When we see pictures of beautiful places or read stories about them, the immediate reaction is – I wish I was there. Travel stories appear like fairy tales full of lots of fun. But unless your idea of travel is a luxury trip once in a year to an exotic location, travel has the other side. Like any other thing in life, frequent travelling has a downside as well. There is a lot of effort spent in reaching a picture perfect location. It’s not easy always and at times difficult as well. These are some of the challenges that one faces while travelling:
1. A Big Hit On Pocket: No matter where you visit, the cash flow will always be outwards. Travelling is expensive and when smaller expenses add up at the end of trip, you will see a big hole in your wallet. It will require a sacrifice of other things you wanted to buy and thus you are left to rethink about what you want and what you need.
2. Exhaustive: No matter how much you love travelling, there will be some days when you will feel tired. It can be caused by stress at airport due to multiple checks, waiting overnight at airport to catch a connecting flight, long journeys on bad mountain roads or simply a long day in city. Our bodies have been adjusted too much to the comforts in our daily lives and starts complaining when it is not available on road. The worst part comes when after all days of travelling you need to return to work.
3. Unpleasant Surprises: It doesn’t matter how much you have planned out everything, there will always be a surprise element. Not all surprises are good and there will always be an unpleasant experience. It may be a bad room in a good hotel, delays in flight/train schedule, being on receiving end of rude behaviour and the list can get very long.
4. Home Sickness: There will always be times when on a long trip, you might start missing the home. Home sickness on a broader term refers to the people/things with which you are comfortable. I miss the food which I eat at home when I travel for longer days. Of course there is fun in exploring new food options available at new places, but at the same time I will miss home cooked food on longer trips.
However does that mean I will stop travelling ? Will these small problems on the way, be able to demotivate ? NO, NO, NO ! Even if sometimes thorns hurt, I will keep picking up the roses. After all to form a flower bouquet at the end, one needs to ignore the thorns.