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Any advice for someone...
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)14:42 UTC+1 No.856991 Report

Any advice for someone that's considering going home early? I've been traveling in Europe for five weeks and my flight home isn't supposed to leave for another two months, but I'm thinking of rebooking it. Travelling is starting to seem kind of pointless, and I have to force myself to go out. I can't explain it, but I wish I could work on something right now.
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)15:00 UTC+1 No.856998 Report

Try going with a volunteer program somewhere.. Always lots of fun to be had with other volunteers there.
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)15:26 UTC+1 No.857006 Report

Hi anon, what have you done so far? What has been your itinerary so far? Some people coming to Europe abuses of cities. I can give advice on alternative stuff that might appeal more to you
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)15:30 UTC+1 No.857007 Report

Go to a hostel and make some friends.
Or just volunteer somewhere like the other Anon said.

What kind of "work" do you want to do?
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)15:49 UTC+1 No.857013 Report


I did the same thing with a 6 month trip to NZ. Came home after a little over 4 months. I just felt tired of the travelling. After seeing 5 waterfalls the 6th just isn't that impressive anymore. I also got this really strong feeling of wanting to do some productive. Like you said: work on something. I couldn't handle just sitting around and enjoying myself for that long a time.
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)16:13 UTC+1 No.857020 Report

I've been travelling through Morocco, Spain, and Portugal, staying in hostels. Meeting people, eating, drinking, seeing the sights, and also doing stuff like surfing, swimming and kayaking
Exactly as the poster
said, something productive, though it seems like he's lasted longer than I have. Build something, or learn something, or practise my hobbies.
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)16:34 UTC+1 No.857024 Report

Think about it this way. You have the rest of your life to do those things, but only these few months to relax and explore.
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)16:42 UTC+1 No.857032 Report

I suppose, but it doesn't seem worth it if my hearts not in it anymore.
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)16:52 UTC+1 No.857039 Report


That's just not true. You can relax and explore your entire life.
It's silly to do something you aren't enjoying, just because you feel you 'should' be doing it.
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)16:55 UTC+1 No.857043 Report

Old man here -- I can confirm lifelong opportunities to explore and relax.

Of course, "lifelong" is pretty variable...
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)17:18 UTC+1 No.857053 Report

how depressing
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)17:24 UTC+1 No.857054 Report

Thanks old man for your old man wisdom. To future adventures!
Meh, I've solved my present ennui by getting drunk and cooking while listening to Solar Fields. It seems to be working. OP out!
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)17:30 UTC+1 No.857056 Report

more power to you. keep going, for me!
I need this
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)18:12 UTC+1 No.857070 Report

If you want to do something good, go wander the old parts of the city, find an old granny who just made some shopping, and offer to carry her bags.

Just try it. You will get free soup guaranteed.
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)18:31 UTC+1 No.857077 Report

I like soup, and will definitely try this next time I am traveling.
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)19:03 UTC+1 No.857084 Report

that's a lot of garlic
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)19:09 UTC+1 No.857089 Report

Where are you from? Where you at now?
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)19:18 UTC+1 No.857094 Report

Hell yeah it is
Canada, in Lisbon right now
Anonymous 06/03/14(Tue)22:11 UTC+1 No.857148 Report

This is why I bring along my camera with me. I never get bored when I have it because if I'm bored I can always just go out and snap photos and then come back to process them.

OP, if you enjoy cooking, maybe look for some cooking classes in Portugal, or maybe look at wwoofing at some farm that would let you get into the local cuisine.
Anonymous 06/04/14(Wed)00:11 UTC+1 No.857187 Report

>I can always just go out and snap photos and then come back to process them.

So you spend 45 minutes locked in the bathroom, use-up all the hot water, and leave duct tape residue on the windowsills and door jambs.
I bet the Hostel people love you.
Anonymous 06/04/14(Wed)00:19 UTC+1 No.857188 Report

>never heard of photoshop/lightroom
>still posts this smart ass comment on the interwebs
>the city of you
Anonymous 06/04/14(Wed)21:17 UTC+1 No.857534 Report

So OP, tell us about the soup. Was it good?
Anonymous 06/04/14(Wed)21:48 UTC+1 No.857550 Report

cool thread. uplifting. not op, but i'd like some advice on alternative things to do in europe if you're still in here
Anonymous 06/04/14(Wed)22:06 UTC+1 No.857554 Report

Anonymous 06/04/14(Wed)23:56 UTC+1 No.857597 Report

Is that in Aveiro?
Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)00:51 UTC+1 No.857615 Report

I had the same feel as you OP, but it didn't happen to me until about 2 months in. I would suggest trying to get involved in something beyond just sightseeing. Maybe take a class in something, do some work (paid or otherwise).
Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)01:32 UTC+1 No.857625 Report

I feel the same way when i travel OP.

I tend to struggle doing more than 1 month, then i want to get back to my job and comfort of my home.
Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)11:13 UTC+1 No.857754 Report

No soup was had unfortunately.>>857597
Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)15:50 UTC+1 No.857816 Report

Every cubicle monkey has these fantasies about endless travel but they don't realize how boring being idle is after a month. Maybe settle down somewhere nice and take language classes.
Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)15:52 UTC+1 No.857817 Report

Hey OP! Hike the Camino de Santiago de Compostela!!!
>I hiked 450km in 19 days and it was the most fun that I have ever had!!!
>http://www.caminoadventures.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way_of_St._James
>You need to pack on 3 days worth of cloths, a sleeping bag, etc... Make sure your feet are taken care of because they are the most important thing on the trail!
Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)15:59 UTC+1 No.857820 Report

Message me if you want more advise or help. I traveled for 1.5 months in Spain and Portugal alone and I couldn't get enough or see everything! Everywhere is cheap because of the economic crisis as well so it won't be hard to have fun.
Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)16:44 UTC+1 No.857837 Report

No it's not. I can see it getting boring after a long time if all you do is "relax" but if you actually do fun and/or productive things on your travels it will not get boring. You have to set yourself goals and interact with the locals, do local things. I think just going to a beach and then going for a walk in the jungle can be kinda boring but if you mix it with taking language/cooking classes or doing some volunteering or going doing something locals do on their time off, you will not get bored.

Keep a blog and force yourself to write every day. That way you will also force yourself to go out there and do fun things to fill up those blog pages.
Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)17:32 UTC+1 No.857853 Report

I don't agree with the other guy, but having to force yourself and set up arbitrary goals to keep from getting bored doesn't sound fun at all.

You make it sound as if traveling is another boring job where people can't wait to get home to plop down infront of the telly with a microwave dinner
Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)19:17 UTC+1 No.857878 Report

How are these arbitrary goals? Lets say your goals are to learn to cook at least 1 local dish in each country/region you go to. If you're into cooking, that will be something you enjoy doing and look forward to doing it. Plus it's productive because you actually learn something.

You're not going to have the time of your life every single day of your travels. It's different to travel short and long term, long term travel needs to have some guidelines because it's more likely that you're not going to a new place constantly and getting new amazing experiences every day like you would on a short trip with a packed itinerary. Those socks need cleaning once a week, right? That's something you have to consider when traveling over a long period.
Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)19:57 UTC+1 No.857884 Report

>How are these arbitrary goals?
Because you're setting them up not because you want to do them, but because you feel the need for something that fills the time.

You're not at work fighting deadlines and this isn't The Amazing Race. You don't have to learn how to 'cook 1 local dish' before you can move on to the next stage.

If you want to learn to cook, go learn to cook.
If your socks need washing, wash your socks.
Do things you're passionate about.
You shouldn't need to force yourself into doing something that you're truly passionate about.

If you feel the need to contribute like OP did, just volunteer somewhere.
But don't set up some goal like 'volunteering twice a month' just because you're scared of running out of things to do.
Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)22:43 UTC+1 No.857927 Report

I'm gonna second this. It's extremely expensive, and the volunteering is a bit bullshit, but travelling with a group of fresh faces is a lot of fun
Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)23:18 UTC+1 No.857940 Report

what the fuck
Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)23:44 UTC+1 No.857946 Report

You still don't get it. You seem to think that setting up goals means you force yourself to do something you don't want to do. Have you ever traveled long term? Eventually you get kinda jaded and if you don't keep up with trying to find new things to do all the places you've been to blend together and it just becomes boring same old same old. If you make goals for yourself you always have something to look forward to and something to motivate and keep you going.
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