After a trip of nineteen months and twelve countries visited, we are ready to reveal what nobody tells you about long term travel. We realized our dream to explore the world and get to know different cultures. But traveling four such a long time sometimes can be different from your exportations.
WHAT NOBODY TELLS YOU ABOUT LONG TERM TRAVEL
YOUR TIME PERCEPTION WILL CHANGE
While traveling you realize that time goes so fast. A month spent traveling around a new country feels like one week. The reason why this happens is that as travelers we receive much more inputs and we see so many new things than usual. Planning is not fundamental in the long term travel but, you should give yourself some limits. We fell in love with some countries like Mexico… the time literally flew there.
But then we realized that every extra week spent in there would have shortened our stay in the next destinations.
Spending three months in every country, for us, wasn’t reasonable in terms of money and time.
LIFE GOES ON
While you are living your dream, your parents, friends, your family keeps living their ordinary life. They are moving on, making decisions, doing stuff live their life. People will get married, a baby will be born, friends will start new lives and unexpected things will happen back home. All of it without you. As travelers, we made a courageous choice and it is important to take in consideration that nobody will wait for us, your home will be always there but maybe a little bit different.
YOU WILL GET SICK SEVERAL TIMES
Every country you will visit has its own culture, food, and bacterias that our body needs to get used to. In almost every country we have been we got sick. If you travel for a short period of time it is easy to avoid certain food and drink. But when you are getting into a new culture, how can you say no to street vendors?
We believe street food is a big part of the culture, especially in South America, so most of the time we took a risk.
And don’t forget mountain sickness, car sickness, boat sickness, insects… being prepared is always a good idea.
YOU WILL GET USED TO SAY GOODBYE
Traveling means mostly to meet new people. You will create a strong relationship with local people or other travelers. You will share dreams for a while and eventually, your path will separate.
We met so many beautiful souls and wasn’t always easy to say goodbye. But, unfortunately, the more you travel, the more you will get used to it.
Each person we met made our journey even more unique. Will be amazing to have all of them over in Italy once back.
LONG TERM TRAVEL MAKES YOU TIRED
When you find yourself yawning at 8:30 pm and all you want is just go to bed, don’t worry. It is totally understandable! You’ll probably spend your last night asleep on a freezing bus, walked all day long in the city center of Bogotà or hiked a volcano in Guatemala. Traveling can be such an exhausting experience.
Be prepared to be uncomfortable, to hate your backpack and change the rhythm of your life. Few wrinkles will appear on your face. Don’t feel guilty to take some relaxing moment or even days every now and then. That’s not a waste of time.
YOUR RELATIONSHIP CAN BE IN DANGER
Travel with your partner can be the most amazing experience you will ever do. But, at the same time, this choice can put your relationship in a difficult situation. You will share everything with your other half, all the good and all the bad. There are just a few moments for yourself, you will live in symbiosis for most of the time. While traveling, decision, some times, have to be taken quickly so there is no time for arguing. Travel as a couple we do think is not for everyone but, if you make it works, the moments you will spend together will be unforgettable.
LONG TERM TRAVEL IS SO OVERWHELMING
It is hard to put into words what this experience will give you. Probably we will never have the time to understand deeply how this experience enriched us.
Travel for so long made us more tolerant, smart, flexible and for sure happy. We think long term travel is not for everybody but definitely, it could be a cure to change the world for the better. Mostly, what nobody tells you about long term travel is that is AMAZING!
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