Welcome to my Long term budget traveling realism’s.
Long term budget traveling realism’s
(The long term budget traveling realism’s series will contain posts about the things we don’t really hear or know about before we embark on our journeys. This series is mainly aimed towards solo and budget backpackers/travelers looking to travel long-term (9 months+). Long term budget traveling realism’s are the other side of the backpacking coin, the not so fluffy side.)
Let’s be honest here, before most of us start traveling, we imagine and picture what it’s going to be like. We build a picture in our heads from the planning and researching we do. We read blogs and watch videos about all the amazing things we want to do and to see, the new countries and cultures we are going to experience. Most of us will fantasize and dream up how the trip will play out, thinking of the kind of people we’ll meet, the food we’ll taste and the adventures that will captivate us.
We wrap ourselves up in the planning and paint pictures in our heads of how our days are going to be filled with amazing adventures from one day to the next. Most of us forget to even think about the days where there will be no adventure, the times when our funds run dry, or the times we might let our feelings get the best of us. And why would we? These are negative thoughts, we don’t want to dampen our spirits. Sure we might prepare for some eventualities, safety aspects and have a back up plan if certain things go wrong but how deep do we really think about it?
The harsh truth.
In truth, it’s not just that we don’t want to think about it, some of these things we’re not even aware will happen. There’s not much out there in terms of information to help prepare us. I know from a personal stand point, I did an enormous amount of researching and planning before my first ever trip. However none of my research had prepared me for what day-to-day life as a long-term budget backpacker was going to be like. Sure I pretty much knew about everything I wanted to see and do. I knew of locations, landmarks, certain events, where to eat but every day backpacking life and things going wrong? Well, I had to learn about that for myself and I’ll be honest – I was not prepared for certain things that happened.
As I’m sure you’re well aware, backpacking isn’t all roses all the time. There will be major bumps in the road, things will go wrong no matter how well you’ve planned your trip.
This isn’t me trying to put you off or deter you from your backpacking trip. I’m not trying to tell you traveling is shit and you shouldn’t do it. The complete opposite actually! In my eyes traveling/backpacking is the most amazing, eye-opening and fulfilling experience anybody can have. For me, it’s the best decision I ever made, long-term backpacking and becoming a nomad changed my life for the better. However the point of this series is to make you aware of things to expect; I’m just being real with you.
long-term budget travel is different!
This might ruffle a few feathers but Long-term solo and budget backpacking is not like normal traveling, it’s not like taking a short trip and going back to the comfort of your home, it’s definitely not a luxurious travel trip . Now just to clarify, I’m not knocking anybody for how they choose to travel. I am a stern believer and always say there is no right or wrong way to travel, you should travel the way you feel best suits you and nobody should ever dictate to you how to travel.
However in saying that long-term solo and budget traveling is testing, it will throw you so far out of your comfort zone and will test you both mentally and physically. You will either adapt to it or it can turn into a nightmare, some people can’t handle it, it’s just too much. This might sound very harsh but I’m talking from experience of meeting people who couldn’t cope with it and went home. And, that’s not a knock on them, it just wasn’t for them.
The other side of the coin.
When you’re long-term solo or budget traveling, there are things you experience that you usually wouldn’t on a shorter trip. For one, we don’t have a fixed address, we’re away from home for a prolonged amount of time, we will miss certain things from back home. We miss family and friends birthdays or significant events, some people may be close to their family and really start missing them. Homesickness kicks in, loneliness, times we feel vulnerable, down in the dumps and even anxiety might creep in. Then there are times we have to struggle through days, when everything goes wrong, those times we run dangerously low on funds; which is one of the biggest thing we have to overcome and learn from.
You might be shaking your head saying, “Nah that wont happen to me, I’ve got enough funds, I’m a positive person and nothing can get me down.”
Unfortunately these things can happen to any of us – One of the first things a traveler learns is how quickly things can turn on its head. And, no amount of planning can prepare you for when shit goes horribly tits up!…
Not trying to put you off long-term backpacking.
I wish I was aware of and been told about these things before hand. Not to stop me from traveling but just to help prepare me for what to expect. And, that is the point of this traveling realism’s series. I know it sounds like I’m portraying a negative picture about long-term traveling but I really don’t want to put anybody off it. Like I said above it’s the best decision I have ever made. I’ve learnt so much about myself, the world seen amazing places, done things I had previously only dreamt of doing, had the best experiences of my life and met the most incredible people.
The tests and tough times I’ve had to endure taught me so much, they have helped shape my character and I’m a better person and traveler for it. I would go as far as saying it’s helped me become the savvy backpacker I am today.
Long term budget traveling realism’s posts:
So, with that being said, below are posts from the Long term budget traveling realism’s series – I hope they come in handy for you, and help the adventures in front of you a little smoother.
Part 1 – Getting used to hostels/dorms:
Part 2 – Getting stuck in one place:
Part 3 – Running out of money:
Part 4 – Language problems while traveling:
Part 5 – Traveling life – Backpacks and booze:
Part 6 – Everyday life of a long-term backpacker.
Part 7 – Long-term solo traveling: Times you will feel lonely
Backpacking through multiple countries: (post coming soon)
Transport problems/ Traveling being the worst part of traveling: (post coming soon)
Those days you just don’t want to do yet another activity. (Post coming soon)
Not having a fixed address: (post coming soon)
Backpacking not being the most glamorous form of traveling – But one of the most enriching. (post coming soon)
Being a local and not a tourist – How locals treat you differently to passing travelers. (Post coming soon)
Becoming homesick (Post coming soon)
Traveling long-term is hard and tiring – It will test you. (Post coming soon)
Taking the rough with the smooth: (Post coming soon)
Long-term backpacking changes you: (Post coming soon)
How long-term traveling can detach you from reality and traveling becomes normal life. (post coming soon)
Countries you wont get along with. (Post coming soon)
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