This is one of those questions people often wonder but never really ask… Will you get bored while you’re travelling? It’s not very fashionable is it, travel is supposed to be the highlight of your life, experiencing some of the most incredible things ever! In all honesty though, from my experience the answer to this is, sometimes yes. And here’s a few reasons why…
1 – Long Journeys
I struggle to find anyone that says they love sitting on a plane for 12 hours. Actually I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who does, I seem to be in the minority for ‘not minding it that much’… The truth of it is, travel by its nature will involve a lot of time getting from A to B, by plane, train, boat, car, tuktuk, canoe, horse, camel… whatever. It’s strangely one of those things people don’t tend to think about that much until they realise they’re not going to be able to do and see everything they want without spending a lot of time on the road or in the air.
2 – Time to yourself
There will also be times where you won’t be around people, don’t want to be around people, or where you have downtime between doing one thing or another. You are never going to have the energy to keep going full throttle for months and months, and my advice is even to take the odd few days here and there to just chill out otherwise you’ll burn yourself out. In these times you may get bored, without a new experience to have, place to see, or person to meet.
3 – At some point the novelty of certain things will wear off…
Now this is probably the most debatable of the points here… But at some point whilst travelling you get used to it, you adapt and you’ve seen quite a lot of things. I’m by no means saying you will get bored of travelling itself (although you might), but I’m saying after seeing 10 temples in South East Asia, you might not want to see another 10, having swam in waterfalls in various countries, you might have had enough of waterfalls, or having been to idyllic beaches in different continents, you might be fed up of the sand. I think if you have a lot of anything, naturally you will get used to it and it will become the norm, and you may even get bored of it.
Advice for keeping the boredom away
Like with anything, to keep travel interesting, try to mix up what you’re doing occasionally. Naturally we always settle into our comfort zone somewhere or in a certain environment, but it can be good to shake things up a bit occasionally and see what the next place has in store. For those times where you’ll be travelling solo or stuck on a plane for hours on end, try to make sure you have a few different forms of entertainment rather than just one. I personally loved audio books whilst travelling, especially while walking around solo, it was really nice to have something to listen to when there wasn’t anyone else travelling with me. Especially when that someone is Stephen Fry narrating Harry Potter, but that’s beside the point.
Have you got any tips for keeping entertained in the slower times of travel?