As I am sitting here reading through numerous blogs, watching travel videos, finding ways to earn miles, and socializing in travel groups, I think about whether or not travel has become an addiction of mine. Simply put, it might seem as if I am addicted to not only traveling, but also the pursuit of finding ways to travel as inexpensively as possible.
For a long time, I have been a huge advocate of Couchsurfing, which I have previously mentioned in my post about Travel Products I Use and I am still a huge fan and supporter of it. I have found myself in a number of conversations over the past couple of weeks describing what it is to people and trying to convince them that I am not ‘crazy’ for doing it, especially doing it alone. However, during my recent Memorial Day weekend trip to Boston, I decided to stay in a hotel using a great deal I found on Hotwire. I forgot that even though a hotel can at times be lonely and won’t give you the ‘local feel’, it can comforting to have your own uninterrupted space and can provide you with a couple great amenities. I enjoyed my hotel trip so much that I even decided to begin to churn hotel cards (which I will discuss in a future post) so that I can have the option of staying in hotels from time to time for a small amount of money or even for free.
The ‘addiction’ doesn’t end there. I also sign up for a number of contests hoping to win free travel to various destinations around the world.; I watch videos and podcasts about places that I will be traveling to or want to travel to; I watch travel shows; My main reason for going on Facebook over the past year has been to converse with member of a travel group that I belong to; and finally I plan my jobs around the flexibility and income they will provide me with to travel.
I wonder if there is anyone else out there who is similar to me or does more than me. Do these things make me ‘addicted’ to travel? Do you consider yourself a travel addict (or junkie)? Let me know what you think!