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!