Azure waters, exotic locations, fancy drinks and tons of delicious-looking food. This is what we all see these days across social media when it comes to travelling.
Everyone likes to brag about his latest travel adventures, but there is an ugly truth about travelling no one is showing in their Insta-perfect pictures.
I love to travel and to discover new places and people. I’ve always said that the best way to discover yourself is by travelling. I might not document my travels too much over here, but throughout my trips I’ve seen different situations which made me draw some conclusions about the ugly truth about travelling no one is telling you. They are not as bad as they sound, but I think you should be aware of them.
The Lack of Environment Responsibility
I am one of those people who try to be more aware of the impact we have on the environment. From recycling to reducing plastic waste and choosing products with less harmful ingredients, I believe each small step can bring a positive impact to the world. That being said, I truly despise seeing people intentionally
If you visited one of the most popular cities in the world, you might have already noticed they are unfortunately quite dirty.
Being on holiday gives you the liberty to splurge on things you wouldn’t on a regular basis – I get that because I do it too. But this does not give you the right to ‘accidentally drop litter’ everywhere you go, simply because you don’t leave there. Do whatever you want with your money, relax and enjoy yourself, but please show some respect to the environment and to the people who’ll visit the place after you – they deserve to enjoy it as much as you did.
I’m not such a huge fan of flights. I get bored quite fast and I lose my mind if there are turbulences. I feel extremely stressed, trapped and anxious if there is turbulence and that consumes a lot of energy, to be honest. Not to mention that my eyes get extremely, dry in aeroplanes – which is another point to add to the “why I don’t like flying” list.
Flight fear is very common. I don’t find anything comforting about being trapped in a tin, in the middle of nowhere, in the sky. And I bet some of you feel the same too.
Anxiety can come in many forms when it comes to travelling:
- fear of flying
anxietyof extremely crowded places
- severe discomfort on being in a foreign place, which you don’t know at all
the anxietyof speaking a foreign language – or not speaking one at all
The list can be endless. People who suffer from more severe forms of anxiety, know that any small thing can trigger a panic attack. Severe anxiety can pull off people from travelling or from leaving their hotel room. Shit is serious, I mean it.
While I personally don’t suffer from severe anxiety, I know people who do and they avoid travelling at any cost. For me, the mild anxiety I feel in a foreign place is worth it for the overall experience of discovering new places.
Cultural shock can be so devastating for some people. I remember when we had this girl from China coming to Eastern Europe for an exchange opportunity. We couldn’t make her stop crying for the first few days and I still can’t remember how we convinced her to leave the dorm. We tried our best to comfort her, but the poor girl was simply devastated.
Culture shock manifests as severe anxiety of exploring the new place, overall discomfort, and fear of the new culture. Things can be extremely different from one country to another and for some people, it can be very disturbing. Similar to anxiety, culture shock can keep you inside and ruin your holiday.
Chances are that if you go to most western European countries, speaking only English will not be enough. I had troubles to get info in Madrid Barajas Airport since no one could speak or understand basic English. I think that was the legit first culture shock I ever had.
This came as a shock to me since I thought the
The language barrier came as a true cultural shock to me years ago. Most western European countries are very fond of their native language – so fond that they even translate brand names (
It is extremely frustrating and sometimes dangerous to not be able to communicate in a foreign place. Also, exhausting – all those signs take
This is such a sensitive subject, but the truth is that racism is everywhere, even if we don’t talk so openly about it.
On one side I can understand that it has to do a lot of the way you’ve been raised and educated, but on the other side, it should come naturally to be more tolerant than older generations.
Technology makes it so, so easy to have access to information, knowledge and it helps us communicate faster every day. Feeling discomfort or hatred towards someone from a different country shouldn’t be an issue anymore.
What helped me a lot was AIESEC. It’s an international students’ organisation and we always had a lot of foreign students coming for exchange opportunities and now I get super excited when I see foreign people in my city because I miss interacting with international people so much.
Overpriced Products and Services
A short while ago, Venice cafes and pubs were involved in a huge scandal when a tourist exposed how they were overhanging for their services.
Probably most of us are aware of the fact that restaurants around very popular sites will charge more, simply because they can. And the ugly truth is that no one makes you go there and pay 40 euros for a coffee and a bottle of water.
While some of us might be aware of this, some will think it the ‘norm’ for a coffee to be so expensive near the Colosseum or any other
I think these are the most pressing issues people should know about travelling before starting to backpack the world. Of course, this article will be updated accordingly as I come across new experiences to share. Yes, travelling is amazing, but document yourself thoroughly and always respect the culture and place you’re visiting.
Have you noticed any other ugly truths about