To many people, the question “Is it possible to travel for too long?” seems ridiculous. That’s almost certainly because the average person has never travelled more than a few weeks consecutively. Maybe a few might go for a month or two during a summer vacation. Most readers will have only enough travel time to land in a city, dash around for a week, try another one for the same amount of time before flying home. For these people, desperate to squeeze out every last experience during their two week vacation benders, the question seems preposterous.
But it’s true. You can travel too long.
We have been on the road now for almost 10 months. That’s not a short amount of time. It’s not as long as a lot of the travelers we read about but it’s a long time nonetheless. And to be completely honest, our traveling has changed a lot recently. While we used to be over the moon by landing in a new city and exploring its various sites and sounds, these days, we’re much more reserved. Not quite ‘bored” but certainly not as thrilled as we used to be.
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The mechanics of travel – booking, moving, packing, meeting, changing, washing, eating – wear you down. What’s worse, previous experiences will spoil you. Want to see the beach? Probably not as beautiful as Byron Bay so I’ll pass. How about a fancy meal? I just finished a week in Rome and you simply can’t compete with the food there. How about a hike out to see some ruins? Are they as good as the Wats in Thailand or Machu Pichu in Peru cause I’ve seen all of those.
I’m not sure when exactly it hit us but I’ve noticed that our guilt around ‘missing out’ on things has dropped off considerably. People will ask us if you saw X or tried out Y and we’ll just shrug and say, “No, didn’t get there” without much guilt at all. When we started, we were ashamed if we passed by some hot spot and didn’t make a go of it. Now, we just let it roll off our backs.
Which might be a good thing. Honestly, you can’t do everything without going crazy. But I think the balance may be starting to tip too far. We may be missing out on things that we shouldn’t because, well, we’ve seen so much. We might actually be reaching the point where our money would be better saved up and used on another trip down the road.
I don’t personally regret the money we are spending these days and actually enjoy the pace we have now better than when we started. But part of me wonders if we haven’t been gone just a little too long.
What about you? Have you ever travelled for too long? Let us know in the comments!