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When travelling becomes stale??

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1. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

I am really starting to feel that i should go home soon as travellig is feeling like a chore more than an amazing enjoyment!! I am off to NYC now in 16 days but have to fill a gap here now in Mexico.

Have any of you endured similar experiences??

T

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I've never travelled long enough for it to become stale, but I'd speculate that the "thrill" of travel could wane if you no longer find things to be thrilled about. Maybe it's just a matter of sitting back and enjoying the time you have to yourself - time most people no longer have the privilege to enjoy. Sit on a beach, have a drink, look out at the water - and realize that a ton of people work their arse's off all year just to do that for a week in February. And you made the decision to give yourself that gift for months on end.

All to say: sometimes we just need a little inspiration to remind us of where we are and how lucky and fortunate we are to be there. And hey, if you're that bored, pass your ticket on over and make room for me on the bus!

3. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

I can somewhat relate. I think constantly being on the move can wear you down, sometimes to the point where being at home with all of its familiar comfort sounds very appealing. I think Tway speaks some real words of wisdom though. I'm not sure if you plan on being able to travel again real soon, but I can guarantee you that when you get home, hardly anything will have changed and you'll find yourself longing for the freedom and adventure you have now. I say find a beach in Mexico, work on that tan and thank God you're not at work like 98% of the rest of people out there. Trust me, there will be plenty of time to enjoy "real life" when you get home. My guess is that you're opportunity to do what you're doing now will be limited from the time you return forward.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Like Tina, we haven't traveled long enough for things to really become stale. Though, we do find that, as our travel time is coming to an end, we begin the subconscious preparations for going home again. It doesn't happen with every trip. But, it does happen even when you have only been gone for 2 weeks. It seems to be a way for a person to say good bye to their journey and say hello to those things that are familiar.

I agree with both Tina and John. Find yourself a patch of sand and, if nothing else, start thinking about how bored with work and miserable you were before you left. That is all waiting for your when you return. You have had an amazing time on your first adventure. Sit back, watch the waves roll in, hum some island tune and start writing all those post cards you didn't take time to send until now. (I know I'm still waiting for mine... Oh, maybe you need my address for that. ;) )

You want to talk chores? Wait until you're back home for a month....

[ Edit: fixed typo ]

5. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

I remember being fed up occassionally it happens wherever you are but even staleness can be rectified, find somewhere you like and settle in for a bit , or move on, travelling doesnt always have to be the same, moving moving constantly, it's only what you make of it! it isn't some golden thing wow "travelling" its just that, what you make of it...

and just remember how gutting it is to be stuck at home with a job and no ticket out

m

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Yup, it has happened to me. The patch of sand is a good idea. A lot of time it's just that you are trying to fit too much in. Taking it slower and just chilling out in one place for a while will help.

Other ideas are to hang out in areas or with people who remind you of home. I (being a North American) like going to the mall, eating some KFC and enjoying air conditioned luxury.

All that being said, if you take some time off and still find yourself feeling like it's a chore, you can always go home. Hell, it's your vacation, do whatever you want. ;)

Greg