7 Reasons Why I Hate Traveling

7 Reasons Why I Hate Traveling

I love traveling, I really do.

But there are parts of it that I can’t stand. I have to be honest and say that me and travel have a typical love-hate relationship.

As well as bringing out the ‘best me’, traveling also has a habit of bringing out the ‘worst me’, but no matter how frustrated I get with traveling I need it – it’s like a drug. Once you’ve traveled for more than a few months, you’ll never want to stop (just occasionally get so frustrated you think you want to, but deep inside you know that you don’t).

Here is a list why I love/hate traveling:

1. Waiting: I reckon that you spend at least 25% of your time on the road waiting for something; waiting for the flight to leave, the bus to come or the half an hour delayed train. And if you’re not waiting for the plane, your waiting IN the plane. I know it’s not the destination but the journey that matters, but that can be hard to grasp when sitting in a plane for 16 hours straight.

2. Stressing: Traveling is rarely a balanced and healthy lifestyle, you either sit and wait until you’re so bored you start solving Sudoku, or you find yourself rushing from one place to another just making the bus, just getting through customs, just getting on the plane, just – just – JUST! … Life on the road is life on the edge and while it creates such amazing excitement, an overload of stress can really affect your state of mind.

3. Uncertainty - Lack of routines: I’m a girl who loves changes, action and adventure, and that is exactly why I need the opposite. I need some routines in my life to be able to keep my feet on the ground. Having routines is hard when traveling, although I have now managed to achieve this more or less – it comes with practice.

4. You have to watch what you eat and drink: When being in hot countries, nothing makes my mouth drool as much as ice cream and cool fresh juices and drinks, and they’re available around every corner. But if I get any closer than just looking at this dripping banana-split, I’ll end up spending the next three days with my head in a bad-smelling bucket – think Bali Belly :s

5. Hard keeping in touch with friends: It’s do-able, but it really wears down on the relationship. The first two months are alright, but after that there is just too many things going on and you have no time, and at the same time so many things have happened back home with your friends’ lives that you have totally missed out on. So when finally seeing them again, you’re no longer the same person you were when you left, and often neither are they.

6. Hard to stay in shape: All the late nights, good food and drinks put their share of kilos on your belly, and at the same time there is no time or place to really get rid of them. Unless you think you own your hostel dorm, you probably won’t use it as your personal gym, and even if you do happen to find a place to work out you won’t find time to do it.

7. Coming back: Coming back home or to your ‘base’ is always tough. It’s hard to adapt to the certainty and every-day life. No more new sights and foreign cultures. The days are similar to each other and nothing really seems to have changed. It’s difficult to share all your experiences, and even if you could nobody really wants to hear it. They’re either not interested or get jealous.

Do you hate anything about traveling around the world? Come on be honest! ;)

24 Responses to 7 Reasons Why I Hate Traveling

  1. Ricca March 19, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    The last reason holds true for me, like what you said its quite difficult to share my experiences. I get so excited to share my stories but you will see the look on their faces like they are not excited to hear about it.

  2. Campervan Australia March 19, 2010 at 4:54 am #

    Waiting is fine. Cancelled flights are worst. The rest, I dont have any problem with. Happy travelling travel peeps

  3. Sofia - As We Travel March 19, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    yeah i think its a real shame, because often its not that they DON'T want to hear about your adventure, its simply because hearing about it and knowing they don't have the guts to do it makes them feel bad…

  4. ayngelina March 23, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

    I always hate it that I can't just drink water out of the tap. Sometimes I'll wake up in the middle of the night so thirsty without water. Not fun.

  5. Sofia - As We Travel March 24, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    thanks for adding that one! yeah that is really hard to deal with – though I have seen a few filters you can now buy which you add to your drink bottle and it FILTERS any water you put into it – dunno if I want to test it :p but seems like it could be a great idea, and also make traveling a bit cheaper, without having to always buy new water every day!

  6. Sofia - As We Travel March 24, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    thanks for stopping by – yeah canceled flights are a hassle – but traveling is way to fun for most of these things to stop me to continue my round the world adventures! :)

  7. marta@atravelaroundtheworld March 26, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    I have to agree that I hate too the fact that sooner or later you have to come back, that's a pity!

  8. kirstynoplacetobe March 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    I love that picture, I really didn't know that STRESSED is DESSERTS backwards :)

    #5 is one of my biggest worries and one of the motivations to set up a blog. At least that way people at home know what we're up to…. and there's always facebook?!

  9. Nathan - As We Travel March 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    haha yeah Im glad you enjoyed that pic :) facebook is great for staying touch as well :)

  10. GlobalButterfly March 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    I swear it's like I wrote this post! I agree with all 7 though at the end of the day, the amazing rewards of travel make it worth it. I think #7 Coming Back is definitely the hardest for me…

  11. Nathan - As We Travel March 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    hehe I'm glad you enjoyed this post and can relate so much to it – i love traveling so much as well, these things can bring you down but like you say in the end its all worth it :)

    #7 is a hard one especially when dealing with friends and how you gotta treat them – but mostly I have found if you can understand where they are coming from (haven't gone out traveling with you so can't relate to your adventure) then you can simply sit back and start again where your friendship left off :)

  12. Sofia - As We Travel March 28, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    hey Matt – thanks for stopping by :) yeah maybe its a girl thing – or a veggie thing – or the fact that last time I didn't watch what I ate while on the road, I was sick for a week :( so not fun, so now I'm kinda cautious :p

    have you ever got really sick on the road? if so how did you get over that mental cautious-ness which you feel and continue to enjoy eating and drinking anything? :)

  13. Nomadic Matt March 28, 2010 at 3:15 am #

    I never watch what I eat or drink. Must be a girl thing!

  14. Gypsy Chick April 9, 2010 at 1:42 am #

    This is gonna sound silly to justify after all the reward of travel. But when I'm in a city where the women are dressed up (Barcelona, Beirut, London), I long for my days of curling irons and eyeliner. I shrug it off and dust off my cargos and straighten my pony tail, but still…Some days it'd be nice to be pretty again :)

  15. Sofia - As We Travel April 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Don't worry, I feel exactely the same! Walking around in the big Gucci shopping malls in your muddy hiking sandals doesn't make you feel the prettiest, the worst experience I had of that was in Kuala Lumpur when the mall was crowded with models…

  16. Shabuj July 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

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  17. Michael Hodson October 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    good list — I did a similar post. http://www.goseewrite.com/2010/08/what-i-dont-like-about-travel/ I like the realism of admitting that it isn’t all perfection out here. Friends and family back home think EVERYthing must be soooo great!!

  18. Anonymous October 13, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

    Great article! Have to agree with the last one the most but would like to ad that for myself, I hate returning home and trying to explain to friends and family who have never been abroad just what its like and why I travel. I find it just cant be explained and must be experienced.

  19. Hogga aka @_Thetraveller_ October 19, 2010 at 12:40 am #

    It’s true! Why don’t people want to hear about our exciting travels!?? Gah! I am gonna have NO money when I “go back”.

  20. Japan Meets Andrew Marston November 24, 2010 at 1:43 am #

    Love this post since this is blog that promotes travel.
    Nonetheless, to contribute to the discussion I also find I dislike keeping track of stuff. Although I try to pack light with only one bag, I am always paranoid I’ve left something valuable in a hostel common room or tourist hot spot bathroom. I suppose just good motivation to pack only the essentials. Nathan just posted a great article about this which people should read as well. Nice post!

  21. Dan Collins November 24, 2010 at 4:05 am #

    The only thing I hate is packing and unpacking. I can never remember where I put things in my bag which means I empty it completely… just to find it was actually in a zipped pocket on the side!

    • Sofia November 24, 2010 at 7:21 am #

      Haha yeah that’s a real hassle! Have you tried using packing cubes or sacks? I find that packing your stuff into separate bags is very helpful, especially with your electronics!

  22. Aka December 7, 2010 at 7:43 am #

    Well, honestly, the only reason that is valid for me is the last one. I can deal with the rest because I take them as necessary and unavoidable risks. I have a totally different attitude to waiting or stress when I travel than when I’m at home and I hate routine anyway. I like trying new food and I know when to avoid stuff that might create me problems. Whne I travel I walk a lot so I’m never out of shape when I return. As to friends, I’m trying to travel with friends and anyway we keep in touch by phone. And, it’s nice to come back and meet them and share impressions. That leave me with the issue of coming back which is always tough.

  23. Ck August 10, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    Traveling alone is very hard. Traveling in general I don’t because you really are not,welcomed where you are. People in charge who work in the area where you may be traveling, plane, bus hotel… What have you want you to leave ASAP. The atmosphere is never homie. I have a six hour drive in the morning and then an hour boat ride. I am kinda upset as I always am before I make this trip. Once I get where I am going and see my friends and people who do really care for me, it makes everything worth it….