Reflections from a big trip

Reflections from a big trip

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Regardless of the reason, taking a big trip is every travelers’ right of passage. There are myriad lessons learned from the experience. It starts with planning, pre-trip concerns, packing to what to do when you return. This article seeks to help you in navigating the hustles of long-term travel. It gets you to the direction towards your most anticipated life-changing travel. Here is a reflection of what time on the road can teach you.

Staying safe on a big trip

Before your first travel abroad, people will always talk to you about the funny ways they get robbed. You arrive at your international destination expecting all forms of robbery. When walking on the streets or hopping on the train, you always eye the people across the streets convinced that they were thieves. When any of them moves towards you, you brace yourself in case they try to rob you. With all these suspicions over other people, we tend to move around in fear rather than caution. It is important to be careful and watch out. However, when fear is built in us, we lose out on the fun that comes with that big trip. Sometimes we push away what would have been awesome new friends out of suspicion.

Traveling with friends

Sometimes what begins as a casual chat with a friend about wishes to visit a certain destination ends up in reality. Traveling with a friend is awesome. You have someone familiar to chat with, share a meal or a room and even lean on in times of challenges. It is not always smooth though. Spending virtually all the time together causes patience to grow thin at times. Additionally, it can get frustrating when one party gets unwell. It gives you the responsibility of watching over them. It stops you from exploring the places you would have gone to were you alone. On the flip side, getting sick knowing you have a close friend is reassuring.


We all have expectations of the places we are going to visit. Some of them can ruin our trips if they are negative stereotypes of the countries of destination. While some of these stereotypes are self-acquired, others are fed to us by friends. They make you believe that your first few minutes in a new place would be terrifying. On the contrary, you arrive at your destination to find a peaceful and calm environment. You find your way easily with less hustle and meet friendly people on the way. Expecting too much from a place can also be disappointing. When you expect to find heaven on earth and lock that in your mind becomes a source of frustration. Definitely, you will find a different picture. Remaining open-minded is a better way of enjoying your trip.

After a big trip, sometimes you might have post travel depression. This article can be a good read to help you with a down mood you might of aquired.

Post travel depression

Post travel depression

Lady thinking about beach to cure post travel depression

You will always receive advice from people on how to behave when traveling abroad. You are advised on how to cope with different cultures and morals, what to do and what to avoid. However, nobody tells you what to do when you get back home. There are different emotional changes that one is supposed to deal with after spending a long time abroad. Many people now ask whether post-travel depression is real.


Why does it happen?

We already agree that traveling is a great teacher. The lesson begins with the freedom it gives you. You get to travel to far off places where people don’t know you. You get to do numerous things and experience different activities, cultures and then it comes a time to go back home. The freedom you get from traveling is what enables you to do different things freely. You get to realize that you are a tiny piece of a puzzle, which is the world. Not everyone gets to realize this. The people you know, do not look beyond the country and thus see it as the puzzle. As a result, you feel that they no longer understand you. You become less common with the same people that were your close friends. It gets sad and makes you want to go away again.


When you return

At first, everything is smooth and nice. Everybody wants to interact with you. They want to learn about your experiences and adventures. This becomes a routine and you feel like you are talking about the same things every time. Everyone you interact with asks the same questions and thus you are always giving the same answers. What was exciting to talk about suddenly becomes boring. Sometimes people ask certain questions out of ignorance about something you don’t even enjoy describing. Sometimes you feel that they are not seeing things from your perspective. Inside you, you start to develop something that is difficult to express. This is mainly because people no longer understand you which is frustrating.


Dealing with it

Amid all the frustrations, some people keep on traveling. Other people become expatriates in countries that have different cultures. Some, however, decide to settle down, hanging their travel boots. This is not a solution that fits everyone. At such times, it is significant to follow your guts. Use all the lessons acquired during travels to grow in the right direction. Although a great part of transformation happens due to traveling, personal growth only happens within. If you travel with a group, you can always chat it up with them to help deal with any depression you have.


Planning a group trip successfully with the least stress

Planning a group trip

Planning a group trips has several advantages. It could help teams to bond or helping to cut travel costs. Arranging a group trip can however be a nightmare. The excitement of having the group trip vanishes when you have to plan out the details. Whether you love or you have reluctantly accepted to be the tour leader, you do not need to panic. Just be organized and give your family, friends or colleagues an excellently executed experience. These tips will help you achieve that.


Communicate clearly

Imagine being added to a big WhatsApp group about a certain event. One friend keeps posting one-liner messages leading to notification overload. The second friend only communicates using emojis. The thirds friend turns up 100 messages deep and asks so many questions whose answers can simply be found by scrolling up. You will be irritated, right? Such things can easily happen when you are planning for a group trip. While instant messaging is very useful in such scenarios, it can also be a source of confusion or irritation. Always be concise and clear when sharing information. When seeking to gather sensitive information, check in with the attendees individually. Some people fear to voice their concerns in the group if they feel it goes against other people’s suggestions.


Planning a group trip means agreeing on dates early enough

It can be tricky sometimes to settle on a specific timeframe. This is particularly when it has to do with large groups. It is important therefore to pick the dates as early as possible in advance. Consulting multiple people to get their desired dates can be tricky. Different people are going to have varying preferences. You can take advantage of scheduling tools such as Doodle to get an easy and quick way of locking things down. Once you have confirmed the time frame, communicate it to every attendee and insist that they stick to it.


Select appropriate accommodation

Small groups working on a tight budget can find it suitable to book a six or eight-bed hostel. It is private enough for the group and provides the needed privacy. Renting an apartment if you plan to stay long provides more comfort. These options are usually cheaper than paying for hotel rooms and offers you extra space such as a living room and a kitchen. If the only option you have is a hotel, consider directly contacting them. If desirable, you can request for rooms located on the same floor. Also, try to negotiate for group discounts for a better deal.