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support group signYou crave it when you wake up in the morning, throughout the day and before you fall asleep at night. The more you do it, the more you want it, and there’s no such thing as “too much.” It’s travel. We here at Independent Traveler have heard some crazy stories of travel addiction from friends and relatives, and of course we’ve got a few of our own. But now it’s your turn.

Do you spend so much time at the airport that you know the TSA officers by name? Do you have more bottles of free hotel shampoo than you do pairs of underwear? If so, we want you to finish this sentence: “You know you’re addicted to travel when ____.”

Leave your submission in the comments below. We’ll gather your ideas, take the best of the best and craziest of the craziest, and compile them into a list that will have you seeking the nearest 12-step program. And, as an incentive, everyone who provides a submission will be entered to win a set of two shoe bags, perfect for keeping those nasty hiking boots or running shoes away from the rest of your wardrobe while traveling. We’ll choose a winner at random on Friday, January 13. (Be sure to include a valid e-mail address so we can contact you in case you win.)

– written by Ashley Kosciolek

142 Responses to “You Know You’re Addicted to Travel When…”

  1. You know you are addicted to travel when….you cant wait to come home from your latest trip just so you can start planning the next one!

  2. You know you are addicted to travel when… you actually purchase something from Sky Mall.

  3. Candace says:

    You know you’re addicted to travelling when you’re on all the sites checking out sweet deals all the time!

  4. Nancy Paquin says:

    You’re addicted to travel when the last thing you want to do is go home and sleep in your own bed. When you have a permanently ready cosmetic and product bag packed just in case.

  5. Beth Glass says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when you spend 10 hours a day on the Internet planning your next trip or reviewing all the places you went on your last one.

  6. Kim Turner says:

    When you are still on vacation and are making future vacation plans!

  7. Veny says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when you can’t wait to leave home, the moment your backpack touched the floor of your apartment.

  8. Marcella says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when…You get to that weird and exotic place and smile as if you were in paradise, just for the pleasure of being on road, getting to see the world from a different angle!

  9. Paula Londe says:

    You spend Thanksgiving mapping out trips from Spring through Fall. Week-long to small-town festivals.

  10. jeannie matthews says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when you cannot get that Excited feeling and the endorphins flowing without planning or going on an new adventure…..

  11. Marsha says:

    You know your addicted….not addicted just breathing!

  12. Bret Shroyer says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when you’ve already started making reservations for your NEXT trip, before you’ve even left for this one.

  13. Marjorie says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when you read travel blogs every single day between trips:)

  14. Pat says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when you’re planning the next trip before all your laundry is done and travel bags are returned to closet.

  15. Barbara says:

    You Know You’re Addicted to Travel When on the flight home you’re reading the airline magazines looking for ideas for your next adventure.

  16. Helen Hall says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when someone calls you and asks you to join them on a trip and you says YES before you even ask “Where to”

  17. DT says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when email from your friends, coworkers and family no longer starts with “How are you?” but with “Where are you?”

  18. Terri Denhof says:

    You know you are addicted to traveling when every piece of clothing/jewelry in your closet comes with a story- “I got this top in Punta Cana. I got this necklace on the beach in Phuket. I bartered for these sandals in Akumal.”

  19. Kris says:

    Your family has to stop and think for a few seconds when someone asks where you are these days.

  20. Kris says:

    You work to support your travel habit.

  21. Gina says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when simply looking at a travel photo or
    thinking about traveling gives you more pleasure than having an orgasm!

  22. Thei says:

    You are addicted to travel when you discover that you use the noise canceling headsets you “accidentally” got from the Executive Comfort even when you are at home writing emails to your friends -thinking you are up in the air….

  23. Donna Wilson says:

    You buy the Sunday New York Times just so you can read the travel section and file away in your computer their suggested web sites

  24. Sherry Barber says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when…you fly coach across the country just to boost your frequent flyer miles to a higher category.

  25. Helen says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when your husband finally says ” You’re not really happy unless you’re going somewhere, are you?”

  26. Eva says:

    You know you’ve got serious wanderlust issues when your neighbors all want to know what you are drinking and your postal carrier is used to the HOLD and DELIVER notices he gets every couple weeks. When your child has traveled in more planes and trains than cars. When even he thinks a bus breakdown is a good time to be had on the roadside…in Central America…
    When you are seriously considering a rickshaw journey across India. As the driver…

  27. eugenia says:

    You are definitely addicted to travel when you don’t sleep very well in your own bed – :)

  28. Lorraine says:

    When you start to plan and research your next trip before you have finalised the bookings for the current one.

  29. Joyce says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when you plan your next trip on the flight home from your current one even though you already have another one already planned.

  30. ann says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when you’ve been on 19 Cruises and
    still don’t know Aft from Forward or Port from Starboard and still can
    find my way.
    Ann

  31. Angie Yim says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when…even in your dreams you are dreaming that you are travelling; and in your dreams you are in trains, buses, aeroplanes or places you have traveled to.

  32. Kaysha says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when your carry-on bag never …. actually gets put away.

  33. Karen says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when 90% of your incoming emails are travel Enewsletters.
    Karen

  34. Natalie Bradley says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when you are sitting at the outbound flight gate surfing for bargains for the next trip!

  35. Sally says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when…you prefer airline food to your mothers cooking.

  36. Margaret says:

    When my suitcase sits on my bedroom floor with my travel clothes in it for months on end

  37. You know you’re addicted to travel when you become a luggage whore – always looking for the lightest, latest piece of luggage.

    Sharleen

  38. Steve Goch says:

    You Know you are addicted to travel when you have a map of the world and a map of Europe on your wall with pins in them of every place you have been to. Also, a different color pin for the next trip

  39. Dan says:

    You know your addicted to travel when you take off your shoes and belt before passing through the shoplifting detectors at the mall.

  40. Beverly says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when your purse/handbag is actually a piece of luggage that’s already packed to go.

  41. Sam says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when you don’t want to wear snow shoes anymore, you want to go to the beaches! ^O^

  42. Kenneth says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when you keep a packed carryon by the front door and your passport always in your pocket and a cat sitter on speed dial.

  43. il_dee says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel …when if you see any street in any city in a movie, you always know what is round the corner.

  44. Marilyn says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when you can automatically set your bladder to departure and arrival times.

  45. Patie says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when you dream about travels, you plan where you want to go and write down all adresses even if you don`t even know when you`ll go. It`s always good to have some nice hotel, good shopping places and good restaurant where you stay.

  46. Andrew Mahon says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when it is easier to name the countries you have NOT been to rather than the ones you have!!

  47. Janice K says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when you can think of too many cool truths and not enough lies for Two Truths and a Lie and would rather play Twelve Truths and a Boring Lie.

  48. Diane says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when you run out of space to lay out items you’ll need for a trip because you are already staging for a bunch of other trips.

  49. Jennifer says:

    You come home and wash everything and put it back in the suitcase to leave again!!!

  50. mike says:

    when the stewardes asked you why you are not flying on your usual seat

  51. Barbara Calder says:

    when you can pick up your luggage and guess, within a few ounces , the weight, and you know the carry-on/ checked baggage rules of every airline.

  52. Fran Panczyk says:

    You know that you are addicted to travel when you are planned 2 trips ahead.

  53. Jo Ann Slate says:

    When surfing airline sites, you alrady know the airport code for airports you’ve not yet visited….and are on first-name basis with cruise agents for several lines.

  54. Pat V says:

    you can use the correct travel apps for each situation.

  55. Greg Gross says:

    …when you think of the visa stamps in your passport as priceless collectibles.

  56. when you always have a bag packed and are ready to go!

  57. Danielle says:

    You spend your lunch break at work scouring the internet for hotel & flight package deals. And every time someone talks about going on a trip you HAVE to butt in and ask all about it. And when they tell you they’re going somewhere that hits a nerve with you, you get chills all over and can’t wait to hear about their trip when they get back.

  58. Mike says:

    When your savings for your next big trip outstrips your retirement savings account by 2x or greater…not to mention, the projected period of your next big trip is slated to be longer than the amount of time you anticipate being retired.

  59. Helen says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when… you know which customs agents are likely to give you a hard time!

  60. Terri says:

    you know your addicted to travel when…you never unpack your suit cases

  61. Lynn Accuardi says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when you change jobs to get a more flexible schedule conducive to traveling!

  62. Elsa Price says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when you are getting calls at home 10:30 night from “your girl” in the Philippines with your hotel information for Madrid and Barcelona.

  63. jeff says:

    … when waking up at home feels strange

  64. You know you’re addicted to travel when you wake up and you don’t know where you are!

  65. Josephine Herman says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when your neighbors wonder why you own a home.

  66. Scott says:

    ………when your home feels like a foreign country!

  67. deanna comeau says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when you have your suitcases/travel bags arranged by size, weight, and color.

  68. Darrell says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when you see a great fare and book it before you find out where that place you’ve never heard of actually is located.

  69. Janet K says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when….you have more miles in the air than you have on all your vehicles combined!

  70. Mary T says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when…you look at a tropical webcam every morning before you make your coffee, read your email or shovel snow off your deck….

  71. Marlene P says:

    When you spend more time looking up all travel sites on line than eating.

  72. Judi E says:

    when you live out of your suitcase even when “home.”

  73. Leah says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when your airline miles are your most prized possession.

  74. Gary says:

    You knw you’re addicted to travel when you spend a portion of every vacation planning for the next one.

  75. Deborah says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when if you just look at a highway atlas, your next road adventure springs out of your head like Pallas Athena out of the head of Zeus.

  76. Jemmy says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when your coworkers ask, “So when and where is the next trip?” the first day you return to work after your most recent vacation.

  77. Angie S. says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when…someone mentions a travel destination & you can quote the flight numbers but can’t remember your own phone number at work!

  78. Barbara says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when you wake up, and don’t know what city you’re in.

  79. Diane says:

    ….. when you think about getting a small airplane tattoo for your ankle

  80. Jean Thompson says:

    your email daily contains more than fifty travel companies best deals and cruise lines call you personally at home.

  81. Marvin says:

    The only reason you work, so so you can afford to upgrade your next trip.

  82. Robyn says:

    You know your addicted to travel when you check the temperature for your favourite vacation before you check your local temperature.

  83. Alice says:

    You know that anywhere in the world you travel the tour guide will take you to the gift shop. Most often owned by his/her family.

  84. AlanG says:

    …when you sit down at your desk and reach for the seat belt.

  85. Amy says:

    When you have an Excel spreadsheet with a calendar marked with trips to be taken, 10 trip plans, trip budget, actual trip expenses, and 3-year budget for all your trips

  86. Lorraine Farrell says:

    You know you’re addicted when the only section of the Sunday paper you read is the travel section!

  87. chip brady says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when you begin to look like your passport picture.

  88. Sandra says:

    When I’m on a trip, surfing the i-net and planning my next trip.

  89. James J.Haugh says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when you’re never home.

  90. roz says:

    when you start planning your next trip while on the current trip!

  91. Bruce says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when…

    you look at luggage like some women look at shoes!

  92. Bruce says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when…

    you always have at least two bags at home:
    - one in “un-pack mode”
    - and one in “packed and ready to go mode”.

  93. Bruce says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when…

    you have a collection of frayed maps, well-thumbed phrasebooks, and smile knowingly whenever others start discussing accrued miles, free flights and the pros and cons of this or that airline or hotel loyalty program.

  94. Bruce says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when…

    you can and have given tourists directions in London, Paris, Tokyo–or any other places you don’t live in.

  95. Bruce says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when…

    you know who Chris Guillibeau is, and are jealous of his \visit all countries\ quest.

  96. Bruce says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when…

    even as a child, you watched things like Gilligan’s Island and the Swiss Family Robinson and already wanted to go there without even knowing where “there” was.

  97. Bruce says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when…

    you sometimes go to see foreign movies just for the scenery and settings, not the plot, actors or acting.

  98. Bruce says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when…

    your travel “bucket list” is now in book form.

  99. Bruce says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when…

    you frequently price real estate in other countries.

  100. Judi K. says:

    You know you’re a travel addict when your grown children ask if they need an appointment to see you ….. and how far in advance it must be made!!

  101. You know you are addicted to travel when your neighbors bring over a welcome gift thinking you may be a new neighbor.

  102. If your addicted to travel, you probably have a travel nickname.
    What’s your nickname? If it’s….
    Ms or Mr Suitcase
    Adventure seeker
    Where’s Waldo or Wanda
    Ms or Mr Traveling Pants
    etc
    I respond to some of the above. However, I do have my limits. Hi, my nickname is Ms Traveling Pants. AND, I’m addicted to travel.

  103. Kathleen C. says:

    It’s not sample size….it’s travel size.

  104. Keira says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when your home feels like a hotel and a hotel feels like home.

  105. Lonna Pickett says:

    you know your addicted to travel— when you— keep your suite case packed!

  106. you realize that your HOBBY is googling the map

  107. Your ‘breakfast’ is Google Map instead of Facebook or Twitter

  108. I know I’m addicted to travel because I don’t have a permanent residence, when I return to our homebase I forget where I’m temporarily living, and I generally don’t remember what the rental car looks like for at least two weeks. However, it’s all so totally worth it!!

  109. Barbara Boyd says:

    …your checks say “Have passport, will travel.”

  110. Donna says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when the only sites you visit on the web all deal with travel! I’ve been thinking of starting a 12 step program for folks like me…….. Naaah!

  111. Cliff Kolber says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when strangers referred to you by friends and relatives start contacting you for advice on travel destinations.

  112. Cliff Kolber says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when friends want to know which “trip-of-a-lifetime” you are taking. This month.

  113. Cliff Kolber says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when friends worry about you because you’ve been home more than a month.

  114. Ms. Can't Travel Enough says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when:

    1. You have your travel itinerary set for the next year in advance, none of which is business related!!

    2. Your friends think and say you are rich, when in reality you know that you aren’t rich financially, just rich in travel experiences!!

    3. You can’t decide where to go on your next trip because you’ve already been there!!

    • David says:

      I laughed a lot at your comments here because all three of them described me to a “T”! From the main list of 16 travel addictions shown on the front page here, several others fit me too (i.e., while on a trip you plan another one (done that several times); while a tourist in a foreign city you are asked and give directions to other tourists (done that several times)). :)

  115. gary says:

    you know you are addicted when after retiring you go back to work just so you can go farther and stay longer.

  116. Ellen says:

    We experience almost all of these. I go into depressiion if the next cruise isn’t already planned. In the dictionary, retirement should be synonymous with travel.

  117. Red says:

    You know you’re addicted when your colleagues are shocked you don’t have travel plans this upcoming holiday period.

  118. ed thomas says:

    You know you’re addicted, when you already have a “shoe bag” in your travel bag.

  119. ed thomas says:

    When you keep a “wound care kit” in your travel bag.

  120. trudy byerly says:

    You are addicted when you are on a long trip to a foreign country and you plan a foreign trip from there within that trip.

  121. Jean says:

    when your husband and close friends call you gypsy

  122. Deb Longworth says:

    when you don’t check your packing list until after your bags are already packed and then it is just an afterthought.

    When your suitcase has been to six continents and the corners are wearing through.

    When your friends ask you where you are off to next, and they seem astonished if you only give them one destination.

  123. Peter says:

    When you decorate your bedroom to look like a hotel room because it’s more familiar. BTW, that’s my wife’s description of me. At least I think it’s my wife or maybe some strange woman that’s been hanging around for the last 16 years.

  124. structured settlement annuities says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when you grab every seat sale your airlines offer. It doesn’t matter where you go, as long as there is a seat available, you’ll grab it.

  125. Paul says:

    When your motto is ‘Come I may , but go I must’.

  126. mike says:

    My “favorite places” on my computer are all airlines, destinations, and my “bucket list” of places to go. My screensaver is my next destination thats booked but is 4 months away!

  127. Landon says:

    You know the timetable to each airline by heart for your destination without even having to look it up.

  128. Landon says:

    You know the timetable of every airline by heart without even looking it up; know what type of plane it probably is, know its on-time arrival rate and know when you’ll get there.

  129. Virtue says:

    BTW, that’s my wife’s description of me. At least I think it’s my wife or maybe some strange woman that’s been hanging around for the last 16 years.know what type of plane it probably is, know its on-time arrival rate and know when you’ll get there

  130. Alan G says:

    You start to unpack after the 12-hour flight home and think…Why bother?

  131. Alan G says:

    You start speaking a foreign language to your family every morning until the caffeine kicks in.

  132. Alan G says:

    You know all the rows that have limited seat recline, and begin to memorize those with limited foot room.

  133. Holly K says:

    The list of places you haven’t been yet is waaay shorter than those you’ve already seen!

    You start to mention the upcoming business trip and your friend’s eyes glaze over…

    The dog thinks you’re an intruder.

    Your boss stopped keeping track of where you are a long time ago!

  134. Shameelah says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when the only website you enjoy and spend hours on is: booking.com where you book hotels (with free cancelation of course, just in case the trip doesn’t finalize)….but it usually does.

    Now that’s pro-active!

  135. Kay says:

    The customs agents know you by name and wave you through.

  136. Carole says:

    You know you are addicted to travel when you call the front desk of your hotel in Costa Rica and say “habla Espanol?’to the clerk when you only speak English.

  137. Alan G says:

    …your passport is now twice as thick because of the customs stickers,
    …and you caught yourself saying…”OMG, it’s October and I’ve only reached Platinum!”

  138. Matt says:

    You know you’re addicted to travel when a) you instinctively know where the nearest toilet is at an airport, b) one of your most frequently visited websites is skyscanner.net, and c) your friends are surprised when you announce that you will be home for “a short break”.

  139. CAwinediva says:

    You’re addicted when you know your luggage is disposable, and you don’t care. Also if you’re not afraid to eat chicken in China.

  140. Carmen Critchlow says:

    You know you are addicted to travel, when you have travel folders for the next three years – yes, London and Paris, Prague and Budapest, and Ireland and Scotland, and have day to day itineraries for all of them.

  141. Pat Perry says:

    You know your addicted to travel when you check the cruise blog and/or cruise website several times a day…. even when it’s 160 days to go! OCD… Obsessive Cruise Disorder

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