On the ferry to Mainland Mexico, we met a couple that worked as writers (one of them as a Travel Writer). When you are told to figure out what you are passionate about, they tell you to figure out the people in professions that you are jealous of. Well, for me, travel writing has always been one of those professions.
Again, I think the universe sent me these writers to show me what a travel writer is actually like in real life.
It’s like those actors or actresses that you pump up in your heads, that turn out to be just human like you and me. I feel like I had pumped up the life of a travel writer to astronomical proportions.
When we started chatting about life and its quirks, I realized that even though the writers were happy with their lot, they seemed to be tired of travelling. Maybe we caught them at a wrong time, maybe they were tired from the last few days, maybe they are normally really excited to be moving around all the time. Even if all those maybes are true, I would have to say that all that travelling had actually taken their toll on their enthusiasm for travel and all of that moving around. They actually said to us, that they were looking forward to going back home.
We definitely are only in the first leg of our travel – we have done maybe 60 days at most till now.
We are newbies at this, so we are not looking to compare ourselves to them, or berate them for their eagerness to go home. I just wanted to point this out to show people not all that glitters is gold. When you begin to travel for a profession, when your livelihood begins to depend on it, then travel becomes just like any other aspect of a job. It turns into a chore of sorts. It is the way of things with humans. We love doing something in the beginning, as its fresh and new. But after a while, everyone starts feeling the burnout, the freshness disappears, and you start feeling fatigue.
This may sound strange to people at home, but travelling for extended periods of time falls in the same category.
From time to time, we have started to feel fatigue from the constant movement, the constant unpacking and the constant change.
So far, the way we have dealt with this fatigue is to slow down. We stay in a place for about a week in an apartment, where we have a kitchen. We cook our own food, which kind of makes it feel like home. We get up in the morning, I do yoga and meditation every morning (like back home), I blog in the morning, Thenix sleeps in as he did back home, we have breakfast, we work on the blog, go for a walk, come back, take a little nap, eat something and then roam around about town or at the beach after the harsh sun has gone down a bit.
Somehow it is surprising for me to find out that humans need a little bit of routine, as without it we feel rudderless. It has made me realize that travel isn’t always about movement (which is what it has been for me till now), sometimes it’s also about slowing down and catching your breath. These realizations have, in a way, changed the whole trip for us. Our goal to reach Ushuaia isn’t as important anymore, making sure that we truly enjoy the places we go through along the way is.
– This post has been published in Mazatlan, Mexico.
If you haven’t heard of the Big Trip yet, you are in for a treat. Boom and Thenix are travelling to the southern most tip of South America, through the West Cost of US, Mexico and parts of South America and back up the East Coast. We are planning on leaving on or around June 21st. We have made a detailed budget for the trip and we have included it below for those of you who are curious about how much a trip like this would cost. We will travel for a total of 50,000 kms to around 22 countries. If you have any other questions about the trip please see our post on The Big Trip.