5. Travel hacking? You invented it
With travel constantly on the brain, you’ve got alerts set on all flight comparison websites, getting you first dibs on flights – and the cheapest prices. As an avid collector of air miles, you baulk at the idea of paying anywhere near full price when you fly. There isn’t a travel hack you’re not using.
6. Accommodation? You’ve got friends for that
Thanks to the friends you’ve amassed across the globe, you know you’ve got a sofa and a local guide for almost any destination you might want to visit. With this in mind, you plan your trips depending on who’ll have the best weather at that time of the year.
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7. You’ll sleep anywhere
Enviable throughout the travelling community, your ability to catch 40 winks regardless of where you are has been a lifesaver on many occasions. You’ll sleep soundly despite the downstairs bar pumping techno music at all hours into your hostel room, and even manage a kip on an airport floor if needs must.
8. You hardly worry about long-distance over-landing nowadays
Fifteen-hour, no, 32 hour bus journeys are not the soul-destroying trials they once were. You’re now almost fond of the eardrum-piercing screams of the horror films they insist upon showing for entire bus journeys in parts of Southeast Asia and Latin America.
9. Your house is littered with travel paraphernalia
There’s barely enough room for your housemate/partner/children/dog to move without dislodging a hand-crafted souvenir from your wall or knocking one of your paintings to the floor. Your house has taken on a striking resemblance to a junk shop or colourful jumble sale. Despite this, you could never be parted from any one of your treasured travel souvenirs.
10. Your phone is set to multiple time zones
Having added a clock for every country you visited on your last trip to your phone, you can easily stay in touch with new friends scattered across the globe. However, when you accidentally swipe to another time zone, it can still take a few seconds to remember where you actually are.
11. Dangerous animals? Whatever do you mean?
You’ve unknowingly shared a room with a boa constrictor in Guatemala, been chased by angry monkeys up a mountain in China, and had to evacuate from the hostel swimming pool in Australia because a funnel-web spider was taking a dip. Now, nothing scares you.
12. You’re acutely aware of dining etiquette across the world…
You’re a seasoned user of chopsticks, know where you should be slurping your soup noisily to evidence your enjoyment of the meal, and in which counties it’s an insult to clear your plate. With lessons learned through trial and error, you now feel comfortable in any restaurant you visit when travelling or at home.
13. …and even the weirdest food doesn’t bother you
Having dined in all corners of the globe (including ill-advised encounters with suspect street food) you’ll try anything. As far as you’re concerned, the stranger the better: you’d eat fried tarantulas in Cambodia and escamoles (larvae from the blue agave root) in Mexico, all washed down with snake wine in Southeast Asia, and probably wouldn’t bat an eyelid.
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