Seeking support and taking care of yourself during Travel
During my 7-month journey through Latin America, I experienced travel burnout firsthand. Suddenly, all I wanted was to be alone, stay in my room all day, and do nothing.
At times, I lacked the energy to even get food. The endless cycle of visiting restaurants and cafés, meeting new people, and engaging in repetitive conversations wore me out. Dealing with stomach issues, seeking medical help, and trying to explain my symptoms in a foreign language with limited vocabulary left me frustrated and contemplating an immediate return home.
I couldn’t help but feel guilty. Shouldn’t I be grateful for the opportunity to experience all of this? Shouldn’t I revel in exploring these exotic destinations? I should make the most of my time by seeing and doing everything, shouldn’t I?
The answer is a resounding NO!
Recognizing the emotional stages of traveling
The emotional stages of traveling are no different from those experienced in everyday life. Life has its ups and downs, and it follows a natural cycle.
Instead of fighting and suppressing these uncomfortable feelings, it’s crucial to acknowledge and address them. Accepting your current state is key to finding balance.
Travel burnout can occur when you embark on an extended period of travel, and the constant movement, planning, and new experiences become overwhelming.
Tips to prevent travel burnout
Here are some additional tips to help prevent travel burnout:
Remember, travel is meant to be enjoyable. Don’t hesitate to slow down, take breaks, and savor the journey.
If you are currently facing travel burnout, I hope these tips help you navigate through it. You don’t have to endure this alone, as travel burnout is common, especially among solo travelers and digital nomads. Take your time, welcome your feelings, allow yourself to experience them fully, and soon, you will begin to feel better. If all else fails and you feel homesick, it’s perfectly okay to return home or seek out a place that better suits your preferences in terms of culture, weather, environment, food, and more. Not every place is meant to resonate with you. 🙂
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I’m Tanja Vanessa, a passionate advocate of slow travel, an experienced digital nomad, and a certified mental coach and Reiki therapist. With my expertise, I blend well-being and the joy of traveling, making it my mission to guide and inspire others through my work as a coach, blogger, and vlogger.
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