So if I depressed you on Monday morning by telling you all the reasons to quit your job and travel – whilst you were sat at your desk not wanting to be at work – here are some reasons not to give up your 9-5 and travel the world.
1. It’s really hard to get good crisps outside the UK – especially in Asia
They’re obsessed with cheese, sour cream or seaweed flavour and they all seem to be imported via aeroplane, leaving the packets full of air which makes the crisps soft and soggy.
2. All the jam out here is super sweet
I don’t even think it contains any real fruit and it’s really disgusting on toast (which is always burnt because you keep having to adapt to new toasters.) It’s kind of like the strawberry sauce you’d put on your ice cream and it just falls off your bread and gives you sticky lips and fingers.
3. The best you can hope for is slow 3G Trying to FaceTime anyone is a nightmare. Skype is marginally better, but nobody has Skype.
4. Scooters are really hard to ride
They’re the chosen mode of transport in Asia and even young kids ride up and down the alleyways on them. We’re 24 and we gave up after nearly running over a pedestrian and crashing into a shop shutter.
5. Nobody says please or thank you
Although you know it’s a culture thing and they’re not actually being rude, you still think they’re rude every time and can’t help but tut and roll your eyes.
6. Everything contains palm oil
After meeting the orangutans you feel disgusted at yourself for eating peanut butter (AKA a jar of pure palm oil) but it’s in absolutely everything and it’s impossible to avoid. There’s no Pip & Nut out here.
7. The language barrier
Communication can sometimes be tricky and learning a new language is also really difficult, especially when there’s a whole new alphabet added to the mix. Nobody speaks Eastwood, either.
8. There are some really annoying people
Aside from meeting amazing people with amazing stories, you also meet those really annoying, stereotypical travellers (like those from The Inbetweeners 2) who can’t go anywhere without their drums and think they’re way better than you because they came to Nepal via Afghanistan instead of following gov.uk advice and avoiding conflict areas.
9. You’ll really miss your Dad’s Spag Bol and Garlic Bread
(& your Mum and Dad, love you)
10. Converting currency all the time gets confusing
When you’re moving from place to place all the time, especially when £1 is 20,000 of something and £50 makes you a millionaire.
11. You’ll have several accidents and near misses a day
Wearing flip flops all the time means you’re very likely to be tripped up or trip yourself up, at least 6-8 times a day.
12. You have to apply sun cream all the time
If you forget you’ll have to lie in strange positions to avoid the pain of lying on your sore and tender shoulders.
13. Vitamins are 5x more expensive over here
There’s no Wilko or Sainsbury’s Basics version, although tiger balm is 5x cheaper, so it’s really swings and roundabouts.
14. You might get bitten by a cat/dog infected with rabies
This will result in you having to have 5 injections in your bum cheeks (don’t worry, this hasn’t happened again, although I did get bitten by a kitten the other day but I don’t think he had rabies).
I hope you enjoyed my tongue-in-cheek follow on to yesterday’s post 14 reasons to quit your life as you know it and travel the world. If it’s something you’ve been considering, my honest advice is DO IT. You won’t regret it!
Do you have any other reasons why you should/shouldn’t go travelling? Is there anything you’ve missed from home since you started backpacking?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!