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20 Signs You Are Undeniably A Travel Addict

20 Signs You Are Undeniably A Travel Addict

Travelling is awesome, we all agree on that. But there is a difference between a person who enjoys to travel now and then and a fully grown travel addict. Are you the latter?

1. You can sleep anywhere and everywhere

From hostels and hotels to train stations and airports, there’s no stopping you from getting that much-needed shuteye. You can probably even sleep on cue and you don’t care if people are watching you drool in your slumber. Yep, sleeping wherever you want, whenever you want is something you’re good at and even have down to a science.

2. You can eat anything and everything

If you’re a travel addict, chances are you’re a daredevil and adventurer when it comes to trying new and exotic foods. And you probably douse everything with hot sauce – even hot foods. In fact, studies have shown that adventure-seeking people are way more likely to eat spicy foods than non-adventurous people. Makes sense though, doesn’t it?

3. You can breeze through airport security faster than a TSA agent can say “Passport please”

No one had to tell you to take your shoes off and remove your laptop from your backpack at the baggage check – because you were on top of your game. And there’s no fumbling your things at the pickup. For you, it’s just grab and go!

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4. You’re a packing pro

In fact, you’re probably so good at it, you can stuff a whole week’s worth of clothes (plus more) into a single backpack and still be perfectly content. Of course, this takes plenty of practice, and if you’re addicted to travel, you’re bound to master this very useful skill.

5. You have friends from every corner of the globe

You probably have more friends abroad than you do at home, which isn’t extremely uncommon and makes for a much more interesting, diverse set of friends. Also, it seems that wherever you travel, you always have a go-to person, which is not only convenient of you, but also a way to make your trip much more fulfilling, memorable, and enjoyable.

6. You have a travel savings account

Traveling is expensive, and while you may not be the wealthiest person alive, it’s a way of life. You’ll do anything to make your travel dreams come true, whether it’s getting yourself a part-time job, living frugally to save money, or even opening a travel savings account. You gotta do whatcha gotta do!

7. You watch travel documentaries more than you watch the news

Everybody knows about the Travel Channel, but few people watch it religiously like you do. You’ve probably also watched your fair share of travel and adventure documentaries on Netflix – or “Youtubed” certain places you wanted to visit. When you’re not on the road, at least you’re in the “mode”.

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8. You read travel books more than you read classic novels

You’re a well-read person, at least when it comes to Lonely Planet and Fodor’s travel guides. You have a broad vocabulary, at least when it comes to names of cities or the topography of a country. Second Life is your Bible and you’re obsessed with anything Rick Steves. Your guidebook collection is ever growing, but you can never get enough of them.

9. You visit travel blogs and websites more than you visit Facebook

Who needs Facebook or Instagram when you have Nomadic Matt and Runaway Juno? Not only are travel blogs such as these fascinating and entertaining, but they’re also educational and oftentimes lifesaving. There’s nothing like learning about a place through a person’s own lenses, so it goes without saying: a travel blog is a must-have for any globetrotter.

10. Speaking of Facebook, you have more photos of your travels abroad than of pretty much anything else

If there’s one reason to use Facebook, it’s to cloud all your friends’ news feeds with images of your latest exploits, from the Grand Canyon in Arizona to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, from the Taj Mahal in India to the Victoria Falls bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia. For every “normal” picture you have, there are at least ten photos of your travels abroad.

11. You have different types of currencies in your wallet

You’re probably a travel addict when you have in your possession at least a few of the following: euros, pounds, yen, and rubles. Or maybe you’ve, more than once, mistaken a Canadian dime in your wallet for an American one.

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12. You’re low maintenance

This means that you’re never spending frivolously or depending on other people for your well-being, and you never really want anything that’s not a bare essential. As a seasoned traveler, you’ve mastered the art of self-sufficiency, an attribute that’s helped you not only as a traveler, but also as a person.

13. You feel at home almost anywhere, except at home

Home is where the road takes you. Ever had the post-travel blues? Ever had the feeling that you just had to travel somewhere, even right after a trip? Then you’ve been consumed by wanderlust, and nothing can change that – it’s in your blood.

14. You spend your current trip thinking about the next trip

Traveling is like money; once you have it you want more of it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, only a sign that you have a passion for adventure and, most importantly, are a true-born travel addict.

15. You can quickly recover from jet lag

This can be useful, especially when you’re traveling to multiple countries. Never mind a seven- or eight-hour time difference; it just takes a day or two of recovery before you’re ready for that next adventure.

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16. You know at least a few phrases in a few foreign languages

That, or you’re bilingual (or multilingual!).

17. You’re resourceful

No towel? No problem! A T-shirt will work just fine, at least in my case it did (when I traveled to Paris by myself a few years ago). When I realized that I’d forgotten to bring my own towel, instead of running to the next store, I decided to use my T-shirt, the exact one I had slept in the night before. As absurd as it sounds, it worked perfectly well for me and, that night, was dry enough for me to sleep in again. #BeingBudgetConscious

18. You can communicate with pretty much anyone

As a well-experienced traveler, you’ve learned that people, regardless of where they live or what language they speak, are essentially the same. Language barriers and cultural differences don’t faze you, because you know that there is always a way to communicate with people (whether through body language, facial expressions, or intonation). For you, effective communication doesn’t necessarily require an ability to speak a language, but rather, an ability to connect with people through a variety of ways.

19. You have a “to-visit” list

When others are writing their to-do list, you’re working on your “to-visit” list. And, if you’re a true travel addict, this list never ends.

20. You don’t mind a cancelled or postponed flight at a layover; for you, it’s an excuse for another adventure

A travel enthusiast’s ultimate guilty pleasure. Instead of sleeping the time away at the airport or a hotel, you turn this situation into the experience of a lifetime! The fun thing about these is that they occur when you least expect them. You gotta love those last-minute escapades!

Featured photo credit: flickr via farm1.staticflickr.com

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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