Wanderlust – an incurable hunger to travel the world. The word brings a rosy picture to mind, one that is filled with sunny beaches, snowcapped mountains, beautiful food and mental satisfaction. However, there is a flipside to this world, one that is not pretty at all. Travel affects you in many ways, some which you won’t notice immediately. It’s a smooth transition. But for good or bad? That’s for you to decide because I assure you, once you enter this world of travel, things WILL change and there will be no saving you, not that you’ll want to be saved anyway. I know I didn’t.
1. Travel is fatal to the mind and the heart.
Travel is addictive. If you travel frequently, you lose interest in your everyday life. You start seeing things in a way that makes you yearn to travel more. That is the seemingly unbearable part about traveling. It never really leaves you and you just can’t get enough.
2. You will feel homesick all the time.
There is no one place that you can call home. You will be homesick for the places you have never even set foot on and with that comes the decision of planning another trip.
3. You might end up quitting your job.
Your bucket list will change from career goals to travel goals. A regular 9 to 5 job just doesn’t do it for you anymore. You are now addicted to the adrenaline rush that courses through your veins when you experience something new and ‘routine’ is erased from your dictionary forever.
4. You will change into a completely different person.
Travel exposes you to things that you didn’t know about yourself. It makes you talk, listen, dances, sing, feel something real. You might not know yourself anymore as you do things you never thought you would be interested in.
5. It will make you do crazy and strange things.
You will jump off airplanes, dive into oceans, talk to strangers like they are your family, walk alone on unknown streets, dance on the beach, sleep in forests, eat food you never imagined yourself eating.
6. You will always be misunderstood.
Let’s face it, everyone wants to go on exotic vacations and leave their boring mundane lives behind. But when you try and explain to them the other side of travel which is not as easy as it seems, well, you will be called a liar. They always feel that you are ‘running away’ from the ‘real’ life. Well, travel is as real as it gets, living each minute in the present.
7. You will live in the present rather than plan for the future.
Travellers are okay with not having a plan. You won’t take life seriously anymore (atleast the way others do). It’s just about having fun and living life on the edge. You want to do as much as you can and as soon as you can. This might make you fall into trouble in the future. But isn’t it worth it?
8. You might never have million dollar bank accounts.
You will be devoted to exploring the world. You will rather travel to another country than buy a mansion and live all your life there. So your saving target is usually the cost of another trip. You will no longer appreciate the big expensive things that the world is gaga over.
9. May come off as immature!
You will have this childlike wonder and observe things the way they are rather than what you’ve known them to be. You will talk about the world and its many places like a child talks about chocolate.
10. You end up having too many friends but may lose touch with the old ones.
Your list of friends includes an innocent 2 yr old child in Vietnam, teenagers in Miami, restaurateur in Paris and an 80-year-old man in Nepal. It will get hard to keep in touch with so many people around the world who live in different time zones. And your friends back home will find it harder to keep in touch with your bizarre life.
11. Post travel Depression
Anyone who has ever been on a trip knows what I mean. The restlessness, the craving, the anxiousness – it is real, and it is serious. That feeling of not being comfortable in your home is one of the strangest things you will ever feel. You will take forever to blend into the normal routine and the only way might be to set a new target for another trip.
So, for those who still haven’t fallen in this net of wonder, consider these things and do take them seriously because this is the truth. But if you choose to overlook these things, I promise you a fulfilling life that will fill warmth in your soul, one that won’t be just about getting up to go to work, it will fill hope and dreams and change your perspective on life.
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