The pictures make the entirety of it all look so glamorous: Breathtaking views of cities & mountains & lakes & cliffs, Artsy angles of over-captured monuments & natural beauties & historic buildings, Vibrant colors of late-night parties & festivals & clubs, Frozen action selfies & smiles & laughs & kisses with people you’ve just met.
Traveling is about experience, and it’s very much a lifestyle.
People admire the picture many have no idea about the 8 hour bus ride you took, the 10kg carry-on bag that you’ve shoved 1 months of your life into, the dinners you skip because there’s no ATM, the 90% vertical hike up a cliff of the Mediterranean sea, the sand you’re still spiting out of your mouth from the 50 meter haul up the side of a sand dune, the cars you dodge because the sidewalk is half a meter wide, the harassment of people trying to tie bracelets on your wrists & sell you selfie sticks, or even the loneliness of not knowing anyone around you, the cities you're in, and the local language.
There’s a lot you have to deal with. Traveling makes you realize you don’t know a lot and even sometimes that you don’t know anything. That scares a lot of people. That ignorance stops people from traveling, but if you truly want to capture the glamor you see on timelines you cannot let ignorance stop you. Some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from traveling are: Learn quickly and conquer. Make it your world. Adapt to the environment. Learn to live without things. Realize complaining is useless, and action is important. Meet people; Make strangers less of a stranger. Never let fear stop you from trying. Traveling is work and experience is your paycheck.