Long-term travelling is not just about travelling as far and fast as possible but more about having more time to be drawn to certain locations and being allowed the change to go deeper. Everyone has their limits of how far they can travel in a certain allotted amount if time and also at what pace they travel. Some love the thrill and exhilaration of fast paced travel through a number of places ach new and exciting as the next. Some like to stop off in every town and enjoy the slow day-to-day lives of reciprocating life as a local. However one does not have to be fully one or the other type of traveler and this is where pacing comes into play.
Knowing one’s limit of when to slow down with travelling and when to speed up your travel agenda is a very personal thing and can only be done right when listening to your gut feeling. This can be a conjunction of wanting to rest-up after intense weeks of travelling from place to place and coming across a place during your travels where you can’t help but want to know more about and go deeper under the surface of the normal touristic experience.
For example after travelling in Indonesia for a month I had a moment of travel fatigue of wanting to rest my weary legs in the wonderful city of Perth. Perth also interested me in such a way that I wanted to really experience more day-to-day life in such a place and get to know my surroundings. This came about only because I listened to my internal gut feeling of wanting to root my legs and take a beat for a little while.
You will find sometimes that your initial thoughts of how you travel may differ from how you actually travel and that’s OK. It’s better to enjoy things at a pace you enjoy instead of forcing yourself along where you could end up starting to hate travelling after a while. Travel fatigue will ensue if you are not careful and perhaps even wanting to stop travelling entirely.
Remember long-term travelling is not just only about trying to see as much as possible in a longer amount of time and travel further afield but instead gives you more room to “travel deeper” while staying put. Just because you are standing still doesn’t mean you are not travelling, use the opportunity to have a more detailed look around and become a temporary local! You’ll find solace and spectacles in the most simple of daily activities if you but only stop and slow down!
After slowing down
What does this entail though? Well it can be as simple as:
- finding your favourite cafe that makes surprisingly amazing deserts
- making some local meals with help with a local or two
- meeting local people through local events or meetups
- getting in touch with old hobbies and trying new ones
A thing to perhaps note is initially things can appear to be boring as you’re are not having your every sense being touched upon by every minute. This however is just a normal reaction of changing gears from fast-paced travel and soon becomes quite relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable for your mind, body and soul in contrast to the weeks before.
This is also a great time to do some internal processing of your trip without the busyness of every day itineraries. Trying to digest experiences and new concepts after a year of continuous travel can be far to much and your may simply forget a lot if you don’t stop and check in.
Finally, don’t think that you need you stop if you don’t feel it in your gut. Each one of us enjoy certain areas more that others and have different levels of “travelling stamina”. All that is important is to remember that you can vary pace at whatever point into your trip, you just need to decide when and where.