This is a public health warning: Latest stats reveal that an increasing number of Australians are currently in the throes of an addiction that threatens to broaden their minds and enrich their souls.

The epidemic is called Totally Addicted to Travel (TAT) and has been known to affect people from all walks of life, young and old.

To help you identify someone in your community that may be suffering from TAT, here are nine of the most common signs to look out for…

 

1. THEY HAVE AT LEAST FIVE TRAVEL APPS ON THEIR PHONE

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Just like everybody else, travel addicts are always on their phones, scrolling through Facebook, swiping on Tinder, and checking their email. But Travel addicts also spend a great deal of time on travel apps, such as Skyscanner, Jetstar, Scoot and Air Asia, plus Airbnb, Hostelworld, Agoda or an equivalent hotel booking website.

 

2. THEIR SUITCASE/BACKPACK IS NEVER REALLY UNPACKED

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Travel addicts are never really unpacked. Look inside their backpack or suitcase and you’ll find a couple of t-shirts, a travel towel, an adaptor or two and a pair of flip-flops still coated with sun from their last trip.

 

3. THEIR TOP DRAWER IS FULL OF DIFFERENT CURRENCIES

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Hungarian Forint, Moroccan Dirham, Thai Baht and Indonesian Rupiah: you’ll find notes and coins of these different foreign currencies inside a travel addict’s bedroom. Ask the travel addicts why they don’t exchange or otherwise get ride of this foreign currency, and you’ll find them telling you about how they’re pretty sure they’ll be heading back soon – and they’re probably right.

 

4. THEIR FACEBOOK WALL IS MULTI-LINGUAL

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Travel addicts have friends from all over the world, which not only means they have a place to stay when they’re inevitably back in town, but also that their Facebook wall is peppered in different languages, especially when their birthday rolls around.

 

5. THEY’RE CONSTANTLY MISSING AT SPECIAL OCCASIONS

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If a mate or family member is forever absent at birthdays, christenings and other important occasions, then they were probably overseas somewhere travelling, which makes them a total travel addict.

 

6. THEY’RE IN A CRAPPY MOOD IF THEY DON’T HAVE A TRIP LINED UP

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In the rare event that travel addicts don’t have a trip lined up, then they’re mostly likely going to be in a bad mood and not too much fun to be around.  Does that ring true?

 

7. THEY KNOW HOW TO SAY “BEER, PLEASE” IN FIVE DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

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Travel addicts know how to say hello, how much, and how to order a beer in multiple languages, born from their extensive travel experience. Es verdad, no?

 

8. THEY ALWAYS HAVE A TRIP COMING UP

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Travel addicts ALWAYS have some trip on the horizon, and you can be sure they’re counting down the days until the big day.

 

9. THEY KNOW THEIR PASSPORT NUMBER OFF BY HEART

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If you want to find out whether a mate of yours is a travel addict, ask them to tell you their passport number. That’s the only question you really need to ask…

Are you a travel addict? How do you hide your addiction?! Let us know in the comments below.