The Hardest part of Long-Term Travel is…

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Ever felt like you’re on an emotional roller coaster ride and no matter how badly you want to take control, the situation is just not in your hands? (girls, I know you know what I’m talking about here)…

Welcome to my life living out of a suitcase.

At the time of writing this post I have been travelling non stop for around 8 months. I left my hometown in Australia shortly after graduating from university with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Right at the pivotal time I should be ‘settling down’ or ‘settling into a job’, I did the complete opposite. I 180’d right on out of there and booked a one-way flight to London.

8 months later I’m writing this post on a Monday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro — so I suppose you could say I haven’t looked back.

But it hasn’t all been sunshine, happiness, and smooth sailing.

That being said, it also has most undoubtedly been the best year of my life (and it’s not over yet).

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The Hardest Part of Long Term Travel

It isn’t the language barrier, finding vegetarian food in Argentina, or fighting a constant battle with jetlag…… instead it is the roller coaster ride of emotions. All of them jumbled in your head fighting to tell you one thing and then another…. it’s a constant yes I can, no I can’t, I should do that, I can’t do that, maybe just this once, what if…………

I suppose it’s because you are constantly moving, exploring, discovering, seeing, doing… you are constantly forcing yourself to change and evolve.

Well it’s 8 months later and I’m still in love with my life, every minute of it. But here’s a look at the crazy emotions you will come to face as a long term solo traveller…

Skydiving Vegas


When you travel long term, you inevitably begin to encounter experiences you have never taken part of (or even imagined you would do) in your life. From bungy jumping off the highest in the world to skydiving over Las Vegas, I have pushed my boundaries in different corners of the globe and often as a spur of the moment decision – the result? Conquering fears.

Fear of the unknown

While conquering fears can be exhilarating once accomplished, there’s also the other side of the spectrum – fearing the unknown. Personally I don’t have much experience with this side of things, as I tend to operate on a ‘try everything’ basis. But I do find myself fearing the unknown on a less large scale – with everything from knowing where to go, how to get there, or what will happen once I arrive. I like to know what I’m getting myself into!

Being in love with the moment

One of the best emotions you can encounter on your travels is just to be there and feel completely in (and in love with) the moment.

stop and take it all in


As with anything in life, in travel, nothing goes according to plan. Whether it is a late bus or missing a flight, there will always time and time again be SOMETHING that goes wrong. But life isn’t about what happens to you, it’s about how you react that shows your true character! From this we learn patience, and this would have to be one of the most valuable lessons travel gives us.

Conquering mountains, no matter how small

When frustration arises, the light at the end of the tunnel can appear to be pretty bleak. However with a bit of persistence, we can feel as if we have conquered a mountain – even if we have only just finally got on the right train to our next destination.


The solo travel blues are inevitable. Loneliness is perhaps one of the hardest challenges you can face as a long term solo traveller. It comes and goes like waves and it isn’t entirely controllable. The solution? Break up your trip with some group travel by joining a tour and meeting new people!


At the other end of the spectrum is happiness. It’s always there, sometimes it is just hiding behind frustration or loneliness. But the good news is that it is always never too far away – just don’t forget to remember it is always there!


One of the best feelings while we travel is the sense of freedom. Whether it be freedom from another person, other people, a job, reality…. or whatever it is, we can feel completely free when we travel.

Pensive & thoughtful

You will see, experience and learn a lot when you travel. There’s a big difference between what you learn from a text book and what you learn first hand by going out there and exploring the world yourself – just keep an open mind, open heart, and be sure to take time to reflect afterwards. Travel will change you.

β€œHappiness is only real once shared”

I had been travelling for a long time before I started my blog, but I never really felt like there was a purpose to it until I began writing World of Wanderlust. This way, I feel like I can share my journey with others to inspire them to also do what they love and pursue their passion instead of opting for a career that is easier or more stable. Do what you love!!!

Appreciation for life at home

And finally… going home. At the time of writing this I am still very much on the road, and intend to stay overseas until I have been travelling for a year. But if there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that I will be the happiest I have probably ever been in my life when I go home after a year travelling the world by myself. I can’t wait to see my family, friends, dog, house, etc. and just have a home cooked meal. But for now…. the journey continues.

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    September 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    This is a good head’s up for what is to come, as I am embarking on a full-time traveler lifestyle! After only a month I can see already how what you’re saying will come to be. It’s the constant life on the road that wears on you, but as you say it’s entirely worth it for a chance to see the world! I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything πŸ™‚

    Didy Bani
    November 13, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I’m going travelling for a full year next year and still thinking whether I’m making the right decision or not! I guess you don’t know how brave you are and you’re capable of until you try it yourself!

    September 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I find your posts so inspirational and motivating, thank you! x

    August 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Such a great post! can you do an article on your travel luggage and what you recommend is best for different types of travelling ie backpack or suitcase? it would be really great to hear your view on the topic! x

    Marie King
    August 29, 2014 at 12:23 am

    There are certainly a lot of ups and downs to long-term travel. Reality and daydreams sometimes have a bit of a gap. Taking the time to appreciate where you are and that you may never be there again is an important action. I find when I come home, I never want to think that I didn’t appreciate a place for what it was.

    Luc @ Skeeter and Scout
    August 28, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I would also say that the bardes part is when something bad happens, and you dont have a shoulder to cry on!

    Lucy x

    Kait Burke
    August 28, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Hey Brooke – Thank you so much for writing this post. I have such a hard time explaining to people that, although I wouldn’t change my life of long-term travel for the world – it isn’t always sunrises and rainbows and happy times.

    I could certainly relate!

    Kait xx

    August 28, 2014 at 4:49 am

    What, for me, is the ‘worst’ part of travelling is the frustration I feel when I see something beautiful/experience something special/meet someone extraordinary (and so on) and I know I can never fully explain the place or moment to my closest friends and family. Sometimes I wish I could pack them all in my suitcase and take them out when I want to experience something with them πŸ™‚

    August 28, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Excellent post! As an obsessed reader of your blog, the idea of travelling solo for a long period of time always excites me. Yes, I am not the bravest person ever, I am terrified of the idea of something awful happening, but I still really want to travel alone for an extended time, not like a week. That is solely the reason why I am working now, in summer. I want to save up for travelling. And I hope I reach my goal soon. :)xx
    Thanks Brooke, for being such an awesome inspiration! :)x

    Lauren Hughes
    August 28, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Amazing post and beautiful photos xo

    Londoner Kate
    August 27, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I’m about to embark on a year of constant travel myself and I can’t wait to be writing a similar post to this one. I really can’t wait to take off in a few days time. Posts like this really drive me.

    – Kate

    August 27, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Great article! I think it fits in to everyday life or moving to a new place too. I’m always trying to be in the moment, but in this stressful world we live in it can be hard some times. -Swedish model and blogger in Tokyo

    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    August 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I can relate to all of these points. I travelled last year for eight months non-stop. I remember there were a few times when I thought, I just want it to stop! I want to go home! Then you get up, move on and discover something else amazing πŸ™‚

    Madeline Fedmont
    August 27, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I can image how hard it can be travel alone.

    Clipping Path Outsource
    August 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I’m planning to travel next year, it’s a little bit terrifying but hopefully it’ll be worth it for the adventure.
    I following your all travailing post. That is a great article for me to learn. Hope it’ll be helpful all of your experience and tips.

    August 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    What a beautiful post!

    Interested in making new blog friends and getting a kickass journal? Check out my latest post! πŸ™‚

    August 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Another great post! I totally understand you. There’s so much happening while traveling and you see, feel and experience so many different things. It definitely gives me a feeling of fulfillment, because of that. I feel so alive, because of all those emotions.

    Betty J. Ogburn
    August 27, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    …Here’s to a safe, successful last leg of your year-long adventure–Godspeed, Brooke, :-)!!…

    Betty J. Ogburn (The Pumpkin’s Head)

    August 27, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Love this post πŸ™‚ I am just a newcomer to your blog but I am devouring every single post!
    <3 M.

    Amber Rhodes
    August 27, 2014 at 11:43 am

    A fantastic, inspiring post. You’re very brave and an inspiration to women everywhere. Keep up the good work! For those of us who can’t travel (due to kids, a farm, livestock…etc..) it’s great ‘travelling” around with you and your adventures!

    Andy Cao
    August 27, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I always felt that travel is an exaggeration of daily life. It’s like a drug. Your senses are heighten. You notice details you usually don’t on a normal basis, while at the same time you experience crazy epiphanies about your life in general at the most random moments. You can have life changing experiences in a very short time, sometimes in the same day or hour! You see people in a different way. Your perspective is forever changed. It’s physically and emotionally exhausting, and I can’t even imagined what it must be like after eight months. You’re doing a great job Brooke!

  • awanderlustblog@OUTLOOK.COM'
    August 27, 2014 at 8:09 am

    im desperate to get out there, but i have loads of fears and worries.. i know i just need to do it!

    August 27, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Oh yes, vegetarian in Argentina can include chicken and fish. Interesting for sure.

    August 27, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’ve been seriously considering some long-term travel in the not-so-distant future but I’m do indecisive about it. I worry that I’ll finally take the plunge, it won’t be all I’d hoped and I’ll want to turn around and come home. But it really does help to know what to expect. Enjoy the rest of your travels and I look forward to reading all about them! πŸ™‚

    August 27, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Great article. It is good that you write articles like this to tell people that it isn’t all fun and that you need to be realistic

    August 27, 2014 at 6:44 am


    My boyfriend and I are going to Europe for 4 months next year. He’s an omnivore and I’m vegan. There are some restaurants that I know won’t be veggie friendly so I had an idea, that maybe we’ll have meals apart. It would be good for us to have some space anyway. I thought to myself, I would be fearful to go to a restaurant by myself, and then I thought of you. You are so brave and inspirational. If you can handle it, I can too! Thank you for that.

    – Christina