Look on Instagram, or Facebook, or Youtube, and it seems like every traveler is living a life of incredible luxury, jet setting around the world and relaxing on deserted beaches. While that is part of the experience, it’s definitely not all of it.
I’ve already written about why I share embarrassing experiences, but as they say, sometimes a photo is worth a thousand words. So here are 13 photos that show the not-so-glamorous side of traveling.
When you can’t find a place to camp in central Missouri, so you end up pitching your tent in a parking lot off the highway, and you spend the night being harassed by a pack of wild dogs. Honestly one of the scarier nights of my life.
You gotta share your space with all manner of crazy creatures… like this HUGE gecko that lived in our homestay in Bali.
When your toilet backs up and floods in the middle of the night in Thailand.
You might have to end up sleeping in a hammock in the bar, after your room floods.
Regularly gotta deal with bathrooms that look like this, or worse. Watch out for the dreaded squat toilet.
When the toilet is a hole in the ground, the shower’s often not much better than this. And Hot water? Good luck! In some places, like Benin, your shower is a bucket.
Doing dishes in the bathtub in Bali. Gotta clean ’em quick, or you wouldn’t believe the amount of ants they attract.
The joys of laundry on the road
Trying to figure out a combination clothes washer/dryer when everything’s in Chinese. We never really did have dry clothes during this month.
Trying to get a replacement credit card mailed to you in a country where all the addresses consist of squiggles. This arrived two days before we had to leave Taiwan… serious tears of joy.
When you spend all night getting drunk with a woman talking about how she forgot her glasses in a hostel… and then your hungover ass leaves your glasses at the hostel the next morning. Anyone swinging by Hostel Nina in Mostar, pick up my glasses for me, thx.
When you get the flu but still gotta try and enjoy your trip because the friend you’re traveling with is taking more than half his vacation days for the year and it’s January.
And of course, the least fun and least glamorous part of long-term travel: having to say goodbye, again and again. No matter how many times you do it, it never gets any easier.
But despite all that…
It’s absolutely worth it. In fact, some of these less-than-glamorous moments are my favorite memories from traveling. They give the experience the true tinge of an adventure — not just a vacation.