So I know what you’re thinking – I’ve been travelling for 5 months now and my Instagram is the photo of envy.
The amount of times I’ve had a person tell me ‘you look like you’re living the dream’ is unreal. Now, don’t get me wrong I’ve seen some bloody fantastic things, made some awesome friends and had some incredible experiences, however, what you guys don’t see is those shitty days in between the amazing ones.
You don’t see the 4 bags that have broken (including one being bitten in by a rat which I liked cheers rat), the struggle to find a job and traipsing around in 30 degrees heat to find a job to be told your underqualified to wash pots and then getting two jobs and not getting a day off for over two weeks, the long coach journeys, the loud drunk that turns the light on in your hostel room at 4am and starts throwing up everywhere, the homesickness and the struggle to facetime at a normal time that suits both of you and the on-going effort to go out every night just so people don’t think you’re an unsociable cow – I could go on but you get the jist.
Although travelling is by far the best thing I’ve ever done its exhausting. The good days are really good, probably the best you’ll ever have but the bad days, they’re some of the worst you’ll ever get. When you have a down day when travelling you can’t just go to your mum or your best friend to get some much-needed reassurance (as its probably 2am back home), you can’t hide under the covers and have a cry in the comfort of your own home and bed – you have to carry on and deal with it. Of course they’ll be some great friends you’ve met while travelling who’ll be there for you and some of them will become best friends for life but I think the message I’m trying to get across is travelling isn’t always just ‘having a non-stop luxury holiday’. Hostels are by no means a luxury – yes you get decent ones but you are constantly living and sharing with other people which at times can get just a little overwhelming.
By no means should this put you off travelling. Honest to god it is the best thing I have ever done BUT I think its important to acknowledge that even when you travel you’re going to have shit days and you know what? That’s ok, because at the end of the day we’re all human and sometimes we need a good cry or some down time.
Travelling will open up a world of emotions but you’ll realise just how strong you are once you start.
So this post is for anyone that’s having a shit day today – traveller or not – please know you’re not alone and we all have shit days.
Much Love xxx