Today, traveling sucks

I know I (and by I, I mean “we bloggers”) often make it look like traveling is always sunshine, and rainbows, and birdies, and joy. But the unavoidable truth is that, sometimes, it’s not. I had a few days where I was not in the mood, or feeling sick or bored, and I had a few days where I was just MAD, or really SAD, or even DEPRESSED.

I hesitated on sharing this with you, first of all because it’s private, second of all because I’m afraid you’re going to think things like “I can’ t believe this brat is complaining about traveling all the time”.

I hear you, I’m unbelievably lucky. But I also want to be honest and give you a vision of traveling that’s as truthful as can be.

So here are five days where, although nothing terrible happened, I wanted to go home, or hide in the smallest hole possible, or punch a wall. Because it happens to everyone.

1. TREKKING WITH A TENDINITIS IN SCOTLAND

me hurt-small

I know I already told bits of this story here, because it’s the original, the first “I’m doing shit and want to go home” moment of my travels. I got an ankle tendinitis a few weeks before leaving for this trek in Scotland. I still went, and was still very enthusiastic about it, until day 4 when the pain got so intense that I knew I had to stop. I took the bus to the next stage of the walk and spent a whole day seething in my tiny tent. I was mad at myself for not being able to do this and disappointed that I would not do the entire trek. NOT a good day, for sure, but the trek itself is still one of my best memories!

2. LEAVING ICELAND

night frozen lake birds

It was my last day in Iceland, I had said goodbye to all the people I’d met there and I was walking back to the bus station to go to the airport. As I walked by Reykjavik’s big lake, I saw myself arriving only one week earlier by exactly the same path, completely overjoyed by the discovery of this wonderful place. I realized I was not ready at all to leave Iceland, and I wept in the snow all the way to the bus station. For some reason, I was truly devastated.

3. YELLING AT A RICKSHAW DRIVER IN INDIA

gange city

I was in Varanasi after spending one month in the north of India. I was on edge because this was the most touristic city I’d been to and I couldn’t take one step without someone trying to sell me something. I was tired and I just wanted some quiet (which is not what you’re going to get in an Indian street, obviously). As I was trying to go to the station, a rickshaw driver stopped me to ask me where I was going and offered me a ridiculous price (like, really ridiculous, almost four times the price I knew was right). At first, I just told him no and kept going. But he was following me, asking me questions, not letting me go. I was trying to keep calm, told him I didn’t want to do business with him. He kept harassing me and following me, until I exploded and yelled at him that “you would never ask this price if I was not white, you should be ashamed”. Everybody in the street stared at us. I got my control back immediately and walked away, knowing that I never should have yelled at him, and adding some shame to the tiredness and edginess I already felt.

4. TRAVELING TO GERMANY FOR NOTHING

moi forest hike

I’d wanted to trek through the Black Forest in Germany for some time. I made it happen by planning a three days trip there (I was still working during the week at that time). I arrived in Freiburg, the gale started, and I came back one day early. The day I spent in the tourist information café in Triberg, looking at the trees outside, hoping the wind would stop so I could at least walk around the lake, and finally making the decision to change my bus ticket so I could go home earlier, was NOT a good one.

5. BEING SUPER SCARED IN TURKEY

I already told the whole story here, and this is still my scariest travel memory! One of the many times where I got completely lost, this one happened to be at night and in very bad weather, and could have ended very badly.

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What’s your worst “today, traveling sucks” moment?

2 Comments on Today, traveling sucks

  1. I love that you shared this! And never worry about sharing or complaining. You’re a beautiful soul and even though you consider yourself very fortunate to be able to travel, you’re certainly still allowed to be human and have a bad day!!! As adventurous as you are, there are bound to be a few tough moments! 🙂 xo

    • Thank you Kelley, I do think it’s better to be honest about those things. Life is never all good moments, whatever your calling is!

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