Comments on: Hitting the Travel Wall travel wide, live deep Fri, 22 May 2015 12:00:16 +0000 hourly 1 By: Round-the-World Trip Tips, Planning Resources, Inspiration and More | BootsnAll Travel Articles Fri, 19 Mar 2010 08:04:36 +0000 […] Understand and deal with culture shock. It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when you’ll get hit by culture shock. Travelers on an opened-ended trip, Audrey and Daniel of Uncornered Market share their tips for when you “hit the wall”. […]

By: Mark Fri, 19 Feb 2010 17:24:47 +0000 Five months was my maximum limit for travel. I ended up with a career in international sales with Fedex. Combined with my genetic make-up (Dad was a pilot, Mom was a travel agent) and my own wanderlust, I’ve been able to visit 72 countries. After 8 years of international business travel, the glamor was becoming lost. A 3 week trip to South Africa, Turkey and 3 European countries left me fried. I kept wondering what was on my voicemail, what mail had arrived (this was the mid-90s, when we weren’t as connected as we are now). I knew the end had officially arrived when my Director told me to go to Hawaii to fix an issue and to take as long as I needed for the trip. I said, “Can’t I do this by phone and email?”

I still have the travel bug but I’m enjoying being married and being a Dad to our 12 year old. He’ll start travelling once he gets into high school.

I used to have a big desire to join this club:

Now I’d still like to make 100 countries (both my parents went to well over 100 countries), but it’s not all consuming anymore. And I don’t want to go to Africa just to get 15-20 countries done in one fell swoop!

So you know, I learned of your travels in the Scranton newspaper a couple of years ago. I’ve been avidly following your voyage.

I will do whatever I can to assist you in making your travels a full-time business vocation if/when you return to the Scranton area. I live in Lackawaxen, about 45 minutes east of Scranton on the Delaware River/New York border.

I wish you both the best in your travels!

By: Audrey Scott Fri, 19 Feb 2010 13:19:27 +0000 @Mark: That’s interesting that you started to see faces of people from home on the streets of Europe. I’d also agree that’s a sign of homesickness and wanting to be with people who have a history with you, who know you well.

By: Mark Mon, 15 Feb 2010 17:32:25 +0000 Very astute observation. It made me think of my experience travelling in Europe. After 5 months, I started encountering people with faces of people I knew from home. My version of the travelling wall was in the form of homesickness (and I was down to $32!). Thanks for helping me to remember that feeling. Travel safe,

By: Audrey Scott Wed, 05 Aug 2009 13:54:12 +0000 @Abigail: I’m glad this account of what I went through with culture shock helped with your current situation. Hope you’re able to move beyond this phase soon!

Thanks for the award!

By: Abigail King Wed, 05 Aug 2009 12:47:52 +0000 I love the honesty of this post – and stumbled across it on just the right day (as I wrestled with emotions I wished I didn’t have.)

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All the best on your own crazy journey, Abi

By: Audrey Scott Fri, 10 Jul 2009 21:32:34 +0000 @Dave & Deb: Yup, you got it. Once I could understand why my emotions were all over the place, I could focus on moving on. Doing much better now :)

@Leigh: You are right that travel wouldn’t be complete without culture shock. I think some people associate the term “culture shock” with the immediate reaction of arriving in a place and everything being so different than what they are used to at home. But, it’s really a longer, more complex process that takes months. And it is important for travelers and expats to understand this so that they don’t pack it up early when they first hit the discomfort.

“Travel has made me truly believe that people are good and decent.” I couldn’t have said this better – it’s one of the things that keeps us going. Each time we hit a rough spot, there’s usually some unexpected “angel” that shows up to help.

@Rosie: How could I forget you from Thanksgiving dinner last year?! You hit on a couple of important points in your comment. We are really fortunate not only to have each other on this journey, but that we can read each other so well that the one person steps up to the plate when things get tough (emotionally and physically) for the other. And, it’s so important to have someone physically there to share everything with – good and bad.

Technology also does help in reconnecting with friends and family. The day I posted this a dear friend got in touch with me on Skype just to be sure I was OK. Little things like that matter.

I’m laughing at the analogy to relationships – you’re so right! If you ever have problems remembering Don’s wife’s name, think of the Seinfeld episode when his girlfriend’s name rhymes with… Hope you guys can send us some photos of the windmill – we’re super excited about it.

@Lisa: Well said. Going through this cycle and having these feelings are natural – it’s better to acknowledge them than hide them and let them stew inside. And, it is exhausting. I needed time to recharge my batteries. Safe travels during your remaining weeks in Guatemala and good luck studying Kaqchiquel!

@Liz: Usually I can laugh off those guys, but on the wrong day don’t get me started…

By: Liz Fri, 10 Jul 2009 04:19:59 +0000 Oh, this is a great post. Funny how the men making kissing noises and hissing “mi amor” can really set you off on a bad day!

By: Lisa Munro Fri, 03 Jul 2009 00:23:39 +0000 Audrey,

The Peace Corps diagram from ten years ago looks like the one I received four years ago. Every time I come back to Guatemala, I experience the same roller coaster and it leaves me emotionally exhausted. This doesn’t make us intolerant, difficult, bitter, or angry. It means that we’re human.

Travel safe and well.


By: rosie rosenthal Tue, 30 Jun 2009 12:49:48 +0000 Hi Dan and Audrey. This is Rosie, ( sister Kim’s “casual visitor”). Enjoying reading about your travel adventures and was thinking a few things about your emotional ups and downs with travel. I think you are both lucky to be traveling with each other because you both seem to be in tune with the other’s emotions and thus one can take over when the other is not doing well. Also with the computer, you have friends to communicate with almost instantly when things are not going so well. That would give you some type of consolation, I would think. Imagine how it would be if you didn’t have each other’s support and the internet.
Also thinking the experience of traveling may in some ways be similar to being in a relationship – at first its exciting and new, then maybe some of the things one found interesting and whatever are now becoming annoying. Then things are worked out and new understandings are made. Then another “bump” and then it smooths out again…
Dan,we are planning to visit your Dad this Independence weekend and I’m looking forward to it as I enjoy him and his partner (whose name escapes me ). Their wind generator is up and running.
Hope you continue to have good health and pleasant adventures. rosie