Hey guys! It’s been a while since I talked travel, and considering the current circumstances in the UK, it’ll be a while before I dust off my suitcases. With that being said, we tend to glorify travel as this amazing experience, btu there are a lot of downsides to it.
So I’m going to go through the things that I don’t particularly miss about travelling.
Beggars and Street Sellers
This is one of my biggest pet peeves as a traveler. I don’t mind the people that go busking and do performances and sell CDs, but every time I’ve been in a larger city (like Nottingham or Birmingham), I have always been approached for change, or if I want to buy a product or service. It’s not like where in Scunthorpe, you’re rarely approached by people asking for money, but in the big cities, especially when I went to Manchester back in 2017, it was a huge problem. And because I get social anxiety, especially when I’m approached by others, it’s even more of a problem for me.
The scariest example was in Lisbon, on my way home from work. I’d been in the country for around three weeks at most, and was just getting to grips with the general everyday language. A guy comes up and (I presume, he was speaking Portuguese) asked for money. I explained (in English of course) that I didn’t understand what he was saying because I’m not fluent in Portuguese. He started shouting, I got scared, and I literally ran for the hills. It was pretty terrifying.
As much as I love travelling in general, I’m not the greatest flier. I don’t get to fly too often, and my first experience with flying was when I was 17. I mean, it was uneventful, but still. I hadn’t had the chance as a child to get used to the feeling of flying. I suppose having a more comfortable seating arrangement would make things easier, but at the same time that’s not going to help much. I usually prefer trains as a mode of transport anyway. And yeah, I don’t exactly like turbulence anyway, but who does?
Because of our living expenses, we actually haven’t had a night away from home since July 2019 (for Connor’s birthday), and that was because afterwards we looked for a place to move in together, and we wanted to sort out those expenses. I did also book a hotel for what would have been the Pokemon GO Safari Zone in Liverpool, but due to worrying about expenses, I decided to cancel, and then the pandemic happened anyway. But it’s been great that we’ve been able to get by without worrying about having extra money set aside to go on trips, whether it be a day trip or a mini-break. I love city breaks, and I miss having the reset, but I don’t miss how much it costs! I mean, we get a hotel, we pay for the transport, we always eat out, we shop in shops that we don’t have in Scunthorpe (which is a lot, actually), and sometimes we go out to the pub for a couple of drinks if it’s a special occasion, or we do different activities.
I feel that, especially with international travel, there’s a lot of build-up and stress in the run-up to the event. I remember being stressed as hell for the Dublin trip, definitely the Berlin trip, and for Lisbon, because the latter I was actually figuring out moving stuff. I think that the more you travel, the less you worry about things because you’re more acclimated to it. But I always make sure to keep some form of checklist so that I can pin down what I need to do next.
Finding Time To Work
Let’s face it – because I’m doing a lot of work from home, it’s a bit clear that I’d be taking my work with me when I travel, especially when writing about my travels. It’s not something I’ve had to do recently, especially with lockdown making it so that I have to find a lot of things to do, and this is why I’ve managed to get a lot of projects lined up, as well as the strengths this blog and my literature writing has come.
I’d want to be spending all of my down time working, and I feel it’d be more along the lines of writing down the events of the day or the different places I’ve visited.
For the past year, it’s been hard for me to take breaks from writing, and it shows.
Okay, this list has made me want to travel all the more. In spite of the things I miss, I feel that the benefits far outweigh the negatives for me.