You’ve heard time and time again about how amazing my travel experience has been. From posting hundreds of pictures on social media to blogging about all of my adventures… I already know, it’s epic. But traveling and living the gypsy lifestyle is not for everyone. Many people find it extremely difficult to pick up and leave their comfort zone, even if it’s just for a vacation. It’s hard to get used to different cultures and types of people and languages. Although my traveling experience has not been extremely rocky, there are definitely some negatives to traveling that you should take into account before you go…and learn how to avoid them!
Homesick ~ Missing your family and the normalities of your life will inevitably hit you at some point in your travels. It honestly sucks when you have to miss something significant, like your friend’s birthday or a family event. It also sucks not having all of your rock solid friends with you on your journey. But part of the reason traveling is amazing is the people you meet along the way and the families you stay with who try extremely hard to make your stay as home-y as possible. If you’re someone who has difficulty conforming to change, you will struggle with this. Thankfully, technology is extremely advanced, so being able to FaceTime, Skype, live chat throughout your travels makes it a lot easier to stay away without feeling extremely homesick.
Escape ~ They say traveling is a way to escape your reality, which is somewhat true. This is a negative for obvious reasons, such as not dealing with the problems you currently have at home or trying to get out of whatever it is at home that is “trapping” you. Whatever the case, if you look at travel as a way to escape, rethink! Traveling should be motivated by goals and aspirations, reasons to better yourself, and positivity. Make sure that before you plan a trip, it is something you truly want to do and will make you happy. That is how you will get the most out of your experience.
Expense ~ If I had a dollar for every time someone said “traveling is soo expensive though”, I could literally buy a car down here. Travel is expensive if you want to live lavishly and conveniently. If you live the poor life while abroad, you can make your money last for a long time. Little changes in your itinerary can make a huge difference. Choosing a hostel or Airbnb over a hotel can save you hundreds of dollars. Taking the bus over Uber or taxis can save you hundreds of dollars over the course of your trip. Packing light can save you money (although I’m still working on mastering that art). Buying packages with flights and hotels are usually overpriced, but they’re less stressful. Make the right, planned out choices before you travel, and you won’t blow all of your money.
Addictive ~ Yes, it’s true. The travel bug is real and every time you see a new city, you have about four other cities that you want to visit “next time”. I am currently planning a trip to Europe and I literally want to see every single part of it. It’s impossible to get rid of the travel bug once you start. You realize how big the world is and how many places you must see before you die. Like any addiction, it is difficult to overcome.
Disconnected ~ When traveling, it’s easy to become disconnected with those back home…especially your friends. Life goes on for them – they’re working, dating, living their lives. You not there to talk to them as much anymore, and a lot of the time your relationship suffers because of it. But if you’re positive and make an effort, the relationships that are meant to be in your life, will always remain the same.
Making money ~ This is a big one. And it’s another question people ask me a lot. Making money can be difficult because your choices are very slim. You have to spend a lot of time looking for a job online or in your new city. If you don’t, you will have to be very frugal when it comes to spending. Before you leave, make sure you’ve saved up enough money to last if you plan to stay for a certain amount of time. That way, if you don’t find a job, you will not begin to panic (which can ultimately ruin your trip).
I tried as best as I could to refute all these cons about traveling. If you’re the type of person who can enjoy themselves no matter what, you will never encounter these issues. Preparation, positivity and the desire to see the world are all you need!