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!
Hi Chanel, I stumbled on your instagram page yesterday and I’m totally amazed by your post etc. I am equally addicted to travelling; I’m constantly looking up Skyscanner for places to explore next. 1 question though, how else do you use CS other than for surfing. I’ve hosted people from it, however I’d like to use it to meet locals when i cant be hosted. I’d greatly appreciate if you can assist with this or perhaps from your experience advise on ways to meet locals. Hope to hear from you soon.
Hi Mary! A great way to use CS other than surfing is to go to the local page for an area and participate in events! 😀