Seeing the World: The Five Downsides of Traveling

Seeing the World: The Five Downsides of Traveling

“For the born traveler, traveling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort” –Aldous Huxley

Traveling is both exhilarating and liberating. It takes you to new heights, teaches you new things about yourself, takes you out of your comfort zones and obliterates your limits. And in some ways, it can make you feel like a totally different person. From all that, one can definitely assume that traveling is all about the adventure, right? Admittedly, there can be nothing wrong about it, right? Just imagine the possibilities: Food tripping in Pampanga, exploring the ruins in Cambodia, seeing the Great Wall of China—your options are virtually limitless. Indeed, traveling
is the best way to explore new destinations and immerse yourself in new cultures, so where does it fall short? Well, while the rewards of travel are incredibly great, there are some inevitable snags that you would have to go through in every single one of these excursions.

We are talking about those little scenarios that may or may not happen to you. But once they do, they can be so much of a hassle that it tends to put a damper on what would have otherwise been a great time. To find out what they are, take a gander at the list below. Here are some of the things that most travelers can collectively agree to be irksome hitches whenever one is traveling.

1.) Packing

Depending on the individual, packing can be seen as a good or bad thing. For some, this can be a fun activity while the rest would see it as something they just have to deal with. However, if there is something that is not fun about packing, it is the fact that you might have packed way
too many of your belongings that you exceed that allowed baggage allowance. When that happens, you would have to pay extra—which is definitely not fun for everyone.

2.) Flight Delays

I think we can all universally agree that there is nothing more annoying that delayed flights. Regardless of whether it happens during the beginning or at the end of your trip, delayed flights are always an unwelcome prospect during a holiday. Imagine being all pumped up about your trip and being told that your flight is delayed for another eleven hours or so—leaving you to sleep at the airport. Not exactly a good way to start your trip, right? Well, neither is it a good eventuality when you are heading home—especially if you were hoping to end your trip on a
high note.

3.) Jetlag

If you are traveling internationally, there is a very great chance that you would experience jetlag. While seasoned travelers are already accustomed to fending off sleep and staying awake to reset their body clock’s, other travelers have not quite mastered the habit and will succumb to slumber. Unfortunately, while a few hours of sleep might be something one can easily overlook, it is one of the ways you can lose holiday time. There is so much to see and so little time, but what can you do when drowsiness overcomes you?

4.) Lack of airport wifi

Unless you have an excellent, albeit expensive, data coverage then you would have to rely on WiFi for internet connection. Well, that would be all well and good if the airport you are at has a decent connection but if it does not, you are in tough luck and you would have to find some
other way to occupy yourself while waiting for your flight. Admittedly, this might seem like a first world problem, but then let us face it, we live in a world wherein we are perpetually connected online. In this regard, being in an airport without a decent WiFi connection (or worse, without one at all) can be kind of annoying. It might be the least of our problems though.

5.) Too many travelers

Nobody loves arriving in an exotic place or tourist spot only to find it overrun by tourists. How are you able to take a decent photo when the place is swarming with tourists? Sure, you can ask some of them to get out of your shot, but you will be repeating yourself several times until you would eventually get tired and just take the shot anyway.

 

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