Hooked on the sense of adventure? Totally addicted to traveling? We get that. The world’s too big not to throw your essentials in a suitcase and hit the open road. Whether wandering across new landscapes, getting immersed in another culture, or stuffing your face with authentic eats, everyone needs an escape. Wanderlust is easily addictive though, so we’ve put together eight clear signs that show you’re seriously stuck with the traveling bug. If you find yourself ticking off everything on the list, kudos to you — you’re officially addicted to traveling.
It starts with a staycation obsession
Every weekend is a chance to hit the road. There’s a hidden beach you’ve not tried, a local park you’ve not walked through, and an adventure park that’s calling your name. We see you: Every time you open the Yelp app, you’re searching for seaside stops, leafy green strolls, and untried local attractions.
Next, you can’t stop translating reviews
Enough staycay. You find yourself navigating to dream traveling destinations on the Yelp app and obsessively translating the details. Luckily for you, Yelp’s available in 32 countries, so you can get a taste of local life right across the globe. Yass.
You then get hooked Bookmarking said destinations
You translated where to get breakfast, where to sightsee, and where to grab a top local cocktail (priorities) and now you’ve got a gajillion Bookmarks. The good news is that you won’t forget all these amazing local spots to try whilst you’re traveling about. The bad news is you’ll feel like a failure if you don’t check in to all of them.
You start adding friends on Yelp in dream locations
Translations and Bookmarks weren’t enough for you, were they? Now you’re stacking up real life locals abroad for more hot tips. There’s nothing like insider info, right? Yelpers are a friendly bunch, so maybe you even arranged a coffee catch up for when you’re traveling. Don’t stop there — you can get on the Talk boards and ask away for advice.
The adventure begins and you start stacking up the Yelp Badges
Globe Trotter? Check. Global Domination? Check. Various country badges? Pfft, easy. Done and done. Keep racking them up, traveler. Plus, it’s your chance to give everyone back home some real travel-envy. And, y’know, you get to eat all the things whilst you’re on the road.
You become obsessed with filling up your Check-in map
Badges are one thing, but it’s that map of the world that keeps the traveling dream alive. Besides that, no one can compete with your triple digit airport and train station check ins. What’s that? No check-ins for Portugal? Uh oh — looks like Canada and Japan are missing too. There’s only one thing for it. Back to the airport!
Swanbourne Beach, taken by David D
A true traveler in this modern world has to have their apps. Some folks might be satisfied with Farm Heroes, but you’ve unlocked jet-setter level 4.0. The presence of Yelp, Skyscanner, Airbnb, UBER, Duolingo, Tripit, Tipulator, Snapseed — and about a hundred more on your phone — are all a dead giveaway. Running out of space yet?
The world is not enough. You now only visit towns with no reviews.
The pioneer life just got extra real. Sure, at first it was about planning the perfect getaway, but you now want to set the trends, not just follow them. Your check-in map now serves as a marker for uncharted territory. That little village? That town on the outskirts? That remote spot? You’re on a mission of discovery. Well, someone’s gotta do it! Good luck and high five — we salute you!