Travel Addiction

The Travel Bug: Friend or Foe?

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I joke around a lot about being addicted to travel but sometimes I wonder if I have a serious problem.

If you’ve ever traveled for any considerable amount of time then you’ve probably heard the “Aren’t you running away from your problems?” question.  It’s a tough one to be able to answer because everyone has problems and everyone uses travel to escape them to a certain extent.  Tropical beach resorts are a popular vacation destination for a reason.  People want to leave the stress and worries of their day-to-day lives behind and relax, forget their problems or gain some new perspective on life.

But what happens if you don’t have that “other life” that you’re escaping and travel is your life?  What happens when your life is one long, string of vacations?  Where do you draw the line between a passion for wandering and an addiction?

I wrote about this for Brave New Traveler.  Here’s the link:

Addicted to the Escape:  The Downside of Long-Term Travel

It’s a pretty personal article and I was nervous about having it published.  Writing about my life on a blog is one thing, but in an online magazine with millions of viewers?  Um, that’s a whole other ball game.

Let me know what you think.

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4 thoughts on “The Travel Bug: Friend or Foe?

  1. Yep…Still here! I’m in Nicaragua but I’ve actually bought a plane ticket to San Francisco (which is home…sorta. It’s where my parents and brother live at the moment).

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