Everyone now loves to travel right. That’s all we live for. To hit the road, never look back and explore new. The photos look awesome, the stories are mesmerizing, but if you’ve travelled even a little bit before, you’ll know its tough being on the road. It’s not all luxury hotels, awesome beaches and first class service that you may experience on holiday or vacation. It takes strong people to travel. Travel CAN be harder than working. Yes, I mean that. I’m not dreaming here, travelling is awesome in many aspects but the amount of shit you sometimes have to deal with can be full on.
Look these are not third world problems. I understand I’m a white western guy from the UK who hasn’t seen problems as some parts in the world. I get that. I’m not ungrateful and it is a privilege to travel, not a right.
I know it may suck working at home or in a job that you may see no future; or even a job with a future and its all panned out. Well, everyone is different and all, but there are many aspects of travelling that will be the hardest things you’ve ever had to in comparison to western-standards way of living
The travelling itself
Getting use to crazy bus drivers swerve of mountain side roads, choppy seas with the fragile of boats, delayed long enough train rides – travelling is one of the toughest parts. You’ll more than likely spend a good percentage on the road, actually ON THE ROAD.
Entering a new country understandably most will get a bit cautious, with the prospect of new things to learn, adapt too and figure out. The arriving part is a bit tricky, especially at night. You might be exhausted from a journey or a bit off guard coming from one culture to the next. That is definitely a bit in your face.
Leaving a place you love
Like back home, there is no constant settlement. Most people move on to fulfil there own travel plans or seek something new. Its hard to let go of somewhere like that as you are breaking a sense of comfort which is probably more natural to us than anything else.
To travel generally you have to be open minded, sociable and not stuck within your own thoughts and ways of life. Like many do back in your hometown, set friends are there all the time so you don’t get this. When you travel, you can find connections with people from all over the world like no other, and saying goodbye knowing that you are on this road for your own destiny can be hard. However, as all travellers know the golden rule, its never goodbye, its see you later.
The new language barrier and difficulties like this involves a lot of patience, creative thinking and learning. In some places like Brazil or Venezuela, there is little English spoken. Its best to learn a bit before you go.
God damn falling in Love
When you travel, one day with someone is effectively a weeks worth of dates with someone. You talk, eat, sleep, travel and everything together. You see each other alot. You’re an open person normally and walls are down because you are happy. Meaning love drifts in. People don’t realise this back home, but it can be one of the hardest things to deal with travelling.
You think you can get all your home comforts out here? Well you shouldn’t be wanting that anyway. Sometimes you gotta eat whats available. Thats good in a sense but sometimes the same thing isn’t pleasant but its food
The new you
Your mind broadens, you think differently, you become yourself and rid any of your past influences. You are the real you when you are on the road, despite what anyone says, you are there because you decided. You realise everyone is pretty much the same back home, living the set life that society tells them too.
More to life
There is so much positive things in life to look at, and things to do . Your hobbies and interest change and you’ll learn new activities. You may take up scuba diving, hiking or surfing. Life isn’t about getting drunk all the time on nights out.
Beaches aren’t everything
They are nice to relax after a busy year, week, month – but lying on a beach is seen as the holiday photo. Beaches are nice but the pictures give people back home the image of a relaxed lifestyle when overall its anything but. Plus travelling has so much more than beaches that you won’t find as much time as you think!
Some people couldn’t leave there home bed ever, freak out at the thought of not knowing where they are gonna sleep next. Travellers have to deal with this everyday. Mosquito bitten places with no fan or aircon in humid tempatures and sleeping in tons of different beds every few days. Its not exactly comfort.
Whether your bank card gets eaten by a ATM, or you get something stolen such as your travel pictures, it sucks. However, it happens and you risk that. Keep calm and be positive.
I’m not regretting or crying me a river, but its not always a holiday. Travelling regularly or for a continuous amount of time should be praised, its about learning so much as well. You become stronger and a hell of a better employee after being able to quick think and deal with situations under pressure. You’ll become wiser. Its the school of life, the university of life – you can’t get much better life experience than travelling to unknown destinations.
I tell you now though, whatever the hardships and the euphoria travelling is, its worth it. It’s addictive and you’ll want to do it again and again.