It's summertime, baby! Your Instagram feed is most likely flooded with friends, family members, bloggers, and everyone and their mother traveling! I myself will be traveling this summer. But let's be honest for a minute--no one ever shows the downsides to traveling. Today I'm going to make an unpopular move and sharing my fears when traveling. Because when does anything ever go as planned?
1. Money, money, money!
Oh dear. Vacation is expensive as is! Between flights, hotels, and a little extra cash for souvenirs, you're already burning a hole in your pocket. Something always happens that requires a good chunk of $$$. Whether it be your car getting towed or forgetting to pack toothpaste and having to buy some, you always have to be prepared for extra expenses!
If you've been to Mexico or the surrounding area, you know this all too well. Our bodies aren't used to the water in this area, so it's very easy to become sick when drinking the water! I went to Belize about a year and a half ago and we had to chew Pepto Bismol tablets (yes, I linked them for you to buy lol) every day just in case we drank some water. It turned my tongue black for a few days (blehhhh)! Beautiful places with dangerous water. Are we sure heaven on earth exists?!
3. A Distant Relationship with God.
This is the worst one yet. It's so hard to keep a schedule when traveling, let alone take the time to read a devotional or your Bible. As strong as my relationship with Jesus is, I'm here to admit that it tends to take a backseat when traveling. But your relationship with Him doesn't HAVE to be a nightly devotional. Try yo read your Bible on vacation, but also realize that we worship Him by appreciating His creation. I'm sure a simple, "thank you, Jesus" when watching a tropical sunset makes him grin.
4. Leaving Things in the Hotel Room.
Sadly, I have left many a cute shoe in the hotel room. A tragic loss, some might say. Okay, definitely a first world problem, but that was the extra hours we spent at work saving for those shoes! And usually by the time you realize it, it's too late to call the hotel or they've been snatched up by a lucky individual. Finders keepers, losers weepers, right?
5. Language Barriers.
This is actually quite a sad problem to face when traveling, specifically on mission trips. As beautiful as other languages can be, I always long for conversation. I often find myself upset in other countries, because I want to fully embrace the culture and fully appreciate the people who live there. After all, we are "invading" their towns and cities. I feel the least I can do is thank them, but I don't know how.
I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to travel as much as I have. I haven't been to Paris and I haven't been to Bora Bora, but I've seen some very beautiful and unique places. As stressful as traveling can be, I end up enjoying almost every moment and making memories that I'll never forget. I hope you all were able to relate to this and I hope the rest of your travels are worry free and nothing short of memorable!
My dear friend Emily Neal has an Instagram account called FlightsOnFlights. She travels so much and knows the ins and outs of traveling! Make sure to check her out :)