Traveling fatigue. It happens to the best of us – especially if we travel for a longer time. The things we are mostly excited about in the beginning is suddenly starting to feel tiring. The honeymoon phase is gone and instead of feeling excitement, you just feel… exhausted. So when exactly do you know when you’re tired of traveling, or if it’s just a phase you’re going through? Here’s a few signs that you might be traveling from travel fatigue.
You don’t care about the top sites anymore
When we arrive to a new place, we usually try to find out what the “top things” are to see. For example, if you just arrived to Paris, you most likely want to go to the Eiffel Tower or Jardin du Luxembourg. But when we suffer from travel fatigue, the only thing we want to do is to find the nearest café where we can have a quiet moment, or find a mall where we can escape the scorching sun. You might swing by the Eiffel Tower, but you won’t be interested enough to go inside.
You’ve had enough of local food and traditions
One of the best things about traveling is trying all the new food and being part of all the new traditions in a country. But after awhile, you get sick of the local food and you just long for something familiar. So instead of going to get indian food for the hundredth time, you go to Pizza Hut instead.
Cut your trip short
You were supposed to travel for a long time, but as of lately, you’re not even enjoying so you decide to cut your trip short. This doesn’t have to mean that you’re booking a flight home. Maybe you’re just tired of your surroundings and need something new, so instead of spending a few extra weeks in India, you book a flight to the Maldives instead.
You don’t care about how much money you spend anymore
You were so good with money in the beginning and since you’ve been traveling on a strict budget, you’ve had to plan your economy well. But when we feel tired of traveling and downright exhausted, that’s the least of our problems. We start splurging instead and showering ourselves with clothes, massages, more expensive dinners and a few trips to the cinema. We stop being so considerate with our money because we have to spoil ourselves in order to feel like we want to get back to traveling again. Besides, what’s the point in having money if you can’t spend it?
You just want to lay in bed
I don’t blame you for this one though – we’ve all had days when the only thing we want to do is lay in bed. After all, traveling is tough and it can be really exhausting, so it’s important to take a few days off. But if you start feeling like the only thing you want to do is lay in bed, then perhaps you should be thinking if something’s wrong. If nothing feels fun anymore and if the bed is starting to sound more appealing to you than sightseeing, than perhaps you’re burnt out and you’re just tired of traveling.
What can you do though when you feel burnt out? First of all, acknowledge it. The first time I felt travel fatigue or travel burnout, it felt so wrong. I felt like I was being so unappreciative about my whole experience and that I was alone in feeling like this. But the more travelers I met, the more I realized that others were also sharing these emotions. If you’ve lived in a constant routine and is all of a sudden thrown out in another world with new cultures, environments and food, you can’t help but feel tired. What you can do in order to avoid or treat travel fatigue is to remember to slow down – it’s okay to take a few days to rest. You don’t have to do something every single day. If you want to Netflix and chill in bed the entire day, do it. As long as you stop moving when you’re starting to feel exhausted. You should also treat yourself, although perhaps not breaking the bank while doing it. It can be the simplest things though such as doing a facemask, taking an extra long shower, buy your favorite snacks or why not get a new haircut? And if you still feel like things are starting to feel a bit heavy, talk to people from home. Connect with the life you have at home. Sometimes it helps to just hear the voices from someone we know. And if you still feel like things doesn’t feel good anymore, you should know that there’s nothing wrong with booking your flight ticket home, even if it’s way earlier than you were supposed to arrive home. Your health is the most important thing and if you don’t feel good, take action and make a change! If traveling starts feeling like a job, you know that something has to change.