How to Avoid Feeling Jaded on the Road

Walking around the night markets in Taipei

Walking around the night markets in Taipei

It happens to the best of us. Move around the globe too frequently, and soon enough, you start to feel jaded. The buildings, people, markets, and food all start to look, act, sell, and taste the same so much that you can’t differentiate one country from another. You’ve experienced so much that you can no longer appreciate a new location like you did when you first set out on your travels. So when you’re feeling worn out and yearning for something more consistent for a while, here are some remedies to consider.

Change Continents

Wherever you are, change your location. By this, I mean a new continent and not the country next door. Been walking the trail of European castles and churches for too long? Take a detour to a remote part of Asia. Just finished volunteering in Africa for 3 months? Settle down in Australia for a while.  It might seem drastic, but it presents a refreshingly new set of challenges and opportunities to chew on while you settle in.

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My apartment rental in Bangkok

Sit Still

You’ve become acquainted with a lot of different places in a short timespan, and now it’s time to get to know one area/neighborhood really well. After you’ve changed continents, you need to sit still for 3-6 months, depending on what you feel is appropriate. Find yourself a comfortable apartment on the outskirts of a major city, somewhere with easy access downtown and all the basic amenities you need.

Wanderlust will inevitably come ringing within a few weeks time, but you’re going to have to let that call go to voicemail. Remember your old pal, travel burnout? He’s waiting for you on the other side of the door, ready and willing to escort you to your next destination. Send him away and carry on as normal.

It’s not to say you won’t make day trips to neighboring cities or take weekend trips, but heading out on a spontaneous 3-week venture won’t help your case. For the most part, it’s important to stay put, during this time. Enjoy not having to apply for visas, search out accommodation, adapt to different time zones, or planning your travels, for a beat.

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Itinerary Change

Consider this a working vacation from your vacation. Greet old habits with open arms, only temporarily of course. Interchange evening plans between books and bars. Have some new friends over for a home-cooked meal instead of fighting traffic on your way to dinner in the city. Go for a jog in the park, picnic in the mountains, use this opportunity to blend into your new surroundings. While you shouldn’t necessarily dodge the tourist spots, they don’t need to be at the top of your list. You’ll see them when you see them. Unpack and unwind, chat with your new neighbors, and make your new home your own, as if you wouldn’t be leaving.

Take the time to phone home, have friends come out to visit you, find new hobbies, perfect your craft, anything that is difficult to accomplish when you’re moving around every few days.

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New Routine

Exercise in the morning, work during the day, set a time when you’re going to call it quits, and turn it all off. Find a way to enjoy the evenings in your new homebase that best suits your interests. Maybe you go out dancing, attend a local meetup, or volunteer on the weekends. Create an efficient, dynamic routine, and prioritize everything you want to do while you’re stationary. After all is said and done, turn off your phone, crawl into bed with a good book or movie, and get some sleep.

After a few month’s time, you’ll be antsy to hit the road again and be able to enjoy it now that you’re rested.

There’s no need to be in a rush to go see everything at this very moment. The world will always be out there waiting to welcome you to each new corner, and don’t you want to be feeling your best when you set out to explore again?

How to you keep from feeling jaded on the road?

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