Wanderlust. Globetrotter. Free-spirited.
Adventure travellers are often coined with terms that generate a positive connotation, which is not exactly wrong. There have been so many benefits that come with being a bold and lionhearted traveller - it increases your tolerance for uncertainty, forces you to self-reflect and reinvent yourself, and essentially builds your confidence.
However, there are always two sides to a story - how often do we consider the costs of being "adventurous"? The Travel Pad takes you through some downsides that come with such escapades, which are definite considerations that you should factor in when planning for your next adventure.
High Costs, High Stress
Unless you're an incredibly fortunate individual who has earned sufficient funds to travel extensively without any monetary concerns, the common man like you and I would very likely find ourselves facing cost issues.
Travelling is not cheap at all - plane tickets, accommodation and living necessities are unavoidable costs which fluctuate according to the cities you travel to. If you're lucky, your strong home currency might be of benefit to you in certain places. However, when travelling to European countries, as well as Australia or New Zealand, the high costs of living will definitely burn a hole in your wallet.
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Furthermore, for travellers who intend to forsake their stable jobs back at home to pursuit the wanderlust, be prepared to forego the savings that you have painstakingly built up over the years. While some may feel that the adventure is worth the cost, accidents do occur sometimes and one should definitely factor in these unavoidable costs when planning to take on a long-term journey.
Travel insurance is also a definite must for those intending to stay abroad for a prolonged period - it is better to be safe than sorry! Side note: they do not come cheap at all.
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For those risk-takers, exotic destinations such as Antarctica tend to cost a king's ransom. Thrilling activities such as skydiving or bungee jumping while affordable in the heat of the moment can be taxing on a long-term traveller over time. In times as such, it can be extremely distressing for the adventurer - to give up on this rare opportunity or to go ahead with your choices and possibly risk accommodation costs for the next 2 nights? The stress present throughout your journey can be pretty nerve-racking, especially so since you're constantly making decisions on the go - and these decisions tend to affect your living standards in time to come.
Homesickness and missing out on key events
Homesickness is real.
As much as most travellers tend to be free-spirited individuals who give no hoot for the world, there will come a time when one will miss the comfort of home. Heck, it might be the familiar smell of your mum's cooking or the feeling of kicking back and letting your guards down for just a moment. Small instances that you have never ever deemed significant back at home will naturally return to you once you have been out for a prolonged period.
Likewise, while you're out having the time of your life, your family and friends are still going through with their daily hustle. Perhaps your brother is getting married or is expecting a baby. Somebody close might have passed on during this period, or your friend might be going through a hard time. It's all bad timing - why has this got to happen when you're gone?
Life goes on. That's the brutal truth, as much as you hope that you're the only renewed soul upon returning home. People grow and changes happen, and it is ever so difficult for you to catch up and be there for anyone - to offer your love or support. While FaceTime and Skype allow you to connect with them virtually, nothing beats real-life connection.
Oh and not forgetting poor WiFi on travels. That can be a real bummer.
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Travelling is fulfilling - this I do not deny. However, what happens after a long day of travelling?
Returning back to your accommodations, you might be tempted to share your day with someone. But time-zone differences can be extremely frustrating - no one is awake or free to hear you go on about your awesome life. You turn to your hostel mates in hopes that they will empathize - they seem responsive, but they might not care. You try your hand at journaling, but words are insufficient to calm you at this point - you desperately need some intimate interaction with someone who truly feels and cares for you.
Loneliness is a common feeling, even as you stay put in your locality. However, that feeling might be further accentuated as you step into a completely unfamiliar environment, being situated in a me-vs-the-world mentality. It is a natural and inevitable feeling that comes with being an adventure junkie.
While travelling brings out the best in you, there are so many other concerns that you ought to think through before you embark on your next adventure. Take in the costs, plan wisely and you will be good to go.
After all, you only have one life to live - don't be afraid to demand adventure!
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