4. Once a While, Travel will Disappoint:
Once again, I’m being dramatic here, but in an age where travelling has become the ‘cool’ thing to do and everybody wants to do it long-term, it’s immensely important to point out and to realize that it isn’t always as rosey as it may sound. Things can go horribly wrong, you could miss a flight, you could get mugged and for a more realistic example – the weather could totally ruin the joy of experiencing one of those things you most looked forward to doing (welcome to my world). I wanted to take a surfing lesson during my 2 day stay at Bundoran – a small obscure surfing village in north-western Ireland, but one of the country’s best surfing spots. For some odd reason, on a perfectly sunny day, the water was deemed too dangerous for an amateur session of surfing and I was left ruing my luck.
At other times, things you had heard a lot about – places, people or experiences, may not live up to your expectations. When I set off on this journey, I had such brilliant pictures of Ireland in my mind, I’d have laughed if anybody had ever mentioned that it could ever leave me wanting. Thankfully, it largely lived up to its billing, but there were times and moments when I drove for hours to arrive at a particular destination recommended by a local or paid a hefty admission fee to see a local attraction, but leave feeling a little mooched. This happens, but you know what? That’s partly what makes the whole thing so beautiful & exciting – not knowing how things will turn out, not knowing what wonders await you tomorrow.