Long term budget traveling realisms & realities

Long term budget traveling realism's are a series of posts showing what really happens while budget traveling, things that don't get talked..(Last Updated On: September 23, 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…)

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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.

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 Responses

  1. Deepika says:

    Agree with your thoughts outlined in the “The other side of the coin” – things could happen outside of your planning scope, no matter how meticulous and detailed you are. But you’ll emerge enriched, with newer experiences.

  2. This is a really thought-provoking post. As much as I love to travel, I couldn’t do it long-term. However, I still can relate to feeling things like homesickness and not liking a country, it happens! Still, it’s great that you inform others, but also see the awesome inspiring experiences you’re having in this life. Enjoy it Amit, you’ll have so many memories to look back on!

  3. Kristie says:

    I really appreciate your honest assessment of a life of travel. I know I have often idealized it in my head, sure it would be perfect. But your description helps bring people down from the clouds to let them know what real ups and downs they will experience. You are doing travelers a favor!

  4. AMBER says:

    This is such an interesting post. It is difficult to travel long term on a budget, constantly tracking what you spend, spending hours picking a restaurant if you have to eat out… it is so stressful at times.

  5. It’s really great that you are talking about a really important thing that needs to be talked about in long term traveling world. Back in the day, I used to day dream about being a long term traveler but somewhere in my heart I knew it wasn’t for me solely because I will miss not having a typical regularly programmed scheduluke in my life. I hope future long term travelers find your post! It will surely benefit them.

  6. Alexander says:

    You are a hero to be on the road for so long. I don’t think I would be able to make it. At least not the way you do. I still wanna have a place I can regularly return to and call home.
    I think I am finding a good balance for myself though. Half of the time I work remotely and I feel like I can be more location independent with.

  7. Kristie says:

    I appreciate the honesty in this post (and series). I would rather know exactly what I was getting into than see only the “Instagrammable” moments. I know sometimes I fantasize about living this lifestyle, but I know that I appreciate having a home base too.

  8. Joe says:

    I’ve definitely been guilty of dreaming about what a trip is going to be like, only to realise that it’s completely unrealistic when it comes to planning. Love how in depth this series is, no doubt it’s going to come in useful!

  9. Tif says:

    When I first started traveling I forgot all about the money I would spend getting to and from airports (even once home) & about the money I would spend in layover. This is. Real talk and I enjoyed it!

  10. Katie says:

    Love the realism of this. You have stated some things that I couldn’t agree more with. We only ever see the nice things on Instagram. Thanks for the read!

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