Many people will tell you about the wonderful experience of travelling the world, boasting a million reasons to pack your bags immediately.
We at The Wanderlust obviously believe all of them are valid, but aren’t there also some valid reasons for staying in firm ground and, simply, not go anywhere?
Of course there are and, since few talk about that, here are the 10 main reasons NOT TO TRAVEL:
It’s physically and emotionally tiring
You will go up and down stairs (and possibly mountains), walk until your feet hurt, face a different climate (hot, cold, sometimes both within hours), do long trips in transports with variable degrees of comfort, contact unfriendly people, be bombarded with information (the place’s history, the local exchange rate, the hotel address, etc.), take care of a number of bureaucracies… And maybe sleep a few hours per night.
You will test your patience more often than you would like to
The transports which are late, cancelled or lost, the never-ending waiting lines for everything (getting in/out of public transport, a museum or restaurant, among others), the haggling of a price to the limit, the info that you need but nobody is able to explain, the snoring of the person next to you who doesn’t allow you to rest in peace. All of this. Every day (or almost).
Communication won’t always be easy
At least due to cultural shocks, different languages, accents, gestures or etiquette. Should you shake hands with the left or right hand? Or is it a kiss in the cheek instead? And what the other person is saying, is that swahili, slovak or chinese from Ming dinasty? Luckily you have the internet – which will not work when you most need it.
When things don’t turn up well, you’ll be far away from the ones you most care about
Far from family, friends, partner, cat, dog, parrot. It is called homesickness.
Like in any given time in life, there are days that simply don’t go as we wish they would, and because we are tired, hungry, sleep deprived or whatever else, we would like to have all those people (or animals) close by. And if the different timezones don’t help, that will be even harder.
You will (literally) get out of your comfort zone
It’s really nice to hear advices, but in practice that means you will use (share) a bathroom that is not yours, sleep in hotels way below your expectations, eat food you are not used to eat, and possibly face harsh situations of poverty, injustice or suffering. At some point you will miss the comfort of your pretty home, even knowing that in some time you will be back there.
You can see many of the places you will visit on the internet
No, seriously! Instagram is full of wonderful travel photos, Google and Wikipedia have all the info you need and more, and on Youtube someone already did a video sharing the experience from visiting that place, as remote as it might be. With the advantage that on the Internet there are no queues, nor do you need to climb the Everest to know how the view is from up there.
You will (literally) pay the price of being a tourist
Even with set prices, thanks to tourism itself, frequently the price you will pay is above what locals pay (or with less quality); if you are “lucky” to not find the price tag, get ready to pay several times above the price. We could also talk about taxis, but that used to be a bigger problem in other times, pre-internet and smartphones.
You are going to lose yourself, it’s inevitable
It’s a classic. You will ask for directions and be sent to the wrong place, or you’ll receive contradictory information. And even if you have a detailed itinerary and don’t miss any of the places that you wanted to visit, there will always be a place you didn’t go to – because you couldn’t, or because you chose to go somewhere else that later you regretted.
You will take several risks
We’re not even talking about going to war zones, but you might meet some “less nice” people who will try to rob or abuse you, have some transportation accident, endure acute allergic reactions, eat something that will leave you on Imodium for a few days, get seriously sick, or something worst… run out of battery!
You will spend a fair amount of money in things that don’t “exist” (and in useless souvenirs)
A magnet for the fridge has a physical existence, like that Mexican sombrero that you had to use in the airplane, or the clothes you bought in some exotic country; but most of your money will go to transportation, accommodation, tours, food and other intangible things. Now think about what you could buy with that money… right!
If you got to the end of this list and think some of these reasons are valid, we challenge you to travel with us and see that all of it is worth it in exchange for an unforgettable experience.
We believe that by travelling with a knowledgeable and passionate travel leader, and a responsible and experienced agency in organizing this kind of adventure and discovery trips, you can easily write another article with 20 reasons to travel… whenever possible!
And as if that was not enough, by travelling with us you are helping to make the world a better place.