6 Ways to Get Some R&R on the Road and Not to Suffer Travel Burnout

We don’t often think travel, rest and relaxation going hand in hand. However, it’s no secret that travelling can have a huge impact on your physical and even mental wellbeing.

Here’s how to recognise the signs of travel burnt out, as well as a few tips on how to work through it and ensure it doesn’t ruin your trip.

Oviedo/Asturias Airport in the rain - by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com

Oviedo/Asturias Airport in the rain.

Example signs of travel burnout include: 

  • High stress
  • Anxiety
  • Exhaustion
  • Feeling disengaged 
  • Negativity 

Feeling any of these emotions on the road can make you feel isolated and even desperate to cut your travel plans short.

Luckily, there are ways to combat travel burnout. Here are a few tips to ensure you feel mentally and physically strong on even the most demanding of trips. 

Rediscover Comfort

Travelling from hostel to hostel, or even hotel to hotel, can quickly take its toll. It can be difficult to sleep due to excessive noise and relaxing can be hard in the company of strangers. The solution? Book yourself a night in a hotel room or apartment – check out this website for luxury accommodation ideas. Order room service, enjoy a long hot bath, watch a little TV and enjoy being able to relax. You’ll benefit from recharging your body and your mind. Remember, it’s perfectly acceptable to treat yourself whilst you’re on the road, even if you’re on a tight budget.

Enjoy Something Familiar

Don’t view taking refuge in your favourite coffee shop chain as a failure in your desire to experience a new and exciting culture. Being constantly exposed to new experiences is exciting, it can become mentally draining and overwhelming. Sometimes it makes sense to enjoy a little home comfort now and then, so you can recharge your batteries and get back out there with renewed enthusiasm. 

Manage Your Expectations

When you originally planned your trip, you probably had a long list of all the things you wanted to see and experience. But now you’re on the road, you might find that you’re struggling to tick everything off your itinerary. Don’t feel disappointed. Just roll with it, the sooner you accept that you might not get to do and see everything you want to the happier you’ll be and the less pressure you’ll be under.

Reconnect

Don’t be fooled into believing that only the best travellers never get homesick. If you’re feeling low then reaching out to your friends and family back home could give you the reassurance and boost you need to lift your spirits and continue with your travel dreams.  

Administer Selfcare 

Being on the road for weeks at a time can often result in pushing your body and mind to their absolute limits. So looking after yourself is vital in combating travel burnout, keeping your mind strong and keeping illness at bay. Keep your immune system fighting fit with healthy, wholesome meals, keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water (avoiding tap water of course), and exercise regularly. This will not only provide the obvious health benefits but will also give you the chance to focus, reflect and reset every day. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Head Home

If nothing works and you’re no longer enchanted by travelling then packing up and heading home is a perfectly viable option. Your happiness is the most important thing here. 

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