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Heartbreaks while travelling

Updated: Jan 29

Travel isn't always just about snap-worthy scene­s, pretty views, and memorable time­s. There are also small se­tbacks – the plans that don't go right, the mix-ups due to cultural gaps, and the­ trips that go off-course, which can make us unhappy. In this blog, we'll talk about the­se travel hitches. We­ will discuss the touching aspect of mee­ting a new friend far away and the tough task of making lasting bonds across mile­s.

It happens to the best of us and to all of us. Everyone has an opinion and advice to give. Today, I’m talking about heartbreak. The heavy feeling on your chest, the tears and the ‘not knowing what to do with yourself’. We’ve been through this before and it might not be the last time. The good news? You are going to get through this and you’ll come out this on the other side as a stronger person.

Meeting that Special person

The deepest irony of travel lies in the possibility of meeting someone special. The awareness that, in a different world, this connection could lead to something marvelous is beautiful. Such encounters serve as a constant reminder of how a random stranger can profoundly impact our hearts. They also emphasize the valuable lessons one can learn from these short yet amazing connections, even if the person is only a part of your life for a brief period. These fleeting moments, though brief, have the power to shape us, inspiring us to aspire to the very best versions of ourselves.

Loneliness on the Road

I am sure that you will agree that feeling lonely sucks. And feeling lonely while solo travelling sucks even more.

You are on your big adventure, ‘braving it’ alone, exploring new sights, immersing yourself in unfamiliar cultures. You are having the time of your life. Right?

Therefore, even admitting to yourself, let alone to others, that you are feeling lonely or blue, can make you feel like a failure.

I doubt that there are few solo travellers out there who have not experienced loneliness at some point in their travels. And if you have not yet travelled alone, the prospect of feeling lonely on vacation may be preventing you from taking your first solo trip. 

YOU need to Accept that solo travel loneliness will happen (and that doesn’t mean that you are ‘bad’ at travelling alone) I am someone who is very comfortable in her own company, with a tendency for introversion. Although I have a circle of very good friends, whom I see often, I also love evenings alone.

So you’d think that I would be less prone to solo travel loneliness. Wrong.

Just like anticipating the inevitability of a dose of the post-vacation blues, the key to me was accepting that I would feel lonely at some point while away. Then to recognize this when it happened, embrace its normality, minimize its impact and then move on to enjoy the rest of my trip.

The most important message to take away from this is that solo travel loneliness is completely normal. Fear of the travel blues should not prevent you from reaping all the rewards that travelling alone can bring.

So don’t just dream about flying solo to your bucket-list destination. Take the plunge and book that flight. Even if loneliness strikes – and it most likely will – you will be able to overcome it.

Overcoming Travel Burnout

This is the case because people just want to visit as many different places as their capacity will allow in a given amount of time, and this often causes travel burnout. Identify the burnout symptoms and grant yourself a permission to rest. Quality always wins over quantity in travel experiences. Take time off, enjoy the scenes and let yourself live in those precious moments of each destination.

"That's why I am a firm believer that slow travel is the smartest way of travel!"

What defines slow travel?

The concept of slow travel finds its roots in the slow food movement, originating in Italy during the 1980s. This movement emerged as a reaction and opposition to the fast-food culture, particularly highlighted by the establishment of the first McDonald's outlet in Rome.

The aim of this now global movement was to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life, and reignite people’s interest in the food they eat.

Now, apply these principles to the realm of travel, and you'll find the emergence of the slow travel movement. The essence of slow travel is to prompt travelers to veer away from their bucket lists and fully engage with local culture and communities. It offers an immersive experience, facilitating a deeper connection and understanding of a destination.
This concept is relevant to all types of travelers, whether you are on a week-long vacation or engaged in long-term travel while working remotely. 

What advantages does slow travel offer?

Increased Sustainability:
Slow travel, or slow tourism, forms the foundation of responsible travel, making it the more sustainable choice. The clear advantage lies in minimizing the environmental impact of your journey by focusing on exploring a single destination rather than rapidly moving between multiple places.
Local Integration and Economic Contribution:
Extending your stay in one location allows you to live like a local, become part of the community, and contribute to the local economy.

So go out there and embrace discomfort....

When I say discomfort, I’m not talking about physical discomfort or roughing it up. I am referring to pushing your own boundaries and putting yourself in situations out of your comfort zone. Use your travels as a chance for personal growth. Whether it’s taking salsa dancing in Colombia, or staying in the countryside of a small town in Mexico where you have to socialize with locals, saying yes to opportunities will open the doors to experiences that you would have never imagined.

Thank you for reading my love :)
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