The 3 Things I Was Never Told About Traveling
Traveling the world is an activity many can only dream of; to go on trips to countries and cities across the globe and really embrace the culture, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. However, there are some caveats that come along with the lifestyle.
1. Once you start, you will never be able to stop.
This one is probably not that big of a surprise, but it is 1000% true: once the travel bug bites, it never lets go. For me, it started in 2014 and has yet to stop, I travel as much as possible and when I'm not out on the road, I'm thinking about how and when I can get back out there.
Traveling, in my mind, is a lifestyle, and not one for the faint of heart. It'll take you places you never thought you'd see, and put you in situations you'd never thought you'd experience. Traveling has made me homeless, it's made me hungry, it's made me take risks, but above all else traveling has made me discover myself. It has helped me find the traveler within, the one who never wants to stop, who wants to push the limits, and experience all the world has to offer before I lose the chance.
2. Traveling Takes MONEY!
It's no joke when you hear people say that "traveling is an investment," because it is. Traveling isn't the type of "investment" that you probably hear about everyday though, it's an investment in one's self. With that being said though, traveling does take a bit of money. Whether it's a plane ticket, a hostel stay, or a nice meal, being a world traveler drains the bank account pretty quickly.
There are ways to save money while Traveling (See some tips HERE), but there's no way around spending at least a little bit. At the end of the day you will be happy that you did, even if your bank is calling to tell you that your account has run dry.
3. Even When Your Not Traveling, You're Thinking About Traveling
I alluded to this earlier, and it was one of the biggest realizations I had after returning from 6 months backpacking around Europe; even when the trip ends, you're constantly looking towards the next. It has happened with me countless times. I'll return from Europe or Asia or the Caribbean after a trip, and will immediately jump on the computer to look up where I'm going to go next.Even now as I am writing this, I am thinking about what country to visit next!
There are ways to fulfill your travel desires without having to hop on another flight right away though. Look up cultural events in or near your own city, take a short road trip to a nearby place you've never been, WRITE A TRAVEL BLOG ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES! All of these (but especially the last one) are ways I satisfy the wanderer's spirit inside, and they can help you too.
It isn't easy coming back to reality after a long trip abroad, if anything it makes life even harder. To have to go back to normal life after being out on the road seeing and experiencing places you never knew you would is no simple task. But with a little effort, you'll be able to satisfy the traveler within even while sitting a your day job back home!
Bon Voyage and Carpe Diem Amigos!
PS: Here are a few travel apps that can satisfy your need for travel experiences as well:
- Spotted Places - post your favorite spots you've visited for others to see and add to their list
- AirBnB - go stay in interesting homes and cities to experience new cultures
- MeetUp - find groups of like-minded individuals who share your love for travel
- Yonder - see and share photos from outdoor excursions to satisfy the explorer in us all!
- Duolingo - learn a new language in you down time for your next big trip!