i'm currently in Chicago, halfway through a two month trip around the US.
i'm travelling alone after my travel companion decided he wanted to do his own thing two weeks ago.
i spent the last week visiting friends but now im on my own and trying to head over to Seattle and the west coast but im finding the cycle of booking a place, getting myself there, checking it out, working out where to go next, booking and moving on is just getting me down.
the little things that excited me when i first started don't excite me anymore and im just feeling a bit worn down.
its not that im not enjoying travelling anymore its still fun, its just the bits in between seeing the sites and doing things and meeting people are quite depressing.
sorry this is quite a negitive post, im normally quite the upbeat person.
any advice or places to check out in the northern states would be muchly appriciated.
def check out vermont around burlington and the northeast kingdom do some skiing. maine is not to be missed get up their and rent a snowmobile and you can find hundreds of miles of trails , along these trails are resturants and hotels only reached by sleads.
Dont turn travelling into work.
Maybe now would be the time, to find cheap comfortable accomodation, in Chicago, and just relax, in the city. Do the things u would do, if u lived there. Veg out in cafes, read books, have a beer or two, in the bars, at night.
U dont have to be constantantly moving. Hanging out and enjoying Chicago, will probably create as many memories as rushing around the country, like a hyperactive mosquito.
Move on, if/or when u are ready.
I'm in complete agreement with Mel - take a break from your holiday! Once you've had a bit of space from all the hard work you can then think of your next options and maybe book a few stops in advance so you don't have to do it all again as soon as you've seen the next place - you can do it after you've seen a few consecutive places.
There are some awesome train tickets that can take you all across the country. While I can't recall right now the website to view I'm sure ifyou have a few minutes in an internet cafe you can locate all the information you need. Then you don't necessarily need to worry about transport and you can use the timetable to decide where you want to book accommodation - and do a few stops worth of bookings all at once ... you can probably see where I am going with this.
And we all get a bit tired of things when we are travelling - whether it be living out of a back pack, waiting at airports or train stations or the never ending hassle of finding where to sleep each night. You're not alone by any means. As Mel says a few days just hanging out will recharge your batteries and enthusiasm and no doubt give you the chance to meet some people who may have lots of places they'd recommend you see!
Best of luck!
Hey mate i am 4.5 moths into an 8 month solo trip and i know what you mean. All the photos you take look like postcards and there is no people in them. I am in Brazil and i dont speak portugese.
What i do is invstegate my interests. i like farming and working with animals so i emailed the Polled Hereford Asoc (thats a breed of cattle) and they directed me to some exhibitions where i met like minded people who were too happy to take me in and show me around. The internet is a wonderful tool. Another good thing to do is head for the Backpacker hostels and meet other travelers to go on excursions with.
Hope that helps, you arent alone on this issue.
I have to agree with the idea of slowing down and taking your time in one or two favourite places.
The same thing happened to me- my travel companion left me in Bolivia after only 2 weeks on trip that was supposed to take us from Peru to Brazil. I decided to change all the plans and go back to an area that I had really loved and spend some more time there. I found a great, cheap apartment, and thought about what I wanted to get out of the trip, apart from seeing lots of exotic places. I decided to go to Spanish school in the mornings and have art lessons in the afternoon.
I met lots of locals as well as travellers this way. I really had the best time ever which would not have been nearly as good had I kept moving on. I met people to hang with, travel with, laugh with, and keep as life long friends.
Take the pressure off yourself! Ask yourself what it is you really want to get out of the time away, then decide the best way to achieve it. And have the time of your life- you may just find your friend leaving was the best thing that could have happened.
Thank You Everyone so much!
heres a little Faldor update™ for you.
basically when i posted that message i'd spent a weekend in a hostel in San Antonio which wasnt bad but there was knowone around.
[litterally two other guests only one of whom spoke english]
i flew up to chicago and stayed at the HI. it wasnt bad and met some people but found most people there were only for a night or tow and mainly buessness travellers or on school trips.
so i went up to Arlington House hostel in upper chicago.
when i arrived i was making my bed when my travel buddy walks in. we hung out for the day and caught a comedy show, it was all good.
spent a few days doing as you guys suggested and not doing too much, then i ran into a couple of guys from hartfordshire who i got on with and am currently visiting St Louis with.
i'm currently trying to work out how to get to the west coast pref with a cheap flight ASAP.
cos 3 or 4 days on a train isnt my idea of a good time, but i've only got about two weeks left and the clock and the kitty are both running out!