12 Sides of Travel You Don’t See
12 Sides of Travel You Don’t See

Travel is one of those things that many people only get to experience through their devices.

You read action-packed blogs, ogle over stunning sceneries on Instagram, or jealously ache over wild parties you wish you could experience.

For a lot of people, travel is merely something they live vicariously through online.

But what many people don’t realize is that it’s not always what it appears to be.

There’s a side of travel that rarely gets highlighted on the internet.

There are certain negative aspects that tend to be overlooked, but also a silly side that only frequent travelers will understand.

While glamorous landscapes and relaxing beach shots are typically how we think of travel, these other sides rarely make the forefront of our screens.

So, I’m here to keep it real.

I’m throwing those perfectly edited Instagram pictures to the wayside and sharing some truth about my travels.

While I’ve never claimed to be great at capturing photos and videos of my trips – I prefer to leave the camera behind so I can live in the moment – I scoured my albums and found some solid proof of certain travel realities.

From the good to the bad, these are some of the sides of travel that you may not know about.

1. The view of your hotel vs. The view from your hotel

Many places have beautifully designed hotels that look fun and inviting in every photo.

While the view of your hotels may look epic, your personal view while at the hotel may not be glamorous.

One of the beautiful hotels I stayed at in Bali.

While you look back on photos and think, “Wow that place was beautiful,” the memory of your actual view may remind you that it was a little less than perfect.

However, the view I had while enjoying the nice rooftop was anything but picturesque.

2. Before you get that perfect shot.

To get that Insta-worthy photo, you better work bitch.

Wading through difficult waters, hiking long and treacherous paths, and waking up at the ass crack of dawn to avoid crowds are all realities behind those drool-worthy pictures.

Trying not to slip and fall on the rocks on Gili T.
The really safe staircase you have to use to reach the top of Mount Pilatus in Switzerland.
One false move and you could slip right off the volcano in Santorini.

3. People are not as secluded as they seem in their pictures.

That perfect photo of just you and the sunset? Yea, you’re not alone.

Most known tourist spots are littered with tons of other visitors trying to get the same shot as you.

Almost all these beautiful pictures were caught at opportune moments.

Getting a beautiful travel photo is not a fun or easy process.

Waiting over and over for people to get out of your shot as they’re also trying to get their perfect shot? Really glamorous stuff.

With so many people trying to hold up the Tower of Pisa, you'd think it'd be upright by now.
Can you believe this crowd surrounding the Mona Lisa?
I didn't see much at the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

4. Human statues are the weirdest things ever.

I had no idea that this was a thing until I traveled around Europe.

But yea, people get all done up and stand around the streets as creepy statues in hopes that you’ll throw some euros their way. 

The first time I had spotted one of these things was in Brussels.
And yes, they're actual people who dress themselves up like statues in popular tourist spots.
The statues in Italy got a little more creative.
And creepier.
Madrid took it to a different level. Still not sure how these guys pulled this off!
I hope he makes the most money.

They’re the creepiest fucking things I’ve ever seen and I’m glad they only appear to be concealed in Europe.

5. Traveling is a real pain in the ass.

The actual act of moving from place to place is a real pain in the butt.

Worth it, but a pain.

From tons of lines, waiting around, to cramped spaces on trains and buses; you learn some serious patience as a traveler.

No one is immune to the agony of airports.
These tiny sleeper buses in Vietnam are a common way to work your way down the coast. However, it's not very fun.

6. Navigating roads in a foreign country can be a nightmare.

Can you imagine surviving in this type of madness? 

Yea, it’s an organized chaos that I’m not equipped for.

The streets can be very difficult and dangerous to be on, so you have to be really careful!

The packed streets of Santorini can be a pain to walk through around sunset.

7. You'll see a lot of people struggling.

From hangovers, to exhaustion, to heavy bags, and to heat; traveling is not for the weak.

These girls were very much over it.
Thailand is really hot you guys...
Hangovers in Bali.

8. Travelers sleep whenever and wherever they can.

I’ve seen countless people sleeping anywhere and everywhere and it never gets old.

It’s a tiring life, but someone’s got to do it!

In the middle of the day.
On the airplane.
When you get to the hostel in Amsterdam.

Taking advantage of poor, sleeping travelers is one of my favorite travel memories. This guy may also be drunk…

That is definitely not your bed.
He was supposed to be working.

9. There's always a reason to dress up like an idiot.

People are way more open to letting their hair down and acting like an idiot when they’re traveling.

Theme nights and silly garb are common occurrences.

You can always spot a bachelor party.
When Ladyboy night goes horribly wrong.
She's so beautiful.
How could you turn down a toga party in Greece?!
Hideous shirts for no apparent reason are a big thing in Southeast Asia.
Aboard the Atlantic Clipper in Australia.

10. There are animals everywhere.

Stray animals are everywhere when you’re traveling.

I’ve seen dogs, cats, horses, chickens, birds, rabbits, cows, and iguanas in the most unsuspecting places.

It’s also very common to get attached to the strays that hang around your accommodation.

At least for me it was.

Someone apparently lost their cattle on the beach in Koh Lanta.
Feral cats are common all over the world.
Parrots on the streets of Puerto Rico.

11. You'll see a lot of funny and confusing signs.

Some of the signs you see may not make much sense to you.

But they’ll always keep you on your toes!

Excuse me, a WHAT??
At least they're honest.
Can someone explain to me why this is such a big thing in Greece?
Well, they're not wrong.

13. Funny shit you'll never be able to explain again.

The best part of traveling is witnessing some of the strange things that you’ll never be able to adequately explain again.

Whether you had to be there in person or just can’t describe what you witnessed, some things may just have to remain hilarious memories.

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