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When you are constantly traveling, you can get burnt out. You avoid motivation. You forget why you are even living life on the road in the first place.
Burn out can come from decision fatigue-the constant need to make new decisions. Where to park, where to get food, where to get gas, where to get internet access. Most people go to the same places everyday so they don’t need to make these micro choices constantly. But when you travel, having to think on your feet at all times can be exhausting.
Here’s some tips to help you avoid burn out.
Create a routine and make it a habit.
Usually routines exist around eating. Eating is a habit most of us already have. When you are traveling on the road, it can become all too easy to forget to eat or eat at irregular times. It can make you feel out of control over time. Set a timer on your device for morning, noon, and evening so you can remember to eat at consistent times.
Other rituals can exist for the morning when you wake up and right before you go to bed. The book Miracle Morning explains that the first hour that you wake up is the most important. He stresses 6 habits in the acronym SAVERS: Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing (writing/journaling).
You don’t have to do ALL of the habits; choose the ones that benefit you and that make you feel more optimistic. I personally like to read and sketch. I also like silence first thing in the morning! What rituals or habits are you missing from your life that you think you’d benefit from?
Remember you are not alone.
One of the main reasons people stop the nomadic lifestyle is loneliness. If you are missing your family, send them postcards to the places you go to in order to let them know you are thinking of them. Or set up a time once a week to talk to them via video chat or phone call. I’m sure they want to hear from you just as much as you want to hear from them.
If you are seeking camaraderie, join social media and seek out people in the traveling, RV, van life sphere. Start a conversation over social media. Make sure to update your profile because most people won’t start a conversation online with someone that has a private account or has no photos. Share who you are and what you like to do. Share tips or advice. There are more people out there like you than you realize.
Find a purpose with creativity.
Most people consume rather than create. But everyone is creative. Unfortunately not everyone expresses it. Creativity is like a muscle that gets stronger with practice. When you finally express your creativity, you can find inner peace and happiness.
Making art and sketching has been my passion since I was a kid. I’ve always kept a sketchbook handy. When I paint something new, I feel a sense of inner peace. I like to urban sketch (sketch on location) during my travels.
Creativity comes in all forms: writing, photography, painting. Do it for yourself. And remember to share it! Don’t worry what other people will say. By sharing what you create, you can find like-minded people and maybe inspire someone else along the way.
Are you starting to burn out? Why?
How do you avoid burnout while traveling?