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“You are a world traveler, wow you’re so lucky!”

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.


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I am The Perfect Cube Hannah. I was born and raised in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo which makes me Asian but not Chinese. I am now permanently living in the USA. I have been traveling extensively across North America and before I landed here, I had travelled to 18 countries in 2 continents and had lived in Thailand for 5 months. When I am not in the USA or in home country, I will most likely be in Bangkok, Thailand or Bali, Indonesia. I am a self-taught ukulele player and I love raccoons.



5 thoughts on ““You are a world traveler, wow you’re so lucky!”

  1. Profile photo of Aaron Mandelbaum

    I agree. 80 for a gondola ride is nuts. I'd rather have an experience over a thing any day but there is a line. I hate feeling like a tourist.

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  2. Profile photo of Annemarie StrehlAnnemarie Strehl

    Wow, this seems to be a recent topic running through the bloggosphere or it's just something I tend to spot now that I have arrived at that point of being so tired about it. Thanks for writing this!

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  3. Profile photo of Joanna KalafatisJoanna Kalafatis

    Love this article! Any time I try to tell people a balanced account of what my travel/work entails, I feel like they think I'm spoiled for complaining about traveling and making money from it. It's not that, I love what I do, but there are hardships with traveling in this way vs. going on a short vacation. And yes, sometimes I'll hit a point where I just want to hang out in the same coffee shop, then the same restaurant, and then the same bar 5 days in a row and not see or do anything new.

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