It was a school trip to Paris for a week, and I thought it was wonderful. The sights, the sounds, the smells, the language - they were all wonderful. I had never experienced anything like it, and the week had a profound effect on me. It gave me the travel bug!
Hi teachers. Would you mind giving me a hand, please?
What does 'travel bug' mean here? I've looked it up in the dictionary, but it did not tell me anything. Thanks in advance.
In British English, the slang word "bug", in the above given context, means an illness or a disease which is usually infectious.
Person1: Atchoo! [sneezes]
Person2: Bless you. Are you alright?
Person1: It's nothing. I must've caught a bug (eg a cold or fluu) from walking in the rain yesterday.
So, a "travel bug" is an illness or a disease which compels the infected person with the desire to travel.
Please note that, although I have used words like "illness" and "disease" to describe it, the term "travel bug" itself does not have any negative connotations.
In fact, it is usually a positive thing to catch the travel bug.