The Hardest Part Of Traveling No One Talks About

so very true. absolutely love this and it really does pinpoint some exact thoughts and emotions i have experienced in the last 3 months since i returned home.

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You see the world, try new things, meet new people, fall in love, visit amazing places, learn about other cultures – then it’s all over. People always talk about leaving, but what about coming home?

We talk about the hard parts while we’re away – finding jobs, making real friends, staying safe, learning social norms, misreading people you think you can trust – but these are all parts you get through. All of these lows are erased by the complete highs you experience. The goodbyes are difficult but you know they are coming, especially when you take the final step of purchasing your plane ticket home. All of these sad goodbyes are bolstered by the reunion with your family and friends you have pictured in your head since leaving in the first place.

Then you return home, have your reunions, spend your first two…

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One big hoax?

Prior to leaving on my travels, my dad had described to me his experience of visiting the city of Xi’an in China, and more specifically; the terracotta warriors and museum. He was curious as to the viability of the tourist attraction, and was interested as to what I would think after having visited.

He described to me the order and organisation of the place. How all the warriors were lined up strategically and seemingly in pristine condition. There was the opportunity for him to meet the farmer who had first stumbled upon the warriors whilst farming on his land back in the 1970’s. You are not allowed to take photographs of the man, BUT; if you buy a book about the terracotta warriors you can get the book signed by the farmer himself. Dad’s guide at the time had exclaimed that the farmer was very rarely there and that they would be very lucky to actually see him. So when they found him there – with an element of surprise – they then felt obliged to buy the book and have it signed by him. I think the way in which the tourist attraction was all laid out was what made him feel dubious and uneasy about it all. Read More »