Lost in thoughts most of the time? Are you constantly thinking about traveling to faraway places on an adventurous journey? Bored of waking up in the same place every other day? Well, we have news for you. Seems like you have the ‘wanderlust gene’ in you! You’ve either been bitten by the travel-bug or maybe you’re one of the special ones who’re born with it. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of! In fact, it’s one of the most exciting lifestyles around – to travel to and experience new places.
Here, take inspiration from the words of one of the most famous personalities mankind has ever known, J.R.R. Tolkien –
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.”
So how does one really know if he or she’s a travel enthusiast? We’ll help you with that. Following is a list of few traits which pretty much all travelers have in them. If you notice any (or all!) in you, that’s a sure-shot sign you have the wanderlust gene in you.
- You’re not a prisoner of time
You just don’t care how long or how far you have to travel. You can get as much fun out of a month’s trip to Spain as you can out of a week in Rio. You value time and measure it in the number of priceless experiences you have when traveling. So whether you travel abroad or local, you will make the most of it.
- You know how to live in the moment
You will not stress yourself out over things you cannot control. You know what it’s like to have a life that can get stressful at times, but you will not let that get you down. You will instead decide that it is the right time to take a break and head somewhere peaceful to recharge your batteries. You will seize that day without blinking twice.
- You have the innate ability to leave all that baggage behind
And no we don’t just mean the emotional baggage. You’ve always had the good sense that you don’t need 4 suitcases and 3 handbags for a great vacation. A few essentials – say few good and sensible clothes, comfortable footwear, a camera and necessary documents – are more than enough for any trip. You’ve always been a frugal and efficient packer.
- You have killer money-management skills
You feel it’s a complete and utter waste of money to spend on that thing you don’t really need when you could use that money for an amazing backpacking trip across Europe. You’re smart with your finances and have figured out that it is more worth it to save them for future wonderful memories rather than on material things you can do without.
- You don’t believe that ‘Curiosity killed the cat’
In fact, curiosity is probably your middle name. You will go to any lengths to save up for that trip to Australia just so that you can go and try their latest bungee-jumping (or whatever) sport. New memories, new food, new people, new cultures, these are forever the things your restless soul longs for. And we couldn’t agree more.
- Your phone is full of travel related pictures
Whether it’s that bowl of hot noodles you’re having in China or the plate of hot Idlis in India, you will have pictures of anything and everything from your trips. From monuments to natural landscapes, you will keep photographic memories of pretty much everything you do on your trip. When you upload your awesome travel pictures, without knowing it you are inspiring others to go on travel adventures of their own.
- You’re okay heading out without a plan
You know that no matter how much you plan about what you will do on your trip, sometimes the best adventures are the ones that come without calling. You will of course do your basic research, but you are more than willing to just wing it from time to time. The idea of heading out to explore an unknown land without any specific plan excites you.
So have you identified with any of the traits mentioned above? Whether it’s one, two, or all of the above, you have that wanderlust gene in you which you mustn’t suppress. Head out and have some fun. Whichever way you prefer – traveling in groups, with friends or by yourself – just take that plunge and live the life you were meant to. Let’s end with another of our favorite quotes.
“There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for arriving, but I’m born to leave.” -Charlotte Eriksson
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