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Getting sick of travelling.How long can you last???

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1. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I never ever thought this would happen to me but in the last 4-6 weeks ive got to the point where ive had enough of travelling.
After 10 months away from home im actually looking forward to getting back to England even though i dont want to spend too much time there.
I think it will be just to recharge my batteries and take in finally everything ive seen and done before i then head off again.

Ive also met alot of people who say for them 3 months is the maximum time they would want to travel for at anyone time.

As for what has made me feel this way,just lately most of it is the attitude of alot of other travellers.Especially people from one specific country.Ive never met so many rude,arrogant,untidy,selfish and noisy people from one country before and im not the first to say this.

Anyone else ever felt the same and what was it that made you want to go home and how long can you travel for before you want to go home????

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think it depends on how you are travelling. For those people who do the one-year-whirlwind-around-the-world-every-continent-contantly-on-the-move-see-it-all type of trip, I can see getting burned out and bored of travelling after a few months of flights, buses, hotels, and yet another temple.
I enjoy doing this kind of travel, but after a few months its nice to stay in one spot for a while. The longest I've travelled for (or at least was away from home for) was 3 1/2 years. But I would travel hard for a few months, then settle down and work somewhere where I could have my own apartment and not have to catch a bus for a while. Then when I got anxious to get on the road again I would do so with recharged batteries. Even when I am travelling solid for a while, I make sure that every couple weeks I end up in a town where I can stay for at least 5 days or a week to relax and not feel I have to go out sightseeing all day.
As for getting sick of other travellers of a certain type, they are pretty easy to get away from. They tend to go to the same places as each other so as soon as you go off the beaten path, or to towns that you might call mainstream tourist towns, you won't have to deal with them.

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Jeez Reece - you homesick for old Blighty? I think once you get home catch up with friends and family, and see that they are all still in that same rut that you left them in 10 months ago you might get your itchy feet again!

Either that come home dont make any specific plans, start working and take a few "holidays" instead of travelling - it might give you that lust for travel again?

Then again it just might be you are missing the rain and the cold and fish and chips!

Good to see you about the site again matey!


4. Posted by Enlightmen (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Where are you travelling? Are you truly interested in what you ar near. To me, it seems that I would get bored of travelling before I got tired of travelling.

Enlightment Tripping

5. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Heather and thanks.
I wouldnt say homesick as such but yes Fish and Chips and a Sunday Roast would go down a treat right now haha.
And i must say ive been very luck with the weather in Argentina and Chile in quite sometime as ive not seen much rain and that included 7 days trekking in Torres Del Paine.
I think your right as well that as soon as i spent a month back home i will want to leave again.
In a way im also missing the routine of normal life and having people around me that i know so well and you dont have to keep going through the where have you been,what have you done etc etc conversation with people.

Enlightmen im in Argentina and i love the country.So much so im considering moving here one day.Ive been to some amazing places lately but im still just feeling travelledout if theres such a word.
Thats even with spending plenty of time in most places and relaxing.

Anyway come 28th April i will be back in England and i can decide what to do then.

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Think carefully about going home. Unless you can get moving again on a new trip, I'd be hesitant.

I guess what I'm saying is, if once you're home you're home for a good while, think long and hard about it.

7. Posted by Chris00 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I've travelled and come across a lot of people who ask this very same question. Not everyone can last, a lot of people do go home - they miss their friends, families, get sick of spending money, etc.

I'd think hard and long and make an informed decision as to what is best for you, your future, etc.

Don't rush into going home, you may regret it!!

All the best!

8. Posted by Born2Trvl (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I was travelling for 5 months and after getting bored of it I eventually returned home. Big mistake! It's like I never left and I'm in the exact same situation as before. So much so that I'm leaving again in May for a few months.

I think if I had taken a week or two to relax and think about the decision I may have reconsidered my decision. I'd recommend the same to yourself, think about the pros and cons of going back, and staying put.

One of the pros of returning home might be to remind you of why you left in the first place! Which might be worth the cost of the flight alone!!

9. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The thing is ive already got a flight booked to go home on the 28th April anyway.
Yes its not that far away but i cant even see myself hanging out for the rest of the time.
Maybe ive just seen everything i need to see in Argentina and need a new country to visit but im so tired with everything and thats even after ive relaxed for awhile.
Maybe a week or 2 at a nice secluded beach would be good with a nice woman and cocktails.


10. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I reckon 3 months is about max for me without working or something - the extended holiday thing gets a bit wearing after a while. But if I was doing something meaningful in the countries I was visiting I reckon I could stay there indefinitely - never yet put this to the test though (maximum I've done was about 8 months).