Travel Fatigued Traveller – Tips for the Tired & Worn Out

Travel Fatigued Traveller – Tips for the Tired & Worn Out

Last week marked the 15th month of our single-parent travel. Months of working with luxury travel experts to figure out the best ways of enjoying our journey. We are proud of all we have achieved since I am a single mum aged 52, traveling with a kid aged 8 years. for all these months of family travel, we have operated within a budget of $50 -$60 a day, and stick to it using an iPhone App that helps us monitor our expenses. The App is called Cash Vault. We include everything – even if we have to use a public toilet that costs 20 cents.

But what it also means is we have to plan and take time to do things that fit into our budget. Now in saying that, I don’t scrimp on too much. We went to Disneyland, climbed Machu Picchu and took some tours. When we visit a special place, we always do events or excursions. But this takes planning.

It means we need to take time to contact hostels and hotels and bargain prices down for accommodation. And sometimes the accommodation is not the standard we would like. But normally, with a bit of emailing, and web-searching we do find decent places to stay for under $25 a night.

We have to admit that we have been in hostels that were less comfortable and in countries where we struggled to understand locals due to language barriers.

And it doesn’t help when you are on a time agenda, and can’t stop for long.  Nor does it help when you can’t get a hot bath to soak away your worries.

What brought on my travel fatigue, was one too many border crossings, with one too many big bags, in one too many chicken buses and tuk-tuks. With one too many delays.  One too many wet pieces of luggage on top of a bus.  And what finished it – one too many people trying to rip us off – this time around, it was a taxi driver, who instead of driving us 6 blocks to the bus terminal to take the bus to the next town, he tried to drive us to the next town and charge us $40. And then the argument started.  And then he ‘lost’ the bus terminal – even though I pointed him in the direction 4 times.  And I was tired he wasted half an hour, and I didn’t want another argument over money.

So we arrived and I was – well worn out! I wanted to cry. I was not well – I also had picked up a tummy bug. I felt revolting. My clothes smelled musty and I had to wash the lot by hand.
Enough was enough.

So here are a few ways I discovered would help you recharge when fatigued while traveling.

I know this is hard when you have to keep moving, but if at all possible try to rest up – at least for a couple of days, and if possible a week.

This might mean you have to spend a little more on your budget. In our case, our limit is $25 a night, but for $28 we could get a room with a terrace garden and table and chairs out the front. Check it is clean, has no bedbugs, and is spacious.

Make sure you book a place, all to yourself. No dorms, and a hostel or hotel on a quiet street. You cannot recharge with people bugging you, so try to get a room at the end of a hostel or away from the street and kitchen and communal areas.

Go get yourself a nutritious meal. Make sure it is a clean and comfortable place you can sit. If you have a child/ren, bring them a book or electronic device to keep them busy as you have your alone time.

Order a drink. If you like wine, have a nice glass – something that makes you feel good. I do not encourage you to go and buy a bottle of wine and to get sozzled. But one or two glasses will relax you, and you can go and have a good sleep.

It is unlikely you will have a bath if you are in Central or South America, but you may if in England. The best thing is a long soak in a hot tub, but otherwise, take a long shower, and wash & condition your hair and feel squeaky clean.

If you have a hot tub, take a book or a nice magazine and just tune out to the world. If you are too tired to do this when you arrive, then do it in the morning. Wash your body all over. Even your own body needs touch.

If you have a little one, try to get a separate bed for them. I found there are times when you can only get a matrimonial or double bed. A kicking child gives you little rest. So try to get them their own bed. Now climb in between those sheets, and go to sleep.

Try to book a massage.  Even the back and neck are enough to de-stress.

MEDIATION, PRAYER, YOGA, and other relaxation methods
When you wake, have some time alone if possible. Silence yourself and breathe. Try to be thankful for some things in your life. Focus on anything positive. If you are a Christian have some time with God. Take some time to meditate, yoga, or relaxing exercises. Sit in a church, especially if you are in a place where the cathedrals or churches are unusual.

Now is the time your body is run-down. I know green juices are good, so if you have a blender or juicer you can make them. If not please take vitamins.

It is important over the next few days to eat right. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the keys. So drag yourself to the market and stock up. If you have access to a kitchen, then prepare your own meals, but if you are too tired, local meals can be just as good. Ask for extra vegetables and protein foods, and cut down on carbohydrates.

(some tips are more for women here)
Paint your toenails. For me, I carry a peel of Mask in a tube.

Go to a mud pool or bath. Now is a great time to deep condition your hair, or do a face mask. You can buy these in most markets too, or even google natural ones you can concoct yourself.

Shave your legs. Buy yourself a treat.

Take a salsa or any other dance lesson. You can also take a local cooking lesson. Go and paint, find a pottery class, or make some things out of what you find around you. Art classes are great to relax and engage your mind.

Play mini-golf, go bowling, go to the movies. I even find shopping or the markets a bit of a fun.  If you are quite low on funds, go thrift shopping. The hunting for bargains engages your mind and makes you forget your worries.

I have found water to be very relaxing. Warm water more so, but see what you can find around you that eases your worries as you spend some time floating or swimming, or even just sitting in the water.

Make sure you get some sun. Dark and gloomy places and days make you feel sad.
Sit out in the warming rays for 1/2 hour, or go to a pool, or on the beach.

Have someone care for your child/ren. If there is a partner or husband, then get them to take the child/ren. If not see if the hostel or a fellow traveler can assist.

Traveling families you have met and befriended may be able to assist. Just make sure you trust the person, or you won’t relax.

Turn off the phone. Leave the computer off especially for emails, Facebook, and definitely for blogging. Pick up a book, and sit and read.

Now, this appears to be a contradiction, but if you are unfit or tired, sometimes a slow walk in the park, or a walk on the beach with your feet in the water, is especially relaxing.

You can still take your child, but let them know that this is your time to relax and they are to walk with you – Not cause you stress. Otherwise, take the child/ren to a park. You can sit down as they, on the other hand, get their energy out.

I had my son run around a car park, while I very slowly drove the car, just to get his energy out. I have stopped at an oval and told him to run to one side, and then run back. Meanwhile, I sit, and take a deep breath, and watch and feel the sun and the wind.

You do not have to stay in a 5 Star Hotel to enjoy the lovely gardens, grounds, bars, restaurants and other areas they have. You can sit and enjoy a coffee and your surroundings will make you feel better.

If you have children, take them to a fast-food restaurant like Burger King or MacDonald’s. Somewhere where you can sit and have a coffee, and they can play. You don’t have to buy food or drinks. You can just have a few minutes to yourself. If it is sunny, a playground also works.

Now before you tune out, tune in. I have bought packages off eBay and also from HotelClub with super specials. We also found one just driving by in the USA. Especially if you are traveling just before the Christmas season. Resorts are empty. So the weeks leading to Christmas have the best deals.

We found a special on eBay for our first week in Fiji. The couple bought a holiday and split up. We got a bargain for less than our daily budget and included lobster dinners, breakfast, massages, and island trips! We also found an all-inclusive special we are yet to use and are just booking before Christmas.

Again the deal is exactly the same price as our daily budget but is all-inclusive, and even includes drinks and a kids waterside center.  It is 4 star on the beach and has pools and mini-golf.

As we won’t be leaving the resort for a few days, we will end up not needing to spend any more. All that scrimping and saving can wear you down making ends meet, so try to save up on a few days where you stay somewhere and don’t move towns or hotels – as this costs more. Look for online specials.  Google, Google, Google.

I am sure there are some of you who can suggest other things that people can do to feel relaxed. Please leave a comment if you do – I can add them in.

Questions and Comments

  • How do you manage to keep within your budget when traveling?
  • Ever tried the Cash Vault?
  • How do you recharge when fatigued and traveling?
  • Please share your comments with us below.

8 thoughts on “Travel Fatigued Traveller – Tips for the Tired & Worn Out

  1. All excellent, eclectic and abundant tips!

    But… imho, the single-most tip to ward off travel fatigue is… slooowww down and avoid getting to the breaking point to begin with.

    “…And it doesn’t help when you are on a time-agenda…”

    “…I know this is hard win you have to keep moving…”

    This, I don’t understand. Why would you “HAVE to keep moving”? And why put yourself on a “time agenda” in the first place?

    I too have traveled as a single mom with two young daughters. And sure, there’s gazillions of wondrous sights in the world to see, but… sadly, far too often in my own slow travels I see folks frenetically whizzing from place to place, staying but a night or two in each locale – in some self-imposed blind rush.

    In short, of course it’s exhausting. Not to mention everything you’re so frantically racing to see begins to pass by in a blur.

    So yes, your recharge tips are all well and good (especially the “pamper yourself” and the “time away from technology”), but it just seems to me that slowing down the pace of travel to begin with (hard choices, true – but do you reeeeely need to see 5 countries in three weeks???), is the best way to stay recharged and ENJOY your travels.

    • Thanks for the comments.
      To explain more there can be all sorts of reasons why you can’t slow down.
      A visa about to expire.
      In USA we had a huge snow storm scheduled for 2 days time.
      We had to return a hire car.
      But this particular timeframe is because I have a family member to meet soon.
      I have not seen family since leaving Australia and still have 3 counties to get across by bus and a short plane trip to get there in a few weeks.
      So we can’t just stop.
      We have had to work our way across land in a short space of time in the past few weeks and stop when we can.
      I am on a budget and this is the only option we have.
      Flying across these countries is not an option.
      We have to take the budget route.
      We have been able to stop for over a week right now which has also helped.
      Hope that clarifies why I wrote this blog!

    • I wasn’t directing my suggestion to slow down to you personally, but rather – just saying that it’s much less fatiguing and more enjoyable for anyone traveling for any length of time to slow the pace a bit.

      And visas runs have nothing to do with it. Most visas are granted for at least 30 (and often 90) days, and that’s plenty of time to slowly explore a few key places in any single country.

      Also, planning a slower itinerary helps build in time for (inevitable) delays/glitches like snow storms, monsoons, illness, etc.

      And besides, it’s actually CHEAPER to slow travel than not. Transport (even by bus) is by far one of the biggest chunks of any traveler’s budget. So planning ahead and not trying to stretch across 3 or more countries in a short amount of time is actually easier on the (ever slim – askmehowIknow) budget.

      Glad you’re able to sit tight for a week now and recharge the batteries. Often even just a few extra days in one spot makes all the difference in the world. After all, traveling is suppose to be fun – not a marathon race.

    • I totally agree. Originally we were meant to get across 7 countries in 7 weeks. I have been able to change that now so at least we can go a little slower. I can’t wait for New Year when I hopefully rent a house and stop. When we have house-sat and been in a place for longer than 1 month it is amazingly less stressful and the budget loves it too. I know one family that did 30 countries last year and I think how the heck could you even really see them. Crazy! I do love travel and do love exploring but times like now I would be happy to live here for 3 months as we have made friends and love the town! Might have to come back and do that for a while next year! Love reading your comments and appreciate you reading our blog too. Happy travels to you!

  2. To sustain our nomadic lifestyle we slow travel, connections are sweeter and the insights into culture are deeper. This is a great post, love the picture of you two mud bathing,15 months is quite an accomplishment, well done!

  3. Thanks Starr Sonam – I do agree – travelling slow and being able to stay in a place a few weeks really is the best way to travel. It also helps you make friends and enjoy the culture ad have more of a normal life – even for nomads. Appreciate you reading our blog. Yes mud baths are fun!

  4. Hi! Love this posting! I have recently experienced this fatigue, We started full time traveling starting in CA in June with the goal of ending up in Florida by Nov. I thought this would be leisurely. What I found however was the process of packing up, unpacking and setting up wore me out. I am not traveling alone but my husband is disabled so I have to do everything. We rarely stayed more than a week at any place. Budgeting was a shambles. Now we are in Fl for 5 months in a great park. It feels so good and now our future plans will be very different. We hope to spend at least a month in each city as we head up the east coast hoping to end in CA for next Christmas. By the way I heard you! I would latterly kill for a bathtub. I think an RV park would be very popular if they had a bath house! Good luck on your travels…

    • I’m sorry to hear you experienced fatigue, but glad you shared. It can be a tough time. Yes a bath house is a fabulous idea. You are a great person to be able to do what you are doing. Sounds like you are managing it a bit better now. Happy travels 🙂

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