See The World
Seek Adventure Travel Happy
So, in the world we live in, it's so easy to portray things as being perfect and amazing all the time. With the exception of drama seekers on facebook, people (myself included) tend to present themselves and their lives in only the most shiny and glimmering light. A Dutch girl recently reveled that she had faked a 5 week trip to Asia (photo below) to show how social media is making our lives unrealistic and less genuine.
In that same train of thought, I'm going to layout a few travel truths that I've found so we can all be real with each other about our next vacation, hint: It's not all sunshine and rainbows.
1.Travel is hard. It seems super glamorous and amazing, but it isn't all the time. You'll often find yourself in the same clothes for multiple days, sweaty, disgruntled, and crushed when you hear you've missed your flight, or that the train has been delayed...again. On one trip or another, you are bound to find yourself, sick, lost, robbed, or otherwise in not the best mood. Don't let this discourage you though. I've found that getting through these situations a little wiser, and a little stronger does make me feel more capable and prepared to face the world, but it does suck when it happens.
2. Travel is expensive. Yes, there are plenty of ways to make it more affordable, like I've laid out here, here, here, and here. But, there are always going to be costs. Unless you've waited to take a trip for a couple of years and have enough miles for a free flight and hotel etc. you're going to be spending some money. Each of us are in a different place financially to be able to afford all that. If you're still in school, or have kids, you're going to have some other big expenses that might be taking priority. There's always going to be someone who seems like they are taking an amazing trip every month. Maybe they can afford it, maybe they can't. I'm glad they are getting out there and seeing the world, but don't feel bad because you have to save up for a couple of years to take that one vacation you've been dreaming of.
3. Travel is risky. Everything has risk, crossing the street, not flossing, you name it. There's something that's going to get us in the end. Travel is no different. I contend that travel is worth the risk, but just be aware before you go backpacking near North Korea. Everything from drinking the water where you shouldn't, not getting vaccinated, or traipsing through dangerous neighborhoods are risky. Always weigh the risk with reward.
4. Travel is worth it. You'll hear lots of reasons why people don't travel. They don't have the time, the money, or the desire. If you've never taken a big trip, especially abroad, I'd encourage you to make the time, save the money, and pick a destination that really lights your fire. Despite the hardship, the expense and the risk, few things you do in this life will be as memorable or worthwhile as exploring this amazing world we live in. It will open your mind to new ideas, challenge your preconceived notions, force you to embrace new ways of doing things, create new friendships, and take you on an adventure.
It's ok to reveal the hard parts of our lives and to not pretend that everything is perfect. It makes you human, real, and authentic, (don't let this give you an excuse to start vague-booking, that's not ok). Plus, when you share the difficulties in life, it's an opportunity to learn. For you to learn more about yourself, and for those around you to learn from you. It's only through our struggles that we advance as individuals and as people as a whole.
Give travel a try, you may be surprised how much it can change your life.
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz