Wed 5 Nov 2008
Although the longest continuous travelling for me has been about 4 months (coming to Australia kind of morphed into emigrating, so I won't count that), I think he has some good points.
For me, I think the hardest thing is missing family and friends. Particularly if you hear of anything going wrong back home, this can become a really painful side of being away. This is somewhat offset by the fact that I usually end up meeting other friends or family that I haven't seen in ages while travelling, so it kind of works itself out.
Another thing is the sense that you always need to be doing something. Even on a 4 month journey, there's a part of you that feels like every day needs to count and be filled with excitement. Luckily most days are filled with excitement, merely due to the fact that you are in a different place. Some days you really just need to sit around and not do much at all. For me at least, that often feels like I'm missing out on seeing something. That does of course depend where I'm travelling at the time. Some beach destinations in particular are visited mainly to relax, so that's not much of a problem
Any long-term travellers care to add their thoughts?