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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

140 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

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