Travel is something that can spark the imagination, provide inspiration, and set you up for life-changing experiences. It can also be a major drag. And largely that depends on you—or how many enhanced pat-downs you’ve recently had to endure.
What happens when traveling stops being fun and starts getting a bit too real? What’s it mean when the rewarding aspects of travel outweigh the negatives? You may just have travel burnout.
Travel burnout can result from traveling too much, extending yourself for too long a time on the road, or simply because you pushed to travel when you really just weren’t in the mood in the first place.
When you stop gaining insights from your getaways and only come away more frustrated than before, then it’s high time to take a break from taking a break. Think of it this way: even the tastiest bar of chocolate will give you a stomachache if you eat too much.
From the compulsion to overplan to the aversion to meeting new people, or when the slightest hiccup can send you into a social media rage, here’s a handy list of warning signs that you might have travel burnout. Decide now if your next vacation should be a staycation.