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Is there a downside of travel? Some people tend to think so. These days we are living in a world of terrorism, international insecurity, low cost airlines and a lack of good old fashioned customer service. Although as a whole, we are all travelling more frequently as it has become considerably affordable for the broader population, but some of us wish that travel was a lot more comfortable and safe.
If you watch the news every other day there is a terrorism attack, sometimes in an airport or in a public place overseas. The scaremongers (media), are warning us more and more not to travel to certain countries and after Malaysian Airlines two fatal air crashes we are beginning to feel a little unsafe flying overseas.
So what things are the downside to travel? I have made a list:
Despite these travel drawbacks, thankfully a lot of us aren’t too discouraged from planning our next trip or flitting off on a weekend escape. Recent travel statistics are showing that domestic travel (travel within your own country), is becoming more popular with travellers. I have always been a strong advocate of seeing your own country first before venturing overseas, so this is a good thing.
There are many ways to save on travel within your own country. In Australia you can occasionally hire a campervan very cheaply if it needs to be relocated to another city; You can also consider trying camping as a cheap form of holidaying; Look for domestic airfare sales that are continually being offered; Subscribe to a website that emails out cheap accommodation deals; or look for affordable cruises out of Australian ports. There are plenty of options.
However, if like me, you still want to venture overseas and think “stuff it”, because life is too short to be worried about a few hours of flying in discomfort or queuing up in long airport lines, then I say go for it!
What do you think is the downside to travel? Can you add to the above list?
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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TheresaOctober 12, 2016
Your post just confirmed for me why I don’t travel OS, lol. Last time I traveled on a plane I had an infant child with a delayed change over. No thanks! I am most definitely in the camping category, preferably in a wild place far, far away with horizon to horizon views everywhere. The problem, as they say with mass travel is that the masses travel. And another friend comically put it, when you pay peanuts you get monkeys. I’ll probably eventually go OS one day but not for a holiday. Small group art retreat, maybe? With someone I trust who can sort out all that itinerary stuff. Enjoy your next holiday. Good luck with finding your next destination.
KathyOctober 12, 2016
I enjoy camping too Theresa and getting off the beaten track where there isn’t a tourist in sight. However I still travel overseas and enjoy the experience of seeing other cultures. It’s a shame it is such a mission getting overseas from Australia. We are too far away! :)
Jan WildOctober 12, 2016
There are some barriers, no doubt. The main one for us is that Australia is so far from Europe. We handle that by having a short stopover on the way over and back.
The main downside for me is that as soon as I get home I want to go again! I must be weird because I really enjoy the organising, that is when the excitement starts.
KathyOctober 12, 2016
We are a long way from Europe, but like you we normally have a stopover somewhere. I must admit I also suffer from ‘travel envy’ when I see friends travelling overseas. I want to see everywhere and it is definitely on my list! :)
Life Images by JillOctober 13, 2016
I too have felt that my overseas travel plans have been severely hampered because of the terrorist threat, though I did say many times we shouldn’t let them stop us traveling, because, they, the terrorists, don’t want us to travel. I particularly hate time wasted in airports if I need to make a second connection. And flights often leave me feeling sick on my return home flight. I also hate landing! We have done a lot more domestic travel in the last few years. Australia is such a big continent we are no where near done yet. Happy travels Kathy.
KathyOctober 13, 2016
I agree totally with you Jill. Terrorism has made all of us feel less inclined to travel to certain overseas destinations. We are travelling to Italy next year but then will probably not do too much overseas travel after that. There is so much more of Australia that we want to see. We still haven’t explored the Dead Centre nor Darwin and surrounds. :)
Rhonda Albom (@RhondaAlbom)October 13, 2016
The biggest downside is travel time. I combat this with my 1 day per hour rule. For each hour in transit (including the return), I want to spend at least one day at location. As New Zealand is about a day away from Europe, I would want to spend at least 50 days in Europe if I travel there. It makes the whole trip
KathyOctober 13, 2016
Yes Australia and New Zealand are both a long way from everywhere. We are going to Italy next year and intend spending 5 weeks there to really reap the reward of flying so far away. :)
Gemma McKenzieOctober 14, 2016
The worst thing about travelling is when you have to return back to normality haha! Nice article, I very much have the ‘stuff it’ opinion and try to find the fun in living; even during the travel which can feel like wasted time.
KathyOctober 14, 2016
The best part about travel is the destination. I think that this is what we all need to keep in mind. Thanks for dropping by my blog Gemma. :)
leannelcOctober 15, 2016
I hate the long haul flights – the airport security, the waiting times, the queues, the airline food, the lack of leg room, jet lag, headaches – my list goes on. Europe is SUCH a long way away and those 17hr flights are a killer. We’re off to Singapore next month – 5hr flight, same time zone and warm weather – ticks all my boxes for now :)
KathyOctober 16, 2016
There was a day that I loved flying when it felt luxurious to do so, but these days I despise it as well. However I do love to travel so I guess the pain of flying makes the destination worthwhile. Yes Singapore is a dream flight compared to Europe. Enjoy Singapore – it is a fabulous place to visit. :)
Janet CamilleriOctober 21, 2016
Yes there is a downside – usually that you need a holiday to recover from it! LOL.
KathyOctober 21, 2016
Ha ha, that is so true Janet. I often come back from a holiday feeling exhausted, but a nice sort of exhausted! :)