If you previously loved travel, as many do, then a truly disappointing or boring vacation can sap away at that passion. You might think that you’ve lost that wanderlust or that you’ve experienced what travel has to offer. Of course, that’s not possible. There’s so much out there, that you will never truly be done with travel. You just have to change things up a little so you find the joy of it again.
Focus on the new
One of the problems that many ex-vacation lovers face is that they’re done with hotels, with beaches, and with lounging at the poolside. What might be relaxed bliss for some can become boring for others. Instead, start looking at finding authentic travel opportunities in your destination of choice. There are plenty of apps used by travel-lovers, spotting lesser known gems and exciting experiences you might otherwise miss.
Then again, the reason you might not be feeling your past enthusiasm is that taking care of yourself on holiday might have just become a new part of the routine. Especially if you’re travelling with others, like family members, it might just be doing the same things in a different location. Cooking, organising, making sure everyone has their sunscreen. Think about opting for luxury holiday options, spending a little more so that you can do a lot less, yourself.
Get your blood pumping
Sitting on your backside is going to wear thin after some time, no matter where you’re doing it. The sights are all the more beautiful when you work to see them, too. Active holidays are getting much more popular as people realise that trips like cycle challenges around the world offer them a much more comprehensive exploration of the area around them. It really gives you the feeling of adventure to not just see it all from a car window but to hike, climb, and pedal your way through the country.
Make dead time alive again
Dead time is an unfortunately mandatory part of many holidays. You’ll have it when you’re queuing at the airport, waiting for transport, for admission to a restaurant or attraction, and so on. Practicing mindfulness and a little people watching in a distant land can be a particularly interesting way to get face-to-face with the culture and the differences of everyday life in a new place, however.
Tell your story
It can become hard to really hold onto the positive moments and fun surprises of a vacation as you put a little distance between yourself and the events. For some, taking photographs can be a way to keep the memory fresh, to better remember the stories, and transport yourself back to the mindset you had at the time. Others prefer to blog, others write in their journals, others talk about it with their friends. If you tell the story, however, you’re much more likely to keep that emotional journey alive and to get much more enjoyment from your travels.
If you’re sick of spending time in hotels, restaurants, or lounging on the beach, then try something new. Cycle the countryside. Splurge on a little luxury. Focus on the new and getting out of your comfort zone. Even options that don’t immediately jump out at you can be more fulfilling if just for the novelty factor.
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