Travel is the new cool. Either everyone is doing it or is dreaming of it. But, in the pursuit of this new cool we are ignoring many different facets of traveling and only focusing on the cooler aspects. I am a long term traveller and I travelled continuously for 2.5 years. I visited some 14 countries of Latin America and 10 Indian states. The reactions and questions I usually get are the following: "Wow, that is so adventurous", "that's so cool", "how many countries?", "where next?" etc.
What no one asks or thinks about is the internal struggle that I go through to explore and understand our planet. We are wired to live a stable life in familiar surroundings. Wake up in new cities, memorise the streets, find food, introduce yourself and make friends. It is taxing on the mind and the body. And, it is not always easy to find the company you seek. Life on the road can be dark and lonely. In my 2.5 years on the road, I parsed four continents and many a times I felt like giving up and going home. But at the opportune, I met someone who made me feel like home in those faraway lands.