(Last Updated On: November 10, 2020)

Welcome to the other side of long term budget traveling…Ready for some traveling realisms?

This series of traveling realisms posts covers, the not so glamorous side, the everyday life, and things long term budget travelers have to deal with. It’s the other side of the coin: the traveling realities

(Find all posts in this traveling realisms series towards the end of this post)

(Please note: The traveling realisms posts in this series mostly applies to those looking to or are budget or solo traveling/backpacking long term. I.E 6 months+. To those only traveling for a few days or a couple of weeks, these posts probably don’t have any relevance to you.)

So what is the truth about long term travel and what are these traveling realities?

The truth about long term travel, especially on the tightest of shoestring budgets is that it can be fucking hard. It’s not like normal travel breaks, or holidays and it’s sure as hell not as glamorous as some Instagrammers might have you believe. There will be testing times, there will be huge bumps in the road, things will go wrong, situation occur, and it will throw…no, sorry, yank you so far out of your comfort zone. It will test you both mentally and physically. You might not like that but that just some backpacker truths.

There is another side to backpacking that doesn’t get spoken about much. You’ll find a series of traveling realisms posts from this page.

So why do it then right? Well, because through the hardships, the grind it can be the most fulfilling, satisfying and liberating way to travel. And plus, a lot of us can’t afford to travel any other way.

If you can deal with the crap, you will smell the roses and be left mesmerised that’s for sure. But I’ll be honest the backpacker truth is, not everybody can cope with it.

FIND THE POSTS IN THE TRAVELING REALISMS SERIES POSTS BELOW

Didn’t know about traveling realities

One of the biggest factors in some backpackers not being able to cope with it, is not entirely their fault. They just weren’t made aware of certain things before hand. And that’s why I’m writing this traveling realisms series, to help you be more aware of what you’re walking into.

I’m sure everybody did some planning and researching for a least their first trip away, you might be just doing yours now. But in how much of it have you read or seen about the hardships, the things that will happen on a day to day basis, situations you’ll have to deal with? I’m guessing not that many.

There is another side to backpacking that doesn’t get spoken about much. You’ll find a series of traveling realisms posts from this page.

Don’t you notice how most the information we see and read, covers all the awesome things you’ll see, do, eat, stay. For example, you might get information about the amazing night market, but do they mention how you might struggle to communicate. You might have seen posts about just quitting your life to backpack around the world, but what happen when your initial funds run out? When you read about some magical destination, were you told about the back breaking, arduous journey it took to get there? What happens when you’re on the road for so long and you miss home comforts?

These are the traveling realities I wish I knew and been told about before I packed my bags for the first time.

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The truth about long term travel isn’t talked about much because…

Since I’ve been on this side of the screen, I can understand more why people don’t like to mention these traveling realities. Travel blogging, vlogging, is a highly competitive sector, we all need traffic to our websites to keep us going. To get that we need to pump the best material, the most glamorous pictures, and show the spectacle of long term traveling. So all the shit stuff, the inbetween days, the less glamorous side, all gets edited out.

There is another side to backpacking that doesn’t get spoken about much. You’ll find a series of traveling realisms posts from this page.

At the same time, there are people who don’t want to see or know about this side of long term traveling, they don’t want to dampen their spirits or have worries niggling before they start living out their dream lives.

If other people are staying away from writing about traveling realities why am I writing a series about it? Because since I started long term budget traveling in 2010 I’ve met countless people who arrive on their first day thinking it will be a walk in the park, only for the traveling realities to smack them in the face hard. It puts people off, people pack their bags and go home. I want you to be aware of them before you start traveling. Fuck the website traffic (well…)

FIND THE POSTS IN THE TRAVELING REALISMS SERIES POSTS BELOW

There is another side to backpacking that doesn’t get spoken about much. You’ll find a series of traveling realisms posts from this page.

Don’t be scared though

Remember, I’m not trying to put you off long term budget travel, I’m just trying to make you aware of potential pitfalls and traveling realisms that you may encounter during your journey. Despite learning the truth about long term travel; this is still how I travel to this day.

Being out there on the tightest of budgets, overcoming situations and problems is all part of the fun for me and countless other long term budget travelers.

So, with that being said, below are posts from the Long term budget traveling realism’s series – I hope they help prepare you and help make your future travels smoother.

Long term budget traveling realisms series:

Getting used to hostel life can take some adjusting to for some people while others take to it like a duck to water, being a long-term traveler who has stayed in my fair share of hostels, this post is to help you give an insight into what hostel life is really...
PART 1
Part 4 of Forever Roaming the Worlds Traveling Realisms series - This one focuses on language problems when backpacking
PART 4
This post covers when you feel lonely solo traveling long term long-term. It happens to all of us but there are ways to combat those times your start feeling lonely
PART 7
feature pic for Forever Roaming the Worlds post: getting stuck whilst traveling
PART 2
This part 5 of forever roaming the worlds traveling series, this one backpacker party culture covers how backpackers like to party and party destinations around the world
PART 5
Disguised as a bubble, providing you with a comfort zone, but secretly stripping away your motivation the backpacker hostel bubble turns into a trap. This post shows how It’s not always a bad thing but it can be dangerous.
PART 8
Part 3 of Forever Roaming the Worlds Traveling Realisms series, this post backpacking without money, focuses on how to cope when the funds run out
PART 3
this latest traveling realisms series part 6 long term budget backpacking life covers what everyday life is really like
PART 6

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There is another side to backpacking that doesn’t get spoken about much. You’ll find a series of traveling realisms posts from this page.
There is another side to backpacking that doesn’t get spoken about much. You’ll find a series of traveling realisms posts from this page.
There is another side to backpacking that doesn’t get spoken about much. You’ll find a series of traveling realisms posts from this page.
There is another side to backpacking that doesn’t get spoken about much. You’ll find a series of traveling realisms posts from this page.
There is another side to backpacking that doesn’t get spoken about much. You’ll find a series of traveling realisms posts from this page.
There is another side to backpacking that doesn’t get spoken about much. You’ll find a series of traveling realisms posts from this page.
There is another side to backpacking that doesn’t get spoken about much. You’ll find a series of traveling realisms posts from this page.
There is another side to backpacking that doesn’t get spoken about much. You’ll find a series of traveling realisms posts from this page.
There is another side to backpacking that doesn’t get spoken about much. You’ll find a series of traveling realisms posts from this page.


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61 Comments

Harmony, Momma To Go · October 13, 2017 at 12:43 pm

I am not interested in backpacking, but I follow some blogs of families, like mine, that do a Round the World Trip and I bet that is amazing and you see so much, but I know I would miss my friends, family, you miss holidays and events. I think my kids would go nuts without other kids to play with. I would miss nights out with
the girls!

Jimmy · October 13, 2017 at 8:32 am

I am past the stage in my life where I would do long term solo adventures, however the idea of it intrigues me, as I know I would probably go everywhere imaginable. I love traveling, but I also love family life. Today my family and I travel the world together and amazingly have seen a good part of the world as a family – over 20 countries! Great info for the solo traveler though!

Stacey Billingsley · October 13, 2017 at 2:21 am

Long-term traveling looks so cool, and maybe if I had known about it when I was younger, I might have given it a shot. When I would have been able to do this, the Internet was in its infancy. Now I am 42 with a college kid and an eight-year-old! I do love exploring with my family, though, and we do as much as we can as time and money allow. This is a great post for those who are considering long-term travel. It’s great that you can share your experiences!

Exploring Curiously · October 13, 2017 at 1:36 am

You make a lot of very good points about long term travel that most people don’t think about. It is definitely very different to be gone for a month or longer than just a week or two. Without the end in sight, you are more able to immerse yourself in daily life where you are and find your own rhythm.

Kate Rebel · October 12, 2017 at 9:03 pm

I love that you wrote about this! A lot of people only see the good things because it sounds pretty romantic to travel all the time. I have to admit that I am not a solo traveler at all – it’s kinda on my list just that I get to have this experience but I don’t really feel comfortable about it. Maybe it’ll change my mind but not sure haha.
I love your blog posts as they are always super informative and honest. Thanks for sharing all of your experiences!

    foreverroamingtheworld · October 12, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks for your comment Kate ? one 9f the reasons I actually started the blog was because I meet so many people traveling who are painted this picture of it always being glamorous but then in utter shock when it’s not, I have to say it was the same for me when I started to travel …my main aim of the blog is to give an honest account …the awsome times (which as you know are plenty) but also the not so good …glad you enjoy my posts ??

Patti · October 12, 2017 at 11:45 am

Great post! A lot of bloggers glamorize long term travel but I love that you are giving people a realistic view.

Jajwalya · October 12, 2017 at 4:17 am

I love travelling but going on solo trips is something that I am not completely comfortable with. It is probably to do with the deeply ingrained safety paranoia haha! However, I do live vicariously through people’s stories. People like you! Thanks for the info! My favourite bit was the expectations vs reality of hotels. It rings a true sound in such backpacker countries like Cambodia.

Medha · October 11, 2017 at 6:04 am

I love travelling but I know (and reading your post confirms it) that it’s not something I want to do as a long term thing, not only because budget can run dry and that can be very discomforting but also because I do quite like the feeling of coming back home at the end of a trip, it gives a certain feeling of comfort and belonging which I really like. I don’t mind being on the road very often but I do need a place I can call Home and be at every few weeks ? This is very insightful Amit, like all your posts x

Vanessa · October 11, 2017 at 3:49 am

Love this post! I’ve only done one big backpacking trip in my life and it was 7 weeks in Europe with two of my college friends. I definitely had the rose-colored glasses on when we started out, but never anticipated how hard it would be. The hostels and overnight train rides were not always glamorous, I was exhausted most of the time, and we definitely had to pinch pennies in most cities. When we could crash with friends or family, it was so nice. This series is a great way to give people a reality check about backpacking, and traveling in general.

Wallis · October 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm

I can relate to this post. The freedom and adventure of long term budget travel is super rewarding, but it’s not always roses and sunshine. Long hours in a crappy bus, smelly dorms in the hostels with people that are not always very clean or respectful, missing friends and family. It’s good to prepare for that before you leave. I like to, once in a while, get myself a nice hotel room for one night just so that i can catch up on sleep and feel more comfortable!

    foreverroamingtheworld · October 10, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Your dead right, I do the same in certain countries, if I can afford it, get a hotel room and just unwind more than anything. Don’t get me wrong I love budget traveling, and like you said it is rewarding but for me, there was a lack of information on what it was going to be like, so I’d like to give first time long-term budget travelers some advice from my experiences to help ease them into it.

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