Have you ever experienced a situation that you have planned for your dream trip, travelled to that place for days and only upon returning home you discovered you had actually been there? Did it ever happened like you had so many lists to do but only at the end of your trip you realized that trip is over and you did different as planned? This is what reality VS expectations shows.
Going far from daily hectic life and having fun would be everyone’s dream. And people choose travelling either alone or with friends so to capture that fun. Yes, Travelling is one of the major solution to enjoy each moment, be free from our daily stressful life, learn new things, create memories, explore the world and if it’s with someone than build a very tight relationship. There are lot more benefits of travelling along with lot more excitement and adventure. But stop don’t start to live in the dreams that you always had about travelling, sometimes dreams might be a nightmare while at times it might be much more exciting.
You know the feeling when you anticipate something so much that you tend to enjoy on those idol pictures but when it actually happens, it turns to surpass the real things miles apart. This is where disappointment occurs and this often happens at various stages of life. More often during exams and also, continuous reality check is turned while travelling. Today’s generations are so much obsessed with social sites like Facebook, Instagram, etc. that without knowing what photos actually portray they get fascinated with those pictures, and hoping it to be the same as in pictures they just travel but later get disappointed. These days most people don’t wear rose-colored glasses, they are options found in Instagram or Messenger filters and you should know that. The dark surrounding, focused lights where two couples are kissing each other, the beautiful moments created with the sun kissed faces, etc. makes us feel ‘wow’. This place than would be added to our travel list. But hold on, I assure you that the place showed in photos would be wonderful but if you are imagining the same scenarios as per the photo than that might be so disheartening to you later. There is higher chance of these photos to be edited using various filters after clicking. And the major disappointment travellers today are facing is because of those idyllic edited pictures of mountains, beaches, rivers, etc.
While travelling is way to distract your mind, it is also not the same experience as you always thought of would be. Each person once have a dream to go to Paris with their loved one and if it’s to Travel Nepal than the destiny would be Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), Mount Everest, Everest Base Camp, Pokhara (Ghandruk, Poonhill), Langtang national Park, Gosaikunda, Rara Lake, Mustang, Manang and many more. All the places are related with beautiful monuments, cultural beauty and peaceful environment with breathtaking scenarios. However, the places would be same but to reach that destination would be more difficult, many roller coasters to be faced in the path. People live in so fantasy world that whenever they see some beautiful photo of certain place, they imagine of themselves being there, clicking beautiful photos, relaxing and then posting on Instagram profile. But no one would think that real scenario is after you reach the destiny, the misery in pathways is left to be discovered.
Firstly, let’s assume we are going to Mustang for travel. Before the day of travel after booking your tickets we assume whole night that the road would be steep but would be so much fun, I will wake up early and will reach the bus at time, we would get to know new people, even if we don’t book place to stay, the people in mustang are so friendly that they would offer you place at their home, we would be riding in Camel, eating various tasty foods they would provide, get free time to stay and enjoy the air alone, would visit the temple, etc. These thoughts overwhelm us too much that we assume all the fun part only. But in reality there are lot more differences in what we expect and what actually happens. If we think that the bus arrives in time than in real there are lot of hustles which delays the time, whereas if you are solo travel and think people are too friendly and honest, that they would offer you help in trouble and talk to you than that might not be true every time. Many people today are very selfish that they only see what benefits them. And if you are with friends than don’t always imagine that you would sing and dance, click photos in road and face problems together. In reality many might be tired and would sleep whole travelling time in bus or flight whereas some might be introvert reading books on whole path. Moreover on difficult paths, rather than your expectations that they would control you it might turn as if they would rely on you.
Reality is way beyond our thoughts. While travelling we would get to learn about different things such as culture, customs, cuisines, history, etc. We would get an opportunity to explore own self, know our capability, strength, weakness, etc. and then find best out of all because in the verse of travelling we get to pass through beautiful trees and woods across, the high peak Himalayas, waterfalls, a small villages, damaged roads, mystery roads, etc. However, while travelling always remember not travel alone during night time because although night roads are silent and are fun to be, the most uncertain incidents occur on night times. And if you are traveller and scenario lover than the early morning wake up and hike to the top of your surrounding would give you relaxation experience of sunrise and beauty. But never trust people that if you wake up at 6 in the morning and you will find sunrise, than that’s just a dream it reality you would miss the beautiful moment. Moreover, when you go to hills of mountains don’t overlook down at steep for a long only because you believe it would take a beautiful picture of you, in reality it would but a distant staying would also have best picture. Safety is what first priority a traveler must carry. So while travelling, basically Nepal best is to be early and enjoy early views but for a night travel; villages would be bad idea whereas in cities be with some people and then night travel would be exciting as well as safe; which most of us assume that getting out at night would be unsafe and risky.
To add, when we think that it can’t be that hard to read the map, the reality is so many roads are not listed in either Google map or Physical map making own self lost at the moments having a thought you would never be able to return back. But I believe sometimes reaching the path where you get lost would lead you to experience best moment in Life. Also, if we are traveling in some cities such as Pokhara and Kathmandu, we then think that now we are going on clubbing whole night but the reality is we get so exhausted that we directly go finding bed to sleep. The major reality check we get while travelling is we think that how much amount we have in pocket is more than enough to travel as much as we can but the reality turns out that we have to compromise on many things. This would let us to miss so many things.
Most of the time reality doesn’t meet up with our expectations. Realities are beyond the expectations. In case of travelling, we sometimes expect to have difficult and steep roads but might turn into plain and beautiful easy roads whereas sometimes that might be opposite. We focus on having cold and windy air but because of weather uncertainty the weather might be hot or mild too. However, though travelling is a universally enjoyed experience, some people find comfort in simpler travel or no travel at all. For example, an introverted person may find it harder to force themselves to travel within their own country for a variety of reasons, including discomfort. And while others may be taking every advantage they have to visit and tour nearby as well as far countries, cities and locations. Thus, this proves that despite all the expectations reality of travelling depends upon the individual’s comfort and nature.
In gist, as nothing is certain neither the weather nor the path or the people so it is good to have expectations because that is what boosts and energizes us but should be adaptive and flexible while travelling so to face each challenged bought to us in reality, with great adventure and fun. The best memories are created when we have what we always dreamt off but learning arise when the things turns to be opposite from our daily dreams. And this is what travelling expectation VS reality portrays: A smile VS Learning.