I know this statement may sound contradictory but it’s true and I’ll explain.
Right now we’re backpacking through South America. We started in Colombia and we’re working our way south through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil and then we catch a flight to the Philippines. South America is huge. And not speaking the language makes it difficult to communicate although most of the times it’s okay. Still, it can be exhausting to travel this here because communicating is tough, it’s so massive that getting between countries/cities means really long bus rides that can eat up an entire day while still leaving you exhausted on arrival, there’s just SO much to see – ie: FOMO, it’s really mountainous in many areas so the altitude will kill your energy and the weather can go from beautiful summer to cold as winter in one short bus ride to a new city. Cray cray.
All that said, I’ve loved every moment of this trip and it’s been amazing. However, it’s been 8 weeks into our 22 week South American journey and we’ve completed our visit in 2 countries and seen 15 cities. We just completed one incredibly expensive but unbelievable week in the Galapagos and I’m pooped. I don’t really feel like myself right now. I don’t feel like socializing or giving my energy to meeting new people even though that’s half the fun of travelling. I don’t feel like partying and my idea of fun right now is being alone in bed watching a movie. WHAT?! Girl, wake up because you’re living your dream and ain’t nobody got time to be moping around. But I feel tired and I don’t want to move again to go to a new city too soon.
So after being in chilly Ecuador we’ve made our way to the beach town of Mancora, Peru and booked a room at Loki Mancora where it’s like an all-inclusive hotel. The rooms are big and spacious, there’s a bar, a beautiful pool, the beach access right there and parties every night. Best of all, it’s sunny and warm and there’s nothing I need to do except relax, drink and have fun. I can already feel my energy coming back.
Like many people, whenever I’m backpacking I fill my days up with all the things to do. Depending on how much time I have I may or may not allow myself to have “off” days where I do nothing. But it’s this “go-go-go-see-see-see-do-do-do” way of travelling that really burns me out in a couple of weeks. When we’re at home we have off days and while we’re travelling we still need to give ourselves those off days to recoup, relax and remember why we’re in that country in the first place.
I need this time to just be. No wake up alarms, no feeling of anxiousness if we don’t have enough time for something, no spending money on tours/excursions, just me time to do nothing or anything.
It can be really easy to become overwhelmed and tired when travelling for an extended time, so make sure you allow yourself to have those off days. The world isn’t going anywhere despite how you may feel. Doing nothing is still doing something right? Allow yourself some off days, your trip experience will be so much better.
Have you ever needed a vacation from your travelling? Let me know in the comments below!