The {Not So} Glamorous Side of Traveling

Traveling is hard, y’all!

If you take a look at my Facebook and Instagram, you’ll see pictures of Miami beach, Mt Rainier, and Prague. And you may think, wow, she’s so lucky that she gets to travel all over the world, while getting paid!

And, you’d be right, I am extremely lucky that I have a well paying job that allows me to see things I would otherwise not see. But what you may not know, is that traveling year round, is not as glamorous as it looks.

For Example

When you see this, you may think, ‘How amazing that she gets to wake up on a beach in the middle of blistering December!’ 

But what you don’t know, is that later that day I had a splitting migraine that was so bad I had to go to sleep at 9:00pm. I get migraines all of the time when I travel, especially when I go to different coasts.  

I posted this fun one in Sacramento, because let’s be honest, it’s amazing. 

But what you don’t know is that I took three planes that day, and it was the third trip in four weeks. And it was on the opposite coast of my family. 

Let’s Talk About the Plane 

Traveling is Hard, Y'All! - The {Not So} Glamorous Side of Traveling

When I was younger, planes were so exotic. They offered such a cool way to travel and I vividly remember the smell of plane exhaust as a child, that was nothing short of magical. Nowadays, they are feeling a lot more like horrible machines that transport me away from my family, while offering me tiny-cupped beverages, and salty snacks. 

This is why my love affair with planes was shattered:

  1. They are essentially big tin cans full of farts.
  2. You are always sitting way too close to someone who for some reason is very unaware of their elbows, knees, and jacket.
  3. The movies are edited for content, which means no cursing, and weird curse replacements.
  4. The bathroom is always wet. ALWAYS WET!
  5. When the plane lands, everyone stands up and fills into the aisle. Even though they are not moving any time soon, and they just stand there. And if you’re like me, you are at attention to jump out of your seat as soon as the line is down to your aisle, because there is no way in hell that you are letting the person two rows behind you get out before you. 
  6. The small planes never have enough room for your bag, which means you have to check it at the jet-bridge, and then wait at the end of your flight to pick it up. This means you are easily delayed by an extra ten to twenty minutes. Making you have to mad dash to your connection, if you have one.
  7. Airport food, is all garbage. 

On to The Hotel! 

I’ve spend over two months in hotels this year. Below is a snapshot of how many nights I’ve stayed at a Marriott. 

Traveling is Hard, Y'All! - The {Not So} Glamorous Side of Traveling
  1. Often the room smells like a grown man’s armpit. And I don’t know why, but Marriott has this issue more than any other hotel.
  2. The bathroom is always gross. Even the clean ones are gross. And seriously, why is here a tub in there? Who is taking a bath in a hotel?! I shudder at the thought of it.
  3. There was a report done in the 80’s or 90’s that exposed hotels for being covered in DNA, from random sources, and it literally haunts me every time I stay in a hotel. EVERY TIME!
  4. The pillows cannot sustain the weight of a human head. You are essentially sleeping on a pillow case on top of a mattress. 
  5. There is a loneliness in hotels, that is unrivaled anywhere else I’ve ever been. It’s this weird solitary feeling, that is inescapable when you are alone in a hotel.

The Bottom Line

I know I’m not breaking any ground by talking about the difference between social media and real life, people always post the best stuff, and for me when I travel, posting beautiful things helps quell the depression of being away from my kids, and missing the crazy things they are saying and doing. 

But I guess this can serve as a reminder that the grass is not always greener, it just looks greener. Often, it’s not even grass, it’s smelly awful marsh greenery, that gets your shoes wet and attracts mosquitoes. Enjoy your life for what you know it is, not someone else’s for what they show you. And believe me, I’m telling you this as much as I’m telling myself

The grass is not always greener, it just looks greener. Often, it's not even grass, it's smelly awful marsh greenery, that gets your shoes wet and attracts mosquitoes.  Click To Tweet

For instance, did you know that air travel really dries your skin? This is how I handle it:

Traveling is Hard, Y'All! - The {Not So} Glamorous Side of Traveling

Do I post that on social media? No! Do I intentionally make a creepy face and send the pic to my husband without warning? Yes! 

Listen, your life is awesome, and so is mine. Social media is evil, and makes us all feel bad about ourselves. If you fall into the trap, remember we all show the good stuff, and rarely show the behind-the-scenes.

Wait, wasn’t this post supposed to be about travel? 

Do you love to travel? What is the hardest part for you?

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  1. Reply

    OMG YESS TO ALMOST ALL OF THIS. I say “almost” because I haven’t personally experienced all of it but I understand most of this completely.
    God bless your sweet soul for all of that travel; for real, that is hard. I am away from the family very rarely and end up missing them within an hour. So I feel you.

    Also, my mom (and Lisa Rinna) take Clorox Wipes with them when they travel for the DNA reason. I do too now, and maybe you should too as they come in handy travel sizes now!

    Big tin can full of farts would make an awesome band name, just sayin’.
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    1. Reply

      I honestly don’t know why I don’t take Clorox wipes with me. My friend always brings sandwich bags to put the remote in, which I think is brilliant, because the remote is probably more germ-ridden than the toilet! I’m going to put them both in my travel bag, and consider it a resolution for 2019!

      Also, we should start that band, and tour around the world….with our baggies and wipes!

    • Georgia L
    • December 21, 2018

    I’ve loved see your travel photos and stories, but I’m so sorry you’re going through the tough side of things!

    1. Reply

      Thanks Georgia! And it’s all good, I try to make the most of each trip, and take home something wonderful.

    • Lucy
    • December 21, 2018

    LOL, DNA everywhere! So gross.

    1. Reply

      It really is! I am taking Kari’s advice and bringing Clorox wipes with me from now on!

    • Laura Hayden
    • December 21, 2018

    I love traveling, but I am with you it can be torture being away from the kiddos. I feel like they grow a little bit each time I leave. I swear they get older! Even if I’m only gone for a day!

    1. Reply

      They really do! I feel like I need to measure them before I leave and when I get back so that I can prove that they actually don’t. Unless they do!

  2. Reply

    This thing in Sacramento is amazing! I was here during my roadtrip across California.

    1. Reply

      It made me laugh, for sure. Funny enough, a few of my family members didn’t know if it was real or not.

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