Tired of traveling: How to recover from travel fatigue
Are you tired of traveling? Literally exhausted from traveling?
Then you’re probably suffering from travel fatigue.
You don’t want to get out of your hotel/Airbnb anymore, just stay in bed and cuddle up with your laptop and/or TV? You don’t wanna see people or talk to them, yet alone witness unfamiliar things that don’t happen in your home country or hearing people speak a foreign language.
If you just went like: “YUP! That’s so me right now!” and this was followed by “Wait – am I spoiled for saying this?”
Then keep reading 😉 You’re not alone.
HOW can anyone become tired of traveling? You may wonder.
After all, you’re lucky to be able to explore this world, right? Because most people never get this chance…
I promise you, you’re NOT the only one feeling this way and every traveler has been here at least once (some of us even once every trip).
But, let me assure you, just like we had to overcome this uncomfortable feeling, you will too! You CAN recover from travel fatigue!
And, even though you may think right now that this may be your last trip, it won’t, and you will keep on traveling and finding joy in it, don’t worry! Travel fatigue is just a temporary road block.
So… First things first – STOP pitying yourself! Don’t just sit there and do nothing. Give yourself a few minutes, let it out, yell, scream, cry – whatever helps but then tell yourself that it’s time to stop. Nobody has ever gotten anywhere with not doing anything. So get your ass up because otherwise you won’t fight this uncomfortable feeling of travel fatigue!
Here are a 16 ways to fight and recover from travel fatigue:
1. Find a place to calm your mind.
If you feel comfortable in nature, take a walk. If you’re in a city, take a stroll or sit in a park. Breathe. Relax. You’re just fine 🙂
2. List ALL the things you’re grateful for.
Let me help you get started:
- You’re alive.
- You’re breathing.
- You are traveling. You are lucky enough to travel. That’s a fucking privilege!
- You’re wearing clothes.
- You have shelter.
- You are healthy.
- That’s most of your basic needs being met already.
- You have wifi and a device to read this article.
Write down 30 things right now and repeat this exercise for everyday of your life (not kidding!). You can reduce the amount of things. Take 3,5, or 10, but write down what you’re thankful for every single day!
If you’re having trouble with this, please go visit a 3rd world country (I know – that means MORE traveling, but aren’t there worse things?). Already in a city, you will realize how blessed you are coming from a more developed nation.
If you wanna take it a step further, go live in a village without electricity or running water. Your only problem here is where you’ll get food and water from.
And remind yourself: You have the privilege to leave this place whenever. Most residents probably don’t.
Once you’re there, you’ll realize how little you need to live. You’ll see that “I don’t know which outfit to wear today” or “my phone screen broke” are NOT problems. They’re things easily dealt with.
4.Listen to TED talks about happiness.
Here are some:
5.Listen to motivational YouTube videos.
Here are some:
If you’re having trouble meditating by yourself, try a guided meditation or hypnosis from YouTube. Here are some great ones:
7.Write down what you love about yourself.
Inside and out. Don’t forget those freckles or stretch marks. Also, let me tell you: You are FREAKIN’ AWESOME! You’re awesome for traveling and opening up your mind about other cultures and experiences. You’re awesome for inspiring your friends and family and followers with the trip you’re taking right now. Last but not least: You’re awesome because you’re reading this (not because it gets my stats up but) because you want to improve your situation, learn about yourself and GROW! And if you still can’t come up with more, tell your friends to let you know what they appreciate about you.
8.Make a list with things you’ve achieved this year and what you’re proud of.
Did you already hit any goals or come close to some? Awesome!
9.Watch stand up or a comedy show/movie.
Here are some ideas:
10.Make a Vision Board.
Vision boards are visualizations of your dreams. If you like it old school, cut photos out of magazines and glue them onto a background. If you like to work with Canva or Photoshop or other software, google images of your dream wedding/house/lifestyle/friends/achievements and assemble them. So you look at it daily, make it your lock or home screen on your phone. Here’s a great description on how to make one.
I like these two websites for learning more about vision boards and how to create one:
11. Take a bath
Add some soothing scents like lavender, jasmine, or eucalyptus.
12.Treat yourself to something.
Room service. A great meal or cup of coffee. A book. A massage. Jewelry. Treating yourself will do wonders in fighting travel fatigue!
13.Call someone who can relate.
And if you don’t have someone you know who’s been tired of traveling before, find travelers online or email me (but be warned, I’m not going to further your “suffering,” I will kick your butt and make yourself stop pitying yourself -> rough love 😀 ).
14. Meet people.
Use Facebook groups, Tinder, or Tourlina (females-only travel meet up app), etc. (with caution – DUH) and just meet someone. They may have an interesting story to tell and if not – they’ll still take your mind off your travel blues (and if they’re male, I hope you’ll get a free meal out of it :p ).
15.Try the 29 Day Giving Challenge by Cami Walker.
She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and was told by an African medicine woman to gift something for 29 days in a row. To find out more, click here.
Simple as that. Just sleep off your travel fatigue. Enjoy your rest and don’t feel guilty :)! Life ain’t a race. You’re only racing against yourself, nobody else – so just take good care of yourself. My free relaxation hypnosis will relax you like no other and help you go to sleep much quicker.
To read more about my personal experience with travel fatigue, check out this post about the bad, the worse, and the ugly of the digital nomad life. I’ve never been as tired of traveling than during the first few months of 2019. I still tried to keep it funny, though, so don’t worry about it being too depressing 😉
Do you have another idea on how to recover from travel fatigue? What did you do to fight travel fatigue? Pleas leave a comment and help others to get rid of this uncomfortable feeling!
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