It happens to even the
heartiest of travelers: after days of enthusiastic sightseeing and cultural
absorption you unexpectedly hit the wall. Your feet start to throb and all the
fabulous attractions suddenly seem a little less interesting. Not only are you
physically tired, you are mentally worn out as well. In short, you've overdone
it with the travel activities and now you are totally burnt out.
So simple, yet it cures so
many problems. The biggest cause of travel fatigue is overextending yourself
physically and mentally. Naturally this means that the cure is to slow down.
Head back to your hotel and rest your brain, even for just an hour, and you may
find yourself immensely rejuvenated.
If you can't bear to
completely tear yourself from the action, take your rest time at a local cafe.
Pull up a chair, order a coffee or pastry and enjoy the cultural experience of
people watching in a different country. You can even bring a notebook and write
about your impressions to help you remember the trip once you are back home.
This isn't always the
cheapest option but it can be startlingly effective. Walking for hours on end,
climbing lots of stairs and carrying a heavy camera can all result in serious
muscle strain and fatigue. An hour-long massage, or even just a foot massage,
is a great way to relax from the physical pressures of sightseeing.
Oftentimes eager travelers
can turn what is supposed to be a vacation into a slog with a long list of
things to see and do. When you're too tired all of this sight-seeing can be
more of a chore than a treat, so remind yourself that it is okay not to see
everything. If you're completely exhausted by early afternoon that means that
you are stuffing your itinerary with too much stuff. Pick what's most important
to you and spend the rest of your time exploring the city in less strenuous
Maybe your fatigue is just
telling you that you need a change in direction. There is a limit to how many
museums most humans can visit in a short amount of time. If your brain starts
throbbing from touring too many beautiful cathedrals, spend some time exploring
the city park, or just wander aimlessly through a beautiful part of the city.
When all else fails, there is
no shame in temporarily throwing in the towel. Allow yourself a day off and
hang out by the pool, read a book or write some postcards. With any luck you'll
wake up the next day energized and ready to see and do more. Give yourself time
to recover, or else you are going to return from your vacation needing another
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Stephanie Yoder is a girl who can't sit still! Since graduating college in 2007 she has either been traveling or planning to travel. She's lived on four continents and visited everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef. She now writes and travels full time, blogging about her adventures on Why Wait To See The World? (formerly Twenty-Something Travel). Follow Stephanie on Twitter or visit her on Facebook.
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