Long term travel can be tough. After a couple of months on the road, it becomes work and many people suffer from travel fatigue.
After traveling for months, you are no longer in that honeymoon phase of excitement you are just simply exhausted.
Every day has been one attraction, temple, trek or museum after another. Sometimes, after you have been busy being a tourist for weeks on end, all you want to do lay down and take a nap.
Signs You Are Suffering From Travel Fatigue
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It can feel pretty strange when you are in a foreign country and other travelers are heading out in the morning for their tours and sightseeing excursions.
You think that you should be doing something too, but you just can’t motivate yourself, so you give into the fatigue and enjoy some time not traveling.
Here are some signs that told Dave and I that we just may have a little bit of travelers Fatigue…
1. Don’t Care About the Top Sites Anymore
For example: You go to the Taj Mahal, its cold, misty and foggy for three entire days.
You don’t care. You don’t even bother to go inside. Instead you go to the only heated place in town…the coffee shop.
2. You Skip The Top Tourist Attraction
For example: You have an opportunity to see the astounding Amber Palace in Jaipur India…
Instead you go to the mall, walk around and buy some socks.
3. Had Enough of Local Food and Traditions
For example: Your hotel has traditional food and musicians playing on their rooftop restaurant.
It has everything you would want for a night out in India…
You go to Pizza Hut instead. Not once, but twice.
4. Skip the Must do Tours
Not far out of town, there is a village filled with dancers, artists and local cuisine. They offer tours to go out there from the evening.
You choose to stay in bed and stream “Sherlock Holmes” with Robert Downey Jr. On your computer’s free wifi.
5. Skip the City Tours
For example: You have two days in Delhi before flying out. It is pleasant outside. It’s not too cold and the sun is out. You are centrally located close to some of the cities best attractions…
You order room service and channel surf between HBO and the BBC
6. Cut Short Your Trip
For example: You should be heading east to Varenassi in central India. You have planned to travel all the way to Calcutta…
Instead you buy a last minute ticket to escape for a month to Sri Lanka.
7. Throw the Budget out the Window
Example: You are on a tight budget, you can’t go over budget or you won’t have enough money to get through the trip. The last thing you want to do in dip into your credit cards, but you can’t take backpacking anymore.
You’ve thrown the budget out the window and you couldn’t be happier.
Time to lay on the beach and enjoy your travel in style. It’s the only way you can get back into traveling again.
So, now that we’ve had a month to detox in luxury and yes, we blew the budget, we’re getting ready to go back to India backpacking again.
8. Excitement of Travel is Gone
The excitement of travel has come back to us.
We dealt with our funk on a beach in the southern coast of Sri Lanka.
We recovered from our traveler’s fatigue. All it took was a a few days laying in the sand, playing in the surf and relaxing by the pool. That is how you cure travel fatigue. Stop traveling for awhile and then get back to business.