TRAVEL BURNOUT!

Traveling the world is an absolute dream for many, myself included. Quite often I have to pinch myself and ask is this real? Is this really happening? I’m traveling and living the life I’ve always wanted to so why am I not feeling excited today? Why am I not feeling motivated to go out and explore?

This, my friend, is known as travel burnout. It’s a real thing! I’m seven weeks into my current trip and I don’t have an end date planned yet (I’m just going with the flow as per usual), but I’m finding myself craving the one thing in the world that I dislike the most – routine.

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I’ve spent the last three weeks here in Vietnam. It’s my first time in this country and I have absolutely fallen head over heels in love! The people, the food, the culture and way of life here is so unique and different to what I have experienced before. Up until yesterday morning I was loving every minute but I woke up in the morning and had suddenly just had enough.

I didn’t feel like I could face the language barrier, I was feeling anxious to simply go downstairs and order a coffee, and I was missing my comfortable bed at home.  I felt like I was being ungrateful to be able to have this opportunity to travel the world.

So what exactly is the problem? I’m experiencing travel burnout. My typical travel style is very slow, staying in one place and learning and absorbing as much as I can about it. I’m not one to visit a city for the day and move on – I want to really experience a place – and the last two weeks especially I have just been go go go.

I’ve covered a lot of coastline in the last fortnight. I haven’t stayed in one place more than two or three nights. I’ve travelled on overnight buses with minimal sleep which contributes to feeling tired and irritable.

So what am I doing to solve the problem? I’m stopping!

Not stopping traveling of course! I won’t stop until I’ve visited every single country – that is my mission. But stopping for now. I’ve found myself in a town called Ninh Binh in the north of Vietnam. I only have a week of my visa left and had planned to: explore around here, a nearby town called Tam Coc, experience a cruise on Ha Long Bay and hit the streets of Hanoi but I just can’t squeeze all of that into a week!

I’ve decided to stay put in the hostel I’m currently staying in for the next week until my visa expires and do absolutely nothing. Apart from food and coffee I’ve barely left my room. I feel like the best thing for me to do right now is to stay put in one place and pull myself and my motivation back together.

Having a little time off from seeing new things and exploring new places will definitely reignite my wanderlust. I just wouldn’t enjoy myself if I experienced Ha Long Bay today or wandered around Hanoi – I need a timeout.

I know this may sound like I’m complaining about nothing, or “first world problems” but I don’t see the point in going outside and appreciating and understanding a new place if I’m not feeling up to it that day. I’m not doing myself or the country I’m in any favours if my heart is not fully 100% in it – and I know Vietnam deserves my total attention and curiosity.

My plan for now is to stay put and start getting excited for my next country: Laos! Vietnam will still be here in a months time – I’m intending to come back here after Laos with a renewed passion and excitement to see the things I still want to see here plus even more.

I came across this cool article by Adventurous Kate talking about burning out while traveling which inspired me to get it off my chest here. Check it out for more including some ideas on what to do if you’re experiencing it.

Have you ever experienced travel burnout? Can you relate to what I’m feeling? Hit me up in the comments below or on Twitter @gdaymatejohn so I know I’m not the only one 🙂

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TOUR OF “THE ROCKS” | SYDNEYS HISTORICAL PRECINCT

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G’Day Guys! This week i got to explore “The Rocks” – an historical neighborhood of laneways around the Sydney Harbour Bridge!

The area has markets including street food and handmade fashions as well as being home to some of the oldest pubs in Sydney! Check out the video below to explore more!

THESE 5 PHOTOS WILL MAKE YOU PACK YOUR BAGS FOR BANGKOK!

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One of the first things that comes to mind when someone says Bangkok to me is the street food scene! If you don’t already know I’m telling you – it’s amazing! Any time day or night you can grab a bite to eat at the thousands upon thousands of street food vendors scattered along Bangkoks busy streets. This stunning photo was taken by Xavier Portella.

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The Temple of Dawn (also known as Wat Arun) is truly a spectacular sight to lay your eyes on. From a distance some might say it’s simply another temple sitting alongside the river – but the magic is in the detail and once your up close you can’t help but be captivated by it’s beauty. I couldn’t find the photographer for this shot but i came across it on this website: http://hdrcreme.com/photos/57930-bangkok-river-temple-night-shot-

Tuktuk in Bangkok, Thailand, by freelance travel photographer Matthew Williams-Ellis

Your first tuk tuk ride anywhere in Asia will always be memorable – but there’s something extra special about zooming around Bangkok as you hold on for dear life in the back of one of these things. This epic shot was taken by Matthew Williams-Ellis – check out more of his work here: http://www.matthewwilliams-ellis.com/gallery/thailand-travel-photography/

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Another absolutely gorgeous shot by Xavier Portella. My favourite thing about arriving in any city is wandering the streets. Nothing does more to immerse you in the vibe of a new city than getting lost within it.

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And finally amid all the confusion and chaos, the hustle and bustle one of the highlights of your day could simply be stumbling upon a picture perfect scene like this. Bangkok will probably teach you many things but for me it taught me to appreciate simply stopping for a second and really taking the scene in. I believe this shot was taken by Stefano Ferro – check out more here: https://mel365.com/crazy-traffic-in-bangkok-best-places-to-make-a-photo/

I hope these photos have inspired you to make your way to Bangkok – i 100% recommend it and can’t wait to get back there at some point this year hopefully. If you have any fave photos of Bangkok tell me about them in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter @gdaymatejohn

 

 

NYE SYDNEY! #BUCKETLIST

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Oh man! I think it’s safe to say i may have possibly had the best New Years Eve ever! One minute into the new year and i had already crossed one item of my bucketlist – watching the fire works over Sydney Harbour!

I has been planning to be in Sydney for New Years eve for like six months but it wasn’t really until a week or so before that it was all confirmed and happening, and boy am i glad that it all fell into place!

Check out the video i made from underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge and over at Cremorne Point on my youtube channel here.

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