a few things from 2008 (and maybe even before) in there!

  8. #10 is classic! I do find when I return home I appreciate the little daily things like cooking, cleaning, and my shower. Traveling is so humbling. It teaches you to live happier with much less – I too haven’t bought new clothes in a really LONG time!

  9. Oh my how I could add to this list! This is great, and totally hits home. It really is an alternate reality. (and one I love!) Thanks for a great post. πŸ™‚

  10. OMG! I love number 15. Cameron and I NEVER buy new clothes and it’s because we prefer to save money to travel instead. So wearing clothes from 2008, yup, we still do. Baby B is the only member of our household who gets new things. Great post.

  11. I dont know about cleaning but its easy to miss being able to cook some fresh vegetables and buy some fruit to put in the fridge. Nice list.

  12. Ha, #12 (2 sugars in your tea isn’t enough) is SO TRUE. We were just talking about that and couldn’t stop laughing about it — and now that we’re back in the States for a bit everyone is making fun of us!

  13. Clearly we haven’t traveled enough yet – we still complain about cold showers and hardly ever spend the day in a hotel room! Great post though guys!

  14. Very funny and oh so true! Nos. 1, 6, 14 and 16 really made me smile. Good to know I’m not the only one to forget to buy souvenirs or languish in an air-conditioned hotel room (actually for me it’s usually a stateroom, but same difference!)without guilt. Thanks for posting – it was a fun read.

  15. 9 – You don’t remember what it’s like to have ice water. — I so miss ice cubes and really cold drinks! Also air conditioner! πŸ™‚

  16. This is great – I’m just sorting through my first-aid kit (such as it is). It’s full of scary pills with instructions in Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese and one language I don’t even recognise. Matching the language with the previous trip and illness is the only way I can guess what they might be…

  17. Haha a great post which made me laugh out loud. We do the SIM card one and were only saying yesterday how I need to give Matt a hair cut. So nice to hear it’s not just us.

    Love it! Thanks


  18. I can relate to some of these. Ja ja!!! The other days I found some bahts in the kitchen floor. I wonder how those got there.

    I don’t buy souvenirs anymore. If I find something I can use or eat, then I will bring it back.

    Sorry but I can’t resist to have ice water everywhere I go. I haven’t gotten sick yet.

    The Kardashian mention was really funny. Good post. It really made me laugh.

  19. Great post! Each number put a smile on my face πŸ™‚ But I’m not sure if I’ll ever experience number 7… at least not the cleaning part, haha. And knowing things like number 13 seems to apply to me even if I’m not traveling.

    See the World!

  20. Haha this is great. I love that you already wrote it, too! I can relate to many of these but I will say I haven’t gotten to the point of trying the bidet yet, haha!

  21. Haha. I’ve spent a miniscule amount of time travelling compared to you guys, but I definitely relate to these!

    I totally use the bidet! Mostly for washing my feet. We also carry a little blue elephant with us on our travels, and he gets pretty dirty, so sometimes he takes baths in there. Haha. Is that gross?

  22. I don’t know if I have committed 17 yet… but I worry about it every time I start writing… but I don’t check before posting πŸ™‚


  23. Thank you for #16. I am in a nice hotel right now with AC & a good WiFi connection… and I have no desire at all to even look up what is in this town or even see the beach. I know that is sad, but India is breaking my travel soul.

    • Don’t fel bad Jaime. Sometimes you just need an escape and break from traveling. When we were in India we did the same thing on 3 different occasions. Once we styled in our hotel for 4 days watching movies on the Internet. Whenever we did venture out during those days we went to the mall. I remember the hotel doorman being confused… You don’t want to go to the market? No we said, just tell me where the mall is. We needed a big break.

  24. HAHA…a good one, this πŸ˜€
    I think I have not traveled THAT much yet….LOL, but I do agree with the last one, I do that sometimes…then realize that the post seemed familiar and searched to see my own link coming up! *slaps forehead* πŸ˜›

    • Haha, that’s a good one. Had you ever gone to look up information on a destination for an article and it’s your own post that comes up? When that happens I always say to myself, ‘well that wasn’t much help was it?’