Monday, November 7, 2016

Born to Travel?

It’s not a secret that I absolutely love to travel around the world. Just look at my social media accounts for proof. It’s just the thrill of seeing new sights, eating different foods and experiencing different cultures and all that get me. And I’ve always been this way.
Me scuba diving in Puerto Rico
When I was a kid I may have not had opportunities yet to visit distant lands, but I always loved reading about other countries and U.S. states and dreaming of going someday. And I know I’m not the only one around that loves to travel. I’ve seen posts from quite a few of you on here who love it as well. It just must be something about engaging our writer’s minds, right?!
Anyway, I recently spotted an interesting article entitled, “23 Signs You Were Born to Travel,” and I must say I think I pretty much fit every single one of them. You too? Were you born to travel? See how many fit you.
1) You can make friends anywhere but are just as happy to sit in silence by yourself.
2) You’ve always been willing to try anything once (except maybe drugs and Kopi Luwak coffee which is made from harvesting digested cherries from the feces of a civet cat)
3) You have very specific airport security and customs strategies.
4) You’ve always been good at Tetris, and understand how to translate those skills into a real life-packing scenario.
5) You know the word for “Cheers” in seventeen languages.
6) Your decorating style relies heavily on maps.
7) The term ‘All Inclusive’ makes you gag.
8) The first thing you think when you see a motorcycle is ‘freedom’ and not ‘crushed skull.
9) You’ve held on to a demolished pair of old jeans because the rips and wear on them all have corresponding stories from abroad.
10) You consider your medical history full of exotic diseases to be more like a trophy case.
Me looking over Salzburg, Austria
11) You’ve never had an issue with taking the longer route as long as you have good company or a decent book.
12) You’re praying for the airline to bump you off your boring business trip flight so you can get the free credits.
13) You have - at least at one point in your life - thought of an RV as a better investment than a house.
14) You’ve never actually finished a checklist because you can’t stop adding things to it.
15) Your measure of whether someone is a good friend or not is, ‘Would he be a (jerk) to me after being awake for 17 hours straight on a non-sleeper train?’ 
Me at Buckingham Palace in London, England
16) Over the course of your entire life, you’ve spent months in train stations, bus terminals, and airports.
17. You’re less interested in jobs that offer two-weeks vacation and more interested in jobs that offer yearlong sabbaticals.
18) You’ve always thought ‘Curiosity killed the cat’ is a dumb proverb. And even if it’s true: good for the cat.
19) You’ve daydreamed about working for National Geographic.
20) You have a dog-eared copy of On the Road, Into the Wild, The Motorcycle Diaries, or Eat, Pray, Love on your nightstand pretty much all the time.
21) The idea that a lot of people do not even own a passport offends you to your core.
22) You’re okay with doing something embarrassing or stupid, as long as you’re able learn from it.
23) When people ask you, “Where do you want to go next?” You can never choose just one place.”

So do any of these signs stand out to you? Can you think of any you would add? I would love to hear from you!

Morgan Tarpley is an award-winning newspaper reporter and photographer in Louisiana. She is also a historical novelist currently seeking representation. Besides writing and traveling to over a dozen countries, her interests include acting in her local theater, genealogy, photography, and singing. She resides in Louisiana with her husband. For more information about Morgan, connect with her on FacebookTwitterPinterest, or Goodreads.


  1. Thanks for this interesting post, Morgan. I enjoy travel, but I don't score high on this list! I like to have everything well planned out in advance. So I guess I wasn't "born to travel".

    1. Hi Shirley! Thanks for weighing in! And everyone's definition of travel is certainly their own version. This list just resonated with me for sure. :)

    2. Shirley, maybe this list is people under thirty who were born to travel. I too love to travel, but it doesn't describe me at all. (I am, ahem, well over thirty.)

    3. Ahh. Maybe that's the problem. :-)

  2. Oh, I'm a loser in your book. I like the comforts of home. Arm chair travel by a roaring fire suits me fine. :-)

    1. Hi Alice! And you are certainly not a loser in my book. :) To each his own. All writers and readers are travelers though - even if it's only in our imagination in our comfy armchair. I do love that type of travel as well! Thanks for commenting!

  3. Fabulous, Morgan. Love this list. I was going well until the "map decorating" … Love to travel. I had to laugh at No 3. - very specific strategies and they work every time. It's a bit of a joke between my wife and I how regimented I am with getting to airports, train stations, etc… When we travel I typically only organise the first stopover and then see where the whim takes us for the rest of it.

    But in saying that I don't think I'm born to travel. I'm not nearly fearless enough, unlike my eldest son.

    1. Hi Ian! Thanks for weighing in! Yes, I don't fit every single one of these either but yeah #3 is great!

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  5. Hope you don't mind, Morgan, but I've reblogged your excellent post on

    1. Thanks for commenting! And thanks for re-blogging my post! :)

  6. Yes! Born to travel too! Right now I have job applications for Italy, Germany, and Belgium. I've lived in four continents, travel often, and am always ready for more :)

    1. I think we're kindred spirits, Patricia! Thanks for commenting! My husband and I are always ready for our next trip! Our next is Disney World! I've never been. Then, we hope to go back to Costa Rica!

  7. Morgan, I can see you doing just about anything on that list!

  8. Fun post, Morgan! Here's what stood out to me.

    #3 (I've even trained my kids how to get through security quickly), #10 (all the weird ailments are always interesting topics of conversation) #12 (My husband always reminds me to get bumped and take the free ticket while he hoards frequent flyer points) #23 (Yes, my list it too long to just choose one!)