You know you’re a traveler when:
1. You have more than two currencies of money in your wallet or purse at any given time. Probably three, four, or five.
2. You can differentiate between a hostel and a hotel. And you probably haven’t seen the inside of the former for months or even years.
3. You can count to ten in several different languages. Uno, dos, tres…
4. You’ve used your phone to function as a calculator when negotiating a price with a foreign seller because you can’t understand prices over ten. Thank you higher being for a universal written number system.
5. You negotiate the price of everything, even if you think it’s a fair price in your home country, because you know the seller is overcharging you by double or triple because you’re a foreign tourist.
6. You’ve stopped caring about things like WiFi, hot showers, air conditioning, or even clean sheets. You’re now happy to find that your accommodation has electricity twenty-four hours per day and running water.
7. You’ve stopped worried about whether or not your plane, train, bus, or boat is on time. You’ve resorted to being happy if even shows up at all.
8. You know the exchange rate between not only your country, but you also know the exchange rate between some of those countries.
9. You’ve been to more countries than you can count on your fingers (and maybe even your toes).
10. You’ve tried the local “delicacy” of another that none of your family or friends would ever even consider eating while in your native country. Fish brains, chicken feet, ox tongue anyone?
11. You know it’s often necessary to fly into the capital city of a country because it’s much cheaper. But you also know that you probably won’t spend much time in said city.
12. You’ve lost track of the day. Okay, let’s not lie. You actually forget what month it was.
13. You pack ear plugs before you pack clothing because you seriously considered strangling one of your dormmates on your last trip.
14. You can’t remember how many modes of transportation you used to get from Point A to Point B. It was somewhere around five, but you lost count when you traveled via mule.
15. You know what the electrical outlet looks like for a handful of countries. You also know what voltages these countries use.
16. You’ve had to pay someone to wash your laundry because you’ve run out of clean underwear, but you still have several weeks or months before you’re going home. And if you’re being honest, you probably went without undies for a week before you finally paid to have your laundry washed.
17. You realize that travel days are meant to catch up on sleep from your daily adventures and boozy nights.
18. You’ve booked a flight for the wrong day or a hostel in the wrong city. Okay, you actually booked a flight for the wrong day and a hostel in the wrong city for the same trip.
19. You know how to greet, thank, and say “goodbye” to the locals in their native tongue in more than five languages.
20. You try to buy products that use the same charger because it means bringing one less charger during your travels.
21. You know that the “authentic” food in your home country tastes nothing like the authentic food in its home country because you’ve been to that country and you’ve tried the actual authentic version.
22. You’ve had traveler’s diarrhea. Enough said.
23. You cringe every time you have to exchange money between currencies because you know you’re losing money on every dollars, yuan, peso, dong, or whatever other currency you’re converting.
24. You’re running out of non-stamped pages in your passport. And you really don’t have the money to buy another passport.
25. You have travel-sized versions of everything from shampoo and conditioner to your body wash and deodorant to your toothpaste and your hair brush because you realize how much extar weight the full-sized versions would be.
26. You can sleep – almost – anywhere. Or can you actually sleep anywhere?
What do you think?
How many of the “you know you’re a traveler when” statements apply to you? And do you agree with all of my statements?