Although it may seem impossible, you can’t have too many good things. I sometimes feel completely exhausted from traveling, despite how much I love the world.
It is a privilege to share tips that make travel more affordable for you. It is an amazing dream to create a platform that can be used as a resource for travelers. But it is hard work. You get tired of any job that requires you to work long hours and be “on” all the time.
This was something I experienced in Italy recently. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and the food and wine are exceptional. Although I was supposed to have the best time of my lives, I found myself unable to fully enjoy the moment and instead just going along with the flow of having fun.
This might cause some eye rolls. But again, I just want to say that I am so grateful for the opportunity to travel and see so many cultures. Have you ever felt the exhaustion that comes with being constantly on the move?
As I age, I feel more in control of what is and is not a great experience. Although a trip through Italy is supposed to leave you breathless, I found myself fantasizing about my couch at times.
What have I learned? It all comes down to balance.
It doesn’t matter if you live at home or overseas, listening to yourself is key. This will allow you to be fully present and your best self.
Move at a slower pace
Before I even thought about travel burnout I had made a commitment to reduce my carbon footprint. It’s a core part of my mission, and something that I am actively working towards.
It has been a great way to slow down and enjoy my surroundings. Cape Town is one of the most fascinating and beautiful places in Africa. My city is as fascinating as any other far-flung location (and so is yours! ).
I was obsessed with seeing everything possible. I wanted to see everything and kept moving. It’s now about taking in local culture at a leisurely pace that allows me to absorb it all.
Balance Adventure Days and Rest Ones
It’s important to have a balance between your adventure and chill days. Although I can understand the desire to experience it all, it is a recipe for travel burnout.
This is especially true for the physical side of travel. You can spend your day hiking, but the next day enjoying a leisurely meal tour. Do you want to run around all the cultural sites? Tomorrow, spend your time relaxing on a river cruise.
It’s great to exercise, but you shouldn’t be pushing yourself too hard every day.
Take some time to decompress
Solo travel is my passion. I also love romantic getaways with girlfriends. Nothing beats traveling the world with your closest and dearest.
You’ll want to explore the city and make memories with your friends, but it’s important that you take some time to yourself.
You would always take time alone to recharge and reflect if you were at home. You can do the same wherever you go. You can keep your batteries charged by spending some alone time. For me, it’s essential. While I enjoy being with people, I also crave solitude.
When traveling with a group, schedule some “free time” so everyone can do what they want and not be bound by a plan. You could have a slow morning, cook breakfast at your hotel, go to a coffee shop, and then spend a couple of hours wandering around the city at your own pace or take a break.
Everybody recharges differently. It’s important that you allow yourself to recharge.
Locate a Local Spot
To soak up the culture of the area, it is best to be a local!
You can find a local place to stay if you are staying for more than a week. Even if it’s only for a few days, I enjoy being a regular at a local cafe while I travel. It allows you to get a feel for the local culture and gives you a glimpse into daily life in the area.
Once you have found “your place”, you will no longer be tied to your map or phone and worried about getting there. Enjoy your commute and take in the beauty of the surroundings.
You’ll remember that cafe when you return home.
Make a list of your priorities
It’s fun sometimes to just take it as it comes and let serendipity lead you, but I find that I travel better when I have a game plan.
A rough schedule is a good idea for every day. You will be more present and less distracted by research. Instead of constantly looking for the next thing, you can just relax and enjoy where you are.
An interesting study was done a few years ago that showed that planning is the best part about travel. When we imagine all the wonderful times ahead, we are happier. That’s what I like to do.
You should plan where you want to go each day. Set a pace that is manageable. Book dinner reservations. Book tickets. Book tickets.
Make yourself an advocate
It’s important to plan, but it’s equally important to cancel plans. Skip something if you’re not feeling the need. Sometimes, this means tossing the tickets. But it’s all about self care!
Speak up if you’re traveling with a group. This is a reminder to you that you can always back out. It will be easier to travel with people you enjoy. Your friends won’t mind if you don’t back out of the deal.
Burnout from travel is real!
Exercising beyond your limits can ruin even the best adventure. It’s possible to avoid it. Travel burnout is something I have seen happen even though I travel as much as I do.
These key tips will help you make the most out of every moment away.