Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Fun Thread: You know you're a travelholic when...

Fun Thread: You know you're a travelholic when...

Old Feb 14th, 2006, 11:05 AM
  #121  
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 951
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
laclaire wrote:

" when someone says "Oh, I am going to (blank)" and you say "will you bring me back (something obscure and totally delicious)? I am out."

I realize I do that! I have had two different friends bring me Birch Salt from Iceland, among other things.

What about:

when you resent people (my own parents) for going to a travel agent instead of asking your advice?!

when you re-read guidebooks on places you have been just to re-experinece the fun of planning?

when you get tears in your eyes from reading the "travel philosophy" page in any Rick Steves guide (love him or hate him, his statement that starts with something like, "Travel is living intensified..." at is magical.)

BlueSwimmer is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2006, 07:08 PM
  #122  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 74
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I can't even believe how true all of these replies are. GREAT thread. Thanks so much!

...when your boss sees you looking at flights during work and doesn't even care anymore.

...you don't look for a new job because the thought of waiting for new vacation time to kick in before you can go somewhere new makes you physically ill

...you have a stack of scraps of paper and ticket stubs and labels in your closet waiting to be "put in a scrapbook" (yeah right) but even the sight of the mess makes you smile.

...you offer to plan your friends vacations just to pass the time until you can afford another one of your own.

...you think of every non travel purchase in terms of flights or hotel rooms. "I could buy that bag/jacket/concert ticket...or I could extend my trip"

...you're sad that you don't get to go on a business trip - even if you have no desire to actually visit the place itself!

Thanks for making me not feel crazy!!
shirley82 is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2006, 07:35 PM
  #123  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 49,560
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
OK, recent update...from tonight, actually..

when your teenage son the basketball player, who wants a back massage after every game, says to you: "huh? there's no more of that stuff from provence that you use for massages? Can you call someone and get some more...quick?"
StCirq is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2006, 08:09 PM
  #124  
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 4,129
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I'm mcnyc, and I'm a travelholic/dromomaniac. It's been 5 months since I last got on a plane for a foreign trip. In between, I satisfy myself with shorthaul trips within the U.S.

I have most of the above symptoms, and the following:
-a month before your vacation, the shopaholic in you refuses to buy anything in NY because it would ruin the shopping plans you've already made in your head (this happens to me re: shoes, bags, jackets whenever I'm going to Italy!)
-you can't speak/understand a word of Italian on U.S. soil, but suddenly in Italy, you can somewhat communicate with your pidgeon Italian, and understand it too!
-whenever friends suggest a weekend getaway to Vegas, you immediately suggest somewhere across the Atlantic
-your family refuses to go to Europe without you, even though you've never been to half the cities on their planned itineraries
-you don't get lost in said cities you've never been to...your inner compass makes like you've lived there all your life
-you feel euphoric when you're able to take advantage of an impossibly cheap airfare to LHR this summer
-you find solace in reading maps
-you are depended upon to find great hotel rooms in said foreign countries you've never been to
-as you get to your travel location, your mom asks where we're going next, and your dad says he wants to come back
-you replan ruined vacations in the middle of said ruined vacation to replace the miserable memory from the last time-anything to go back to Italy

I'm sure I have more. I need help. Where should I go next
mcnyc is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2006, 09:05 PM
  #125  
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 229
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
when you're not a travel agent, but the same clients call you from Hong Kong to ask where to get a massage one week and call you two weeks later from London for dinner suggestions.
cjbryant is offline  
Old Feb 15th, 2006, 08:48 AM
  #126  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 495
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
when you fixate on airline seating selectors and check them periodically to see how your flights are filling up.
GaryCA is offline  
Old Feb 15th, 2006, 10:10 PM
  #127  
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,145
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Oh, man Gary -- That's me!
Worktowander is offline  
Old Feb 16th, 2006, 04:15 PM
  #128  
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 734
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
- you count down the pages in your passport until you can get the beloved supplement pack

- you have one change jar filled with us coins and one filled with foreign coins
lolfn is offline  
Old Feb 16th, 2006, 04:22 PM
  #129  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 512
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Your "favorite" file on your computer is full with travel sites. I have so many hotels save my favorite could pass for Venere or Expedia.
panucci is offline  
Old Feb 18th, 2006, 11:52 AM
  #130  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 4,204
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
panucci, i know just what you mean--that's also so true with me...I have over 50 pages of stuff for our upcoming trip to France and that won't even be for over a year and almost as much for Portugal and don't have a clue when we'll get there, but know we will...someday...
artlover is offline  
Old Feb 18th, 2006, 03:41 PM
  #131  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 4,204
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
anenoi23--where do you live? does the roofer take AMEX? (We'd have enough for 2 tickets then...oh I am BAD!)
artlover is offline  
Old Feb 18th, 2006, 05:06 PM
  #132  
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 53
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
When your roof is leaking badly, the paint is peeling, and your house is in danger of sliding down the hill, but you use every spare penny toward travel.
grace_omalley is offline  
Old Feb 18th, 2006, 05:42 PM
  #133  
Amy
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,822
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
When you'll buy two antique loveseats for $35 and be happy with them for your living room furniture...'cause that means there's $1,000 more for travel.

And when you try to pass on the addiction to your students by giving them daily clues about your summer destination that sends them scrambling to the atlas and almanac.
Amy is offline  
Old Feb 18th, 2006, 05:43 PM
  #134  
Amy
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,822
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Oh,for an edit function! Send, not sends...
Amy is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2006, 03:03 PM
  #135  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You know you're a travelholic when you would rather read a tour brochure than a magazine.
- when you go for those overpriced department store cosmetic "bonuses" just to get the travel sized products.
-when you buy cookbooks of all your favorite countries, knowing you will never use the recipes, you just enjoy the photograghs.
All this time I thought it was just me!
Nancy_F is offline  
Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 03:51 PM
  #136  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 4,204
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
When you find out that your roofer WILL take AMEX and figure out that will almost over one ticket to Europe and feel GOOD about it!!!
artlover is offline  
Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 05:47 PM
  #137  
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 665
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
...when you own 14 suitcases, all for different types of trips...

...when you have over 75,000 jpgs on your computer from trips you've taken (I'm not kidding)

...when you have stacks of scrapbooks waist high from the floor from trips you've taken

...when you can win the "where are you?" monthly contest consistently from Conde Naste without even really thinging too hard...

...when you plan trips around special festivals, events and galas that you want to attend (the Palio, Venice Carnivale, etc)

...when you spend hours researching a place..

...when Christmas and BD's come around, people KNOW to buy you travel related things...no matter what...

...when you know the currency exchange rate for more than 3 currencies and you check it every day...

...when you can tell people where the nearest Starbuck's, W.H. Smith, or shoe shine stand is at any major airport on the globe...

...when you begin referring to your trips by year, as well as location, "you remember, Rome 99" or "Rome 03"

...when you can order a main entree and wine in over 4 languages, with ease...

this post is awesome! I related to most all the things that came above mine! Especially the "don't buy clothes unless they travel well!"
wanderlust5 is offline  
Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 06:36 PM
  #138  
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 730
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
When you are simultaneously planning two different trips because one is not enough.
lowcountrycarol is offline  
Old Feb 24th, 2006, 02:49 AM
  #139  
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,034
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
When you are still following this thread...and nodding your head in agreement almost the whole time!
fun4all4 is offline  
Old Feb 24th, 2006, 05:26 AM
  #140  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 794
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
...When you hear planes going over you house and you wonder where they are going? My family think i'm bats when I say that!!
lucielou is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Your Privacy Choices -