Feeling stressed out on the road is multiplied. It doesn’t help that I probably don’t speak the local language, I don’t know anyone, and the closest friends I have I met an hour ago. There’s been many times I was super stressed out and just needed a good day of splurging to feel better again. I don’t need to feel stressed out to do them either. It’s just what I enjoy and makes me happy.
Anything to do with food
I’d say most of the time when I’m stressed out, it’s because I’m hungry. Even if it’s not, it’s hard to get mad at anything with a full stomach.
I’m willing to go out of my way to have a fantastic meal even if it’ll cost extra to get there or the dish is expensive. I love food and discovering new dishes which is why we created Eat The World.
Although it doesn’t cost much, I usually go out of my way to find a good locally brewed beer as well.
Stay in a luxurious apartment or house rental
I caught a bad cold in Santiago, Chile the minute I got there. I didn’t care about sightseeing the city. All I wanted to do is rest in peace. That would have been in impossible in a hostel. I ended up staying in a rented apartment for 10-days and just relaxed the entire time. I felt bad I didn’t discover as much as I would have liked to of Santiago but I knew pushing myself would make me feel worse.
Sometimes I need some quiet time too whether I’m sick or not which hostels don’t always have. Hotels are sometimes too expensive and since I travel slow, I don’t mind booking a week long or more for an apartment so I can relax. It’s often cheaper to get a vacation rental than a hotel.
Last minute getting out
Stephanie and I were in Ecuador super exhausted from traveling. I couldn’t imagine getting on another bus. I was also insanely behind on work and was running out of money unless I stood still for awhile somewhere to recover my funds. So we booked a flight to Buenos Aires for the next day. I never booked a flight so late minute before. Buenos Aires is my second home. It’s familiar to me and I have a lot of family there. We ended up getting an apartment for three months in Buenos Aires. By the time we left the city, we were energized and ready to keep on traveling.
I had a similar breakdown in SE Asia and decided to change my flight for the next day to go to Australia instead of India so I could visit friends. It cost me a lot but it was worth it to see my friends.
Comfort on buses
I can deal with chicken buses when I don’t have a choice but if it’s going to cost me $10 extra to ride in a better quality overnight bus, I’ll take it. Argentina and Peru are known to have high quality buses from regular seats to VIP seats that fold back into a bed and come with wine and steak. I don’t need VIP but middle class is perfect for me (semi-cama) especially on buses that last longer than about 8 hours. If it’s overnight, I definitely need a minimum of semi-cama or better. I’m useless when I’m tired so I’m better off going for comfort and getting a good nights rest or as good as it’ll get on a bus.
What’s worth splurging on during your travels?