Tired of traveling: How to recover from travel fatigue

Are you tired of traveling? Literally exhausted from traveling? Like 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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,ย 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.

If you don't likesomething, change it.If you can't change it,change your attitude.

 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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 repeatย  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.ย 

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.ย 

Here are some:

5.Listen to motivational YouTube videos.ย 

Here are some:

6.Meditate.

If you’re having trouble meditating by yourself, try a guided meditation or hypnosis from YouTube. Here are some great ones:

Morning:

Before Sleep:

Any time:

 

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.ย 

Here are some ideas:

 

10.Make a Vision Board.ย 

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:

The Reason Vision Boards Work and How to Make One

How To Make A Vision Board That Actually Works

 

BEACH WEDDING VISION BOARD cut

An example of mine for my future beach wedding (before I even found a husband but hey, I also got a board and list for him :p )

 

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.

 

13.Call someone who can relate.

And if you don’t have someone, 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ ).

 

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 – theyโ€™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.

 

16. Sleep

Simple as that. Enjoy your rest ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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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  • A lot if information! And I’m bookmarking for later – will need to check out all the videos ?

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      Awesome! Hope you’ll enjoy them ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Kyntra Strickland

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    My husband and I took an 8 week trip through Europe. It taught me a lot and showed me that I could never be a digital nomad. I was so fatigued that I took a break from everything travel–even my blog. I definitely need consistency in my life. We plan on trying expat life that way we can still take mini trips and be somewhere new without long flights or constantly moving. Thanks for sharing these great tips!

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      Hey Kyntra,
      Yes, digital nomading surely isn’t for everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing and good luck with expat life!

  • Very good tips! I think for myself, the answer is to simply scale back on traveling a little bit. For me, it’s not so much the travel that causes the fatigue as the planning involved on the front end. For awhile, we were traveling somewhere new every month which meant I was always either planning a trip, on a trip, or organizing photos afterwards. Then the whole cycle started all over again. It was definitely overwhelming! We’ve found joy in it again by traveling around half as much as we used to! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      Lovely, it’s all about finding the right balance – and that’s different for all of us! Thank you for sharing yours :)!

  • For me the key to avoid travevl fatigue is to travel slowly and not rush to another city every few days. In order to help me travel slowly I ofter volunteer for a few weeks in a local project. This allows me to get to know the local habits and to reload my batteries ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      I totally agree with you! I travel more slowly nowadays – 2-3 months at one place, small trips in between, and 2-3 faster paced trips also, whenever it’s possible. Volunteering is always great for slower travel! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This is such a fabulous collection of happiness hacks, talks and links. Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve found that a daily gratitude process really helped me through some burn out times.

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      I agree! It’s so helpful and grounding!

  • I love this article! It was exactly what I needed to read right now. I’ve tried a couple of these things (stopping the pity party being number 1!) I’m definitely bookmarking this to revert back to when I’m feeling low!

    • Jennifer Schlueter

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      Hahahaha, glad you stopped it ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you <3

  • I think all of us long-term travellers have been there. Awesome tips! Thanks for sharing <3

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