Is there such a thing as travel burnout? I think so and I think I might be suffering from a mild case right now!
(This picture is a little sneak peak of what’s coming soon on the blog… Expo 2015! )
In the past 2 months, I travelled to 7 countries including Danemark, Sweeden, Norway and Italy.
It’s not that much for some travelers, but that doesn’t really matter because it’s a lot to me. There is no point comparing oneself to others, all that matters is ones’ own threshold and clearly, I reached mine during the last 2 months. Right now I feel it in my bones, I feel the exhaustion, the irritation at every little set back, the impossibility to prioritize, to get organized, to get back into shape (aaaahhh the Italian pasta & pizza duo is to blame here…), to get back into work… I’m lacking my usual inspiration to draw, to photography, to create, to write… I just want to sleep but when I do, I get lost in tortuous dreams and wake up lost in my bed with, for seconds, no idea where I am, when I wake up.
To be fair, it’s not just the travelling. It’s also everything else: my consultancy job, the dead lines, the deal that is burning hot and urgent and obviously gets delayed at the end. It’s the partying and maybe, just maybe, a bit too much alcohol 😉 It’s the too many projects and obligations at once. It’s the “wanting to squeeze it all in” and the “squeeze some more”. It’s the trying to please everybody along the way. It’s the guilt that in the middle of all that, I wasn’t there when my mother was hospitalized (nothing serious, but still…).
I’m not complaining, I’m lucky to do what I do.
I’m sooo lucky to get to travel, I know it, I recognize it and I’m so grateful for it.
Yet I had to write this post to tell you. I also had to write this to tell myself….
The reason is that I didn’t listen to my own advise. I told you in this post that this summer we were going to go for “super quiet” & “super remote” type of vacation. Ok we kind of did the “remote” part by going to Norway, but a 4,500 km road trip is not what I had in mind when I was talking about “super quiet”! In the excitement of the organisation, I forgot my own recommendation.
So here I am again:
Slow down, enjoy the moment and listen to your needs!
And now, that we are back home and have no travelling plans until October, it’s time to get back into good habits. But that will be for next week! ha ha ha!!!
I still don’t have the perfect dress for my bff wedding which is tomorrow!! and I’m expecting a bit of a hangover on Sunday 😉
But starting Monday!! (yes, yes for real!!) I will:
- Get back into shape
- Get back to my good habits
- Get my projects going
- Organise my next trip 😉
So tell me in the comments below (its free!):
How was your summer?
Have you ever suffered from travel burnout? How did you beat it?
One more thing, I do have to share with you. A super news that brought tears to my eyes:
I sold my first picture on Society6!
I had not even noticed and only realized it when I received the email from PayPal informing me of the payment. That was incredible!!
OK that’s not going to make me rich but I’m so proud, so amazed someone in the World liked it enough to purchase it. It’s my picture of Antelope Canyon so clearly I’m even prouder!! Thank you to this person!!!
You can check out my profile here: Society6.com and in case you might be interested I added some new pictures since then….