(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.

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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

More traveling realisms series posts coming soon

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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

Sarah · May 6, 2018 at 11:19 am

A series of posts dedicated to long-term travel and what to expect, well you took that up a whole notch. I’m sure a lot of travelers contemplating on being on the road for a long while will learn so much from your posts. How long have you been travelling non-stop for? My longest was only for 5 months, but that took a lot of budgeting and actual will-power to push through it. We need to be as realistic and frugal as possible otherwise, we won’t even last a month if we don;t plan carefully.

    foreverroamingtheworld · May 6, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Hi Sarah ….the longest.i was away from home was 6 years ….good researching is key for me but not over planning …and yeah hopefully these posts will come in handy for first time long term travelers 😊

Nives · May 6, 2018 at 11:03 am

I hope you get to travel more long-term 🙂 and there is always the right and the wrong ways of traveling and we will take both of them sometimes, but we all learn while we’re alive.

Shreya · May 6, 2018 at 10:36 am

It’s not easy as it sounds or as it’s been told or shown in Instagram or Facebook. The reality maybe little harsh and thanks for sharing your experience with us. More power to you!

Jenn and Ed Coleman · January 21, 2018 at 12:30 am

This was an superbly written post and I could tell it came from your heart. We have always been a step or two removed from long term budget travel. I love how simple life becomes and how freeing that can be. For us, we want to see the world on our terms. We are actively looking for ways to facilitate just that. It turns out, the hardest part of that equation is clearly defining what our terms actually are.

    foreverroamingtheworld · January 21, 2018 at 12:40 am

    One of the best things for me, is traveling at my own pace, seeing it the way I want and how I want 😀 – I hope you get to travel more long-term and hope you get to define your terms 😀

Rye\ · January 16, 2018 at 5:20 pm

I believe there are right and wrong ways to travel. While these may be more cultural and personal, to travel based on someone else’s itinerary even if it doesn’t suit us is probably a wrong way to travel. I say “probably” because it may feel uncomfortable in the beginning but it may also turn out to be an experience we will forever cherish. But if we travel in a way that is not congruent with who we are, and if such lifestyle burns us out and makes our travels feel purposeless, is that not a wrong way to travel? So, I say, there are right and wrong ways to travel, but it’s our responsibility as travelers to find out what’s right/wrong for us.

Heraa Farooq · November 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm

That’s a very good overview of Long term planning on budget. Not many people are familiar from this side of the story and they all think it’s a piece of cake and very easy thing to do. When planning to live overseas on a small budget you have to overlook so many facilities and desires which seem quiet easy to get at your home place. It’s good post for people who are planning it will give them a good idea how to plan it.

Swati · November 10, 2017 at 10:29 am

That was a very truthful outlook on solo backpacking. As you have said, it has its pros and cons. It is not for everyone and your post can help someone go into it with their eyes open, not with a rosy glass of glamor. Great post, pinning it for future reference too.

Marge · October 21, 2017 at 5:42 am

When the full-time travel bloggers have started to become a thing, I was one of those who wanted to follow in their footsteps. I too wanted to travel long-term. After all, traveling is the only thing that truly makes me happy. But when I got out of job and I didn’t have enough saving, I realized that I couldn’t do it. Sure there are many people like you who could do this for real, but I realized that it’s not for me, and that’s okay. I can still travel whenever I can.

And it’s good that you are painting a realistic picture for people who may want to do this. At least they know it’s not all about being pretty on Instagram the way some influencers make it out to be. It’s important to follow your dreams, but it’s also important to at least be prepared for it.

Promise Chika Maxwell · October 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Was good you laid out the things one could expect in a long term backpacking travel. Some real experience you acquired could help other travelers. Also encountering somethings you never expected makes it a beautiful learn!

Sandy N Vyjay · October 18, 2017 at 2:29 pm

This is a very candid post that busts many myths about long term backpacking. More often than not, only the glamourous part of the experiences are shared creating a rosy picture minus warts. But your post places the facts in bare truth. The pros and cons are there for all to see and make their choice.

    foreverroamingtheworld · October 18, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you very much, throughout my hole blog even with my country guides I give a candid and honest opinion the good and the bad …ive meet so many travelers over the year who have this picture of roses but when things go wrong they don’t know what to do because they wernt aware of it….i want to show the glamour but also make people aware of the realities too

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