How to Avoid Travel Burnout

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Have you ever had such a busy vacation that you need a vacation from your vacation?! I know it may seem like a silly problem, but travel burnout is real. When you’re moving around every few days and taking frequent plane rides, travel can become exhausting. If you’re feeling extremely tired and irritable, or you’re losing motivation to explore, you may be experiencing travel burnout. Another form of travel burnout is what I like to call “travel hangover” - when you don’t realize how exhausted you are until you return home from your trip! That’s what happened to me. I spent about two months travelling around California, Miami, and New York, and when I returned home it really hit me. I was so exhausted, I could hardly move! In hindsight, I realize there are some things I could have done differently. To avoid burnout, you need to do make sure you’re fuelling your vital energy through both healthy nutrition and lifestyle factors - even while on the road! So before going on your next adventure, be sure to plan ahead and keep these tips in mind:

1. Food fuels you.
One of my favourite things about travelling is the opportunity to explore local restaurants. It’s absolutely amazing to try local cuisine and scope out the healthy restaurants in the area. Be sure to give your digestive system a break though! Your body may not be used to all the unique ingredients, and or the added sugar, oil, and salt that restaurant food often contains. Instead of eating out for every meal, try making some homemade dishes. I highly recommend visiting a local market and experimenting with a fun recipe. Some markets even have market tours and cooking classes! Home-cooking is a great way to save some money on your trip as well.

2. Movement fuels you.
Before going on your trip, set an intention to keep your exercise routine going. You can do some research before your trip and find local studios or gyms to visit. I highly recommend trying out Class Pass! It allows you to try out many different studios using one Class Pass membership. Alternatively, you can go for a run or find a workout video on YouTube. Even a few lunges and squats in the morning is a great way to keep your activity level up!

3. Your career fuels you.
If you’re on a short vacation, be sure to set up an automated “out of office” email response or get someone to cover for you. The work you do in the world is an important part of your life, so you’ll want to make sure you don’t have to worry about what’s going on at the office. Set an intention to put your phone away and be fully present while on your trip. If you’re on an extended trip and doing remote work, create a work schedule. This way, you can get your daily work done and be fully present for your adventures. A work schedule will also help keep you on track so that you don’t get stressed about falling behind. It can be helpful to find a coworking space or coworking/coliving space such as Outsite.

4. Relationships fuel you.
Remember to call your mom (haha)! You’ll be forming many new friendships during your travels, but don’t forget about your friends and family at home! We’re so lucky to live in an age of technology where we can video chat with our loved-ones from across the globe. So take advantage of that! Put an effort in to keep in touch with the ones you love. Harvard’s study on happiness reveals that quality relationships are the number one predictor of health and happiness, so be sure to nourish your relationships! You’re less likely to get homesick as well if you’ve been communicating with your friends and family.

5. Rest & “me-time” fuels you.
Sleep is SO important. You need to be rejuvenated to be fully present for your adventures and get the most out of your trip. If you’re a light sleeper, be sure to bring earplugs and a sleeping mask. You never know how loud or bright a hostel or AirBnb might be! You may also have to take some overnight trains, so it’s good to have these on hand. You’ll be so excited to explore every day, but know that it’s okay to have a rest day! And if you’re introverted, know that it’s okay to take some time for yourself. Doing this will be so worth it because the rest of your trip will be even more enjoyable if you’re rested and rejuvenated!

6. Your spirit & mindset fuel you.
Travel can start feeling hectic since you’re completely out of your usual routine and familiar surroundings! It’s great to start each day with meditation to stay grounded. Even just five minutes each morning will help stay calm and present so that you can fully absorb the adventures that take place during the rest of each day. It’s also helpful to create a gratitude practice. At the end of each day, say three things you’re grateful for. This will keep your mind positive and put things in perspective. Even if something doesn’t go your way or you start feeling a little homesick, gratitude will transform your attitude! Simply the fact that you’re able to experience travel is something so special that you can be grateful for.

Have you ever experienced “travel burnout”? Do you have any other tips for keeping your superpowers strong while adventuring around? Let me know in the comments below! And let me know if you’re going on a trip anytime soon. I love hearing about your adventures!


Lots of love,

Alessandra