Let’s get one thing straight. What I’m doing is not glamorous. It’s not easy. It’s not like I’m relaxing and enjoying the culture 24/7. No. It’s rough. I can feel myself struggle. I cry. I breakdown. I worry.
I feel as a lot of travel blogs and a lot of people portray traveling around the world as this really glamorous and amazing thing to do. The social media facade shows that everything is amazing and perfect; you’re having fun with all your new best friends, you’re drinking on the beach, etc. One blog in particular irks me the most, I won’t say names but it just feels so fake and it’s one of the bigger ones out there!
Traveling is fun, yes, but it’s not glamorous or pretty like some make it out to be. I could not imagine putting on full makeup everyday, finding time to exercise or stay fit everyday, or even stay peppy everyday! There is friction and mental breakdowns and so many tears. Things are hard; things wear you down. Eventually you get to this point where you don’t want to do anything but sit around and sleep or read….. And that is okay.
Traveling is about making sacrifices and not living in luxury. If you have the money to do it all in luxury, are you really doing it at all? Is it real? Are you really getting a taste of the real country? What are you learning?
I could continue on and on, but I think my point has been made. I don’t want to feel fake, and I don’t want my trip to look fake like it can on social media. I crave something genuine, even if it’s not perfect or glamorous.