Pros and Cons of Fast Travel

Fast Travel – Move every few days or weeks!

Pros

  • The thrill of the ride! There is nothing more incredible than waking up in a different place every week. Although it can be incredibly tiring, taking some time away from the computer for a whirlwind tour of amazing cultures and exotic locations is exhilarating, challenging and inspiring.
  • Backpacker culture. Being on the road is an amazing way to make friends from all over the world. Nothing brings people together like travel stories and by moving around a lot, you’ll get to meet some amazing fellow travelers.
  • Huge variety. It’s difficult to feel bored when every day throws a new experience at you!
  • It’ll change you. The struggles, frustrations and challenges of constant travel will leave you more patient, more savvy, more culturally aware – not to mention a few pounds lighter and more tanned. You’ll have a fantastic sense of humour. (Or you’ll run home swearing never to leave the house again!)
  • If you’re a travel writer, travel photographer, hotel reviewer, food critic etc etc, it’s important for your job to visit new places all the time.

Cons

  • The hostel bedbugs. The couple that decide to get a bit amorous on the bunk above your head at 3am when you’re sunburned, mosquito-bitten and exhausted. The cretin that stole the last of your cheese. The one dirty, lukewarm shower between twenty grubby, hungover backpackers. OK, It’s not that bad really! But if you’re on a strict budget, you’ll probably come across a few of these things if you’re always on the road.
  • Deadline looming? Battery failing? The only cafe with wi-fi has kicked you out for nursing one smoothie for six hours as you frantically tried to satisfy a deranged client? Not having somewhere quiet with reliable internet to work can be a real pain in the bum if you’re constantly traveling.
  • It can be very lonely. If you’re traveling solo, fast travel can mean that you never make a proper connection with anyone – and if you do meet someone you click with, chances are you’ve just booked your flight to Shanghai and they’re off to Mexico next week.
  • It’s difficult to really get to grips with a place if you’re just passing through. You might find it hard to meet local people if you’re in temporary accommodation, and you probably won’t discover that phenomenal little sea-food place that’s not in any of the guidebooks.

Do you prefer the excitement of fast travel, or do you take a more leisurely approach?

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