Full-time travel may seem like the ultimate lifestyle choice but it isn’t for everyone.
While the thought of waking up in a foreign land every day may seem like a dream come true, the brutal truth is that not everyone is cut out for the nomadic life of a perpetual traveller.
I’ll probably get kicked out of the fraternity of travel bloggers just for saying this, but inspirational blog posts about quitting your job and travelling the world will only take you so far. Frankly, I think it’s important that you also prepare yourselves for the potential hardships and insecurities that come with travelling full-time.
That’s why I’ve come up with 5 reasons why full-time travel might not be for you…
1. Full-time travel takes courage
Are you brave enough to uproot your life for a lifestyle of full-time travel? Not everyone is.
Saying goodbye to friends and family is never easy; it’s harder still when you genuinely don’t know when you’ll see them again.
It always takes courage to step outside your comfort zone, and when you’re travelling the world full-time you’re going to be out of that comfort zone a lot. Get used to it; anyone can go on holiday but not everyone is brave enough to travel full-time.
2. Full-time travel is expensive
Freedom from full-time employment means you’ll likely be shackled to a strict budget.
A lot of full-time travellers try to make money by travel blogging, which takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Or you could pick up work here and there as you travel, working in bars or teaching English in a foreign country.
Full-time travel will lead to richness of spirit, then, but not necessarily richness of cash.
3. Full-time travel means less security
So long, security – hello freedom! Full-time travel means trading a sense of security for a sense of adventure.
That’s great when things are going well, but not everything will always go according to plan. There’s always a risk that you will have your passport and wallet stolen in Spain, say, or you might get sick.
You’ve got to expect the unexpected when you’re a full-time traveller and you won’t always have the same safety net to fall back on that you would back home.
4. Full-time travel means missing out on things
During the four years I was living abroad I missed weddings, births, funerals, graduations, 21st birthdays, 50th birthdays, natural disasters, a Rugby World Cup and two general elections. I don’t regret it for a second; would you say the same?
Full-time travel means you won’t be around and you will miss out on a few things. On the plus side, you’ll also get to experience things you never would have thought possible.
5. Full-time travel is exhausting
A holiday is easy; travelling full-time can be hard work.
Travelling full-time can be an exhausting endeavour, being constantly on the move, living in dinky hostels and guesthouses, always sightseeing and planning your next destination. Throw in the financial pressures and before a year is up you may need a holiday from full-time travel.
Hopefully, you’ve read all of the above and you’re still dead keen on full-time travel; then again, there’s no shame in realising that full-time travel isn’t for you.
We travel bloggers bang on all the time about how great travel is – and it is – but there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Full-time travel certainly isn’t the only way to go. I wrote a blog post a while back about why I backpack (and you should too) but I know that’s not for everyone, either.
For some people it’s enough to take just a few weeks every year to explore other parts of the world. How about you? What’s your travel style?