Travel sickness can be caused by bumpy bus and boat rides, but too much time at home may also lead to uncomfortable symptoms, from excessive daydreaming to green-eyed jealousy. Here are 14 sure-fire signs that you need to make a trip abroad.
1. You’ve become a green-eyed monster
You’re normally such a positive soul. But when bronzed colleagues return to work with tales of $1 beers on the beach, moaning about their jetlag, it’s hard to keep on smiling. They’ve spent the past two weeks drowning themselves with booze and sunshine, while you’ve been stuck in the office with Nigel from accounts watching the rain.
2. You try to recreate holiday memories at home
A couple of cold bottles of Chang, some Thai pop music blaring out from your laptop’s little speakers, and a nice green curry bubbling away on the stove. Just like that time you were in Thailand, isn’t it? Well, not really. But at least you gave it your best shot.
3. You look much older than your profile picture suggests
But that photo of you at Angkor Wat does make you look more adventurous. You could always switch it for a picture from the last office party, but a new travel snap – ideally of you at some famous landmark or hard-to-reach waterfall – would help convince folks that you’re still a proper globetrotter.
4. You’ve started travelling vicariously
Blogs help, and so does the Street View feature on Google Maps – if you’ve ever dropped that little yellow guy somewhere on the map, just so you can wander around and see what stuff looks like, you know you’ve got it pretty bad.
5. Your passport looks pristine
A neat passport full of blank pages is a sure sign that you need start travelling more. After a couple of big trips, you’ll be the proud owner of a beautifully inked-up passport that serves as a lasting reminder of your overseas adventures. Who said stamp collecting was for geeks?
6. You’ve started reading guidebooks
Not in the usual flipping-through-the-pages way, but cover to cover, like a proper novel. Knowing the best places to eat and drink in some remote Peruvian village sure is useful, but reading guidebooks this way will only make your wanderlust worse. Trust us.
7. You dream of giving it all up
There are bills to pay and you know that a big promotion could be just around the corner. But wouldn’t it be fun to throw in the towel and jet off somewhere exotic instead? The word ‘sabbatical’ was made for times like these.
8. Becoming a travel writer seems like a good idea
Want to go travelling and get paid along the way? Just become a travel writer. All those things you’ve read online about frantic travel schedules, month-long stomach bugs, bafflingly complex bus timetables and moonlit typing marathons can’t really be true. Can they?
9. You spend all weekend away from home
Gone are those weekends spent shopping and fixing stuff at home. These days, by the time Friday afternoon rolls around, you’re ready to take off somewhere new – even if it is just for two nights. You know that Monday morning will sting like a slap in the face, but at least you won’t have wasted the weekend at Ikea.
10. You're starting not to care where you go
You can’t really afford another trip away, but maybe, just maybe, there’s a cheap flight out there with your name on it. You bring up Skyscanner, set the destination field to ‘everywhere’ and sort the results by price. Latvia? In January? Oh, go on then.
11. You’ve lost all perspective
Getting stuck in a traffic jam feels like the end of the world. Waiting in all day for a delivery is ‘a nightmare’. Finding out who won the X Factor suddenly seems important. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, it could be time for a healthy dose of travel.
12. You’re wearing shorts, hoping for warm weather
Just because the summer has started, that doesn’t mean it’s automatically warm enough to wear shorts. Cover up until some good weather arrives, or do the right thing and treat your shorts to a holiday someplace hot.
13. You’re experiencing a post-trip dip
The first few days back home after a long trip can be great – there’s nothing quite like catching up with friends and family, drinking tea from your favourite mug, and sleeping in your own, cosy bed. But the novelty soon wears off. The best antidote to this post-trip dip is to book another adventure as soon as you can. Even if it’s a whole year away, you’ll still have a reason to keep your chin up.
14. You find yourself reading articles like this one
Perhaps it really is time to start planning that trip abroad?