For 6 years we discussed and planned our round-the-world (RTW) trip. But the one thing we could never do was mention any of these plans with our co-workers until 6 weeks before leaving. And boy were they surprised! To us, the signs were pretty obvious that we were getting ready to leave and can’t believe nobody figured it out.
So, if anyone is interested in what these signs are, here is a list we compiled that can help identify people getting ready to leave for the adventure of a lifetime:
- They mention having a yard sale… every weekend!
- They have become walking encyclopedias of travel information including knowledge about entry/exit visas and the required vaccinations for each country.
- Their calendar is blank after a certain date.
- They complain that their arm is sore from vaccinations… and it’s not even flu season!
- They are hesitant to take on new, long-term assignments.
- They have a permanent grin and a dreamy expression.
- They get really excited anytime someone mentions travel.
- They suddenly know a lot about blogging and web design.
- For no apparent reason they are learning a foreign language(s).
- After years of not buying new clothes, suddenly they are sporting new high performance and quick dry clothing from North Face, Columbia, Marmot, and Kuhl.
Now that you know what to look for and you do come across an co-worker showing these signs, be sure to congratulate them on the sacrifices they are making and their commitment to following their dreams.
If we missed any signs of RTW fever, feel free to add your own below!
Nancy Ide says
ok, So I did not recognize any of your signs, but I was a bit disconnected, you gotta admit! I didn’t know about all your signs! One thing we’ve noticed here are the special talents and abilities that you brought to your job. We knew them before, but you know how everyone brings specific abilities to their job that others do not. For instance, the state of the city address is coming up and Sheri in PW ops is doing the ppt this year. John Lewis looked far and wide for someone to do this project. We really appreciate how you kept up the photos folders. What an amazing historic photo library you developed for the City! Thanks a million! I’m enjoying all your posts and know you are having a the time of your life. Take care! Nancy
Don’t know how I missed this post! I love this and think we exhibited all these signs.