What is Wanderlust? 10 Signs you are a Wanderluster

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1. You value experiences not things

experiences not things

While others are dreaming of lavish mansions and ‘makin’ it rain’ with $100 bills, you find your idea of success and a life of fulfilment would come from tranquil moments appreciating the simpler things in life – the sun, balmy mornings exploring a city before it wakes up, and eating croissants for breakfast without having to excuse yourself.

2. Your first question is “where are you from?” not “how are you?”

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Perhaps unknowingly you meet someone in a bar and instantly question them on their point of origin, where they have travelled, and where you have both travelled to discuss as something in common.

3. You’ve mastered the art of beating jetlag

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You know you’re a wanderluster when you cringe at people who complain about miniscule things such as jetlag. You’ve got it down to a fine art and it consists of one simple rule….. mind over matter.

4. You know currency conversions without looking them up

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See something you like priced in US Dollars? No worries. You’ve done this conversion many times before.

5. You can say “hello” and “thank you” in multiple languages

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You know the importance of being able to greet someone and thank them in their foreign language and you think it’s only fair you respect them by doing so. You cringe when your friends speak those fatal words “I don’t need to” because “English is universal”….

6. You answer ‘where did you get that from?’ with a country instead of a brand name


“Nice scarf, where’d you get it from?” … “Barcelona” you reply. “Who’s it by?”… you smile to yourself and and answer with a sarcastic tone “just a small boutique I stumbled across in some alleyway” – a.k.a you will never get this la la la la la.

7. You plan trips months in advance and google everything imaginable

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You know you have a serious case of wanderlust if you know how to get around London in the most economic way without ever having visited the city. Your friends ask you where to stay in Thailand but you’ve never actually been… you’re just a wealth of knowledge in preparation for trips you know you will one day take.

8. You have a countdown calendar until your next adventure 

countdown travel calendar

You flood your social media with countdown updates til your next trip and you know it pisses off your friends…. so you do it even more often.

9. You start to hallucinate and see world maps in your food 

oreo cookie world globe

WARNING: you have reached a serious case of wanderlust.

 10. You start most of your stories with “When I was in…”


Last but not least, you know you are a wanderluster when you begin all your stories with ‘When I was in…’. You find genuine happiness in retelling your travel tales and anecdotes, and you gravitate towards people who have visited the same countries as you because you have a common interest and topic of discussion. 

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    March 31, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Seeing countries in food.. hmm that’s a sign

    February 23, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I love this article. And yes! I relate to 75% of it. Especially No 10. I am offically a Wanderluster .

    January 12, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I live a wanderlust lifestyle. I also live a wonderful life in the way that I am always wondering about things and also I live by maybe it will maybe it won’t. I can’t lose either way. Dance like no one is watching

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    May 5, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    i think this list is kinda superficial and I really don’t like #10. I hate it when people are doing #10. I actually try to kinda avoid it sometimes, I don’t want to come of bragging or something like that. I experience travelling for myself, not to have great stories to tell others about. Of course I tell some stories to my close friends, but it gets old and annoying pretty quickly if you always want to plug stories.

    May 2, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Ohhh #10. Hoping to not sound pretentious, then Im watching Anthony Bourdain on the travel channel and find myself screaming at the television about how I stood in the exact spot, or was in that exact restaurant. I admire you so much Brooke. SSSOOOOO very much. You inspired my last summer backpacking 5 months around Europe! and as I watch through your blogs everyday I cannot wait for the moment Im back on a plane somewhere again 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      May 2, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      You are way too sweet!! Maybe we will cross paths on a plane somewhere!!!

    November 17, 2014 at 5:23 am

    @Lucy….you posted on my 72nd birthday when my lady & I were at sea heading for Iceland…..(143 days until our next trip….we DO have a countdown calendar).

    Biggest semi-continuous trip I made was back in 1963, (I was living in Australia at the time), took an ocean liner, (before they were called ‘cruise ships’), across the Pacific from Melbourne to Southampton…..then, after working for a couple months, took off overland, through Europe, the ME, Pakistan, India, Ceylon (before it was Sri Lanka)…to Singapore and on to Darwin…before hitching to Melbourne.

    Throw in other trips to Europe, 7+ years in Saudi Arabia with lots of R&Rs and lots of travel, plus a bunch of other adventures, and my ‘country count’ is in the mid to high 60s.

    Yeah, I’d say Wanderluster.

    September 27, 2014 at 4:14 am

    I’m a Wanderluster!!! I have ALL of these happen to me!! I recommended you blog to everyone on my blog and talk about it to my husband non stop. I found your blog about 3 or 4 days ago by accident and now I’m hooked!! I stay up till 1 in the morning reading all your posts..I’m super tired the next day but with a smile on my face haha! We are also about to go on a Cruise ship that is going from Miami to Honduras, Belize, Mexico and Cayman Islands. We like cruises because sometimes they are way cheaper than just buying separate plane tickets to each country..and hotel and food are included! After that we are heading to Europe to make a small one month roadtrip (my husbands from Spain so it makes it easier). Will definitely follow some of your travel tips though I have quite mastered everything that has to do with travel! Like you I have traveled since the age of 14 (by myself as well!) and it’s not stopping anytime soon!

    May 26, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Love it! Great post and beautiful photos! This pretty much describes me 😉

    Anna @ The Blonde Banana
    May 12, 2014 at 9:43 am

    #7 pretty much describes my life. I spend all my time googling upcoming travel plans, I feel like I’m already a local before I even arrive!

    May 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    8/10 = I’m a Wunderluster! And hope to one day be a 10/10
    Love this article!

    May 5, 2014 at 2:46 am

    I can relate the majority of these, especially number 10!

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    April 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Guilty on all counts! 😀 Good one!

    April 15, 2014 at 7:24 am

    When I was still in school I was constantly marking pages with plane tickets as I studied. The best part is pulling a book out to reference years later and remembering the trip instead of the class.

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    April 10, 2014 at 1:54 am

    yep, I recognize lots! Lovely read!

    April 9, 2014 at 5:25 am

    I’ve found that once you first experience traveling and seeing other places, everything else in life seems to take a backseat. Good article!

    April 8, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Yes yes yes

    April 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Great article! Reminds me of my close friend 🙂

    Elaine @ Following Augustine
    April 7, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Wonderful post! These are definitely the things that set we wanderlusters apart from the rest of the world. I see myself in at least 8 of them.

    April 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

    haha so true @theslowpace: “Counting everything in plane tickets/ hotel nights / everything travel related. For instance: uhhh, nice bag, but that costs a plane ticket to New York! or: that camera is fantastic but that would be a weekend in Italy!”

    All my savings go to travel, I can’t remember the last time I made a “big purchase” that wasn’t a plane ticket 🙂

    Nicole Marie Story
    April 7, 2014 at 5:40 am

    I love this!
    I am a Wanderluster!

    April 7, 2014 at 3:12 am

    I’m obviously guilty of doing almost everything on this list! Especially number 7! I remember when I went to New York I was literally able to guide other tourists their way, haha!
    Amazing post! All of it is so accurate!

    Nummer Neun
    April 7, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Nice Post… and so true!

    April 6, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Definitely, I am a wanderluster ! 🙂

    April 6, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Love this, especially number 6, as I have a leather handbag that I bought in Florence nearly 20 years ago that people still comment on.

    April 4, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Hahaha! I love this, especially #9. I definitely do #10 a lot too.

    April 4, 2014 at 12:26 am

    OMG! screeeeeeam! i am one! hi fellow wanderluster!

    Rana H
    April 3, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Love it!

    April 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Absolutely! ^^^

    Imagine how many places you can go around the world instead of in your brand new car in your area. Priorities people 😉

    Kat Stewart
    April 3, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Wow, this list is so accurate. I literally sat here reading it nodding my head and mumbling “yep, yep, uh-huh, oh definitely!” 😀 spot on Brooke! 🙂