3 Travel Lessons I Have Learned to Make My Life Easier

Traveling is one of the most awesome experiences there is, and it has influenced my life and personal growth more than anything else I have ever done. But, like anything in life, the sweet comes with the sour and traveling certainly comes with its fair share of frustrations. They are pretty much unavoidable, and unless you have the mental fortitude of the Buddha, you are going to react in some way.

You will feel frustrated, bewildered, sad, anxious among other negative emotions. You may find the littlest thing pushes you over the edge, and all of a sudden you experience a sudden, overwhelming urge to just be home surrounded by everything familiar. You start to feel a bit hostile towards your current location. All the differences begin to wear you down and it is no longer interesting, but just frustrating. But, while we may not be able to avoid the bumps completely, we can work on lessening their impact and preventing them from totally ruining our good time. Here are some tips that I have picked up along the way and have helped me tremendously.


Spend Money When It is Warranted

I realize that traveling often requires sticking to a budget; we have to carefully consider how we spend each dollar to ensure we make it through our journey without going broke. This is important, but for many, leads to an almost obsessive desire to spend as little as possible; we see it as some sort of challenge to be won. While stretching your dollars is great, it can also lead to unnecessary headaches. If spending a bit more will make things easier on you, and you can afford it, do it. Get that agency to help you with your visa; when you are cranky and irritable, get the taxi from the airport instead of engaging in a three-hour oddessey requiring multiple bus transfers. Take that super-cheap domestic flight instead of subjecting yourself to a 12-hour journey on unpaved, windy, bumpy roads, where you know you will probably get terribly nauseous.


Keep Some Perspective

Oh, perspective; it is such a wonderful thing that we can always choose how to view our circumstances and how to react to them. Being the imperfect beings we are, we really don’t choose well a lot of the time, myself included. But, traveling has given me more practice than I would have liked, and remembering to keep perspective has eased my travel troubles considerably. As a tourist, you will be overcharged—it is just the nature of the beast. You have more money, and it is perfectly reasonable to people to try and get you to pay more for stuff. Don’t take it personally; don’t get all bent out of shape about paying three dollars more than you should have for a taxi ride. If you find yourself in a fit of rage over an inaccurate bus schedule leaving you stuck at the station for a few extra hours, remember that you are on vacation and you really don’t have to be anywhere at a certain time so this is hardly spoiling your plans.


Travel the Way You Want To

I have discovered that I prefer to spend longer periods of time in one place rather than crafting insane itineraries where I try to visit three countries in two weeks. If you love the latter, go for it, but just not for me. But, I resisted this at first, and I felt that I was wasting my time in a place if I did not try and see as many spots as possible. I would make myself move around every few days even though I hated the sense I was spending more time on a bus than actually enjoying my surroundings. I would feel that I had to visit those places listed in the guidebook, even if they didn’t particularly appeal to me. And this was creating unnecessary frustration. So, I eventually stopped and just started traveling the way I wanted to. Figure out how you like to travel, and just do it that way. Don’t do what you think you are ‘’supposed’’ to do. Do what vibes with you.

Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who enjoys blogging about all things travel; she recommends visiting ESTAFASTTRACK ESTAFASTTRACK for more information on USA travel authorization for residents of countries with a visa waiver.