It’s not all beach parties and photo ops when you go traveling. We all get a little weary when we’re on the road.
1. Air Travel is Tough on the Body
Long-haul flights can cause trouble for our digestion, circulation, and body clock. As a result, we can often arrive at our destination feeling wiped out, achy, dehydrated, and cranky. Get out in to the fresh air as soon as you can after getting off the plane, grab yourself a bottle of bubbly water to perk yourself up, and remember to breathe deeply and be glad that your trip has officially started!
2. Travel Can Be Exhausting
You walk a LOT when you travel, even if you’re a tour-bus type rather than a self-guided backpacker, so you’ll burn a great deal more energy than you might expect. We can find ourselves in environments that naturally cause the body to feel fatigued or work harder, like being at altitude or being in big cities with poor air quality. New food can take some getting used to, and jet-lag can stick with us for longer than we’d like. Make sure you are taking care of your body and managing your energy – eat healthy food, don’t over do the alcohol, keep your hands clean, and get lots of rest. You can do this!
3. Tired = Angry
We all seem to have a shorter fuse when we are tired. It can be tough to feel rested when you have been traveling at a hard pace for a long time. Besides making sure you get enough rest, make sure that you try to stay conscious of your tone and reactions to every day stressful situations. No need to cause a scene or be “that tourist”. Just be aware that you are tired, and remaining respectful and polite is important, even when you’re at your wits end.
4. Hungry + Angry = Hangry
Low blood sugar can send us into a grumble spiral. Combined with the cranky attitude we can have when we are over tired, hangriness is a real problem among travellers, and can cause a lot of conflict between travel partners. Remember to carry snacks when you’re out exploring, and keep juice or fruit handy in your room so you have something to get you going in the morning.
5. Peaceful Partnership
You can find yourself in some tense situations that can test the boundaries of your relationship with your travel companions. Remind each other that “It’s not you”. Most squabbles are caused by hangriness, disorientation, and exhaustion. All the more reason to take care of each other on the road.
6. Travel is an Opportunity
We bough the ticket, so we take the ride. We have a chance to learn something new, expand our minds, and gain new experiences. The effect that travel can have on us is profound, and different for each person. Nothing in life worth having comes easy, so when you’re feeling low or homesick, remember how lucky you are to have the opportunity for exploration.
7. Travel is Unpredictable
No matter how much we plan, no matter how experienced we are, or no matter how much we think we know about where we are going or how we are getting there, travel is unpredictable and can pull the rug out from under us in an instant. Luggage can be lost, trains missed, plans changed, or expectations not met. Learn to go with the flow and let go of hard and fast plans. Let the wind carry you for a while.
8. Travel is Transformative
One thing is certain – travel changes you. The way you see the world, and yourself, is very much altered once you experience the world outside of your home. It can be shocking, pleasing, inspiring, infuriating, and downright transformational to see what the world is really like, and what you are really capable of. Go boldly! You have one life and a huge planet to explore.
9. The World is Huge
Our contributors have visited over 100 countries so far, and we can tell you from experience that there is no end to the fascinating, beautiful, and awe-inspiring things you can see, do, and experience while exploring this planet of ours. Whether you are in to natural beauty or cultural buzz, our Little Blue Planet has more to show us than we have time in this life to discover. So what are you waiting for? Get out there, and remember to stay open to new experiences.
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