I’m a hypocrite. I write a travel blog / website but I’m not currently travelling. I’ve found a place I enjoy spending time in and I’ve somewhat settled here.
And that’s alright.
I’m happy to take some time off and relax for a bit, it’s better for me; rather than to force myself to go to places where I may not enjoy myself as much due to the pressure I’ve placed upon myself.
My idea of travelling is not to overwhelm, it isn’t a case of trying to cram as many places into as little time as possible. Travel, in my eyes, is not supposed to be something that wears you out, it’s supposed to be enjoyable and (as cliché as it sounds) a case of finding out about yourself.
When I first started my travels, I went with the idea of seeing something completely new every single day. I set out with the idea of trying to fit in a couple of museums, maybe a walking tour, maybe an art gallery too, all within a single day; and this wore me out. As I continued my journey through Europe, I realised that the longer I was on the road, the more often I needed to recuperate. The constant socialising, constant boozing and constant moving overwhelmed me and so I’d usually have a day off from all of this and just relax, just take some time out for myself. Have a day off from exploring, maybe have a day sat on the couch with other guests, or maybe spend all day in bed catching up on TV, and that’s ok. It’s ok because that’s what I chose to do, in some places I stayed a few extra days than recommended just so I could relax a little.
Lately though, it seems that I’ve slowed down even more, but I still have the drive in me to explore and I try to see something new as often as I can, even if it’s just a new bar or a new park. Sometimes when you slow down, day to day life can seem stop the tide of progress.
The purpose of this post is to outline that travel is what you make of it; and it doesn’t have to be constant. Maybe you need some down time to relax, maybe you need a few days off to really explore the place, or maybe you need to take a lot longer off and get back to the life you had before your trip. As long as you’re travelling the way you want to.
In contrast to this, I’ve recently starting following a lot more groups on social media, where people have posted their itineraries and from my point of view, they are virtually flying through these places, they seem to be jumping from city, to city, to city and not really taking the time to find that little hidden gem. But if that’s how they wish to travel, then that’s up to them.
Over the course of the next few posts I will be discussing the downsides to travel as it doesn’t seem to be a subject covered by other blogs/websites and from what I’ve read online from others, it is vital information that needs to be shared when considering travel; either solo or with others.