So travel. Travel is supposed to be fun, exhilarating, joyous, rejuvenating and many more things, which imply happiness and harmony. It wouldn’t be wrong to say ‘you may not be able to buy happiness, but you can definitely buy a plane ticket and that’s kind of the same thing’.
But let’s also get real here. The moment you say to yourself “I am finally happy”, your life with sarcasm says “LOL! Gimme a minute”.
Life has its share of troubles. Travel which is also a part of life, has its own share of troubles.
Here is a list of travel problems most commonly encountered by travellers and a way to solve them.
Somehow this is one of those days, where you look extra pretty (must be the soap given in the hotel as complimentary). So you decide, to take out your phone and take a nice picture of yourself (I mean, it happens rarely that you are looking good, not sweating to glory, not have messy hair).
So, you take out your phone and switch on the front camera trying to capture the beautiful you and the beautiful view. That’s when a giant creature comes and stands behind you, increasing the distance between you and your breath taking view.
Suddenly, your pleasant mood goes into the drain and you don’t have a smile anymore, all you have is a growling face and the giant human being, who has no idea that he or she is BOMBING your picture.
Now let’s admit it, sometimes it becomes pretty impossible to take pictures at tourist spots. Sometimes a person is standing behind you or walking past you, while someone is taking a picture of you, or sometimes there is an entire family in which starting from the great grandfather to the youngest child, everyone wants to take a picture.
And what do you do?
You keep waiting or you keep standing there waiting for some space, taking multiple snaps with the same expression, till you get a perfect picture for your Facebook.
It feels really awkward to ask someone to move away, so that you can get a perfect picture.
So what do you do?
If you have at least one picture in which there is no human around you, then you can call yourself the luckiest person on earth.
Sometimes it doesn’t help even if you converse in English with the other person, because, English has evolved into many different types of English depending on the influence of the native language.
If you are on an international trip, the chances of being mistaken are even higher. As it is we all are not ‘William Shakespheres’ in English, on top of that, we have to deal with slang in English.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself asking the same question over and over again, and then letting it go, cos you couldn’t really make out what the other person wanted to convey.
However the solution to this is, being calm and patient and try to convey the message in simple easy language and listen attentively as to what the other person is saying. It’s good to cross check. It would be rude to think that, the other person is dumb just because, we can’t make out what he or she is trying to say.
It’s for our best to realize that, we all come from different cultural backgrounds, which sometimes prevent us from conversing easily.
We love food.
But when you are travelling you have to be extra careful about what you eat. I mean, you wouldn’t want to spend your vacation on a toilet sea do you?
When you are travelling within your country, you don’t really have to be concerned, because you might have some idea about what is being served to you.
But when on international travel, the problem goes onto another level, because you simply don’t know what the dish is all about.
You might order some very tasty looking dish thinking its ‘chicken’ and end up getting some insect (if you are in some Asian countries).
Sometimes you might not at all like the taste of what you just ordered. The only solution to this problem is just find out what is being served to you.
However, if you are like ‘khatron ke khiladi’, go ahead and take a chance at all the dishes, after all its not always that you get to eat something which your tongue is not used to.
When you are travelling, you are always under the constant fear of ‘what if the nature calls me?’, ‘what if there is no toilet around when nature calls me?’
No, there is no solution to this one.
You never know when nature might strike its call. You might spend hours in the morning trying to pee.
But if that doesn’t happen, you know you are ‘screwed’.
Trust me, we all know of those times, when we skipped something really tasty or ate less, just because we don’t want to be the one who says “ excuse me, I have to pee”.
If you are on an international trip, and you rush to the washroom in the middle of something, it would be really heart breaking to see that there is no water in the washroom and you have to finish your work with tissue paper.
Love (shoe) bites
We would be really happy to buy those very beautiful looking shoes for your travel.
But however, you realize your new shoes love you so much that they start biting your little sexy feet. They bite you till, your feet get bruised.
You have no choice here, but to walk with those shoes. The best solution to this problem is to always carry another pair of old shoes which your feet are used to, so that the walking won’t be a trouble.
Now don’t really think that travel is something which is horrifying.
Someone once said ‘Do not tell me your education, but tell me how much you have travelled’.
Travelling is synonymous to learning. Life has weird way of teaching. The best way of learning is when you through the trials of life.
The above 5 mentioned travel problems are petty ones, which when you think over a few years down the lane, will make you laugh and as a result need not be taken seriously.
Travelling is that treasure, through which you are provided with precious gems of learning.
The more you travel, the more you learn, the wiser you become. Keep travelling, keep becoming wiser.
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