How to avoid travelers exhaustion
15.01.2012 - 15.01.2012
You might think that travelling for 8 months would be similar to taking 10-12 3 week vacations all in a row. However, you would either exhaust yourself to death and/or bore yourself out of your head if you tried to do it that way. In many ways travelling for an extended period of time is very different from a vacation. You are not just trying to escape the stresses of work and the cold weather for a little bit. There are different but still plenty of stresses involved with taking a longer trip. You are also not trying to maximize your time with excursions, sights and experiences. I mean, of course you want to see as much as you can while you travel, but to keep the pace of a 3 week vacation up for 8 months is impossible. You will get exhausted and overwhelmed. The experiences will all start blending together and becoming more of a chore than an enjoyment. The whole point of taking the trip in the first place, the wonder and amazement one feels when discovering a new wonderful place, will be lost.
The key to preventing this traveller exhaustion lies with taking vacations from your trip. These are times when you decide to just stay in one place for anywhere between just a few days to a couple of weeks. It’s best to choose a larger city or at least a place with plentiful and easily accessible first world services and shops to avoid boredom. The idea is not go on a spree to see every church, building, museum or park, but rather to AVOID sightseeing and do as little touristy things as possible.
Today we had one of those “vacation from travelling” days. We went to a mall in San Jose Costa Rica and spent the afternoon looking around for a few things we have been missing all along. We then ate lunch at the mall food court and decided to catch a movie at the malls cinema. It was the new Sherlock Holmes movie and it was actually a lot of fun. The movie tickets, drinks and popcorn all together came out to be $10, which incidentally made us realize how badly we get ripped off back at home. We then grabbed a pizza and a couple of Canada Dry’s for dinner. It was wonderful to spend a day doing things we could as well be doing back home on a weekend.