10 Signs you need to Pack your Bags and Travel

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You dread Mondays, celebrate hump days, and get so drunk that you forget Friday/Saturday/Sundays

If this terrible excuse for a ‘routine’ sounds like it describes your day to day, it’s time to pack your bags and take to the road. Anyone who considers wishing their days away a formidable excuse for living seriously needs to reconsider the purpose of life. Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t look forward to your weekends, but if you’re stuck with the Monday blues or find yourself watching clock until knock off time, perhaps you’re not making the most of your time on earth.

You need more than two coffees before noon to make it through your day

Anyone that relies on caffeine (which might I add is a drug) to make it through their day clearly needs to rethink the method to their madness. Sure, we all have to work for a living… but just how much are you actually living.

You have your daily routine written on paper or mentally cemented in your mind

Your 6.00am alarm clock buzzes in your ear and you stumble out of bed in a sleepy daze as you make your way toward the shower, turn on the taps and shock your body with a splash of cold water that reminds you how little time you have to undertake your morning routine and walk out of the day at a quarter to eight.

You then complete your ‘working day’ only to go ‘work out’ in the gym to negate the effects of sitting at an office desk all day. You then return home to the kitchen to feed yourself, perform a few household duties, prepare yourself for the following day, and do it all again.

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You stop eating your morning cereal half way through because it is as flavourless and dull as your 9-5

If you ever find yourself gulping down spoonfulls of cereal and milk as you attempt to simultaneously button your shirt or brush your hair, chances are your life is as flavourless as your crunchy oats. Sure, money doesn’t grow on trees… but if the purpose of life is to live a life of purpose, perhaps we should reconsider how many hours in a day we are devoting to our happiness as opposed to that of others.

The most cultural experience you had in the past year was Chinese takeout

Once you’ve had pasta in Italy or Pad Thai in Thailand you will understand just how much you’ve been missing out on. If the last ethnic experience you recall is a Chinese takeout selection on a Friday night, you need to hit the road and try the real thing.

You live vicariously through your friends’ travel snaps but make every excuse not to book a trip for yourself

Have you used the little emoticon with the love hearts in his eyes lately? Perhaps you’ve proclaimed ‘you’re so lucky’ on your friends’ latest Facebook check-in or used the word ‘jealous’ to describe your reaction to a new photo album. But let’s face it, there’s nothing stopping you that you can’t overcome… it’s time to stop living through the eyes of others and experience things for yourself.

You drive to work with a temptation to veer away from your daily commute and hit the open road

Ever found yourself cruising along the highway (freeway for ye Americans) and a song comes on the radio that immediately gives you that ‘screw it, I’m takin’ off’ attitude? Of course you have…

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Your clothes have travelled further than you have

‘Made in China’ reads the tag….. hmmm China…. I’ve never been to China….

You spend your time looking forward to the future or reminiscing about the past instead of creating a life that you don’t need to escape

One of the most common traps we fall into in life as humans is ‘doing life’ instead of living it. We get so caught up in the technicalities of life – earning money to save for material possessions, pay off the dream house, etc. etc. that we forget the golden rule – you can’t take it to your grave.

You’ve read this post and it’s made you feel something

Go on, just go.

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    April 27, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Your blog reminds me again about my travel plan! Whenever I see the ‘made in’ tag on my clothes or accessories, I wonder! if I could be there!

    Travel Bench
    February 19, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Wonderful article! Thanks for sharing it! ‘Your clothes have travelled further than you have’ is my favourite 🙂

    January 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Your blog is amazing!!! I keep meaning to shut off my computer but every time I finish an article I see another one that I HAVE to read. Love all of your pictures, advice, and stories! xx

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    March 20, 2015 at 9:52 pm

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    November 20, 2014 at 12:13 am

    I like to think of myself as a traveler in training and thus hate to admit to these signs, but reason 1, 2, and 3 were pretty spot on. We live in such an overwhelmingly beautiful world, it would be truly a shame to get stuck into a boring and hated routine and just stay there because you never thought to do anything else. Whew this post was inspirational. I’m ready to go!

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    Helen Readdy
    June 18, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Ahh I’m so so guilty of the 2nd to last comment! Also finding it rather hard to hold down a job I like because it’s like travelling unplugs you from the matrix hah and who wants to be plugged into that!

    June 12, 2014 at 1:52 am

    I’m currently working in a cube to afford some travel of my own… Having a desk job is not what I want to be, so thanks for the reminder on why we gotta get out there and live!!

    June 8, 2014 at 7:05 am


    That is brilliant, not everyone can go travelling *right now* for all sorts of reasons but pretty much everyone has a day off in the next week. I love the idea of making adventure and exploring part of your life wherever you are.

    June 2, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I absolutely agree.

    However for people who are based out of one place, there are lots of things you can do to get out of your routine and live your life to the fullest wherever you live! It comes back to why my boyfriend and I started doing “Something Saturdays” – basically doing something new, going somewhere new, eating somewhere new etc, every Saturday. We started them while we were living abroad in September 2012, to help us make the most of our surroundings, but when we moved back to my hometown we started a blog and have been tracking the new things we do every Saturday! We’re not planning to live here permanently so it’s good to take full advantage while we are living here.

    I really love travelling and am an huge advocate for travel, but I think that too many people make excuses about why they don’t explore their own community/area!

    Sol Jensen
    June 1, 2014 at 6:58 am

    I really, really have to travel! Just have to get through my exams next week, and then Asia is waiting for me! My traveling-cramps (if that’s even a word) is really bad right now….

    June 1, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Thank you, sometimes it just takes one person saying it out loud or in text to get the point across. I’m going to start living life differently because of you.

    Thank you.

    May 31, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Yes this post made me feel something. Almost all these things apply to me, especially the last one. I have to find myself a job and earn money and than a lot of trips will be booked 🙂

    May 30, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for writing this, and I agree with so much here. In particular, that if you’re getting the itch to travel, you just have to find a way to make it happen. If someone wants an adventure, they should stop looking wistfully at photos and saying it’s not for them and just do it. Life is too short not to!


    Betty J. Ogburn
    May 30, 2014 at 10:58 am

    …YES to this post…Just YES…

    It’s a shame that so many are afraid of taking that dive…

    May 30, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I love you’re last reason most of all, probably because that is where I struggle the most. I can get so wrapped up in ‘someday’ or past things and just live my 9-5 counting my days until my weekend, or my next big thing – though, I am definitely a person who values experiences over possessions.

    And I swear that someday I am going to veer off course when I’m driving along and one of those songs comes on…