How you Know you Have Been Traveling For a Long Time

how you know you have been traveling for a long time

Is one of your habits to live or travel overseas for an extended period of time and then return to your home country?  If so, then you can probably relate to these habits. And, of course, these are all true stories from my past 5 years of extensive traveling around the world. I can’t really say where I have called the last place home as I’ve been on the move all over for so long. And trust me, I got many stories to tell…

1) Your mom/roommate/friends keeps wondering why the trash bin in the bathroom is always filled with toilet paper.

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2) Your passport is filled to the point that you had to get extra pages added for all those visa runs you did.

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3) When you come back from your travel overseas you hoard food like it’s nobody’s business and your family/friends think that there must be a food shortage overseas since you ordered 3 main dishes and a dessert at Chili’s and downed it within 10 minutes. Sadly, Chili’s tastes pretty good after not having American manufactured food and processed cheese in such a long time.

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4) A clean shower with water pressure never felt so good and you will NEVER not appreciate your shower. (might be specific to South East Asian countries)

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5) You tell your friends/family about all the things you saw and experienced and they stare at you blindly and then you realize that they will never get it.

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6) You realize very quickly that you do not want to work for the ‘man’ and rent, car payments, medical insurance are much cheaper overseas so you get the hell out of dodge.

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So if you’ve experienced any of the above, or have any other funny examples to share with us, please feel free to comment below! Always looking forward to hearing our fellow travelers stories. And remember: “We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”

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Jianping Huang

Thanks for the blog. I definitely experienced 5). In the first week or two, I also felt my body was at home but my mind was still with the group I traveled with. Meeting people was another benefit when traveling on Globe Drifters arranged trips. Happy travel!

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