To travel alone for two or three weeks is one thing.
But to travel alone for two or three (or five or ten) months is quite another.
It takes a different attitude and a different pace. And even when you do it well, it can result in you becoming road-weary.
Travel fatigue is a kind of rattled feeling. It's a need for stability and a wish for home.
Fortunately, there are things other than returning home that you can do to feel good.
How to Overcome Travel Fatigue
- Stay still. Settle into one place for a while. Get familiar with a neighborhood. Go to the same market and bakery, coffee shop, and restaurant regularly. That familiarity will settle your soul. You may want to rent an apartment. Most people think first of airbnb for this but other sites such as booking.com offer similar vacation rentals.
- Settle for a bit where you speak the language. You will be more relaxed if you're not constantly struggling with the language. If you can easily get to a country of English speakers, go. If not, your best bet may be finding an enclave of English speakers.
- Step into the expat community. Whether it's American, British, Canadian, Australian, or any other country you come from, there are many expat communities in cities around the world. Find out their schedule of meetings, dinners, and events and partake.
- Repeat yourself. Perhaps your grand trip is covering new territory on a continent you've visited before. Take a break and return to a city you've already visited and loved. Again, the familiarity will be calming.
- Let someone take care of you. Settle into a small inn or B&B and enjoy more personal care than you would get from a hostel or hotel. Innkeepers and B&B owners have made caring for travelers' needs their life work.
- Let someone else navigate your trip. Join a tour so that you can continue to travel without being fully responsible for every decision along the way. Check our Deals page for tours with no or very low single supplements. Look for start dates and locations that you can work into your itinerary.
- Treat yourself. Book yourself into a resort. Go to a day spa. Do something special for yourself that's totally relaxing.
- Connect with home. There are so many ways to connect with home. Whether it's via Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or simply by phone, check in with a friend or family member. The call will will help you feel less adrift and remind you how lucky you are to be traveling long term.
- Relax into creativity. Perhaps you paint or cook or knit. Perhaps it's something as simple as reading a novel. Take time away from always discovering new things and practice what you have always enjoyed in life.
- Consider a job. If you're settling in for a bit you may want to consider getting a job. Read 12 Ways to Make Money as You Travel: Long and Short-term
- Get some comfort food. When traveling for 10 months in Europe we made a run to Amsterdam just so that we could go to the American food store for my youngest son. Comfort food does exactly what you want. Find it on the road or request a care package of your favorites from home.
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