I love traveling, as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now. However, there are things I really don’t love about traveling. It’s not all sunshine and roses.
Customs and Immigration
I’m an American, and although I think my country has a lot of wonderful things going for it, our customs and immigration are not one of those wonderful things. Even as a citizen who gets to go in the “citizens only” line, it’s a horrible experience far worse than any trip to the DMV. Have you ever had to go through customs and immigration at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)? If so, you know of the dark depths the human spirit can sink to. On my way back from Australia, there was a nice man from New Zealand I had been sitting next to on the plane. He had told me all about how he was going to catch a connecting flight to Las Vegas 1.5 hours after our arrival. After sitting on the plane for an eternity, then being shuffled and prodded like cattle in the customs and immigration area of LAX for an eternity, I finally emerged (without my dignity) about 3 hours after our arrival. I saw the nice man from New Zealand sitting on a bench, looking dismayed. Clearly he had not made his connecting flight.
Have you ever had stomach issues while traveling? I have, and it’s horrible. When you’re traveling to destinations where perhaps the water might not be as clean as you’re used to at home, it’s easy to end up getting sickened from drinking it, or even eating some vegetables that were washed in it. Stomach issues are no fun, and when you’re in an unfamiliar place eating unfamiliar foods, it can definitely cause some issues.
Long Airplane Rides
I’ll confess: I hate being on a plane. We’re crammed on there like a can of sardines with ever-shrinking leg room and arm rests. It’s no wonder it seems that literally everybody is pissed off at airports and on planes. It’s not a fun experience. If the trip is a short one, it’s fairly easy to just “suck it up” and deal with it, but the longer the trip, the more agonizing it can be to be crammed in economy class like human luggage. However, I love to travel and I desperately want to see new places and explore the world, so I deal with it.
Ugh, packing. The days leading up to a trip are always so hectic. There are things that need to be wrapped up at work, there are things that need to be prepared for at home, and then there’s packing. What to wear, what to pack, how much to pack, what is essential, what to leave out. It can get stressful.
Travel isn’t always cheap. I wish it was! I save a considerable amount of my monthly income for travels. It’s worth it to me and I highly advocate making travel a priority in your life, but it does suck to have to shell out the big bucks to go somewhere. It took me 2 years (2 years!!) to save up for my trip to Australia. Granted, the trip was absolutely incredible and those memories will last a lifetime, but how awesome would it be if I could have just gone without having to scrimp and save all that time? I’m a big fan of finding travel deals, and I think I’m pretty good at it, but travel can still be pretty expensive. I wish it wasn’t.
Side note: I’ve been looking into getting into travel hacking lately, so that might solve at least one issue.
How about you? What do you hate about travel?