Travel exhaustion is real. You may think this is the most bizarre concept but when you are constantly on the road for a large period of time, seeing beautiful sights and meeting new people every day, it does get exhausting.
If you notice you’re starting to become wearied by having to get up and tromp through cities day after day, and just can’t seem to keep that excitement you had when you first started, it’s time to just take a day to not be a tourist. It’s hard, especially when you’ve only got a limited time in your trip and you feel like you need to be sight-seeing every day. But take a day and just enjoy doing something normal.
1. See a movie Never underestimate the act of sitting and zoning out in front of a good old rom com with snacks. It’s one of the best ways to reset to life. Plenty of cinemas around the world play movies in English with subtitles, so you’ll be sure to find something you’ll enjoy.
2. Stay in a hostel which feels like a home If you feel like you can’t relax, even when you’re lying in your bunk, it’s time to find a hostel that feels like home. Read some reviews and find one where you can really feel comfortable to just lay on the couch and watch some Netflix, cook a nice dinner or sit in the reading nook with a good novel.
3. Do some housekeeping Empty your bag & re-pack it neater, write a few postcards, book your next hostel/bus/flight. Spend some time just chilling out and ticking things off your to-do list without feeling the need to rush off and see another sight on your list.
4. Splurge on a hotel room Constant room-sharing with strangers can really wear you down. No privacy, snorers, alarms set for all hours, communal bathrooms…Sounds like it’s time to splurge on a hotel room and enjoy your space, peace and quiet!
5. Find a quaint coffee shop Nothing beats some ‘me time’ when you need to reset. Find a window seat in a quaint coffee shop, read a book, write in your journal or just people watch sipping on a hot coffee.