1. You value 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?”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.