New Addition to the Travel Lexicon: ‘Vagabond Neurosis’

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  10.13.08 | 9:11 AM ET

The term pops up in this National Post story about chronic traveler Charles Veley.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Vagabond Neurosis (also known as dromomania) is “an extreme form of psychological problem associated with travelling… In the accepted listing of psychiatric problems, the vagabond neurosis is classified with the impulse control disorders. Sufferers have an abnormal impulse to travel; they are prepared to spend beyond their means, sacrifice jobs, lovers and security in their lust for new experiences.”


Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.


1 Comment for New Addition to the Travel Lexicon: ‘Vagabond Neurosis’

Ling 10.13.08 | 11:12 AM ET

I think it sounds better in the short version - Sufferers have an abnormal impulse to spend their lovers in their lust.

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