Like all aspects of life, there are pros and cons to everything, and there is no exception when it comes to travel. With that being said, there is much more of an emphasis on the pros of travelling rather than the cons. Although we lack conversation about the negative aspects to the things we love, often times it is beneficial to discuss in order to enjoy it to its full potential. Here, I break down my personal pros and cons of travel.
Culture Shock/Reverse Culture Shock may result from travel and can prove to be quite heavy to cope with. Travel has the power to change your perspective on life, and some people may not understand that. In fact, even you may not understand it. Cultural differences such as language barriers, values, traditions and customs in unfamiliar countries are an adjustment for all individuals. Snapping back into your typical culture and routine will result in an adjustment as well. As much as travel has the ability to open one’s mind, the previous familiar may now be unfamiliar, which can lead to confusion and result in possible emotional and psychological distress. Engaging in conversations with other people about how you feel, as well as educating yourself about the area you are traveling may help.
Homesickness, Missing out on Events and Becoming Disconnected with Friends and Family is a common backlash from travel. Technology has become a vehicle to interact with companions at home, but it also depicts what you miss out on via social media. This may lead you to feel lonesome or depressed. As Christopher McCandless explained, “happiness is only real when shared.” These feelings may arise if you are traveling over an extended period of time, a short amount of time, or they may even come and go. This may be something you will have to accept if you travel often, but remember to always keep in touch with loved ones.
Time-Management, Convenience, and Planning your travels is a worrisome and stressful task for many individuals. Often times people don’t even travel because of this. However, there are many resources to help you navigate through this task and plan your trip accordingly. If you plan ahead and give yourself options on what to do and when to do it, you will make more use of your time and your trip will be less stressful and more enjoyable. This will also help you save money because you can budget beforehand.
MBWA – that’s right, you receive your degree in Master’s By Wandering Around. You may even receive a PHD in it! The amount of learning; from learning about others, yourself, languages, history, math, geography, holy crap just everything, is remarkable. If you read my blog post Studying Abroad: 4 Biggest Mistakes you will learn more why.
You don’t need to be rich to travel. In fact, from my experiences, it is almost more rewarding to travel with less money. This allows you to respect the experience. Yes, I probably would never turn down a few spare bucks to book a flight, but you will appreciate the hard work you put toward achieving what you love. This is something you will truly treasure. Travel teaches you techniques on how to stretch a dollar, and choosing activities which truly mean something to you. When you travel with less money, you have to be more mindful on what you spend your money on. Therefore, this thought process helps you decipher your likes from dislikes, which ultimately cracks open your mind to determine what you value most. This is a precious component of life which you may learn from travel.
Meeting new people from around the world is a positive aspect of travel. Yes, you will miss your close friends and family, but you will gain relationships as well. These relationships will allow you to feel more welcome and valued in the place you travel. Additionally, they are also great connections for future endeavors. Put yourself out there and see just how great of an impact these new friends will have on your life.
Get the most out of your travels by evaluating your personal pros and cons. By doing this, you will have more realistic expectations about the outcomes of your travels. In addition, you will also be more prepared, more relaxed and therefore, less stressed. Enjoy it!