Just had a thought while I've been chatting to people I met travelling, on Facebook.
Personally the most depressing thing about travelling, for me, is knowing that the vast majority of people you meet, you'll never get to see again....
What's the most annoying / disappointing / depressing thing about travelling for you?
This way we can all hopefully learn to apprechiate what we've got & what we're experiencing when we're actually travelling!
ps. you can't say ... coming home / running out of money etc.
The more depressing thing that I recently experienced on my holiday to Spain was that no body care about others and everybody is so selfish just to maximize their fun and are hardly bothered about others & allow them to enjoy.
Blatant gender inequality and offensive views of foreign women in some parts of the world.
Turning a corner in the hired car for the 1st time and seeing a pleasant surprise round it always gets the hairs up on my back. I was in Norway awhile ago and the road from Oslo to Bergen is something I shall treasure forever. Probably one of the best road trips I have ever done, even though it was quite brief.
Where does ' most disappointing' come into all this ?
Arriving back in Harwich, Essex, UK. Stinking sea water and filthy dirty everywhere.
Shame on the UK sometimes.
For me the worst thing about travelling, is the physical act of travelling!
Back in the day, it was a huge adventure to travel by plane, and you were treated like welcome guests.
Nowadays you are bundled from one area of the airport to another, are checked and double-checked and finally bundled on to the aeroplane, fed dubious food (or have to pay for dubious food), and if you are lucky, when you land you are reunited with your luggage. Oh, and then there's the final pleasure of standing in line to go through immigration; currently LAX has top marks. I stood for 2 hours after landing from Fiji, watched my luggage disappear, only to finally be treated to the charms of a man who had the charisma of a potato.
I love the thought of travelling; I get the whiff of aviation fuel and I'm a woman possessed. Being elsewhere is fabulous. It's just the getting there!
1. The carbon trail we leave behind.
Doing a round the world trip (from Australia at least), chances are you're going to clock up a lot of plane mileage. I have tried to do more local travel and car pooling this year. But going snowboarding for example from London to the Alpes....I couldn't quite convince my friends to hire a mini van for a 24 hour mission, maybe next year!
2. Seeing the negaitve impacts of colonialism, capitalism and now globalisation in country after country and the gross social divide and inequality it has caused. Bolivia particularly springs to my mind, although it was one of the most amazing places I've visited so far.
3. Lack of clean and drinkable water in developing countries.. "when you're feeling kinda sick and you need a toilet quick, diarrhoea"
Such a basic common need that we take for granted.
4. Meeting seemingly the most friendly people in the world but never knowing if they are genuine or just trying to rip you off.
When we first left the UK travelling 3 years ago we met loads of people - it has been gradually changing though and we've been mentioning this issue more and more on our blog as people just seem to be getting more and more unfriendly.
Just last week in Kota Kinabalu we lost count of how many times we said hello to fellow travellers just to be completely ignored or to get a look in return as if we were a piece of dirt on the bottom of their shoe. It's just so rude and it's really beginning to annoy us...I mean how hard is it to say hello back to someone? We are making an effort as a couple (we know couples can seem intimidating to some people) to be friendly and open to other travellers in the hostels we are staying in and to say we are having this friendliness thrown back in our face is an understatement!
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"...how hard is it to say hello back to someone? ... to say we are having this friendliness thrown back in our face is an understatement!" - eliranh55
Not everyone's up for a chat, even if it's just to say hello - though I really wouldn't take it to heart.
Personally, I always acknowledge someone who has taken the trouble - unless they're 'bornagains'.
The worst thing while traveling is the chore of getting through airport security only to have to endure long, cramped hours in cattle class.And also For me, it's coming back home! I would travel every day if I could.
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As I am a bit of a foodie and love trying different national cuisines when travelling, It can be very dissapointing when the food is over priced and horrible! I have definitely learnt to eat off the beaten track where there are no tourists and lotsa locals but let downs unfortunately cant be ruled out.
Additionally, the constant attention as a female traveller in some countries makes the novelty and patience wear thin. I love soaking up the heart of the cultures but sometimes the local men really put me off! Cant a girl stroll and enjoy in peace? it will make us return again quicker, if onyl they understood!
For me, it's definitely going back to a place that you once loved to find that it's been ruined, overdeveloped or neglected in some way. It makes me hesitate to go back.