This year is shaping up to be similar to last year (perhaps even more travelling!), so here’s my thoughts on some signs you might be travelling too much (in no particular order other than how they sprang to mind):
- You always know where your passport is at any point in time (seriously, when I didn’t travel that much I would always have that mild panic of “where’s my passport?”…not any more.
- You recognise many of the people at the immigration desk in another country.
- You can recognise exactly what the flight meal is just by the smell of it, even the desserts.
- You always carry spare laptop batteries for your flight, even if you plan to sit in a seat with power…because odds are that it won’t be working the day you really need it.
- You’ve had your luggage lost…(you were expecting that one right?)…but here’s the kicker, you’ve had your luggage lost and you’re actually not that worried about it, because hey…these things happen when you travel alot, worrying and shouting about it won’t make it turn up any faster.
- You realise that the only essentials you really need, are a passport, boarding card and a credit card. Everything else can be bought, borrowed or improvised (see above).
- You have been stopped by the LAPD for turning right on a red-light…at a ‘Do Not Turn Right On A Red Light’ sign…with the LAPD car right behind you.
- You start turning right on red lights, even though you’re back in your home country which has no such law (see above).
- You have (at least once) got into your own car and thought “Where has the steering wheel gone?”…only to realise you’re back in your home country where they put things on the *correct* side 😉
- You got that free airline upgrade. Upgrades are harder and harder to get these days, but the sheer number of times you travel means that the odds are that one day you’re going to have something really horrible happen during your flight that the airline has to compensate you for…in that sense upgrades are the peak before the next trough.
- You have more than 3 types of currency in your wallet at any point in time.
- You use your iPhone to mark the GPS location of your car in the airport carpark.
- You have, at least once, returned back to your country to a different airport than you left your car at (see…now the GPS location one doesn’t seem so silly does it?).
I could go on, but I won’t….additions to the list very welcome though!