Quoting my favorite traveler’s blogger, Nomadic Matt: “When I meet people and tell them about what I do or how long I have been traveling, their response is usually something like, “Wow! That is so awesome! You’re so lucky! I wish I could do something like that!…Finally, you get tired. Really tired. Of traveling. Of everything. After a while, everything becomes just another “one of.” That 100th church, 100th waterfall, 40th hostel, 800th bus ride, 600th bar… it’s not the same after a while. It loses its charm and luster. Travel becomes unexciting. Ask any traveler – at some point, they hit that point where they are sick of traveling. They just need a few days or weeks to recharge their batteries.“
Traveling is what most people want to do now, but I learned from my own experiences that if you don’t want to get tired of traveling, you just do it slowly. Don’t go out and see 100 temples in one day, then go to another 100 cathedrals the next day. I still have to (roughly)plan for what I am going to do on the trip but not flooding a day with so many things to do. Some travelers tend to have this “race” on their schedule, thinking that they have to compete in “Who Went to 30 countries in One Month First”. You only get stamps for that. And blisters all over your feet.
You want to be able to do things you want to do, to see things you want to see. If you do it slowly, you will see everything. Absorbing cultural experience is especially like this. Traveling takes patience,courage, determination, flexibility and independence of mind although I agree that you don’t have to be rich to travel well. Long term traveling also needs plans(I am talking about traveling for a year, for short trip, I don’t usually plan!), if not, a draft of what you are going to do. Unless you are in a tour group, which usually, you just pay, take couple of pictures, sit down and relax. I am not sure if I can count that as being a traveler. I wrote once on my Facebook status — “Tourists see things they want to see, travelers see everything.” For 3 years of constant traveling, I am living with this thought.
Then come other things…
I struggled on my first trip outside South East Asia which was to Europe, spending summer of 2013 traveling across Turkey, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany and The Netherlands for 3 months. I got tired, emotionally! Although I am a bit lucky I got supports from my partner, but still, I struggled, BIG time. We fought on the way, we fought about where to eat, simply because there are too many choices for very different individual taste. We fought about should we walk or take the train, and is it worth it to purchase weekly train passes for that you have to also decide if you should stay that long in one city. I never knew that traveling could be so hard. You have to separate expenses, you have to sacrifice something you are dying to do and have a backup plan, in case you have utter heartbreak when you get to your dream place, only to know that you cannot afford this and that (I found a very nice cave in Postojna, Slovenia, got there after long train ride, only to know that the place is a big tourist trap).
The photo above was when I had to sacrifice my first ever gondola ride in Venice because, 1) It was too expensive, 80 euro for 1/2 hour ride and, 2) It was totally unnecessary. I am fond of whole Italy, but Venice. Getting tired financially is a real thing.
Unless you have s***load of money, you go or do wherever or whatever you please, but still you can’t escape from being tired from constant traveling.