One thing people rarely tell you about traveling, it wears you out. If the health app on my phone is correct, I’ve been walking 10+ miles a day. Then, I’m up past my normal bedtime, socializing with people that I’ve met. I can’t shake my early-bird habits, so I’m up by 7:00 each and every morning. I’ve been going, going, going.
This piece seems random, but I was inspired to write this after reading a comment that a fellow blogger left on a previous post…thanks for that 🙂 She said that although I was in Seville for four days, I didn’t tell my readers too much. I’m new to the blogging world, so for a second, I was in my feelings. I thought to myself, she’s right…I could’ve done more, I could’ve done a better job. I didn’t give away much in that post because I didn’t do much. Then I thought, wait, I’m not going to feel bad about that. I’m not one of those people who does it for the ‘gram, or in this case, for the blog.
To get from Lisbon to Seville, I took an overnight bus. I didn’t sleep much on the bus due to adulting; I had to deal with some things at home while navigating being six hours ahead of the east coast. So when I arrived in Seville, that first day was a wrap.
Even if I had slept on the bus ride, taking various modes of transportation just days apart can be taxing on your body. Sometimes, you just need a break from anything that requires physical or mental activity. In real life, I’m a person who likes to treat myself to those moments. When given the choice, I will Netflix and chill instead of leaving the house at least 6 times out of 10. So to be constantly traveling, constantly exploring, constantly engaging…it can be draining.
All that to say, traveling can result in being tired but people don’t tell you that. On the contrary, people often say, “You slept on your vacation?” “You didn’t see (insert x, y, and z)?” Yes, I slept. No, I didn’t make it to that attraction. And guess what, I’m not gonna feel guilty about it. I had a great experience, and I did it on my time.
So in case you never hear this again let me say…it’s okay to take that nap. It’s okay not to see everything. It’s okay to find a spot where you can chill and read, or binge watch a show. You don’t have to be Dora the Explorer 24/7.
What type of traveler are you? Always on the go, or do you indulge in some down time? Let me know in the comments. Also, to help you sleep better, I’m giving away a sleep mask. See the details below to enter.