Episode 7: Reverse Culture Shock

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We feel like most people know about culture shock, but maybe a less talked about part of traveling is when you come home and experience reverse culture shock.

 

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Reverse Culture Shock The Rambling Gals Podcast

So let’s paint a picture. You’ve just returned home from a 2 month trip where you made new friends from around the world, experienced new cultures, maybe you learned a lot about yourself, and figured out how to rely on yourself for the first time and overall you've had the best time in your life. It's basically been a new adventure every day!

getting used to your new destination

Usually when you've been out and about in the world for awhile, you'll start to have some sort of routine which you've become comfortable with and gotten used to.

After a while you've adjusted to how to get around, you're getting the hang of speaking the local language a little bit, you have a favorite cafe or food you really love. And it's starting to feel familiar to you. And it alllways seems like right around the time you start getting the hang of things, it's about time to go home.

Headed home

Annnd now you’re home and you have to go back to work or school and your regular life. And nobody really asks how your trip was and if they do, well, they’re not really listening and they don’t really care. Sooo welcome to reverse culture shock, it is terrible.

The reverse culture shock comes when you have to leave the NEW environment you’ve gotten used to and back to your same old life and routine.

You feel things like; boredom, restlessness, sadness or depressed, irritated with things about your own culture, uneasy, lonely, missing the people/places/new friends and a whole bunch of other things. 

It's kinda like the feeling of, " this time last month I was sippin' wine in France" and now you're just plopped back down into your regular life. And it sort of feels like you never even left. 

Nobody cares that you traveled

After we traveled for the first time and just had the most amazing experience and came home, we were SO excited to share it with other people and talk about it and show people pictures and people were pretty much not interested. There were a few people who at least pretended they were interested, which was nice of them, but for the most part, people would ask the, “ohhh how was your trip, what was your favorite place?” and then we would talk to about 30 seconds and then the had that look on their face of like glazed over eyes and just nodding along, so usually we would just stop talking.

How to deal

We have found having another trip to look forward to always helps! Even if it is way, wayyyy in the future. And we usually feel restless and get antsy when we have nothing to plan, or look forward to.

 Having someone to reminisce with about this stuff is helpful, and we do ALL the time. Or at least, if you have other people in your life that have traveled or are interested in traveling, sometimes those people at least will listen to you!

Getting involved with other travelers also helps, whether it's online or in-person. It's just like any other interest or hobby, being surrounded with like-minded people helps to ease reverse culture shock, and also give you a little community of travel friends!

Breakdown:

What is reverse culture shock     [00:02:50]

Talking to family and friends about your travels   [00:07:36]

Finding a community of like-minded people   [00:10:05]

Episode 6: Hostel Etiquette + What It's Really Like

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Staying in hostels is one of our favorite ways to travel. It allows us to save money, and our most favorite part, is making friends from all over the world. Today's episode goes over a few common things we see from other travelers which makes me think they're a real a jerk, and a quick look into what it's like staying in one.

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What staying in hostels is actually like

When we tell people who have never stayed in budget accommodations that we stay in hostels, we usually get the face of... "ohhhh that sounds dirty and disgusting." BUT, there are some amazing hostels that are wonderfully clean and the bathrooms are spacious and nice with really cool common rooms, and good sized rooms!

There are quite a lot of misconceptions about what it's like staying in a hostel, and really, it is one of our favorite ways to travel. We met the majority of our future friends at these types of accommodations because most people there are like-minded and also wanting to meet new people from around the world. 

Especially if you're on a budget, hostels are a wonderful option and can help you cut costs so you can spend more on the parts of your trip that are more than just a place to sleep. 

Common Areas

In most hostels there are common areas to spend time with new friends and have a little downtime. In many of the places we stay , there are kitchens, living room areas, deck space with chairs or hammocks, a bar or restaurant area, and sometimes a movie room. These are great spaces outside of the room which allow you to have all the amenities you may need. 

Hostels usually have a pretty wide variety of room types and often have an option to get a private room. Obviously, the more people you are sharing a room with, the cheaper the price will be per night. In rooms which you are sharing with 12 or so other people, it is typically bunk beds in a pretty good sized room. And there are lockers to place your luggage and belongings into where you can put a lock on your stuff when you head out for the day. 

These common areas are perfect for meeting new people, and we have met plenty of our travel friends in these areas. 

We feel like hostels maybe don't have the best reputation just based on how people assume they will be. We do plenty of research on the potential hostels we want to stay at using the website HostelWorld where they are very thorough with what the hostel is like and you can read reviews and see photos and all that! 

Not being a jerk

If you have ever had a roommate, or just shared any space with any other human ever, you should have an idea of how to not being a jerk in a hostel.

Simple things like NOT turning on the light for the entire room of 12 people on at 4 in the morning because you have an early flight. That has actually happened to us on several occasions. 

Packing your bag the night before you leave early in the morning so the entire room doesn't have to hear you rummaging around, opening and closing your locker over and over and in general, being a noisy asshole when the rest of the room is sleeping!

Don't forget you're sharing a room with people who may be jet-lagged or had an early morning and long day of sightseeing, so sometimes there's people napping in the room throughout the day. This doesn't mean you have to stay out of the room, just be considerate of the person who may have just been on a 12 hour flight and it's 3 in the morning for them!

I feel like I shouldn't have to say these things, but all these things have happened to us and I sincerely have NO explanation for why anyone is doing these things! 

Now, don't let these things deter you from staying in a hostel! It is seriously SO much fun, and a perfect way to meet other travelers and make memories and friends that you'll never forget. 

Breakdown: 

Being thorough with your research of potential hostels                 [00:01:15]

Common etiquette for staying in a hostel                                               [00:04:10]

Sharing common areas with other travelers                                          [00:08:51]

What it's really like staying in a hostel                                                       [00:15:22]

Episode 5: Common Travel Mistakes + How to Avoid Them

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Hey, hey! Welcome to today’s episode. We’re talking mistakes today, something that we are very well versed in. There’s a lot to say as far as taking the steps to be as prepared as possible, but there is always other shit that comes up. Today we’ll be talking about some common travel mistakes that we've personally made, as well as some we’ve seen others make, and some good steps to take minimize these common mistakes!

So let’s get in here and breakdown some of these and give some alternatives to help avoid these mistakes!

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1. Over or Under Scheduling

over-scheduling

We cannot say enough about the topic of over-planning, and it is a critical error many first-time travelers make. In fact, this is one of our biggest hurdles to overcome when we plan for people's first trips. They want to do everyyyyything. Like everything. If their train is passing through a city that they have heard of, they want to get off and explore that town for a few hours and then carry on. The problem here is people over-estimate what they'll be able to do, AND the amount of time it takes to travel from destination to destination. 

For example, if you have a 2 hour train ride to your next destination in Europe, yes the train ride is a quick one. But it does not include getting from your accommodations to the train station, finding the right platform and train in a place where you cannot speak the language or read the signs, and getting off the train in your new destination and having to figure out how to get to your next accommodation. So yes, the train ride was 2 hours, but by the time you settle into your next place, half the day is gone. And God forbid you miss your 4 minute connection to the next train, you'll be hanging around trying to figure out where to buy a ticket for whenever the next one comes. 

I cannot emphasize this enough, and we see this so, SO often. Yes, it's exciting being there and we completely understand wanting to see as much as possible. It is incredibly tempting, but I promise you, you will be a much, much happier traveler if you stick to a reasonable amount of plans. 

under scheduling

And the same goes for under-planning. If you do little to no research, you'll be pissed at yourself, too. Because you won't understand how to take local transportation, or you'll miss out on things you would have loved to have seen that you easily could have done. 

2. packing

This is a friggin' doozy; and on our very first trip, we made this one. Even though we each only brought a carry-on for our nearly 3 month long trip, the items we packed we're exactly as practical as we needed them to be and we still had some pieces that went unused.

Over-packing

Over-packing will be the bane of your existence on your trip. Because guess who has to haul all that shit around? You do! And we promise you, you'll be pissed and hot and tired AND having to freaking lug around 3 huge bags is just about the last thing you'll want to do. 

We have a kind of rule for packing; each item has to have at least TWO purposes. This means we bring cozy shorts that we can wear during the day and dress up a little bit AND they can function as pajamas. Or a t-shirt that you can throw a necklace over, pair with jeans and sneakers AND it has to be a shirt you can go for a hike in. Rarely do we bring something which only serves us one purpose. If we want to bring a fancier outfit, or a romper we make sure it's something that we can wear many times. 

An example: I usually bring ONE fancier/going-out outfit. If it's a skirt and a cute top, that serves as pretty much my only going-out outfit, so I make sure it's something more subtle (not bright red) and that I have another shirt that would also look fine with the skirt AND some other bottoms that looks good with the top. 

Everyone knows they over-pack, but really taking that extra time to make sure each and EVERY item you bring is going to serve multiple purposes for you is the key.

We've seen other traveling women bring 3 different pairs of high heels/boots for going out, and a pair of sneakers and a pair of hiking boots, and sandals and a pair of rain boots, and we're here to tell you, that's wayyyy too fucking much, friend. The same thing goes for shoes, the shoes you're bringing need to serve you more than one purpose. For example: bring sandals you can pair with a dress AND that are comfortable for walking around all day in jeans with. 

I shit you not, we usually only bring 2 pairs of shoes with us. So I bring a pair of black running shoes, and depending on where we're going...either hiking boots, or sandals. This will also help you work on being able to pull off a European look of jeans and sneakers... And obviously, yes I'd love to bring a pair of shoes for every possible occasion, but you will be thanking yourself later when you don't have to lug around an entire separate suitcase full of your damn shoes.

Packing the wrong stuff

While we pack very, very lightly, we sometimes end up packing the wrong things. So we have brought pants that weren't exactly the most practical and we ended up leaving them behind. Or, we've brought kind of odd clothes that we thought we would wear more than we actually did, and we left those behind too and bought different stuff wherever we were to bring with us for the rest of the trip. 

So just make sure when you are packing that you're bringing the RIGHT stuff, the right shoes, the right shirts and jacket, and everything else. If your aim is to pack lightly, ensuring you do this so important; you want everything you bring to be useful, there's no room for fluff!

3. Not researching transportation

We've gotten much better at this one, but we made our fair share of this mistake. While using public transportation can definitely prove challenging, it is almost always the least expensive way to get around. It's always much, much easier to just call a cab right when you arrive, or anytime you need to make your way about the destination you're in, but there are many times when you can take public transportation for just a few bucks rather than $30-40 for that same cab ride. 

It's also a great way to get around many cities and gives you a real sample of what the destination is like. 

4. Eating Crappy Food

This one we've done more than we can count. We usually head out for the day after breakfast and get so preoccupied doing what ever we're doing that we don't think about food until we're both fast approaching hangry (hungry-angry, for those who don't know) and we end up stopping at the first place that serves a hot meal. 

Obviously, one of the great parts about traveling is eating the food and having the drinks from that particular destination, and we have missed out on so many amazing meals because we wait too long and don't do our research. And by research, we don't mean you need to look up a place for every single meal and plan it out, but certainly putting some effort into neighborhoods that may have some good street food and restaurants will get you a long way.

5. Phone + Technology

This one is essentially just making sure you're phone will work for you how you want it to. So depending on your cell phone provider, look into getting the International Data plan, or texting package you may need.  We've made the mistake of trying to text and call with family members and not having the texting plan we needed and consequently paying a much higher bill for that month. 

6. Documents + Medications

Make sure you have the RIGHT documents, if you need a Visa for the country you'll be visiting, make sure you have that Visa. 

Don't wait until the very last minute to apply for your passport and then have to expedite it; this is already a hefty expense and waiting until the last minute will cost you many more dollars than you had planned on.  In conjunction with this, bring a printed copy of those important documents, because should you lose, or have them stolen, you'll be happy to at least have a paper copy of them. We also take a picture of our documents and put them in our Google Drive so we can access them anywhere as long as we have wifi. 

As far as medications, bring the things you know you may need. It may be harder to get them where you're going, and it may be way easier. But at least you'll know for sure you'll have access to them if you just bring them. We always bring Ibuprofen, Midol and some other essentials just because it's easier sometimes than hunting down a pharmacy when you're not feeling great. 

7. Money

Let your bank know where and when you'll be traveling. And even before you get there, you may need to call your bank and let them know when you're buying things in preparation for the trip, like International Flights, making train reservations in another country, or booking tours. We've had our card denied on many of these occasions because our banks thought it was a tad weird we were buying flights to Sweden when we had never used our card Internationally before. 

In regards to the amount of money you'll need on a daily basis...don't carry too much! There's no reason you need to be walking around with thousands of dollars on you. There are ATM's available nearly everywhere where you can draw out any cash you many want or need. We've found that just using our bank cards and having small amounts of cash on us has worked best. SO don't make me nervous with that wallet-full of cash. 

8. Laundry

Don't forget you can do laundry during your trip! This also helps to aid in the light packing, as you can bring your essentials and just wash them as needed throughout your trip. Just make sure to do a tad bit of planning on about when in the trip you'll be doing laundry and find a good place near where you'll be staying. 

We've made the mistake of waiting until we were kind of desperate for clean clothes, that we took our laundry to get done for wayyy more expensive than we had seen it in our previous destination... so do a little bit of planning ahead here. 

9. Etiquette 

We've talked about this one so many times already, but making sure you are aware of some culture norms and have a basic understanding of proper etiquette in the places you'll be visiting is so crucial. For example, the waiters in restaurants in America are expected to be very friendly and check-in on you throughout the meal and the check arrives usually before you've finished you're meal. You will not have this same experience in very many other places, BUT this doesn't mean the service is subpar or the waiter is rude....it is simply different. You will largely be left alone to enjoy your meal and company, and if you need something from the waiter, it's your job to politely wave them over and ask. 

Knowing some basic etiquette in the destination you'll be traveling to is so, so crucial.

 

Breakdown

How to strike the balance between over-planning + under-planning    [00:02:20]

The importance of doing your research on local transportation              [00:04:02]

The difference between over-packing and packing the wrong things   [00:09:40]

How to protect your travel documents and make sure you have back-ups [00:16:03]

Episode 4: Prioritizing Travel

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Episode 4 already, I can hardly believe it! On today's episode we're talking about the importance of prioritizing travel and a few steps you can take in your daily life if you want to travel more.

You can also check out our recent YouTube video on the same topic here: Prioritizing Travel

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Why Luck Has Nothing To Do With It

We hear about people who travel that they’re just really lucky to be able to do that, but really luck doesn’t have as much to do with it as many people think. Sure, we can make the argument that a certain amount of luck was involved in so much as being born in the United States, being able to speak English and a few other factors that was pure luck for us. However when we speak of luck in this capacity, we're talking about people that have the same, or more, capability to travel as we do...and don't.

Because when we speak of luck, it certainly wasn't luck who saved money specifically for travel.

And it wasn’t luck that allowed me to deliberately move into a less expensive house to save money.

And it wasn’t lady luck herself who went through all of my expenses, down to toothpaste and toilet paper to find where I could be cutting expenses for an upcoming trip. 

And it definitely wasn’t luck who bought my plane tickets and did all the research to get me there.

So the key has truly been to the change of making travel a priority in my life. And this is something that Audriana and I have both worked toward doing over the last few years. This is not to say travel is the number one priority in either of our lives, or that it needs to be the number one priority in YOUR life to be feasible either. Our relationships with family and friends, our pets, and our work is still more important. But the change has been in all the other, teeny-tiny areas of life that have allowed us to travel as often as we do.

the key to accomplishing any goal is to prioritize it

As with nearly any goal we may set for ourselves, whether it be to write a book or learn French this year, the key to actually reaching those goals is to make it a priority. 

When I take a look at my daily life, for example, I can see that each day I do several things that align with the goal of traveling more. Here are a few examples of those things:
 

1. Consuming travel content

This includes everything from listening to other travel podcasts, reading books about certain destinations, watching documentaries & TV shows/movies, reading blogs from other travelers, attending travel conferences, and following other people in the travel industry on every social media. 

Obviously just doing these things alone will not get you to your goal, but there is something to be said about surrounding yourself with like-minded people. Surrounding yourself with information pertinent to your overall goal not only helps you to stay motivated and knowledgeable, but also influences the way you think throughout the day. 

Although these are small things you can do everyday, like listening to a travel podcast, it can help you stay on track throughout the day because you're already thinking about something that relates to your goal.

My example: Every morning I watch a short video or listen to a podcast from Gary Vaynerchuk. If you don't know him, you gotta go look him up. He's basically just a firecracker of an entrepreneur and  he gives me a kick in the ass every morning to get to work. It sets a tone for my workday, or weekend, Christmas, or whenever I'm not a hundred percent in the mood to bust my ass, and I put Gary on and he tells me to stop being a ninny and get to work. And I say, "okkkkkkay Gary, can't a lady take a day off?!" and then I get out my laptop and get to work. 

As I have a goal of building a successful business, surrounding myself with content that helps me out, is crucial. 

Find the people wrapped up in your goal, and absolutely drown yourself in it and you'll be one step closer to making your goal a priority. 

2. How you spend your money

This is crucial. If you go out to dinner twice a week, or buy new clothes, or shoes, or always have the latest iPhone, or you have an expensive gym membership, these are the things that you are prioritizing your money with.  

And we've talked to plenty of people that say they can't possibly travel like they want to and I see them doing all of these things. And then I get to say to them, "well you could if you stopped being a knob head and spent your money a little wiser." I don't always call people knob heads, but it works to reinforce my point for some people. 

Right? Let's think about this. You can spend $100 a month on a gym membership, and maybe you actually use it and go everyday, but you could be tossing $100 a month in your travel fund and in 4-5 month you could buy a plane ticket. Sure, you might LOVE going to the gym. I loved going to my gym, but there came a point where I thought, hey I could be putting this toward my trip to Thailand and freaking buck up and workout old school style at home, or at a park, or find a freaking looooong set of stairs and run up and down it. The key here is the resiliency. Are you resilient is seeing your goals come to fruition, and can you make life a little harder for yourself in the pursuit of the goals. 

Get a plane ticket, or get a six pack

I like to make a comparison of traveling more, or having nice ab muscles as I think it's a similar goal. Stick with me here. 

If I had the goal of getting six pack abs, I would wake up everyday and put on a fitness podcast, I would plan my meals from a great cookbook, I would read books about training and nutrition and fitness in general, and my daily thoughts would more or less revolve around those ideas. 

I would prioritize my money on things like a gym membership, workout clothes and shoes, buying educational books, and healthy groceries.

And eventually, through consistency, effort and the re-prioritization of most of the things in my life, I would have as many abs as possible. 

Same, same, right?

you can talk about it, or you can effing do it

There are many people who say they want to travel more, but don’t want to take the steps toward actually doing it. We've had friends talk about wanting to go somewhere or do something for years. Years! And they never make any effort to actually be arsed to do that thing.

They want to talk about it, but they do not want to work for it. 

It’s far easier to go out with friends and spend money on dinner and drinks, than it is to stay in, go grocery shopping and plan a meal at home to save money.

It’s a heck of a lot easier to say, "Yeah I'd love to go backpack through Europe!" than it is to cut down on your expenses, do research, and quit your gym membership to workout at home so put that money towards your travel fund.

breakdown:

Why making any goal a priority is key to your success                  [0:02:38]

Everyday things you can do to stay motivated/inspired              [0:06:16]

Being resilient and setting goals                                                               [0:13:39]

Talk vs. Action                                                                                                     [0:18:00]   

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Episode 3: Culture Shock + How To Get By With Minimum Mishaps

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We're tackling the tricky and elusive feeling of culture shock on today's episode. You'll hear about the 4 phases of culture shock we experience, as well as what they might look like for you, and some practical ways to minimize the feelings of culture shock on your next trip into the world!

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The Basics of Culture Shock

Whether you are visiting Ireland or England where English is spoken, or you're off to a more exotic place like Thailand, the differences in culture will stick out to you. Culture shock is essentially the feeling of trying to assimilate into another country's culture and get used to a different way of living than you are used to. 

For us, there are 4 major stages of culture shock. Of course, each of the stages can last a different amount of time for everyone, depending on you, as well as how long your trip is. 

Stages of culture shock

1. Lovin’ it

You've just arrives and you’re loving everything, everyone and the new language and food. As everything is brand new to you, you kind of in the stage of being in awe and wonder, because everything is something you've never experienced. 

2. Frustrated as shit

This is when you can start to become frustrated by the little things, like trying to figure which bus to take, order a certain drink and unable to communicate how you want. The small things you do in everyday life that should be reallllllly easy, but you struggle with. It's the things like not being able to ask questions in the native language,  figuring out how the local transportation works, or trying to understand what you're ordering at a restaurant. While each of these instances is a small thing, your day can be filled with them and they all add up and can make you feel very frustrated with just making your way through a regular day.

3. Gettin’ it                                                                                                

After a few days, or a few hours if you're a really fast learner, you've run into enough of these little miscommunications, you've begun to find solutions and work your way through them to figure things out. An example: you had a very hard time figuring out the local transport, but you’ve used it a few times now to get from your AirBnB to the city center and you get the basics of how it works. Something so simple as getting from you accommodations to the center of town was a real pain point for you, and now you've used it enough times that you're comfortable buying the right ticket, you've got the schedule down and you know exactly which stop you need to get off at. 

This translates to plenty of the other things that were making you frustrated. Whether you were trying to find plain, black coffee and could only find espresso drinks, or you're vegetarian and you were frustrated trying to find a good restaurant to fit these needs; you've walked around and figured some of these issues out and you're starting to get it and make your daily life run a bit more smoothly.

4. Let’s stay forever

After enough time in a place, you've (hopefully!) adjusted pretty well and have a basic grasp on getting around, ordering things, and are more comfortable using phrases in the local language. You've taken the local bus or train enough times that you have no problems and you breeze through the process like a pro. You have a favorite breakfast place near your AirBnB and you can more confidently walk up to the register and order your black coffee and vegetarian quiche with some gusto. You also know about how much money a taxi ride, a meal outside the city center, and a t-shirt should cost you and you can barter over prices a little bit. In short, you're feeling confident and your frustrations at being in a new culture are minimized.

Here's my example: By the end of our Peru trip, I was way more comfortable talking with taxi drivers about pricing, ordering food by myself and while my accent obviously was not great, I was more comfortable speaking in Spanish.

Preparing For culture shock

 

our upcoming trip to thailand

We’ve never been to Southeast Asia, but we will be going this November, and I’m a little nervous because I think it will be the MOST different place we’ve been to. So here are some things we’ll be doing to prepare for some degree of culture shock.

1. Doing our research!

We do a TON of research before our trips. From learning the good and not so good parts of town to regional food and drinks we should try, we spend some serious time researching. We also do this to make sure we understand what is considered rude or impolite. This is stuff that we would not otherwise know if we don't do the research and it doesn't make us very good guests in other countries that.

2. Learn some History

We’ll take some time and read a little bit about the overall history of Thailand and the region, so we can understand the context of the time we’re in and what’s going on in the country and surrounding areas. And while we don't need to everything and certainly won’t be doing a research paper on, getting a basic overview is a very good idea!

3. Familiarize ourselves with currency

Obviously the cost of living in Thailand is much cheaper than at home, I still don’t like getting taken for a ride and ripped off. So we’ll familiarize ourselves with the basics of bartering, currency exchange rates and do some research of the average prices that things should be, like tuk tuk rides, and a meal at a street vendor.

4. Clothes

There are temples and religious structures all over the place, so we’ll do our research on what is considered appropriate clothing to wear inside so we don’t get turned away or have people unhappy with us! Also, it’s going to be hot and humid there, so we’ll do our best to find and bring clothes that suit both the weather and the culture.

5. Food/Health/Drinks

We’ll also do some research on what foods we should try and if there’s anything we should avoid (not because it’s not good, but for any health reasons).

Here's an example: Eating meat at the outdoor market in Peru would have been a pretty shit thing to try, probably. Not because it wasn't amazing food, because everything looked very good and smelled good, but because the standards of refrigeration there were different than at home, meaning that the unrefrigerated meat probably would have made our fragile American stomachs sick.

We’ll look up common health things to look out for, such as if we should we be drinking only bottled water and not eating veggies washed in that same water. Use your head and do some research here, y'all and you can thank us later when you're not vomiting into a hole in the ground that serves a toilet. 

Key Takeaways to Minimize Culture Shock:

1. Do your research beforehand and learn the customs and what is considered rude and polite

2. Make a conscious effort to be self-aware!

3. Stay in touch with friends/family to ward of the homesickness

4. Document your travels, keep a journal/blog and you can write about all these things during your travels

5. Be open-minded and have a sense of humor. Plenty of shit is going to go wrong and has the potential to ruin your day or your entire trip

6. Stay active! Try not to withdraw and not go out and do things because you’re uncomfortable. 

7. Be curious! This is a great opportunity to learn alllll kinds of things that you would otherwise never know, use it to learn about how different people lives, and cultures operate, and how to order food in French, or Spanish, or German. You’ll come home with all kinds of cool knowledge that will be handy on your next trip out into the world

Breakdown

The 4 stages of culture shock    [00:01:46]

Our examples of culture shock in Croatia, Peru and Sweden   [00:07:02]

Upcoming trip to Thailand & what we'll be doing to prepare for culture shock   [00:14:00]

Research and precautions you can take to minimize your culture shock [00:24:41]

Episode 2: Podcast Breakdown + Extras

On the show today, we're talking about that pesky travel burnout which can kind of just sneak in and has the potential to ruin your entire trip! Listen as we breakdown some of the main causes of travel burnout and give some actionable and practical tips to help you get through it!

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What is travel burnout + when do you get it

I think we have all at some point gone away from home for an extended period of time, whether that was your week away in grade school for a summer camp, a loooong sleepover at a friends' house, or a vacation! And many times, travel burnout can just kinda sneak up on you and leave you missing your home, and your bed, and your people, and your pets. 

For each person, you can experience this homesickness at different periods. Some people can go 6 months and pretty much be fine, and some people start to feel that achy-ness after only a couple days. 

WHat makes you feel homesick

Knowing this about yourself and those traveling with you can be crucial.

For example, when you're traveling, you'll lack anything resembling a routine, whereas at home, you likely have a fairly predictable schedule most days. This feeling of uncomfortableness can definitely set you on edge and set you up to begin missing that regular routine can start to weigh on you. 

Another example comes in those close relationships we all have. Unless you happen to be traveling with all your family and loved ones, and pets, chances are you're probably going to be missing your people at some point. This absolutely contributes to the sense of travel burnout and causes travelers to not being full present during this amazing experience. 

There's nothing quite like the feeling of being homesick and it can genuinely ruin your entire trip if you let it!

Ways you can combat travel burnout

We utilize a variety of things to help us stay fully present during our travels. While the podcast episode certainly goes into more details, here are a few of our favorite ways to not get burnt out while traveling. 

Make sure you're going at a pace that suits you and your travel partners. If you are trying to see evvverything and experience all the things, you WILL BE exhausted. We know, because we've done it. And just like in regular life, when you are exhausted and pushed to your limits and you have the added pressures of navigating a foreign place and language and alllll the other stresses that come with traveling, you can get cranky and start to miss the comforts of home. Knowing this about yourself is SO crucial. To add to that, knowing this, or having this conversation with those you are traveling with is important as well. If you are the get up early and walk for 20 miles around the city, and your travel buddy's not into it, y'all are gonna have some issues and one (or both) of you are going to be pissed. This is just inviting tension that also has the potential to seriously wreck some havoc on your attitudes. 

Something that I have found very useful is to write letters. I gave them example in this episode of when we spent a month in Peru and I knew that we would not have reliable service all the time. So I wrote 30 letters before we left, put the dates of each day I would be gone and left them in a box for my boyfriend to have. This way, even if we couldn't talk everyday, I would at least know that everyday, he could sit down after work and open his letter for the day and have some sort of communication from me. And even though this meant I would not neccessarily get to talk to him, it was nice knowing that he would have that each day AND it was a fun way to stay in contact. 

Definitely listen through the episode for our other tips + tricks to help combat travel burnout!

What not to do

It is SO, so important to not let travel burnout do several things. The first and most important is to not let it stop you from actually going. And we have heard this from several people; that they cannot even see themselves traveling because they know they'll miss their family, their pets and their significant others and they allow this to absolutely cripple their potential adventures. Knowing how to deal with it, rather than flat out refuse to face it is a much better way to handle it. 

Another example we give is to not let homesickness ruin your relationships. This means both your relationship with whomever you're traveling with and the ones at home. It's very easy to be gloomy because you're missing home and have it translate to tension with your travel partner. And then it snowballs realllll quickly. You go from feeling mildly homesick and down because you're missing home, to being snarky with who you're traveling with, to turning both of your attitudes sour and before you know it, your day and your plans are ruined. And you know what, buttercup? It's not worth it! Because neither of you will remember what you were upset about and how many times do you get to frolic around Europe with your good friend?!

breakdown

What the heck it travel burnout and what induces it?     [0:01:22]

The best and worst parts of traveling     [0:09:27]

Little things you can do to help you ease the feelings of homesickness      [0:12:31]

The key to successful travel plans, is to not let travel burnout do this during your trip   [0:21:58]