One of the first thing everyone thinks about when they think of traveling is the food. From ethnic cuisine in Europe to regional dishes in the States, food is a main focal point of most peoples travels, to eat like the locals and experience meals that one will most likely never get a chance to indulge in again.
|Dinner is served.|
When you do get the joy of stopping and eating the local cuisine, your stomach is likely to find issue with the plethora of unknown entities flowing into it. On more than one occasion I got the joyous experience of getting to enjoy my meal a second time while wrapped around a toilet. But it's not always a rush that causes one to need to grab crappy food...
4. So Bored
Sitting on a beach, bathing in the sun's warm rays as the waves gently caress your feet. An image that instantly enters peoples minds when they think of traveling to exotic locations, advertisements for Sandals Resorts use this imagery to sell people of traveling to some island in hopes of removing all the money from their pockets. It's the image, pinned up in cubicles around the world, of paradise.
Hours and hours of my life have been spent in the process of traveling, whether in a terminal or in transit, luckily after years of doing this I have developed the ability to sleep anywhere, anytime. It's not really sleep, as I don't wake up refreshed, it's more of a temporary hibernation, done simply to kill time. When sleep isn't in the cards, time is killed eating shitty food just trying to do anything other than lose my mind and snapping at the guy across the way who keeps fiddling with his pen...STOP IT!
You finally get to your hotel room, long hours of traveling and shitty food have exhausted you, the bed seems so inviting, so comfortable, then you lay down. The bed is stiff, the blankets rough and scratchy. The sun is beating in the window as it is midday but your jet lag is kicking in hard. Laying there you doze off, only to wake up every 15 minutes, before eventually giving up with this charade, choosing instead to supplement your lack of energy with a tall energy drink. You go out to see the place you spent so much time and money trying to get to, walking around half dazed, completely enthralled with the sights around you but unable to illicit any emotion other than apathy. Heading back to the hotel you look at your watch, it is barely half 9 but you can't bare to stay awake another moment.
|Pictured: What my hotel room NEVER looks like.|
When morning comes you are still exhausted, you only have two days to see this city and apparently you are going to do all your sight seeing in a trance. But at least the hotel room has a toilet.
Bathrooms aren't something that we give much thought to in our daily lives, they fall squarely in the necessity category, somewhere in between deodorant and toe-nail clippers, which not coincidentally are found in the room of baths. Luckily, we manage to only have to visit a couple different bathrooms throughout our daily lives. Once you hit the road this changes drastically, the public restroom becomes ones best friend and greatest enemy. One drives down the road judging every gas station for it's potential of having a clean restroom. Walmart's and the like become a refuge for more advance bodily functions, the bathrooms at the back of the store always being cleaner and less used.
|Straight to the point, I like it.|
One thing you don't think about in your daily home life is how much time you spend relaxing, whether it's watching TV or eating a meal, you sit and relax multiple times throughout the day. On the road you never relax, their is no stopping, you eat while you drive. Even when you do reach that beach you find it crowded by other people, the sun is just a little too hot and the water a little too cold, the sand gets everywhere and it's a three miles walk to an open spot.
|How most cities look to me.|
This is not to say I don't love traveling, I do in fact, or I wouldn't make it a staple of my life. It's just a fair warning to anyone who wants to do an extended trip. You will get sick, you will feel like going home, you will get bored and angry at anyone you are with. But in the end you will have the greatest memories of your life, you will crave to be back on the road almost as soon as you end your trip and you will return to the road once again, over and over for the rest of your life.