The downsides of travel

I love travelling! I wouldn’t be writing this blog if I didn’t. Like anything in life however, nothing is perfect. There are some downsides to travel, and although the positives far outweigh the negatives in my opinion, it’s hard to ignore that there are some drawbacks to travelling that any long term traveller or backpacker will have to deal with at some point.

Airports!

I remember reading about Naomi Campbell back when Terminal 5 opened at London Heathrow. She was the first person to get arrested at the new Terminal after some of her luggage was lost (as well as 20,000 other passengers luggage), and although I would never recommend slapping and screaming at any of the airport staff or police, I must admit I can understand the feeling! Airports can be some of the most stressful places to be in the world! Even more so if they loose your luggage, or they delay your flight, or in some cases cancel you flights all together! The list goes on and on about what can go wrong at the airport, and what unfortunately goes on far to often with passengers all around the world. That’s not counting all the baggage regulations you have to put up with, endless security procedures, and the excess charges many budget airlines impose for what seems like no reason at all at times. Airports and airlines in my opinion need to step it up. Going on holiday or setting off on your travels is what many people do to relax, but sometimes just being at the airport can really test your patience! These days I try to travel by alternative means where possible, however occasionally I may have to travel on a plane. Airports are one of the major downsides to travel, but even as much as I hate them, I still would rather go through one than not travel at all.

Leaving family and friends behind

This one is never as bad as it seems before departing on you first trip abroad. Things like Skype and the internet have made keeping in touch with family back home really easy, however I would be lying if I said I never missed my family or friends when I was away. If I could pack my mum and my dogs into my little suitcase or backpack and take them with me then I would! However, I think they prefer back home to being stuffed in my bag, so I just have to make up for it with hugs and doggy treats when I get back! Generally speaking though, you are having so much fun, or are so busy, that as long as you call/email home regularly you don’t miss folks back home as much as you would expect. The only days I really miss being home is times like Christmas day, or when I’m ill and would like someone to look after me. It’s on these days that leaving family and friends becomes a real downside to travel.

Money, money, money!

If only travelling didn’t cost money! Many of us go travelling to escape the real world, but we are suddenly brought back to reality when we realise how much it is going to cost if we want to keep on travelling! There are many ways to combat this, and in most cases travel doesn’t cost as much as you would think if you know how to budget properly, but there is no way of getting around it. Travelling, and supporting yourself for any period of time costs money, and so any period of travel means a period of working and saving before. One good thing to come out of this though is that more and more people are coming up with creative ways to earn money ON the road. If we can all find a way to sustain our travels then we can travel indefinitely.

Coming Home

I always used to say, if I could come home for just 2 weeks at a time it would be brilliant! The first 2 weeks when you arrive home are great! You get to see all your family, friends, and relatives who you have not seen for months or sometimes years! Also, everybody is excited to see you, wants to know about your trip, and you get to sleep in an actual bed, in your own private room, and can lounge in the living room in your pj’s eating junk food and generally just getting those home comforts you craved or missed while you were away. After the 2 week mark however, everything very quickly seems to go right back to where it was before you left. Everyone is bored of hearing about your trip, you can’t stop talking about it, and you suddenly realised that nothing has changed back home from what made you want to leave in the first place. The only thing that’s changed is you.

Coming home can be especially hard to deal with. For me, it took a long time to adapt back in the way of life back home, and always does when I return from a trip home, even though I’ve been doing this for a number of years now. So much happened when you are on the road, and things just stand so still at home, at least in my experience anyway. That even though you are glad to see all your family and friends when you come back, it can still be a huge downside to travelling just trying to adapt back into normal life.

Travel is a wonderful thing. It changes you as a person into something better, more open, and happy. Above are some of the main downsides to travel, but even throughout all these things, the negative’s far outweigh the positive’s in my opinion.

One Response to “The downsides of travel”

  1. Emily says:

    Sad, but so so true! We really do put up with a lot sometimes in order to travel. You’re right, airports are SO stressful! I hate them. Any time I can ride a train instead, I’m on it–it’s so nice not having to go through security checkpoints, being able to use electronics whenever I want, and being able to get up and pee whenever I feel like it! Too bad I’m in Texas, where I have to fly pretty much anywhere 🙁 Oh well, it’s all worth it in the end!

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