How to Deal with Travel Burn Out

Let’s face it, whether we like it or not, we are all bound to get burnt out from time to time. Traveling the world most of the year may seem like the perfect dream situation, but just like anything, it has its pros and cons.

As a persistent striver towards a positive life and mentality, I always try to focus on the pros of my experience.  No matter how positive I strive to be, sometimes negativity comes knocking on my door, which leaves me in a slump and struggling to find my way out.

I know, it sounds a bit ridiculous that one could possibly be in a low while on a beautiful beach, surrounded by amazing people and endless adventures, but it does happen to the best of us.

As of now, I have almost traveled to 100 countries around the globe, completely alone. While most of the experience has been an amazing, beautiful journey, I have found myself in distinct moments of my trip feeling a sense of dullness and pure exhaustion.

The feeling does not necessarily make sense, but there are different things you can do to get your energy and excitement back, allowing you to continue and make the most out of this amazing, unique experience you have around the globe.

1. Stop and Look Within

Take time to fill your tank because it’s very difficult to give when you feel like are empty on the inside. Find something that you absolutely love doing and give attention to that. Take a nice hot bath, go for a massage, disconnect from social media, get out your favorite book, play your favorite sport and just do what you want to do.

Maybe all you need is just a couple of days, or even a week. Take the necessary time that you feel like you need in order to recharge your batteries in order to get back to your normal self and continue on.

2. Changing your Eating and Exercise Pattern

I usually find that 90% of the time that I feel down is somewhat related to my diet and exercise, or lack of. I completely live by supporting the belief that diet and exercise are directly related to our mind and performance, and in order to change our life, we must start there.

Start by simply choosing to eat a more balanced and plant based diet, that is low in sugar, and you will find that this drastically will change your mood and outcomes, trust me. Healthy eating, combined with some basic exercise (walking, running or any form of physical activity) is the magic drug that can fix most problems.

3. Adjusting Your Travel Routine

Are you always going to hostels, talking about the same stories, answering the same questions day in and day out? Do all the cities and monuments now seem to look exactly alike? Is going out and meeting new people starting to feel like a dreaded and daunting task?  If yes, you are definitely in the need for an adjustment in your routine.

Change things up a bit. Instead of staying at a hostel, choose staying with a local person (details in #4), take an interesting class, pick up a new skill, volunteer and give some of your valuable time to the ones that need it, or just look for any experience that gives you a change in scenery. If you have been traveling with others, get the courage to break away and venture off alone.

4. CouchSurfing

If you are frequently traveling and staying in hotels or hostels, this is a really great way to get add value to your adventure and get a new cultural experience. This is the best way to get a more authentic experience and to make a life long friend at the same time.

There are millions of people all over the world that are eager and willing to host travelers and introduce them into a whole new way of life. I have had over 150 + hosts around the world and it has change my life and the way I view travel.

My Panama Family

5. Conquer Fear and Risk Taking

Sometimes it happens that the very thing that once was a huge fear for you (traveling abroad), has somehow turned into just an normal, ordinary task.  If you find yourself in this situation, its time for you to get outside of your comfort zone again and take a risk. If you have the budget for it, go bungee jumping, skydiving, hang gliding, white water rafting, cliff jumping or something that gets your adrenaline pumping.

If you are traveling with a lower budget, try other types of adventures, such as mountain climbing, hiking or hitch hiking, However, risk taking does not have to be just extreme cases, like the ones I listed above. One of the most common fears on earth, which is placed closest to the fear of of death, is public speaking.

Challenge yourself to get on stage and inspire others with your personal travel story.

6. Take on a Challenge

Challenges are great ways to get you outside of your comfort zone and create real, long lasting changes. When I feel like I really need to get out of a funk, I take on some sort of challenge.

Some of my past challenges include: 31 day hike across Spain (1000 km), 10 day silent retreat in meditation, 7 day smoothie only challenge, 1 day week fasting, social media and technology fast, etc.

What type of challenge can you think of for yourself?

7. Nature

The best medicine that life has to offer is being surrounded in nature. Just a 10 minute walk through the forest can lift the mood and give us the energy to keep moving forward. I once did a famous walk in nature called the Camino de Santiago, where I walked alone in pure nature for 31 days, starting from the south of France and and ending on the west coast of Spain.

The amount of energy and power I felt after that experience is something that I will never be able to put into words.

8. Connect with Others

Sometimes all you need is to be around other people that understand you and your feelings. Reach out and be willing to receive the support of others. Maybe you just need to break away from the travel scene and make a friends with a local who can offer you a fresh perspective on life.

Talking to more outside people will allow you to get out of that repetitive talk that happens when you enter a hostal or see other travelers. If you travel for even a week, you will know exactly what I am talking about.

9. Return Home & Regain Perspective

Spain is my home away from home. Anytime I start to get an a slump, I go there for a short time and regain my perspective. Sometimes all I need is to be away from travel for sometime and have some normalcy, catch up on work and wait for that feeling of excitement to come again for my next adventure.

10. Meditate

Travel slump can sometimes come from focusing too much on the external world and not taking time to focus on the internal. Life as a long term traveler results in a lack of privacy and quiet and this over a period of time can really start to affect the heart and soul. When I find this happening to me, I make sure to get to a quiet comfortable place and meditate.

I like using guided meditations more than just simply being  quiet, but either one works. Taking this special time to focus on nothing more than just our breathing can drastically calm us and put us into a new state of mind. This done every day for over a period of time can take you from feeling travel blues to having a whole new outlook on travel.

11. Rewrite your Bucket List

Get out your pen and paper and start writing out all of your dreams on paper. Make a travel size visualization board and start seeing your biggest life goals on paper every single day when you wake up and before going to bed.

Your bucket list does not just have to be about travel related topics. It can include all areas, such as career, money, education, relationships, home etc. Get your mind thinking about the bigger picture and on the big goals you have for your life. The more you focus your time and energy on things that make you excited, the more likely you are to follow in that direction.

12. Find a Purpose:

Sometimes we get into a travel slump because we have lost our purpose and perspective. If you find yourself in this situation its important to first look within (refer back to #1) and then ask yourself what it is that you truly want. Living for a purpose that is beyond yourself is essential and when we lose sight of this purpose it can cause us to feel a sense of hopelessness and lack of motivation.

Look for ways to add new purpose in your life, whether its by volunteering, learning a new language, learning a new skill etc.

Hamanasi Resort Belize

13. Journaling

Having the travel blues can put you in a strange state of mind that is hard to express in words. The low you might feel normally does not make any sense on paper, but no matter how hard you try to figure it all out, sometimes you just can’t. Journaling gives you a chance to organize all of those thoughts, frustrations, fears, concerns, or any conflicting thought you might have going on.

I like to use the mind dumping technique. This is basically where you give your mind permission to literally break free, with no limitations and to get on paper. When you do this, write every detail out and continue until you can’t go on anymore. Do this first thing when you wake up and right before going to bed. Its amazing how quickly you can come out of a slump with this technique.

14. Inspiring Videos & Articles

There are so many inspirational videos on the internet that can help you in any moment that you’re having a slump. Turn on a inspirational movie, short video, Ted talk, podcast, or even a positive playlist to get you pumped up again. I couldn’t even begin to count how many inspirational movies I have played over the years.

Thanks to all of the amazing creators of outstanding content on the internet, I have been inspired in so many ways. All of this inspiration I have received over the years, I now use to inspire other people that follow my journey around the world.



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