Let’s just say it. Sometimes a life of full-time travel or even a short vacation, can just plain suck.
Despite what everyone tries to make you believe through social media – travel, like everything else in life, can and will involve many less-than-glamorous moments.
You will puke. You will have diarrhea. You will be exhausted. You will snore and or drool on an airplane. You will fall off your paddle board and lose your swim top. You will have horrendous humidity hair. You will not shave your legs for weeks at a time. You will sweat. You will cough so hard you pee. You will fall
on your face even though you are sober. You will get caught in a downpour in your only nice shoes. You will get sunburned. You will get a thousand bug bites. You will lose your luggage. You will inevitably need to see a pharmacist, doctor or dentist in a foreign country.
Travel is not always glamorous despite what Instagram says.
Travel is real. And though it is, for the most part, a wonderful and fun adventure, it is not always perfect.
Take yesterday for example. After a year and a half of babying along a bad tooth, I spent six hours in a dentist chair in Costa Rica. They cleaned me, extracted the bad tooth, did a bone graft and gave me an implant. It was a long and painful way to spend Valentines Day. But it was necessary. And much cheaper than doing it in the USA.
Not too glamorous as I sat there with the dentist prodding and poking
and prying me all day long. I did walk away with some good pain meds. I’m putting those to good use right now.
No, travel is not always glamorous, despite what Instagram says. I’ve written blogs before about how frustrating I find so-called “influencers” on Instagram who make it look like travel is perfect every day. Who make every destination look like a magazine cover. Who are young, thin and glamorous in every shot. It is not reality. It is not authentic. It is all fake news.
I am not now, nor will I ever be “thin”. I am, shall we say, endowed. But I am not
ashamed. This is me, real in the flesh, not a made up version for Instagram. Glamorous? No. And I sure didn’t feel glamorous in the dentist chair, or when I was sick in the bathroom, or covered with sweat, or drenched from the rain, or laying on the
sidewalk wondering “how did I get down here?”
Don’t believe everything you see on Social Media. I think most of you know this already. Instead, get out and see the real authentic
world yourself – it will be amazing, if not glamorous, and you will be a better person for the experience. Real, authentic and fabulous travel. It’s the best kind.
Just remember to bring your Imodium.
Be fabulous (not glamorous).
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