Travelling long term

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Often when we tell people that we’re travelling for three and a half months, people say “Oh that’s a nice long holiday!”. Personally I don’t refer to it as a ‘holiday’, which to me conjures up images of relaxing on a beach somewhere. I think of what we’re doing as travelling rather than holidaying, and although it’s completely worth it, travelling is hard.

Living out of a suitcase for over three months is hard. Not being able to find cold and flu medicine is hard (seriously, I haven’t been able to find it anywhere in continental Europe!). Having to think really hard about how to communicate is hard. Moving to a new place every few days is hard. Finding your way around and getting a feel for a new place every few days is hard. Finding your next meal whilst balancing your budget is hard. Keeping up with blogging is really hard!

I’m certainly not regretting anything or taking this amazing trip for granted. We’ve had so many incredible experiences, met so many interesting people and seen places that even I hadn’t imagined in my daydreaming. But travel is constantly challenging, every day, and as lame as it sounds – sometimes you just don’t want challenging. Sometimes you want easy, mundane, comforts of home.

This is why we made sure to include a rest/admin/work day every several days – a day to just unwind a little, read a book, do some laundry, edit photos and just be boring. Blissfully boring! In a few places we managed to stay several days to give us plenty of time to sightsee at an easy pace and relax.  Since we’re at the end of the trip and feeling a bit worn out, we gave ourselves ten days in a beautiful Barcelona apartment (pictured above). Some might view it as a waste of time, but on a trip like this I think it’s absolutely essential.

Do you get travel fatigue, or are you always on the go?

P.S. We are heading home in just a couple of days! As I’m obviously woefully behind in recap posts (still in early December!), I’ve been doing short pic of the day posts on my Tumblog and Facebook page showing where we’re at currently. I’m also going to start spacing out the recap posts here on ChiGarden with other posts that may or may not be related to travel, as I think it’s going to take me a while to get through it all. Thanks for taking this journey with me, and I hope you’ll stick around to read more about it!

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  1. Wow, can’t believe you’re heading home soon! Am very much looking forward to seeing the blog posts. Totally agree that travelling is challenging and so very very rewarding. I’m always torn between wanting to see more but knowing we have to relax too, so sometimes when we need a break from all the km’s of walking, we jump on a bus and just take in sights from the seats. Also, some rooms are so worth spending the time in relaxing, like the one we had in Paris looking over River Seine and Notre Dame. And this room in Barcelona looks like a great place to unwind and process all that beauty out the window! (I love dusk too)

  2. Definitely travel fatigue and only 2 months into the trip! haha. We know how you feel! but all good, yeah as you, we just have days of doing nothing.

    HI TERESA!!!!!! GANBATTEE!!!! You did an awesome job!! I was so jealous reading your blog and looking at your photos because your travel is a lot more luxurious than hours ahahahah. I wanna go shopping!!! :((((((
    MIsss you!!! Seee you back in Perth!!!! Soonn!!!!!

  3. I know exactly what you mean! I got back from a 3 week SE Asia trip recently, where I moved every few days, and I had the same experience. The trip was amazing, but exhausting!

  4. Lucent Imagery – As much as possible we’ve made sure that some of our rest days are in nice places – in some of the hostels we’ve stayed in, I wanted to be out of the room as much as possible! Thanks for reading along :)

    Wei & Trinh – Haha I like how obvious it is who wrote which paragraph! You guys have a lot longer to go, so make sure you give yourselves time to relax :) Trinh I left most of my non-essential shopping til the last few days, you should do that too! I’ve only been showing photos of the nicest of our accommodations, didn’t bother taking photos of the really dingy hostels haha. So don’t worry we’re not this luxurious all the time!

    Kylie – It’s so hard in trips that are only a few weeks, because you feel like you really need to make the most of it and see EVERYTHING! But of course that’s impossible. I think that regular rest days are going to be a constant travelling thing for me for anything longer than a few days now.

  5. I’m surprised you haven’t been able to find cold and flu tablets. Just look for the green chemist sign everywhere and easy to access. I’ve travelled all over Europe and never had that problem so just interested really!

    I love that photo gorgeous. I would never say 10 days in Barcelona is a waste. I spent 7 days there last year out of a 3 week holiday and it was brilliant. Enjoy.

  6. Looks like I’m catching your blog just at the end of your travels! We’re just about to do exactly what you guys did, we’re travelling long term for about seven months and like you I don’t really consider it as a holiday (except for the odd weekend or week here and there). I’m super excited to go and we’re staying in places between two to sixteen weeks so lots of admin/rest and plenty of work time.

    I’m looking forward to going through your posts and see how I can pick your brain!

  7. Indi – I think I tried in the Netherlands and Germany then gave up… I asked for cold & flu tablets, but they’d ask me for specific symptoms and then suggest a different drug for each one (one for throat, one for runny nose, one for headaches…). Very different to the UK where they just handed over the proper medicine with the pseudoephedrine, no questions asked!

    Garmisch – How exciting – 7 months is a good long time, so definitely take your time with it! Please email me or hit me up on Twitter if you have any questions, always happy to answer :)

  8. normally for your symptoms you could take paracetamol, aspririn or ibuprofen. Indeed each country packages medications differently and has different expectations, but you can find Vicks flu all over Europe (ibuprofen plus pseudoephedrine). I am sure there are also other brands

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