How to Cope with Getting Overwhelmed with Travelling and Avoiding Burnt Out?

Anyone else experiences being burnt out or getting overwhelmed after traveling for a while? I just spent 9 months working and traveling around New Zealand. I had another two months till my return flight, so figured I would go to Australia for a bit. However, when I arrived I found moving around got exhausting rather quickly so I stayed in one place for a while and now am heading home much earlier than planned. I wanted to see the country, but once you get that thought of, I’m tired and want to go home in your head its hard to enjoy yourself and get it out.

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    For myself, during my long-term travels, I found myself just wanting to take it easy, and not run around seeing everything. It doesn’t have to be either extreme at going home or exploring all day, every day.

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    Yeah, I usually eventually get bored rushing around and try to settle somewhere for a while at least.

    • Isai Jones
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      Wish I had realized how burnt out I was before I got to Australia, feel like I wasted money coming here and not really seeing anything outside Melbourne.

      • Ronaldo Schaefer
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        Try moving out of Melbourne up to the Qld coast. It’s cheaper, better weather, and a totally different vibe. I come from Melbourne, and I find the winter weather can bring me down. Hope you find your energy again ????

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    You can learn something from every experience. Also, for yourself, don’t regret spending that money, it’s a waste of time and energy 😉

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    For me it helped to just stay at some beach hostel for a few days and literally do nothing AT ALL. just be lazy and read books, recharge your social batteries and eventually you’ll feel like moving again after a few days 🙂

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    Oh yes. I pushed myself to travel and run around and it all ended up in a severe mental breakdown after which I needed to retreat back at home for half a year… Now about to get back on the road, but taking it super slow and finally settling somewhere too.

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    When I travel for a period of time I have to stop in one place for a while to integrate the experiences. That “while” maybe 1 week or maybe 4 weeks depending on the intensity of travel. I stop at the hostels (or nice DOC site in NZ) where there are people I can make friends with and explore surroundings together. Being with friends and sharing time and experiences is critical for me during those stop periods. I traveled this way for about 5 years in NZ, Australia, and Pacific Islands. Meditation also helps a lot.

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    Depends on you, I don’t consider “home” a far off place. I consider it where my things are and where I may sleep that night. I explore the world one place at a time. Take it easy when I feel like it, move a lot when I got the energy and motivation.

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    Thanks a lot for the support everyone. Even tho I’m going home sooner than expected, which is a little disappointing, I’m still proud of myself for lasting 9 months in NZ when it was my very first time traveling.

    • Dereck Littel
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      Exactly! You accomplished so many things and when you are ready – new places will be explored ❤

      • Isai Jones
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        To be honest I am going home for my own mental health, which I think is a good reason, been feeling extremely stressed and anxious lately!

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    I always travel for long periods of time in places 😀 a month on one island, a month on another. Don’t really get exhausted rather I find a home in these places.

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    Yes, it happens. After 1 year of traveling, I had had enough. I was tired of moving around all the time. I tried to find a workaway and when I couldn’t, I just went home. I just wasn’t going to really enjoy myself.

    • Dell Schinner
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      Yes! I always advise traveling folks to treat travel as a full-time job. I take 2 days “off per week, plus long weekends as needed t stay in one spot, watch Netflix, drink tea and stay in bed. It helps me do longer trips. Sometimes I also just stop a trip to sleep in a town for a week or two with no regrets. I have been in Australia for 6 years working around this country. It’s not easy but always something different. Keeps me insane.

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