On this website, I am often lyrically enthusiastic about travel. Which obviously is a very good thing. But not all is puppies and sunshine. Let me explain.
First thing I don’t like when traveling is the constant exhaustion. I don’t like sitting around at the pool or hang in a bar/coffee place too long. So as soon as I wake up I start exploring, walking around, doing activities. I won’t stop until it’s time again to go to bed.
The result is that I am completely pooped at the end of the day. That being said, all the things I see and do make up for it.
You have to pack everything
I am a very organized packer. My clothes are always in packing cubes and my photography equipment is stored safely in a bag. But as organized as I am, I’m also very last minute. The night in advance I start collecting, throwing things around, ironing pants, pairing socks, …
Doing a good job packing is totally worth it during your trip though. So this is just the whine of a spoiled brat.
You have to unpack everything
Well, I tend to forget this one… Sometimes I’ve been home for a couple of days already, and my laundry is still in the bag. Possibly fermenting, nobody knows! Anyway, after a couple of days, I finally find the motivation to open the bag and clean its contents.
If putting clothes from a bag into a laundry machine is all I complain about, then I think it’s not that bad.
So much photo-editing
I make photos during my travels, a lot of them. Each day I easily click 500 photos. So multiply that by a couple of days, and you see my struggle. Going through them all, selecting, editing them, and then uploading them to my Instagram. Urgh!
All those memories I collect, memes I make of friends, and eye-candy I create… well it’s totally worth it!
Limited access to your emails/office
During travel, I often lose my internet connection, for some reason. I also just don’t like looking for WiFi when roaming around the city. I’ll just use my own data. Only at the hotel/hostel, I will connect to WiFi.
It’s actually quite nice to not have to reply to each email immediately. I should get away from my office more often!
I’m not in my own bed/bathroom
I used to be really “loyal” to my bed and bathroom, especially the toilet. Now, since I am less in my own space, I am used to it all.
In the end, it’s all about getting used to some experiences. Practice makes perfect!