It's a travelers worst nightmare, you've pushed yourself too hard for too long, you get to your next fantastic location and you're just to tired and burned out to get out there and explore. This can not only waste a single day, but can leave you vulnerable to getting sick, which is not fun while on the go! Here are 5 tips for not getting burned out when backpacking across the globe!
Take Your Time
This is the easiest way to avoid burning out, but doesn't work for every traveler. When planning your travels it might be tempting to go all the way across Europe in three weeks but after travel, checking into your hostel, eating, and getting the lay of the land, you'll find that you don't have much time until you have to leave again. If you are travelling for only a short time try focusing on a smaller area to really soak up the local flavour. Even if you're in Europe for an extended amount of time don't use it as an excuse to see even more things in a bigger whirl. Spend enough time during your stops to not just sample a place but to savor it!
Stay Somewhere Nice
A great way to save money on the go is by staying in hostel dorm rooms. Although, unless you're an incredibly deep sleeper, night after night of the random comings and goings, and snoring of your bunk mates, will leave you restless and missing your comfy bed back home. Pepper your travel plans with stays in hotels, bed & breakfast's, or private room in hostels. You'll be surprised how much a good nights sleep and a little privacy can recharge your batteries and get you back out there ready to explore!
This goes hand in hand with the above tip, but even if you can't afford a private room, don't pass up the chance to catch up on a few Z's when the opportunity arises. Sleeping in a bit in the morning, having an afternoon nap when you find your dorm room empty, or even calling it an early night if need be, is a great way to avoid becoming a zombie.
Take a Me Day
We all have 'Me Days' at home to make life more livable, why not when you travel? Even when you spend multiple days in a city, seeing all the sights and going on day trips, can sap your energy. Spend a day picnicking in a park, go to a spa, or sit in your hostel common room reading a book, what ever you do on 'Me Days'!
Vitamins and Nutrients Are Your Friends!
When traveling it seems that all food your presented with are all meat, all sweet, heavy pasta, or fried. When in a far flung locale, the thought of eating a healthy salad always seems to get pushed to the back of our minds, when confronted with some tasty local delicacy. However, when traveling for an extended amount of time your body will miss essential nutrients, especially those obtained from fruits and vegetables! If the local restaurants don't offer what your body craves, check out that local market that's been running for centuries, a great place to pick up fresh produce to eat right there, or some dried fruit for that twelve hour bus ride. Even local grocery stores offer a chance to get fresh produce and they're also a great way to see how things are done in different parts of the world! For a quick pick me up Europe is full of awesome vitamin drinks that taste great and actually work!
Avoiding getting burned out is vital to enjoying any vacation, and wanting to go on another one. At the end of the day it's important to know your own limitations and not to push yourself to much. After all there's plenty more world out there to explore!
by: Curtis Diehl