Life on the road is not always easy. It seems so idyllic when viewed from afar. You and your friends lounge by a gurgling brook. Perhaps you have spent the day playing music in the street, busking for cash. By day’s end you saunter down to a bar and spend a convivial evening with locals, who then invite you back to their place to stay the night. The following morning, they happen to be heading to the ocean and will happily give you a lift. It would be great if living life as a nomad were so easy, but the truth is it can be downright difficult sometimes.
When you live life on the road, you need to be prepared for the low points as well as the instagrammable moments. There are times where you are sleeping on a train platform, in below freezing temperatures, waiting over six hours for the next train. Sometimes you will be caught on the hitch hike from hell, listening to a man who you know is most interested in what is beneath your clothes, not inside your brain. You can get caught up with law enforcement simply for existing- they see you lurking on sidewalks with your scuffed up backpack and wonder what exactly you are up to. Maybe you are just trying to find something vegetarian to eat in a country that is so full of meat eaters that you are frustrated to tears.
When you finally return home, you probably need to find a way to relax. Taking a day off to visit the spa is an ideal way to get the grime of your travels off your skin and the stress of carrying around your pack out of your muscles. Next time you have a moment, take the pack off, kick up your feet, and relax into that sauna. You will find those travel worries dissipate in no time.