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10 Things You Loose When Travelling

Traveling changed many things in my life and transformed me as a person. The day I walked out of my parents' house to study abroad, I was excited like a puppy, happier than ever, and scared too because, well, I had no clue what was waiting for me on the other side.

Since that day, I've been learning life's lessons and haven't stopped yet. I hope I never do because that's what keeps reminding me I'm alive.

I gained a lot of experience, true, but I also lost some things that I may never get back. No one told me about these losses, and I'm here to underline them for you. I’m not sure if knowing these ten things would have changed anything, but it's always good to know what we might be giving up—everything comes with a price.

1 - Balancing Family Time While Traveling: 

Traveling makes it hard to have quality family time, especially when you’re away for long periods. Thankfully, we are in the 21st century and the internet makes it easier. But even with a schedule, it is often hard to catch up on a Skype, Messenger, Line, or WhatsApp video or phone call with your parents or siblings.

Time difference is also challenging. Sometimes you go to sleep when they are about to wake up, and in the long term, you just end up not talking that much. You miss big events, you miss changes, and you only learn about things long after they happen.

Sadly, you kind of get used to it and deal with it, but you miss them, and it keeps digging a hole in your heart every day.

2 - Maintaining Friendships on the Road : 

Now this is tricky. While on the road, you meet a lot of interesting people. Even if you are traveling alone, you’re never truly on your own.

However, as you make new friendships and forge lifelong connections, you may lose touch with people you left back home. I'm not saying it's guaranteed to happen, but over time, distance can affect friendships just as it does with family.

The bright side is that this experience allows you to filter and understand who truly cares for you and who was merely occupying space in your life. You may end up with five great friends out of a hundred, but the quality of those friendships overcomes quantity.

You won't talk every day, and you might catch up via Facebook or Instagram, but you know the love is mutual. No matter the distance, when you meet again, your friendship will remain intact and unaltered.

3 - Missing Your Routine Comforts:

The predictability and peace of a daily routine is something you don't realize you'll miss until it's gone. Suddenly, the comfort of your favorite coffee shop, your desk, or the familiar faces of your neighbourhood are replaced with constantly changing environments.
While this does keep life exciting and fresh, there's a part of you that occasionally longs for the comfort of knowing exactly what the day will bring.

4 - Finding Your True Identity Abroad:

Traveling, especially for long periods, blurs the lines of your identity. Back home, you're someone's friend, colleague, or neighbor.
Abroad, you're initially a stranger, a foreigner, an outsider, an explorer.
This shift can be liberating as it frees you from being pigeonholed into a single identity, but it also challenges your sense of self.
Over time, you'll find that you're not just one thing but a beautiful mix of all the places you've been and the people you've met.

5 - Letting Go of Material Possessions:

The more you move, the more you realize the burden of material possessions. You start shedding the layers of things you once thought were essential, only to discover that living with less not only simplifies life but also clarifies your priorities.
Of course you might lose some "things" you really cared for along the way, but you gain a deeper appreciation for experiences over things, carrying your most precious memories not in suitcases anymore but in your heart and you learn how to detach in a healthy way.

6 - Living in the Moment: The Illusion of Permanence:

Living in one place makes life feel permanent, like everything will always stay the same. But when you travel, that illusion disappears. Friends come and go, landscapes change, and you evolve too.
It can be unsettling at first, but it teaches you to truly live in the moment and cherish each experience because you know it won't last forever.

7 - Overcoming the Fear of the Unknown:

Maybe one of the most significant things you lose when you start traveling is your fear of the unknown. The unfamiliar becomes your everyday. The once daunting task of navigating a city you don't know, ordering food in a different language, or making friends with strangers becomes second nature.
This loss of fear is a gain in confidence, in the belief that you can handle whatever comes your way.

8 - Breaking Down Cultural Barriers:

Before traveling, your understanding of other cultures might just come from what you've read or seen on TV. But once you immerse yourself in different cultures, those preconceptions fade away, revealing the rich complexity of the world.
You might lose some of your cultural naivety, but you'll gain a deep respect and appreciation for diversity.

9 - Learning to Approve of Yourself:

Seeking approval from others is a common human trait, but travel teaches you the importance of self-approval. You learn to trust your decisions, celebrate your successes, and learn from your mistakes, all without needing the validation of others.
This self-reliance is one of the most empowering losses you'll experience.

10 - Expanding Your Worldview:

Finally, the more you travel, the more you realize that your way of seeing the world is just one of many. Your perspectives shift, your opinions change, and your mind opens. You lose the narrow lens through which you once viewed life, but you gain a richer and more compassionate understanding of the world.

Looking back, traveling has changed me in so many ways. It's been more than just going places. Sure, I've had to give up things like hanging out with my family all the time or having a regular day that feels the same. But what I've got back is pretty awesome. I've learned to be brave, to understand different people, and to really enjoy the moment.

So, for anyone thinking about starting their own travel adventure, I say go for it.

Traveling might turn your life upside down, but in a good way. You'll lose some stuff, like your usual comforts, but you'll find things you didn't even know you were looking for. In the end, it's not just about seeing new places. It's about finding a new you and figuring out where you fit in this big, amazing world. That's the best trip you could ever take.

Thank you, as always, for reading. AND for inviting me to be a part of your world.
Share your experiences, questions, or tips in the comments below. Let's learn and grow together.
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