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How Travel Has Ruined My Life

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Do you love to travel?

People usually talk about and share all the beautiful and picturesque things related to travel. More recently than ever I am realizing there is also another side (at least for me). A side that has impacted my life in ways I couldn’t have predicted and never expected.

Remember how I told you there is a truth behind my smile?

Traveling has been one of the most beautiful journeys in my life, but I need to be honest and share how travel has ruined my life. 

Over the last few years I have traveled more in my life than ever before. Whether it’s for a family vacation, a girls trip, with my husband or solo, there are admittedly some months I am away more than inside of my own house.

Although I have a very supportive family, it’s me who lately feels this internal struggle of never completely feeling at home. 

Travel Ruined My Life

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Here Is How Travel Has Ruined My Life (and maybe you can relate):

  • I am no longer content to simply be at home. Whenever there is a break in my travel schedule and I am home for an extended period of time, I feel restless. My husband and I recently discussed how traveling so often has conditioned  me to think I should constantly be on-the-go. 
  • Instead of feeling exhausted and making myself rest after traveling, I sometimes feel edgy and a bit depressed, especially if I don’t have any travel to look forward to. 
  • People have shamed me for travel at times (you can read about being shamed in this way here).
  • Extreme wanderlust has taken over and my mind often is often filled with thoughts of where to travel to next.
  • Frequent travel has made me feel less attached to things, including my own home. My family knows if I had my way we would have already sold our house
  • I crave food that can only be found on practically the opposite side of the world (eat once in Rome and you will know what I mean). 
  • Sometimes my passion for travel exceeds our budget. I am pretty good at finding the best airfare prices (see my tips here), but there are times when I have exceeded the limit to make a trip possible. 
  • This may sound a bit ironic, but travel has made me quieter. For the most part I am usually a talkative, outgoing person. Solo travel has shown me a side of myself I didn’t know existed. I used to be afraid to take a plane or explore a new country on my own, but now I welcome those opportunities to travel alone and get lost in my own thoughts. 
  • Traveling has made me forget sometimes that I don’t need to go far in order to experience new things.

Now even though I am sharing some negative things about travel, it is beautiful in so many other ways. 

My teenage son and I went to Amsterdam last year and it was one of the best experiences ever!

I am fortunate to have discovered ways to make travel happen so often for my family and I. But I can promise you travel isn’t always palm trees, rainbows, sunshine and Insta-worthy photos. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable and may even change you in ways you never imagined, just like it has for me. 

Do you love to travel? Has traveling ever ruined your life in some way? 

Here is some travel inspiration plus ideas for you:

  1. 5 Long Weekend Getaway Ideas
  2. How To Search Smarter to Avoid Scams When Booking Hotels Online
  3. How To Travel To Paris on a Budget

 

 

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Kevin

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

This is a GREAT post and you have nothing to feel bad about!

Clarissa

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Sharon

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

I loved the part about not having to travel far to see new things! Such a great reminder!

Clarissa

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Thank you so much friend. I needed to remind myself of that.

sooffwego

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

As I read your post I was nodding my head yes to each point. We sold our home three years ago and almost everything we own to travel so that is a little different from where you are but I still feel all of those things. When we go back to the states to visit family I feel that same sense of restlessness. I too have grown more quiet, and definitely have an insatiable hunger to see and experience more. Now I have no idea how I could ever go back to a more stationary life. I too have been shamed for traveling (https://sooffwego.com/digital-nomad-running-away/) and treated as though I am crazy for my wanderlust, for my lack of satisfaction of the status quo. People treat me differently now which I think also adds to my quietness... It is a double edged sword but at the end of the day I have to listen to my soul and do what makes me feel alive. Thanks for your candor! It is great to know others experience the same things!!

Clarissa

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and it is so refreshing to find people who can relate to this. I can't wait to check out your site.

Keyonda

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Wow! That’s deep! I think traveling is amazing but it can get addicting and it can get expensive. But oh so worth it.

Clarissa

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Thank you for reading friend. Yes, it can definitely get addicting.

Shuana Yap

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Everyone shares the positive side of travelling but this is the first I've read about the downside of it. Thank you for sharing and I'm sorry to hear that it affects your relationship with your family, I hope it'll get better in time!

Clarissa

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Thank you so much for reading and your kind comment.