20 things only travelers will understand

20 Things Only Travelers Will Understand

1. Some people avoid living near the airport — you; however, love being in the flight path.
The sound of large planes rocks you to sleep and it’s oh-so-convenient being five short minutes away from an international airport. Sometimes you stare out the window and wonder where each plane is headed to.

2. You feel more comfortable traveling with a small backpack than a large suitcase.
You have no problem re-wearing several outfits while exploring different countries and the thought of hauling around multiple bags stresses you out. While some of your friends pack clothes for every occasion, bring their makeup collection, shoes, and their entire supply of beauty products, you don’t even bring a hair dryer.

3. You don’t bring enough clothes for a trip but you don’t skimp on electronics.
Stashed away in your carry-on is a DSLR, GoPro, laptop, iPad, camcorder, and other devices to document your time spent abroad.

4. Your currency collection is out of control.
You’ve never even made a conscious effort to collect different currencies, but somehow you still have bags and bags of coins. They’re in your suitcases, handbags, vehicle glove compartment, and every flat surface in your home.

5. You’d rather be flying…
Plain and simple.

Quite a few people are terrified of flying but it’s your time to think and relax. Your carry-on is one of your most prized possessions and you know how to pack it well. Pretzels, complimentary drinks, and reading/writing time is your jam.

6. Your main goal in life it to become a legit travel blogger.
You can’t imagine a life without travel and making a living off of something you love would be wonderful. Planning your next trip consumes you so why not get paid for exploring the world and sharing these experiences with others? Feel free to hire me, Travel Channel. (wishful thinking)

7. You laugh when people claim that you’re traveling to a “dangerous” country.
You’ve heard this a few times and you still take the trip anyway. Completely worth it.

8. Your Pinterest board is your happy place.
It’s filled with wanderlust-filled photos, your travel bucket list, and adventures you’ve already had.

9. You thank God that you’re with someone who’s as interested in seeing the world as you are.
And if you’re not yet tied down, you’re looking for a co-pilot. What a boring life it would be if travel wasn’t on the agenda.

10. You have travel stories for every occasion.
Having lunch at an Imam’s house, spending the night in a Scottish castle, almost getting in a car wreck in Istanbul because of a crazy cab driver… you’re THAT annoying person and you can’t help it. Sorry, people.

11. As long as you have your passport, all is well.
That time you sent off your passport to be renewed? Pure chaos. You couldn’t eat. You couldn’t sleep. You were worried you’d miss out on a vacation because of the long renewal period… Then you were worried you wouldn’t get your old passport back. Gotta keep all those old stamps.

12. You’ve already made plans for your unborn child.
He or she will know at least three different languages and attend an international school at some point. And you’ll be the proudest parent when they take their first backpacking trip across Europe.

13. You know that traveling to non-touristy cities often turn out to be the most rewarding.
Plus being surrounded by lots of tourists is pretty annoying anyway.

14. You don’t exactly know what you want to be when you grow up (if the whole travel blogger thing doesn’t work out), but you are certain you’ll live abroad again.
Having a job that allows lots of travel is a must.

15. … And you’re determined to finally get on HGTV’s International House Hunters.
Enough said.

16. Your travel blogger friends are the only ones who understand you.
You talk to them every day and share daily activities and future dreams. These usually include travel plans. Duh.

17. Your apartment or house looks like a souvenir shop.
There is a map, globe, and painting in almost every room and you don’t have enough space for all of the trinkets you’ve picked up during your travels.

18. A familiar rush of adrenaline washes over you every time you book a flight.
You do a little happy dance, start fantasizing about foreign cuisine, and then hit up AirBnb to find accommodations.

19. You hate needles but are seriously contemplating a tattoo.
And you have a Pinterest board dedicated to art relating to travel. A map? A compass? The word “wanderlust” written across your side? These are all possibilities.

20. You firmly believe that life should be one big adventure.
And you wouldn’t have it any other way.


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  • http://thethingsiamcrazyfor.wordpress.com/ Camila

    This post is everything! It absolutely hits home, all of it…my unborn children will not know what hit them ;)

  • http://movebyyourself.com Kelley @ Move By Yourself

    All so true! Especially number 6 … my sister and I sometimes dream about our sister themed travel show on the Travel Channel. We have big plans ;) Haha

  • http://www.livinginanotherlanguage.com/ Amanda

    HAHA! So glad you wrote this post! I love it. :) And number 2 with the backpack thing!? YES YES YES!

  • http://www.passportsandvisa.wordpress.com/ passportsandvisa

    Ha, ha ~ this is so spot on! Pretty sure I identified with ALL 20 things + like the unique perspective of this top list post.

  • http://straightupzblog.com/ Z K

    I love this, haha. I can definitely relate to the constant creeping of travel sites and looking for my next grand adventure.

  • http://lifeonmarsimeantj.blogspot.com Andrea Reyes

    Yes to all of the above!

  • Cali

    Some of these definitely apply to me, although I still have trouble cutting down what to bring when I travel. Loved the post!

  • https://www.mazedays.blogspot.co.uk/ Cindy Maze

    FINALLY! This so me – I thought I was to only one! Like I’ve wanted to go to Mexico, and my friends are like: “But that’s dangerous. You’re probably going to get yourself killed.” 18/20 fits me perfectly haha! Thank you for posting and sharing xx Following you on Bloglovin’! ^__^

    C:ndy | mazedays.blogspot.com

  • Healthy globetrotting

    ha! so true, i have such panic attacks over my passport, it never leaves my sight! esp in china where you need a passport for everything!

  • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

    I love the adrenaline rush that comes after booking a flight! And I would much rather travel with a small bag versus a large suitcase.

  • http://www.mstraveltipsy.com MsTraveltipsy

    Ha, ha LOL. That is so true :) I would love to actually be living of my travelling and writing about travels, that would be a dream come true. My passport expires in 2016 but I have to change it soon because it is almost full (I live in Europe so I don’t get any stamps from Europe at all, we have the Schengen agreement in a lot of the countries). Also I should spend more time on mu Pintrest board as it could be a lot better :) Also my favourite airline SAS have a huge sale for tickets to USA and Asia so at the moment I can barely sit still because I don’t know which destination to choose. Seriously so cheap that this offer can not go past me :) Such a kick!!!

  • http://www.throwoutthemap.blogspot.co.uk Molly Rose

    Oh gosh! Yes to all of these, sums me up perfectly. People keep questioning me about getting a real job and think i’m being ridiculous when I say that all I want to do is travel… But, like, all I want to do is travel!!

  • Grace from Amble.travelblog

    I actually laughed out loud at the tattoo one because that is exactly my dilemma right now!! All of these are 100% accurate – GREAT post!!
    Grace xXx

  • http://www.bakerstellstories.com Erica Baker

    Hahaha this made me laugh. I am currently sitting under a giant, pull down map of the world and can have globes and travel books all over my coffee table. I can see about 5 travel souvenirs from where I am sitting too. I tell my husband about our future children who speak many languages and go to international school all the time and totally know the rush of a plane ticket booked!! I love that I am not alone in this ;)

  • Katelyn Brown

    Yes to all of these! My husband is the best co-pilot and we can’t wait to move abroad someday and raise our kids in a different country (even for a few years)! Once a traveler, always a traveler.
    Katelyn // Relatively Offbeat

  • http://therococoroamer.com/ Brittany Ruth

    So true!

  • http://jenponix.blogspot.com/ Jen Ponpon

    I second the motion!well said.:)

  • http://deasynoel.com/ Deasy Noel

    Great list, hehehe!


  • http://journeywithdestiny.wordpress.com/ Destiny Barker

    Yes to all of this! My children will be worldly before they even know what that means!

  • http://www.thegirlwholovedtowrite.com/ Chelsea

    I live 90 seconds from the airport and absolutely love it!

  • http://thebenroecks.com/ Lisa

    I love this list! Plus, I feel like more of a ‘legit’ traveler now because I definitely have a compass tattoo… :-)

  • http://www.sarainlepetitvillage.com/ Sara Louise

    I cannot handle living anymore than an hour away from the airport. Thirty minutes is ideal for me, but anything more than sixty, and I’m miserable. It’s so freaking inconvenient!

  • http://www.truecoloursblog.com Casey

    So so true!!! I actually have a similar post to this coming up in a few weeks :) Love it!!!!

  • http://hannahonthemap.com Hannah Wasielewski

    These are all so true! except #19, I have a tattoo as a result of traveling! Me and 4 other friends I met traveling had a reunion and we got matching tattoos of an Incan cross (we met in Peru!)

  • http://bluehairinbelgium.blogspot.be/ Kerri Heritage

    I love this list! #20 – all day, every day. I’m so happy that my other half is as enthusiastic as me!

  • departmentofwandering

    All twenty of these are so true Rachel

  • http://www.savourytravels.com Marisa@Savoury Travels

    Great post! I agree…particularly about the love of airports and flying….I mean, where better to people watch? haha

  • BlushandBarbells

    #7 makes me CRAZY

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  • Brittny McLeod

    Love! So many of these hit home. :)


  • http://thewayiwanderlust.blogspot.ca kayleigh maryon

    I love these. Agree with every one. I have the word wanderlust tattooed on my arm, contemplating getting something else to go with it as well.

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  • http://beyondblessedblog.com/ Chloé Arnold

    Number 12! hahahaha! My husband and I have already begun discussing which country we want our first child to be born in for dual citizenship :) Not sure if it even works like that though haha. We can be travel buddies anytime!

  • http://fashionpeekaboo.com/ Anastasia Polosina

    Travelling to non-tourist towns with a small backpack it’s totally about me!))) The only thing I would disagree is that in life should be enough big adventures…))



  • http://www.mossandmink.com Moss & Mink

    haha this is all so true!! I love it <3