So you’re all set to take a break from work, education or life in general, and spend a glorious year dedicated to travel and bouts of self discovery; while all of these are good things, but here are 5 things nobody tells you about your gap year travel plans.
1. You will inevitably become that guy/girl.
Yes you will unintentionally span everyone’s news feeds with your shots of instagram heaven, with your smart captions and happy smiling tan.
Meanwhile everyone else is going to mutter “why that little beep beep beep” under their breaths, as they become quickly overwhelmed with all your #traveldiaries.
But not everyone though, some people will be accepting of you and your happiness, but don’t count on a positive reaction from everyone.
2. Stress will never be forgotten.
There I said it. I feel like not enough people realize that the stress that they plan to get away from will follow them even when they travel, albeit a different kind of stress, but it will be there. I hate misrepresenting travel as the relief from all worries, because if you’re not worried for your life, money and safety when you travel, well maybe you should start to – not because I want to pass the paranoia over, but things do happen and we’d be stupid to assume nothing will happen to us.
3. While you’re living it up, others are too.
Yes, when you come back, things will be different, deal with it. Some people will have moved on, and it will seem like you knew them a lifetime ago. Besides, it is perfectly normal to feel like an alien from another universe during the first few days back from the trip, but if the feeling lingers, get a hold of it before it gets a hold of you.
4. It won’t always be rainbows and butterflies.
Like I said earlier, travel can sometimes be less than fulfilling if you expect too much from it. Nostalgia will creep up, and there will be times when you’ll yearn for your peeps back home, so be prepared, and don’t be afraid to call or video chat with them, just because you missed them. Chances are they’ll love it, and so will you. 🙂
5. You will come back feeling shortchanged and broke
Again, travel cannot solve all your problems, or throw self discovery bombs at you. There is a great possibility that even after you return from your trip, you’ll still have to figure your life out. Your personal/professional life will not sort itself while you’re on time out in another corner of the globe, you will have to come back and go one step at a time. It’s normal to feel bad about things that changed while you were gone, or the things that didn’t change while you were gone, but don’t dwell on it.
Now that you’ve got these 5 things to think about, get ready to put your travel boots on and don’t forget to keep it real.
Until next time,