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The dark side of traveling no one talks about!

We were on our way back. We had been on road for a couple of hours when someone told our bus driver that the road is blocked because of heavy land sliding. He also mentioned that the authorities say that it will take at least three days to clear up the road for traffic.

My husband panicked. He had his surgery scheduled in a few days, back in Lahore.

I tried my best to calm him down. I told him this is all part of the traveling.

He made a few calls trying to get an air ticket so we could go back home by air but all the flights were completely booked.

He kept asking me questions like when will the road open? What if we don’t make in time for his surgery? What if we run out of cash? and all I could say was that it happens. It’s all part of the deal.

So now that we are back safely, and his surgery has been a success Alhumdulilah, I’ve decided to write this post.

All internet ever tells you about traveling is that it’s a life changing experience and you find your true self and learn to enjoy every moment blah blah blah. As much as all of those cliches are true, there’s more to traveling than that.

Anything can happen!!!

It’s a risk. When I was traveling solo for the first time, a lot of people told me this thing that has stuck with me ever since; “Anything can happen!!”. It was supposed to scare me but it actually excited me even more. Anything can happen. That’s the beauty of it. But that’s also a risk you take.

When you’re traveling the rookie mistake is to think that everything will go as you planned it. Although now that we are living in 2017 you can plan ‘almost’ everything but in the end life doesn’t care about your plans. It can change your plans so fast you won’t have time to process it.

The dark side of traveling

Out of your comfort zone

Traveling literally means stepping out of your comfort zone. After using a couple of horrible washrooms, when my husband went to a decent washroom he said: “If all washrooms could be like this one, I’ll travel the whole world”. No mister, consider yourself lucky that there is such a thing as a washroom here. When I decided to camp one night in Cholistan (desert) I had to dehydrate myself.

Sometimes you have to deal with bed bugs and sometimes there’s a do outside your room who won’t stop barking. Yes, that happened to me in Kashmir. The point is it’s not your home and even if you stay in a five-star hotel you won’t have the comfort level that you have in your own bed. There’s always going to be something missing or something different.

Isn’t that the whole point of traveling? To be somewhere new, somewhere different?

In the end, it’s all worth it

I’ve had to spend four hours in the middle of the night on a fuel station in one of the most dangerous parts of Pakistan (Haripur Hazara) because our headlights stopped working. Not to mention that we had already been on the road for more than 24 hours and that it was my first solo travel. I’ve had to sit on the road for more than 8 hours in Kallar Kahar because our car broke down. I nearly died in Turkey when our driver fell asleep on the highway. Another time the tyre of our coaster burst on the highway while we were moving around 100/kmh.

But is any of these incidents will hold me back from traveling? Never.

As much as traveling can be tough sometimes, I can’t imagine a life without traveling. Like anything and everything in this world, it has its downsides but that doesn’t mean it is not as amazing as the internet makes it look like.

What problems have you faced while traveling and how do you deal with them?

The dark side of traveling

3 thoughts on “The dark side of traveling no one talks about!

  1. Beautiful article. As they sing in one song, “you have nothing in your hands” – no matter how hard you try, things go their own way, good or bad.

  2. Yes, travelling is definitely not all rainbows and glitter unicorns. As travel bloggers I think it’s important to be honest about the bad parts as well as the good. Besides, the misfortunes make for a much better story sometimes, I think! I lost my phone in Bogota, and while it really sucks, you just have to deal with it. And realise that yeah, life goes on even without a phone!

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