Oh, wow, Alex I can relate, probably for a different reason though. The last time I left a job, I got really excited at the possibilities. I had a decent chunk of change put away (like 2 grand, a LOT of money for me) and I was seriously looking at extended travel for the first time in my life. Fast forward about a year and a half, I've lost most of my money (my dad [stepdad] lost one of his legs due to a pulmonary disease and is on social security now, I stepped up to help out at home) and I'm trying real hard to save money again. I've fallen into bad spending habits because I lost site of the reason I had tucked away so much money in the first place. It's kinda self-fulfilling and sad. I used to pinch pennies wherever I could, not being frugal just mindful of what that money means to me. Now I find myself wanting to get fired, just to get that kick in butt I need to get motivated again. It's like I don't realize that I could just quit, and achieve the same liberating effect, without the negative emotions that would accompany an involuntary termination.
I do this a lot, and I haven't even actually traveled. That's probably why it happens so much. I don't have much (read as any) gear right now, and I'm always eying things up while I'm at pretty much any store. I don't usually buy anything, but I have started picking up some basic stuff like a swiss army knife and some clothes that I bought specifically for travel, like a jacket that looks awful to me, but is comfortable, light, and seems like a good fit for travel. I get lost in daydreams all the time, just thinking about getting on the move. A nice by product of this mentality has been breaking me out of my "shy guy" mold. I'm still a far cry form a social butterfly, but I genuinely enjoy engaging people in conversation far more then the me of 5 years ago. I revel in just learning about people, who they are and what they do, where they're from (even if it's 2 towns over from me