Jordan walking on a pier over New Zealand's Lake Wakatipu

INTRO TO GLOBAL DEBAUCHERY: The Psychology of a Travel Monger

What better way to describe something than by quoting someone who’s already expressed it best? Leo Tolstoy. “I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt in myself a superabundance of energy which found no outlet in our quiet life.” This is what drives my wanderlust.

You could say I was born with the travel bug. I moved from my English birthplace two months after being brought into the world. As a military brat, I spent most of my childhood traveling and, as an adult, the habit just stuck. Sitting in one place for too long amplifies an intrinsic restlessness in me. It seems the feeling of unfamiliarity is actually the most familiar of all.

When I’m not working (and even when I am working sometimes), I spend a great majority of my waking minutes daydreaming about travel, planning travel, trolling travel sites, plotting cost-cutting for my travels… I’m usually devising my next big trip before I’ve even gone on the one that’s already booked, a habit that drives my husband insane. I pretty much obsessively think about where in the world I’m going next.

What does all of this even mean? Yes, it totally means I have a severe case of OCD. But it also means that, in any given day, I come across a lot of valuable travel information worth sharing and, in any given trip, I hear a lot of interesting stories from some very interesting people. So why not hush my nagging travel bug by further indulging it with a blog? Of course.

There you have it. Welcome to Jordan’s world of Global Debauchery.

Up next: What’s the number one travel savings tip the Discount Diva has in her bag of tricks? Click here to learn more.

Today’s featured photo: This article’s hero image depicts Lake Wakatipu on New Zealand’s South Island. Located in the country’s Southern Alps, the lake sits right next to The Remarkables mountain range.

© 2015 Jordan Campbell. All rights reserved. Photo credit: Jeffrey Campbell.

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