The Unfortunate Disadvantages to Long-term Travel
Fancy taking a trip to an exotic foreign locale in the coming weeks or months? While some vacations last a matter of days, others will carry over to the point where you slowly begin to feel like something of a native.
However, while on the one hand, that’s a great thing, it would also be untrue to suggest there are no downsides to spending an elongated period of time overseas. So despite the fact that I do think everyone needs to try it at least once in their life, here are four disadvantages to long-term travel you may experience or consider.
While this won’t be such an issue if you make one spot your base of locations for an extended stretch, packing becomes something of a nightmare if you’re hopping from one place to another on a weekly basis.
After backpacking and explore more than 28 countries in Europe alone, I’ve had my fair share of dealing with packing and unpacking.
There’s very little to be done about this nuisance (refusing to unpack isn’t an option), but you can at least find some guides out there to make the whole process simpler and more manageable.
The Novelty Can Wear Off
Part of feeling like a regular citizen in a new land is the unfortunate side effect of the gloss being washed off your adventure.
While it’s always great to feel like you belong and are accepted in a community, in the process you’ll suddenly also find yourself less amped up for the relatively mundane things which at one point seem like an exciting new experience.
Shopping and working overseas are particularly good examples of where the glamour quickly fades. After a little while work just becomes work again. So, try your hardest to remember where you are, how privileged you are to be experiencing something so unique and find new ways to have fun and explore.
Unless you’ve gone abroad with the intent of escaping from your life back home, you’re probably going to miss out on a few things back home.
Whether that be the likes of special national events, family or friends’ birthdays, or just big breaking news stories and developments; you might feel completely out of the loop when you’re abroad.
It’s important for you to decide whether the things you’re missing out on are worth staying home for, or if your adventure awaiting you is 10 times more unreal. Homesickness will naturally kick in at this point too, so try your best to find ways to battle this.
It’s quite normal that human relationships can naturally take a hit when you’re on the road for so long. While your new life sees you trapped in the moment, your buddies back home continue to go on with the same daily grind they always did. They’ll be forging new connections which you may feel as they’re “forgetting” about you.
Long-term travelling is a worthwhile experience, and definitely something you should try at some point in your life, but don’t convince yourself there aren’t also some negatives. With that said, while you should definitely take these disadvantages into account, don’t let them put you off altogether, there are a ton of things that life will teach you when you spend a little time overseas.
Looking for a few more travel tips before you hit the road? Check out a few of my other blog posts!