There is a common misconception about traveling as a digital nomad. A lot of people seem to think that you need to see new places every few weeks. Doing this will likely be really exciting in the beginning. But after a while, what will happen is – You will sooner or later experience travel fatigue. Because for most people, this kind of lifestyle is not sustainable. It’s just too mentally taxing.
I really get it, you have said your goodbyes to mom, dad and aunt Mary, you have money in the bank and its finally time to get out there and see what this place that we call earth has to offer. But first hear me out…
Roughly a year ago I was traveling around southeast Asia for a few months. I had a long list of all the places I wanted to see. I even marked them all out on google maps to find the most optimal route. And I saw them all. I saw them, but I didn’t really experience them. I didn’t really have time to stop and appreciate the beauty of the place I was visiting. I’m sure I’m not the only one here who made that mistake… I basically acted like it was my last few months of this planet and that I had to see it all. As digital nomads we are able to make money on the road. Because of that, there is no time pressure to see it all before your hard earned, saved up money runs out. You can afford to take it easy.
Enter Slow Travel
Or turtle travel as I like to call it. The idea is simply to stay longer in each place. Instead of a few weeks you can stay for 2-12 months. The main factor that decides the length of these stays will likely be the visa situation. But a lot of the time you can do a visa run to extend your stay in a country. There are a few reasons why this style of travel will reduce travel fatigue:
Connect with people on a deeper level
When you are just meeting people for a short period of time its hard to get out of the surface level conversations. You are likely stuck to small talk like “Where are you from?”, “Oh, cool I would love to visit that place”, “So where are you heading next?”. In the long run something will be missing in your personal relationships, and that is that deep level of communication you can only really have with someone that you know well. Slow travel enables you to get to know local people in the area and that brings me to the next point
Experience the culture
When most people arrive to a new area they go on tripadvisor and pull up the list of “top 10 tourist attractions”. Think about yourself back in your hometown. When you are going out to do something fun with friends, do you pull up that tripadvisor list? I think not. Tourist attractions are things that locals usually stay away from like the plague. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fine to visit tourist attractions. But don’t forget that there is so much more to a place. In other words, you won’t truly experience what it’s like unless you venture out from the tourist areas.
Another great part about staying long enough to experience the culture is that you also have time to learn the language. Learning languages is one of the best ways to understand the culture and why the people do things or behave in a certain way.
Without the high costs of constantly moving around it’s much easier to live on a lower budget. You can rent an apartment with a monthly contract instead of hotels and airbnb. You will also spend far less money on flights and other transportation. As you get to know the place you are living in, you learn where you can get the best value for your money without getting scammed.
Last but not least I put relaxation. Everything just becomes a lot more peaceful without the stressful constant traveling. You get the chance to truly enjoy the lifestyle that being a digital nomad enables you to live. Without the travel fatigue that so many people experience. Take it easy, life is not a race.
At the end of the day, everyone travels in their own way. But this post was about giving some advice for people who are experiencing travel fatigue. If that is something you are currently experiencing, I encourage you to try slow travel. If you would like to learn more about being a digital nomad you can follow this link here.