The Top 10 Pros and Cons of Traveling

December 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Top 10 Pros of Traveling

 

  1. The International Food: France, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Vietnam, Indonesia, Mexico, and China.
  2. The Photography
  3. It’s a spontaneous lifestyle when you are traveling by yourself. You can do whatever you want…when you want.  Every day is exciting…you never know who you are going to meet and where you will be the next day.
  4. It is good to take a break from American culture. A break from untalented music stars on the radio, box office flops, social media sites, cell phone addiction, and reality TV.
  5. Traveling changes your perspective on life. You don’t just have an American perspective. But a diverse perspective on what life means.
  6. While traveling you learn new things about various cultures such as cultural practices, history, and language.
  7. After traveling through third world countries it helps me get through my low points. When I have had a bad day or I catch myself complaining too much. Which I may at times.  I remember the poor families in the slums of India making three dollars a day for hard labor. The 83 year old women servant carrying a 75 pound bag of rice up a steep hill in La Paz, Bolivia. Or the homeless children in Manila, Philippines who beg for money and food. After these experiences. I realize at times my weekly issues aren’t really issues at all. Compared to these people.
  8. You can get great deals on clothes and food. In Indonesia I got a $1 all you can eat buffet. In Koh Phi Phi, Thailand I stayed at a 5 star hotel ocean view suite for $75 dollars a night.
  9. It’s good to get away from a mundane and predictable lifestyle. The 8-5 pm job and boss. It’s good to have a change.
  10. As an American you lose a lot of weight traveling for 6 months. There isn’t a McDonald’s or Starbucks for thousands of miles…well maybe hundreds of miles. McDonald’s is everywhere spreading their mystery meat, fried potato strings, imitation cheese, and lard shakes.

 

Top 10…..Cough…14… Cons of Traveling

 

  1. Annoying questions like:

"Where are you from?" Followed by, "Did you vote for George Bush?"

"Are you Ryan Gosling?"

"You’re from La?" I respond, "yes." Then they ask, "Are you an actor?" Then I think to myself, “Yeah everyone in Los Angeles is an actor…there are no teachers, doctors, or police officers. We are just playing our part in a big movie like in the Truman Show with Jim Carrey.”

 Lastly of course… "Do you eat a lot of McDonalds?"

  1. Fellow Travelers  that are unpleasant towards Americans based on stereotypes
  2. Getting hassled. For example: an X-ray machine security guard or police officer asking for money.  Or guides asking for money for taking photo’s at “forbidden places.”
  3. Crying babies on planes
  4. Different weight requirements on airlines. Some weight requirements are 40 pounds while others are 12 pounds. So what I am I supposed to add and subtract 20 pounds of luggage per flight?
  5. Taxi drivers that pretend they don’t know English…until they need to negotiate the fare…then they are fluent.
  6. Hostels: Sharing a room/bathroom with 6-10 people, stereotypes, culture clashes, no heating or air conditioning, cold showers, and not safe at times.
  7. Solicitors
  8. Broken or lost luggage

11.) A person that is sitting next to you on a flight and wants to talk about American politics for 12 hours.

12.) Dread Aussies (Australians with Dreadlocks). Had a bad experience with an Australian with dreadlocks once. Somehow the Aussies Dreads got in my mouth while we hit turbulence during my flight.

13.) Wrong directions from people that think they understand English and tell you to go 2 miles in the opposite direction.

14.) People that think you should know there language for a 5 day stay in their country. For example…I met a group of people who knew English but refused to speak it. Seemed like a good waste of the English teacher’s time.


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