Everyone talks about how wonderful travel is, and how it will change your life for the better, opening your eyes to different ideas and beliefs. Sure, these are all true – for me, there are no words to explain the incredible impacts travel has made on my life – but there are also a few consequences that few people talk about. Here are five drawbacks that you might face while out exploring the world.
1. Where does the money come from?
It takes a while to work your way into an industry that allows you to work remotely. Until then, you cannot work while you are traveling – and it is hard to travel without money. This creates a system where you have to go home and work non-stop to save up as much money as possible, and then travel until you need to come back home to make more money.
2. Where do I live?
In between your travels it is very difficult to find a place to live that will not hold you to at least a year lease…
3. Um… what about my partner?
If they cannot travel with you, it is going to be tough. Without a doubt, traveling is hard on relationships. This is especially true if you are traveling to someplace where internet service and communication is limited.
4. What 5 year plan?
While your friends are buying houses, nesting into their own spaces, being promoted in their jobs, finding stable relationships, and planning when to have children, you are out in the world somewhere, not doing any of these things.
5. I now need more money so I can travel again!
Your resume is full of gaps. Not many companies like to see large gaps in your working history. If you are lucky though, you will find just the right boss who is looking for a well-rounded person who they feel is worth the investment of training – even though they know you will be leaving as soon as you get that travel bug again.