I never thought the day would come when I was sick of learning about new cities and new places. I realise I’m lucky to be able to travel as much as I do, and we’re really trying to make the most of our time abroad. Maybe, though, we’re trying to make too much of it. While wandering around the City Museum of Prague this past weekend, I had a fleeting thought.
If I look at one more bronze age dagger or ancient clay pot or burial ritual, I’m going to go out of my mind.
It was then I realised that maybe we’ve been hitting the museums too hard. Trying to soak up too much culture. I’ve visited so many castles, forts and ruins (and museums about them) that they start to look the same after a while. (I realise this sounds terrible, but I’m being honest). It made me think that maybe we need to reevaluate how we travel. We don’t need to be up early every morning to see the sights first and to feel like we need to see every sight in the city as efficiently as possible. Maybe, some of the culture can be soaked in over lazy afternoon cups of coffee (or beer, whatever).
So Lucas and I discussed our favourite experiences traveling. I realised that my best memories of places were generally not museums (although some are very cool) but the hands on and unique experiences we sought out. Things like traveling to the World Series of Darts, or when in Flam, kayaking the fjords, taking a pie making class in London, and pretty much every adventurous aspect of our Iceland trip were the most memorable. So maybe we need to look at destinations that fit what we enjoy the most and I need to feel less guilty about not seeing every museum and monument in a city.
Have you experienced travel burnout? What do you do to change things up?