Ever heard this term before? Travel burnout? I didn’t until I experienced it first-hand last year.
While travel is something that can ignite the imagination, provide inspiration, and set you up for mind-changing experiences. It can also be a significant drag.
Apparently, travel burnout can result from traveling & extending yourself for too long time on the road.
What are the symptoms?
Last year after two months of continuous traveling, we started noticing a change in our interest and behavior. We lost interested in seeing new places and felt exhausted.
We didn't anticipate then that this would happen to us while we were on a long-term vacation. But, it did.
We only realized it when we accepted an invitation from a friend to stay at her “home” for a week.
Upon arrival to her house in Singapore, we’ve noticed a sudden change in our attitude. We were staying at home all day and didn’t want to leave the house for long periods of time. We took long breakfasts and long napes. We only wanted to cook and eat at her home and not go to any restaurants regardless of how fancy or attractive. We wanted to unpack our suitcases, wash and feel the warmth of the clothes after getting it out of the dryer.
Our friend was amazed at how we were not going out to explore and enjoy the city, but we were too exhausted and had no interest in exploring new places. We wanted to stay at a “HOME.” Little did we realize that our bodies and mind needed to take sometime off to reset to be able to continue our journey.
After one week of playing “being at home,” we were rejuvenated, and ready to hit the road once again.
I found our pattern to be that we would experience "travel burnout" when traveling more than two months at a time.
How to know if you have a travel burnout?
-- When you insist on having your meals at a familiar place such as Starbucks, McDonald's instead of trying the local ones.
- When you start criticizing the country you are visiting by refusing to assimilate into it and get to the obnoxious outsider frame of mind.
- When you can't, laugh at problems or frustrations anymore.
- When you no longer get excited when planning your next excursion or trip.
- When you start to be homesick, and you are looking forward to the end of your journey.
What to do when you have a travel “burnout?”
- Find a place to stay for approximately seven days.
- Chile out in the “new adopted home” and act as if you are at your own.
- Unpack your suitcase completely.
- Cook hot meals, read a book, wash your clothes and relax as much as possible.
- Take a course and learn something new. It could be a scuba or an art course.
- Buy disposable cloths; I find this to be very helpful and refreshing as you get to add new stuff to your mini wardrobe.
- Stop going to excursions or acting like a tourist or visit new places.
So if find yourself losing interest in things that would typically excite you, you might be afflicted with travel burnout.
Then again, stop immediately and take a" break" from the "break."