It’s amazing how, even though we’re extremely excited to be on the other side of the country, seeing something new every hour, we become disenchanted when we do a little too much a little too often. On the last few days of our trip in Oregon, we got the “Let’s just stay in our hotel room and order takeout” syndrome. Travel fatigue.
I was a bit surprised it only took us 11 days before we got tired. I had heard about travel fatigue before while reading about long term traveling. I didn’t think it was something that was going to happen within a two-week period. I suppose starting the trip with a 10-hour travel day, then driving from Portland to Seattle to Portland to Eugene all in 10 days can be a bit tiring. Not to mention the 3 hour time change.
One thing I’ve noticed that’s different from traveling by myself/with John and traveling with a blog is that I really feel like I need to be doing something every second. On the previously mentioned trip, I thought, “What the hell am I going to blog about now that we’re just sitting in a Comfort Inn in Portland?”, while we watched Chuck on Netflix and ate Chinese takeout.
How are we going to have a fun, successful blog if we’re taking it easy? We can’t get that next, awesome waterfall photo by lazing around the pool.
I think this mentality has us doing more than we typically would in a day and I think, if you’re like us, even just having an Instagram, Twitter or Facebook account is making you feel like this too!
I’m here to say that it’s okay to get tired on your awesome travel adventures. Been hiking endlessly for 5 days? Gone to every museum in France? Sped through 5 states just to get to your next destination for the past 18 hours?
Take it easy!
I would recommend that if you’re planning a trip that is more than 7 days long, schedule in some down time so you don’t get travel fatigue.
Here are some of my suggestions for combatting travel fatigue:
If you’re road tripping, consider staying in one place for two or three nights, instead of just one.
If your sole purpose is to explore a new city and your budget allows, check into a nice hotel or Airbnb spot for a few days that’s near the hustle and bustle so you don’t feel like you’re missing out, but chill out in your room for a bit.
If you’re feeling particularly fatigued, consider booking a cabin or B&B out in the middle of nowhere, where you have to force yourself to do nothing because there is nothing to do!
If you really still need to keep going, maybe take a couple of hours to have a latte or a cup of tea at a local coffee shop instead of stopping your traveling completely.
No matter what you decide to do, remember that you’re traveling for you! Although you may want to snap a photo of every little sight in the area, and you want to say, yes, you in fact did go there and there and there, it may be better to drop a few things off of your itinerary so you can really enjoy the things you do get to.
Other Resources for Combatting Travel Fatigue
- How to Cope with Travel Fatigue
- Travel Fatigue and Slowing Down the Pace of Travel (a long-term traveler’s fatigue)
- Round the World Travelers’ Tips to Battle Travel Fatigue
(Featured image by Gwen Quinlan)