5am in Mui Ne after having travelled for 5 hours on a night bus, completely exhausted and amazed by the view.
1.Travelling is tiring
As exciting as travelling is, there will days where you just feel overwhelmed or exhausted. There will be days where you just don’t feel like doing anything or going anywhere. There will be days where you feel extremely frustrated (maybe due to language barrier, and not being able to communicate with the taxi driver and constantly ending up being lost in the city or 20 minutes late to everywhere). And it is totally normal, it does not mean that you are being ungrateful.
2.You don’t always have company.
It’s not all Instagrammable moments. Yes, it is true that you will meet lot of cool people during travelling but at the same time there are going to be many moments when you will be on your own. That is the perfect way to become more independent, and do exactly what you want and when you want.
3.Food will be an Issue
Even if you are someone like me, who likes to try out new things and experiment with new tastes, you are not always going to love the food. The struggle is bigger when you are allergic to or despise certain foods. One of my friends can’t stand the taste of coriander but 90% of dishes here in Vietnam are seasoned with coriander. Or if you’re vegetarian and you end up in a country where ‘vegetarian’ might just mean picking the ham off a pizza.
4.You will run out of money
I felt such a comfort and relief and I read that others struggle with money too. Even having planned out my budget back in Estonia and not going on crazy shopping splurges here in Vietnam, I seem to spend more than planned. For long-term travelling it is wise get a back-up credit card, sweet talk your parents and be prepared to work
5.You look at home differently
You will start to appreciate things you took for granted but at the same time develop more critical view on certain matters. Travelling gives you a new perspective and broadens your thinking.
The best stories and most memorable adventures will happen during travelling. And there will be stories and moments that you will not capture with your camera or will not be able to wholly re-tell to someone. But this is exactly why we travel and what we look for.