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What's the most disappointing thing about travelling?

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51. Posted by HIkirsty (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

People who disrespect the culture and people in their visiting country. So incredibly arrogant and shallow minded.

52. Posted by TeaTeaTea (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

I am loving travelling, and yet the most disappointing thing for me is the western child in me saying 'you should be working, what about your career? You're throwing your career away!' When I'm definitely enhancing my life. I'm 27, not 57 with not too many fresh starts in the future!

I took the chance to travel over being offered a job at a major company when I lost my previous job in the economic crisis. It's actually cheaper for me to live abroad travelling then it is stay home. I have ALWAYS wanted to travel and fulflling an absolute dream.

Yet my little western demon says 'you know you should be working'. And that's the most disappointing thing for me. Let me know if anyone feels the same!

53. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting TeaTeaTea

I am loving travelling, and yet the most disappointing thing for me is the western child in me saying 'you should be working, what about your career? You're throwing your career away!' When I'm definitely enhancing my life. I'm 27, not 57 with not too many fresh starts in the future!

I took the chance to travel over being offered a job at a major company when I lost my previous job in the economic crisis. It's actually cheaper for me to live abroad travelling then it is stay home. I have ALWAYS wanted to travel and fulflling an absolute dream.

Yet my little western demon says 'you know you should be working'. And that's the most disappointing thing for me. Let me know if anyone feels the same!

How does a western demon compare to a northern, southern, or eastern demon?
I see the western attitude so often when I travel to less well off regions. But demon? Maybe you are right.
I am missing the sunshine. Here in the UK this year whether in Aberdeen or Andover, there hasnt been so much of it. I need to go south urgently.

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55. Posted by lmckenn6 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Hands down, the most annoying thing about traveling for me is PACKING. I am getting ready to leave for 4 months, and I have no idea which clothes to pack. I will be there through a change of season, and it's just a different climate in general! I also have to pack supplies to LIVE in another country. Yes, I could buy things when I get there, but there's another inconvenience. The British Pound is almost twice as much as the U.S. Dollar. Do I spend a fortune when I get there or pack up all of my crap and pay a motherload extra for baggage checking??

I also think the most disappointing thing about traveling is not knowing whether or not you will see the people you saw or have the experiences you had ever again. I volunteered on a farm for a month with 11 other international people my age, and with all of our different lives, I wonder if I will ever be able to see them again. They were all spectacular, so it made it very difficult to say goodbye to that.

BUT I STILL LOVE TRAVELING!:)

56. Posted by likeHome (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Its disappointing for me to watch how disrespectful some tourists are,makes me feel like not being at the same place with them :-) Should be used to it as I grew up on a real touristic island...IBIZA....but certain behaviours...not my style,sorry

57. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 7y

Quoting likeHome

Its disappointing for me to watch how disrespectful some tourists are,makes me feel like not being at the same place with them :-) Should be used to it as I grew up on a real touristic island...IBIZA....but certain behaviours...not my style,sorry

I grew up in a tourist town, too, and we used to have a saying: "If it's tourist season [like deer season or bear season] why can't we shoot them?"

58. Posted by eric25 (Budding Member 27 posts) 7y

Quoting TeaTeaTea

Yet my little western demon says 'you know you should be working'. And that's the most disappointing thing for me. Let me know if anyone feels the same!

Hey, you're not alone! I'm putting off grad school for awhile so I can spend some time traveling.

59. Posted by gordenbutl (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

What do I find disappointing? Not much really and I've been travelling the world for about 35 years in lots of ways. By yacht , train, bus, motorcycle, plane. Someone once sang "expectation can rob the joy from you". So, I expect very little wherever I go and am more often than not pleasantly surprised about something.... or all. ( Even horrible Teneriffe I discovered had a nice offshore island to ferry to)
Now I'm in China and sure, the spitting aggravates, the lack of youtube and facebook irritates , the politics confound, but the more I explore , the more the country provides a constant source of delight. and when I meet other travellers who say "oh Beijing disappointed me" or "Tiger leaping Gorge was boring"......I get a tad disappointed ....in them for being jaded.
However.......I do indeed get disappointed when someone ( on occasion even another traveller) steals from me. That pisses me off - never mind disappoints!

60. Posted by LuzMac99 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Definately meeting people and knowing you'll never see them again! Or knowing that you'll try to communicate and stay in touch once you leave, but the reality is, it's very likely you'll never talk/see them again.

Also, allocating two short a time to a place you just fall in Love with.. HATE THAT!

I also hate when your expectations of a place aren't met. Someone talks up a place you're travelling to and you get there and it's just a flop!

But would have to say THE most disappointing thing about travelling would HAVE to be, knowing it's all coming to an end and that you have to go home and get back into your 'routine'. No more relaxing. No more sleeping in. No more sunbaking/skiing. No more spending money and partying hard. Lol yes - all very depressing..

But nonetheless, your 'routine' is what gets you there in the first place :p