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71. Posted by diva1982 (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y

worst thing revolves mainly around airports, like finding out my luggage followed me around 1 day later and arriving a week after i got home! insurance took care of it but it still got on my nerves

then there's airport security..slow as donkey x ray machines

and at times locals or even fellow travellers, men in particular that are juz a tad bit over "friendly"

72. Posted by pigeonhole (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Apart from the deep sadness (usually) occurring when the trip is over and we have to head back home and start
all over again daily routines (even pleasant ones!) and think that what was real will become a simple memory, dimmer and dimmer with time, it's the unpleasant (most of the time) encounter with fellow citizens; we precisely flew thousands of miles to avoid them, and loo, here they are, in the same hotel, a vivid picture of the home routine we are fleeing!

73. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 7y

Quoting pigeonhole

Apart from the deep sadness (usually) occurring when the trip is over and we have to head back home and start
all over again daily routines (even pleasant ones!) and think that what was real will become a simple memory, dimmer and dimmer with time....

Totally agree.

74. Posted by bwoods (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Hi,
Yeah, the most disappointing thing about travelling is not being able to really relive all those memories. Also - we have just completed a roadtrip from LA to NY (hubbie, wifey and two young children). We felt we had achieved something fantastic and we are very proud of overselves. I was always a bit of a couch potatoe, but now I have the travel bug big time. We want to give our children the concept that there is more out there. More than just what you can see on a screen or read about in a book. But back to the question again - I have found that really the most disappointing thing about travelling is talking to some people when you come home. The minute we say we took a roadtrip across the States the reply is usually - yeah, we went to New York once... or it sounds like the time we took a week in Canada....!! No harm to other people and their holidays, but this was 6 weeks and not really a holiday, more a trek! So now we don't talk about it, and if anyone asks we just say we did the trip. We don't want to push the experience on other people. I feel we have seen the bigger picture and I can't get back to "a routine". Feels like I have gone to the moon and back and no one else understands!
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75. Posted by elincita (Budding Member 38 posts) 7y

I kinda know what you mean bwoods. I lived in Havana for five months and took classes at the university there and everybody I tell that to seems to know how Cuba works from their two weeks holiday in Varadero. I don't even understand how Cuba works after five months. But I think it's often that people are just trying to connect to your story, to your experience, not meaning to make you feel that way about your trip or being insensitive. I find myself doing that too every now and then, to keep the conversation going.

The most disappointing thing to me is knowing I will never take exactly this trip again, and if I would, I wouldn't meet the same people. And it's hard to settle back to "real" life, especially when you feel that you have changed so much, but everything at home is exactly the same...

76. Posted by rjv.bwj11 (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

The most disappointing thing about travelling is that you meet to different kind of people and some of them become your friends and not only friend but also close to your heart but once the task completed we have to leave that place and friends also. This is the thing that dissapoint most

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

Quoting rjv.bwj11

The most disappointing thing about travelling is that you meet to different kind of people and some of them become your friends and not only friend but also close to your heart but once the task completed we have to leave that place and friends also. This is the thing that dissapoint most

I always give people I've met the chance to stay in touch - but it's nearly always them that fizzle out. I have hundreds of email addresses from people I've met while abroad. One or two messages, then it soon usually stops. I have a few very special long term friends that I've met on my travels and occasionally we get together in all sorts of destinations. It's just so lush when it happens, but there isn't too many of us.

78. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 7y

It's very disappointing coming home from a trip and have your friends kind of tell you that your trip is over now and you have to just settle back in to everyday life. It's as though they are jealous and don't want to hear about your travels. Sort of like, "shut up, you're home now". Very disappointing.

79. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Quoting james

It's very disappointing coming home from a trip and have your friends kind of tell you that your trip is over now and you have to just settle back in to everyday life. It's as though they are jealous and don't want to hear about your travels. Sort of like, "shut up, you're home now". Very disappointing.

If I had a nickel for every time someone said "now you're back to real life"--as if travelling was part of some fantasy or unimportant experience. Sometimes travelling feels a lot more like "real life" than the rest!

80. Posted by bwoods (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Yes, to the above two replies. Have been the brunt of such talk for the past month. So it's not just an Irish thing! As you say, the "real world" is out there. Why do we accept such comments and not say something like: "Sound like you are a tiny bit jealous?!"