The thought of living on the road and being able to travel with no end date is exciting for many people. If you like a place you have the option to simply stay longer, which is a privilege most travellers don't get.
But there is another side to long-term travel that's not discussed as often.
Travelling can get tiring, overwhelming and mentally and physically exhausting, which can make life on the road quite tough. Luckily, it’s nothing that can’t be overcome.
If you ever feel yourself getting sucked into the "I can't do this anymore, I need to go home now" feelings, follow the steps below to ensure you're basing your decision on the right reasons.
Have a good balance between active and rest days
Travelling is about getting out and trying to experience the most of what each country has to offer. You’ll be tempted to overfill your days with activities and see as much as you can in each location.
While the touristy side of travel is very important to learn about the area and its history, to meet the locals and to get some amazing photos, it’s also important to book in some rest.
Rest days can also mean just going out without the expectation of seeing something specific, just head off and take it as it comes. Being busy all the time means you’ll wear yourself out early, and the down time is when your body and mind get to regenerate to keep you going for the long-haul.
Find a hobby outside of social media
Speaking of having some rest, while you’re trying to relax and unwind, don’t spend your hours flicking through social media.
Break up "standard travel" with doing something with a purpose
It’s easy to get carried away with planning week after week, month after month, the sights you want to see. The culture, the history, the people, the food; it’s so exciting. You want to see more.
But then a time comes when it starts getting too much. You’ve seen more old towns than you can remember, you can’t be bothered seeing another temple, and the history of the land is so far from interesting that you can't bear another cultural centre. When you get to this point your brain has gone into overload and you'll benefit from mixing it up a bit.
The best way to get over this is to do something with a purpose for a short break. Find a volunteering organisation and help them while you learn about their culture hands-on. Perhaps you could offer your time to help with some renovations, or teach something if you have a teachable skill.
As soon as you have a different purpose from 'just travelling’, you give yourself a rest from needing to visit every top
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Get comfortable with living simply
The more I carry, the less I want to do. This is multiplied by 100 when I'm in a developing country in the peak of summer and need to drag all my stuff on basic, local public transport. It seems too difficult to bother.
Lose the extra baggage and you'll lighten up emotionally and psychologically, as well as the obvious benefit of lightening up physically.
Find new homes on the road
For me, the thing about constant travel that gets to me the most is that sometimes I feel unsettled and displaced. Like I have no home to go back to or a place to relax into. So to help, I try to find a new home whenever I can. This means renting a place for a little longer, going to the local food stores and markets, avoiding the big food chains and, of course, trying to meet the locals.
If you feel like you have really experienced a place like the locals do, you'll feel connected again. And so when you move around constantly it's one thing that remains the same, your ability to connect and build a home wherever you are rather than the environment itself. That's what makes it great. It's a skill that once mastered can change everything.
Don’t be afraid to splurge occasionally
There’s no fun in always watching the money and choosing activities and meals based purely on your budget.
Avoiding things you really want to because of the cost will start bugging you the longer you travel. Every so often, go on a lovely date night, buy the good wine, pay for the air-conditioned room and take the occasional tour.
Otherwise, what the point of it all?