If ever there were an elusive concept in the travel world, it would be the infamous claim to be a “Seasoned Traveler”. But what exactly makes a seasons traveler? Is it a defined number of flights, frequent flier points, or passport stamps? Perhaps it’s a high % of ‘places traveled’ on a world map? Whatever it is, it is a different definition for each of us. But for argument’s sake, let’s take a look at the…
Top 10 signs you are a seasoned traveler
1. Your passport is filled with stamps from more than 3 continents
A seasoned traveller has found themselves in various time zones – experiencing various cultures – overheard conversations in various foreign languages – and stepped foot in at least 2 continents outside of their own.
2. You know the secrets of travel
Packing light, checking-in online, taking your valuables in your check-in baggage… all the (not so) common tricks of the trade now come naturally to you as you have done it enough for it to become second nature.
3. You think “what can I leave behind?” rather than “What should I take?”
The novice will begin writing a packing check-list as long as their arm, while the seasoned traveler will be emptying out their suitcase until they walk out the door. The seasoned traveler knows whatever they have left behind can merely be bought once at the destination, and has probably learned to do without said items anyway…
4. You’ve been ripped off
When considering your mode of transport, you almost factor in an extra 20% to a typical cab fare, knowing that as a foreigner you will likely be ripped off. You’ve paid more than you should on more than one occasion and learned to deal with it, and probably even factor it into your expenses.
5. You know how to avoid rip-offs
But you haven’t let them get off that easy. You know the typical traps for tourists and you know how to avoid them. You wouldn’t dare let someone help you with your bags, you turn a blind eye to gypsies, and you know when an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
6. You take everything with a grain of salt
Just like you know rip-offs are an inherent aspect of traveling, you also know that plans change, things go wrong, you won’t like every restaurant you visit despite the word-of-mouth recommendation, and you’re okay with that….. it’s all a part of it. It takes most travelers many trips and years of experience to understand that it is okay for things to go wrong…. moreover, it often reveals a new adventure!
7. You don’t need a packing list
You can recite in your sleep the essentials for a weekend trip, week-long trip, or 6-month journey overseas. This ain’t your first Rodeo!
8. You can communicate in hand gestures alone
A seasoned traveler doesn’t ask “What language do they speak there?”, they just go with the flow. This breed of traveler has been in sticky situations before and found language is indeed not a barrier, because it is possible to communicate in hand gestures alone. English also helps…. a lot.
9. You don’t question the value of Travel Insurance
You wouldn’t dare question the value of travel insurance because you know it is an absolute necessity when traveling overseas. A seasoned traveler is also more likely to pay the extra for the most comprehensive cover, and even more likely to have a year-long coverage to cover multiple trips throughout the year.
10. You know you will never “see it all”
Unlike the rookies, you never claim to have ‘been everywhere’ or ‘seen enough’, because you know you will never see it all… there’s a whole world out there to explore!
Over to you – what do you think makes a seasoned traveler? As a subjective term, these are subjective answers – feel free to contribute in the comments section below!