For many of us, it is the ultimate dream: full-time travel, non-stop adventure, new destinations, enriching experiences and endless fun. With the tourism industry now worth £4 trillion every year and the younger generations more focused on travel than ever before, full-time travel is becoming a growing reality for more and more people. Some 39% of Millennials and Gen Z workers wouldn’t take a job that didn't offer them at least some form of travel option and that gives you an idea of how much travel means to the younger generations.
But what marks full-time travellers out from the crowd? Here are five habits you should look out for.
1. They travel light
Less stuff equals more fun: that's the attitude of long-term travellers. They very rarely check a bag into the hold if they are flying and would much rather make sure the things they have packed stay with them every step of the way. When it comes to packing, they look to add multi-functional clothing to their wardrobe – you should look to do the same.
Less stuff will make your life so much easier, so look to carry one bag that you can wear on your back and is slim enough to slide beneath a seat. That way you won't have to spend any more money booking your bag in when you check-in. You will also be free to walk, more on that later, and discover more without having to feel weighed down, literally and figuratively, by your possessions.
2. Lunch is their big meal of the day
Dinner tends to be the most expensive meal of the day. So full-time travellers know how to cheat the system. They will look for fantastic street markets around the world or food trucks (that may only be open for a few hours) and eat well, for less money at lunchtime. Even in restaurants, cafes and diners, lunch is usually cheaper and is more likely to have special discounted menus available too.
3. They walk a lot
Public transport and getting from A to B can be some of the most stressful times of any trip. So, where they can and it's realistic to do so, full-time travellers will often walk. Walking is free, for a start, you can leave when you want, it's good for you and you don't have the fiddle of buying tickets or working to someone else's timetable.
Walking is also a great reminder to take things slowly, don't rush and explore the world in your own time and at your own pace. You will spot the things that others miss, and you will meet interesting people and have many more interesting stories to tell if you can walk more.
4. They stay smart
When you travel it is, of course, critical to keep your wits about you. Full-time travellers know how to stay safe, have done their research on their destination and don't fall for scam artists. You should do the same, always make sure you aren't flouting your wealth, stay respectful of the culture you are in and trust your judgment when it comes to deciding whether to trust new friends or not.
5. They look out for the environment to offset their travel
Full-time travellers are some of the eco-friendliest people on the planet. They understand that without everyone doing their bit, there may not be a planet for future generations to enjoy. So, while they are away, they recycle where they can, they choose sustainable products and clothing and they don't disturb the sensitive sites they visit.
Any extra habits you've gained? Add them to the comments below!