“What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, Stand a little taller, Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone, What doesn't kill you makes a fighter." - Kelly Clarkson
20 Emotional Traumas of Travel
I am an Indiana farm boy, and as be the culture, we farm boys sort of endure trauma, problems, and headaches, it is against my culture to complain. We more or less think,
“Listen up, Shut up, Grow up, and deal with it.”
--- A rant is a signal of emotional trauma...
It the John Wayne approach of life, and really the same for 80 percent of the planet, we see talking about problems as a weakness, something people exploit, so best to not expose. (Unless Super) Although this is not trendy, or politically correct for the USA, it is my opinion after 20 years of living abroad, in 107 countries, that best to listen, shut up, and grow up, but most important is to deal with problems as they arise, but anticipation is solution. Only a human can anticipate problems weeks ahead, and modify, or adapt, solve, yet only a God can know all the problems in advance.
We Indiana farmers are aware, maybe we have a little more common sense, practical knowledge. And, what is practical knowledge? The definition of practical is something learned by an experience, rather than by reading, or theories, it is a hands on approach. To be good at farming, one needs to be a “Jack of all Trades.”
To travel, we need to be a “Jack of all Trades,” or pay.
How to avoid emotional travel anywhere? We must anticipate 80 percent of the problems, plan ahead, and solve 20 percent right on the spot. If we are person who can fix a light switch, download apps, patch drywall, and change spark plug, maybe reboot a smartphone to factory mode, then our lives will be easier, and cheaper, we will have the practical knowledge to adapt. Don’t be afraid, anyone can have practical knowledge, travel the world and deal with it, sort of raw, and all over the place.
There is no way to avoid these travel emotional traumas. --- it is best to be able to adapt,
Hunger Emergency Trauma: Not eating for 24 to 48 hours.
Cold, Freezing Trauma: Examples would be air conditioning on bus, plane, or a hotel with no heat.
Cultural Trauma: An example would be a person pissing on your leg.
Noise Trauma: An example would be a rooster crowing for 3-10 hours.
Confusion Trauma: There are subject, or situations that some people can never learn, or understand, like maybe how to design a nuclear bomb.
Bodily Urination, Defecation Trauma: We will watch people, if you have yet to see man, or woman piss in public, then keep traveling.
Traffic Danger Trauma: The road rules of Europe, or USA will be deeply missed as a traveler.
Medical Fear Trauma: Fear of dying.
Loneliness Trauma: When people return home quickly.
Beggars Trauma: When a person cannot say no, this is signal they have this trauma.
Dirtiness Trauma: LOL Laugh Out Loud -- We just do not know how dirty it can be....
Malcontents Trauma: An example of this is, the "I hate the USA" people who rant.
Malnutrition Trauma: There are countries so dirty, it is hard to eat anything, and people develop boils, pimple, etc.
Losing the Plot - No Filters of Friends, to say, "You are talking crazy."
Insects: This is a problem when a person has never experience insects.
Salespeople Trauma: An overwhelming when people follow us, never stop.
Negotiating Trauma: To look a person in the eyes, many people fold, and feel resentments because they failed.
NGO, Missionaries: I suffer from this, I cannot bear to watch them take nice little old peoples money and spend it foolishly.
Danger of getting killed: Self-Explanatory.
Robbed Trauma: If you have never been robbed in your life, then welcome, bienvenidos, it is common abroad.
Natural disaster, but same for USA, volcano, floods, typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.
Many people arrive home with a form of PTDS, Post Trauma Distress Syndrome, or they arrive home capable of changing their world for the better.
Andy Lee Graham