As Alfred Hitchcock said, drama is just life with the dull bits taken out. The travel channel makes for some great viewing, but it’s not all brightly coloured cocktails and cool ocean breezes when it comes to travelling. There is another side of travel that you often don’t see on the travel channel. I mean those presenters look too energised right? Here is the ‘other’ side of travel.
- Sleeping just about anywhere – Who said you can only sleep on a bed? If there’s one thing travel will teach you it’s that you can sleep just about anywhere. Bus stop? Sure. Airport boarding area? Definitely. That friendly stranger’s shoulder? Well… I guess so. Catching up on some much needed rest (i.e. after a long flight) is important, especially if you want to enjoy yourself. Sometimes you need to be strategic about where to catch some Zs and we can guarantee it’s not always going to be under the covers.
- Getting lost – Getting lost in the grocery store is pretty terrifying when you’re younger. Although I’m sure you’ve grown up and getting lost in the frozen food aisle is not the end of the world, it can be a big deal when you’re travelling. Getting lost is the side of travel that will happen to almost all of us at one point or another.
- Things don’t go according to plan – Unfortunately you can’t edit out your mishaps and accidents ahead of time. You can plan a tour to a T, but there will be times where it just doesn’t go according to plan. Your bus is late, you lost your bag and you’re on the verge of losing your mind. Take a breath, step back and take it easy, these things happen.
- Language barriers – Unless you’ve invited your best friend who’s a polyglot (a person who can speak many languages), best pick up that phrase book and start freshening up on your vocabulary. Language barriers are part and parcel of travelling and it’s usually a case of the more exotic the destination, the more difficult it is to communicate.
- Getting sick – Questions echo in your mind as to what you ate that could have made you so ill… “Or maybe it wasn’t something I ate?” See what we mean. No one likes getting sick, but we detest it even more when we’re travelling and far away from home. Street food and eating local makes for a good travel show, or holiday, but you’re not going to get it right all of the time.
- Disappointment – Some destinations look great in the movies or on a magazine, but they may be underwhelming or disappointing when you get there. Presenters on the travel channel must have faked it from time to time. Not to worry though. For every underwhelming destination, there will be something special along the way.
- Loneliness – Even with so many people around, you may feel like the loneliest person on Earth. Doing a lot of travelling by yourself can be lonely. At times you won’t be able to find a common ground with someone, or maybe you just don’t agree with them. Like that bad tasting meal you ate earlier in the day, loneliness will be a passing thing and you can look forward to what’s next.
Don’t worry, we aren’t in the business of killing dreams, otherwise we wouldn’t sell many safaris. With the ups comes the downs and after being in the travel industry for more than 25 years, we’ve seen our fair share of both. Use your few travel disappointments as a motivator to find your next travel bliss.