Travel tired after eight months? Happy to keep going?

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Waiting for the bus back home? I don’t think so. Not just yet.

There’ll come a point where you’ll just want to stop’, said my friend Jim. I was chatting to him about another friend who had hit the travel tired moment that most backpackers experience at some point, if not at many points.

I had taken time out of whizzing around South America and New Zealand to be based up in Byron Bay, Australia for just over a month. This in itself was a bit of a challenge after an otherwise very nomadic lifestyle with different places and beds every few nights.

Whilst it was wonderful to unpack my bag, hang out with people that knew me and meet a new group of fun, active and interesting people, I knew I hadn’t yet hit that point of wanting to stop. I was thirsty to return to South America and continue my journey there.

The language, the culture and the simpler approach to life over in South America all somehow felt more comfortable and welcoming to me than the gloss and riches of developed nations. Luckily for me, my ticket was easily reversed so rather than continue on to Asia or stay in Australia, I headed back across the Pacific and landed in Brazil to continue my South American adventuring.

But I’d be lying if I said I haven’t hit travel tired moments. During one of the lows I decided to bring together experiences – mine and others – and put together an article of sorts. You can read it here.

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2 responses to “Travel tired after eight months? Happy to keep going?

  1. sio orient

    I hit it at nine months, bad food poisoning didnt help though. After a month of being static I was desperate to be far away again :S

    • Oh no! – I can sympathise with the food poisoning. Makes you feel so lousy and ready to pack it all in. But yep, I think the wanderlust can be so ingrained in some of us that a short stop is all it takes to recharge.

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