This post was most recently updated on July 9th, 2019
Uh-huh? You don’t think you travel too much? Are you sure?
Maybe you’re in denial and you just need to face the truth. There’s a really good chance you travel too much if you find the following are true…
You never need to buy soap any more
If you bring home those little bars of soap from the hotels you stay at, and you never quite use them up before heading out on a trip and replenishing, then you probably travel too much.
All the flowers in your yard are dead
You’re no longer home long enough to enjoy them anyway, so why bother to pay someone to come over and water them for you!
Your favorite shirt has a pocket for your passport
Seriously, if your wardrobe is now full of secret zipper pockets so you can stash your power cords, your ID, your chewing gum, and who knows what else, you probably travel too much! If you don’t already have this shirt with a pocket for your passport, you won’t be able to resist buying it now that you’ve seen it! (Go ahead, and I’ll get a few cents commission!)
Your home decor is travel-themed
Because you probably don’t think about anything else anymore, your home is now decorated with souvenirs from your trips, vintage suitcases, globes, Eiffel Tower statues, seashells and foreign coins. Even your Christmas tree is covered in ornaments you buy on all of your trips!
Your friends have stopped inviting you to things
They think you’re gone all the time anyway, so instead of invites, they tag you on their Facebook posts with “@__________, so sorry we missed you!”
Your suitcase is never fully unpacked
I know. You have every intention of unpacking that bag as soon as you get home. But when it’s time to leave on the next trip, there it is, still full of receipts, dirty socks you should have washed, your favorite cardigan, the hairbrush you couldn’t find, and your little ziploc bag full of airplane-sized toiletries.
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Your email inbox is full of flight confirmations
There’s your proof right there. You have to scroll through more than a few confirmations to find the one you need when it’s time to go. And if you’re flying on Southwest Airlines, you have a whole bunch of calendar reminders to check in for your flight exactly 24 hours before your flight leaves. You work your schedule around those visits to your app!
You travel too much if you never quite recover from jet lag
No one is going to keep buying the excuse that you’ve caught a cold, or the neighbor’s barking dog woke you up. You feel the way you do because you’re STILL recovering from jet lag. AGAIN. Or maybe you just can’t figure out which time zone you’re in and you’re missing all of your appointments…
None of your Instagram photos are taken at home
Forget the cute dog posts. Or the fresh muffins you pulled out of the oven. Or the flowers you just picked from your yard (remember you let those die). You don’t have any photos to post except from your travels!
You go through withdrawals if you’re not planning another trip
Oh my, you’ve only been home a few days, and you’re already checking out the flights for a new trip? You might have even committed to staying home for awhile to catch up with friends. But here you are trying to squeeze in just one more getaway before the end of the year when your companion fare expires. You have it seriously bad — you really do travel too much!
I do hope you’re able to find some travelling balance in your life. Personally, I find humor in these “symptoms” only because I am awfully close to nailing all of them! I’m sure I have friends who do think I travel too much! Here I am with my favorite travel shirt with the zipper passport pocket, and my globe necklace. Be sure to comment below and tell me which “travel too much” symptoms I left out!