22 Sep The Importance of Chill Days while Traveling
Chill days are important. Relaxing is important. Taking a load off is important.
No matter where you’re at in your life, everyone needs those ‘recharge’ days.
Days where you sleep in, wear pajamas all day, eat junk food, talk with friends and families, catch up on a favorite series, finish a good book, or watch movies. Traveling is no different – we still need days like that.
Don’t get us wrong – we are aware that our ‘job’ right now is to travel and do whatever we want. It’s what we saved for and what we worked so hard for. And it’s a dream come true! But it can be easy to feel guilty when you don’t fill everyday with activities and sightseeing. We quickly realized that we can’t go hard AF everyday – and we shouldn’t.
Traveling days are tiring.
Traveling between countries and cities can be time consuming. It’s so much fun to see the countryside from a bus or train, but to us, travel days can easily be the least fun part of the whole experience, especially when you have heavy packs to lug around (like us). It’s nice to give yourself a break after a long day of travel.
We had our first real ‘chill’ day in Paris.
We had been traveling for about a month and decided we needed a pajama day. It was amazing, rejuvenating, and made us even more excited to get out and explore the next day. After that, we realized we needed to have those days more often, especially when we started feeling drained. If you are worn out, you can’t fully appreciate everything – and we want to appreciate everything!
So I guess what we are saying is this: shake the guilt. You don’t have to be ‘on the go’ for your entire travels. It’s just as much fun to lay in a park, and read and write. And people watching is the BEST. Grab a spot at a local cafe, your journal, and have a few cups of coffee (or glasses of wine). Lay in bed all day if you want to. It balances out the crazy days of waking up at 5 AM to beat the crowds (what we love, and advise to do). And life is all about balance, right?
turn that alarm off,