WHETHER IT’S an open-ended backpacking trip or a standard two-weeker away from 3-piece suits and office small-talk, remember this: places are like people. You can love, like, hate, be infatuated with, play, be played by, run from, and long for places…just as with humans. Accepting this fact before you hit the road can save you from spiraling into a deep depression because the travel dream you’ve always longed for has failed you — and keep you more interested along the way.
Sometimes your travel will be fantastic. But not always. Expectations are the enemy. Walking down the street in a big city — do you expect it to work out with every person you see? So why should places be any different? What about that beautiful guy you always had a crush on until he opened his mouth? That’s what’s left of that postcard on your fridge of a white sand beach…until you tasted the horrible food and spoke with rude locals.
Let’s take a look at how places are like living, breathing humans.