Travel gets boring

Microsoft / Eng Nuhtella
Jul 22 41 Comments

I've been using my vacation time to do some solo traveling the past few years and while it was fun at first, I am getting bored.

Every country has some famous monastery/church/cathedral and after seeing a few of them, they all blend together and none of them is as nice as notre dame (saw it before it burned). Same can be said for castles and palaces. Once you've seen a few, you've seen them all. I enjoyed seeing remnants of once great civilizations, but now Stonehenge seems lame when compared to the Colosseum, Pompei, or Machu Picchu.

I've also noticed that these landmarks are mostly visited by old people and families. The few times I see young people they are less concerned with the historical significance of the monument and more concered about their butt looking good in the instagram photo. Talking to young folks in the various hostels Ive stayed in, it seems they actually spend most of their day drinking and only briefly visit the landmarks. Why travel to another country just to day drink in some random park?

Is this what travel is? Boring museums. Monotone audio guides about adulterous kings that lived 800 years ago. Gift shops selling overpriced shot glasses. Instagram whores glamorizing their travels, when really they just sat in the park day drinking. Buses full of chinese tourists who somehow take more photos than the instagram addicts. etc.

I think I need something more exciting...

EDIT:
Food was awesome in Paris, but you still need something to do between meals. And only a few countries have really awesome food. Fish and chips in London is really not that amazing.

Some have suggested I go to remote areas off the beaten path and interact with locals, but those are the areas with the least amount of english penetration. How do you manage this when you do not speak the local language?

I think the reason that Im getting bored is that "seeing" things is too passive and I have already "seen" plenty of things. I think I need to figure out a way to make travel more interactive so its more about "doing" and less about "seeing"

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  • Jet zipline
    I’ve been going to and from Mars for years and highly recommend it.
    Jul 22 2
    • Microsoft / Eng Atinlay3
      Ziplining to Mars?
      Jul 22
    • Oracle bToN13
      No, jetting.
      Jul 22
  • Facebook derpd
    I've been traveling solo since I was 16 and I never bothered to visit landmarks and all the stupid tourist stuff. If your idea of a holiday is going to the "Top 5 places to visit'" on TripAdvisor or something, then you need to be more imaginative, you're going to have a boring time.

    Also, don't take a camera.
    Jul 22 3
    • Oracle buzzrd
      👏👍 this is awesome
      Jul 22
    • Microsoft / Eng Nuhtella
      OP
      Now that you have told us what not to do, would you mind giving some examples of things you have done that are more fun?
      Jul 22
    • Facebook derpd
      Sure!

      I think other people have mentioned smaller towns and so on, I would say the same. Some travels I had that stood out to me
      Shimanami Kaido in Japan
      Kea in the Greek islands (not one of the touristy party islands, was pretty quiet)
      Beach hostels in Peru

      All of these places were relatively off the beaten path (enough that people even asked me why I was there) but still accessible enough to tourists that I could manage with a little effort. They're still findable through travel sites etc.

      The point is YOU need to pick for yourself what you want to do based on your interests and think for yourself. If you just follow what some person's recommendation is, you're probably going to get pretty basic stuff unless they're a local.

      Also, I think the one thing these places all had in common were the people, interact with the locals and get an appreciation for their way of life instead of hanging out with other tourists too much.

      I also never plan my holidays, if I'm going to multiple countries I only pick the first one, which helps with the above.
      Jul 22
  • Qualcomm #34$tyy@!×
    It's all about vacation sex
    Jul 22 2
    • Oracle buzzrd
      Can't do it solo, or can you? With strangers?
      Jul 22
    • Qualcomm #34$tyy@!×
      Thailand. Bangkok. Amsterdam
      Jul 22
  • Microsoft wndws
    How did you miss the one of the most exciting part “local food” out of all this travel? 🤷🏻‍♂️
    Jul 22 5
    • Synopsys lat873
      This. It's one thing that truly cannot be accurate exported.

      Also local culture. Find ways to immerse in local culture.
      Jul 22
    • Microsoft wndws
      Yep it’s not just the landmarks when you visit a place. It’s the food, difference in culture and the native people - how different they are but yet the same that intrigues me
      Jul 22
    • Microsoft 🏂🌮🍺#
      👏 Yeah, just find something with more structure. Possibly learning a skill you can take home. I spent a few weeks getting certified for scuba in Belize, taking classes and studying on the beach. One friend spent a month in a Italian pasta cooking school. I have another friend who runs sailing 101 courses as you tour the Bahamas for a few weeks.
      Jul 22
    • Microsoft / Eng Nuhtella
      OP
      I have not missed this, but it does not apply to all countries. Food was awesome in Paris, but what do I do in Germany or England? Fish and chips in London is really not that amazing...

      Also you still need something to do when you are not eating
      Jul 22
    • Microsoft / Eng Nuhtella
      OP
      Finding something with more structure is actually probably the best advice in this thread. I think the reason I am getting bored is that "seeing" things is too passive and I have already "seen" a lot. I need to find a way to make travel more interactive so it is more about "doing" and less about "seeing"
      Jul 22
  • Accenture / Consultant
    QcGL55

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    Traveling is over rated.
    Jul 22 0
  • Uber TcOrDie
    You need to switch up your purpose. Your purpose has been history and it’s boring now. Try culture, nature, food, hobbies, etc. Also I don’t care for solo traveling, or traveling in big groups. 1-2 close friends is the sweet spot.
    Jul 22 2
    • American Express uktg07
      I’ve done group travel and solo travel and it’s all excellent. Some people just have a pure passion for travel and taking in new sights and cultures and I’m one of them. Traveling solo is a great way to meet interesting people across the globe because honestly it’s mainly in America where there’s a stigma to solo travel. When I lived in Europe, it was very normal and most of the solo travelers I’ve met on my excursions have been from Europe. Traveling is my only financial splurge besides investments and I love it.
      Jul 22
    • Microsoft / Eng Nuhtella
      OP
      What do you mean by "culture"? What is an example of traveling for culture?
      Jul 22
  • Oracle Oxcafebabe
    May be try backpacking. It might interest you
    Jul 22 1
    • Google Nikola#
      Yeah I feel mountains never get boring for me
      Jul 22
  • Salesforce yoowol
    Solo traveling... no wonder..
    Jul 22 1
    • SAP / Other
      GloriaEx

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      GloriaExmore
      Total opposite. Alone is where the miracles happen.
      Jul 22
  • Oracle buzzrd
    Mix it up in your travels with different types of destinations. Go off the beaten tracks. Stay away from where Instagram models attract the drooling crowds. History, nature, adventure, high density population, extremely low population, etc. I'm a travel buff. Most people do it for Facebook photos. I like the tip above of not taking your camera. Mingle with locals after thorough research. I hate traveling alone, but if it came to that, I will make friends along the way.
    Jul 22 0
  • Google Geist
    Maybe try visiting lesser known cities and towns, or head to the countryside. I agree with many of the points in your post, but I've found that I'm most frustrated when visiting the big, famous tourist places (London, Paris, etc). Give me a smaller provincial town over those big places any day of the week.
    Jul 22 4
    • Oracle buzzrd
      💯
      Jul 22
    • Microsoft / Eng Nuhtella
      OP
      How do you manage this when you do not speak the local language? People in the off-beaten path are the least likely to speak english
      Jul 22
    • Oracle buzzrd
      You learn and show that you make an effort to get along with locals, and they will be 10x more patient and tolerant than people on Blind! 😀

      Just smile and be friendly.
      Jul 22
    • Google Geist
      Alternatively, go on Tinder or Grindr or your app of choice, and find other solo travelers who are looking to hang out and maybe grab dinner here and there.
      Jul 22
  • Amazon / Product crowcrow19
    Perhaps you’re traveling too much. Try making it more rare so you might appreciate it more. Also, “I love traveling” is the motto of the “basic b!Tch” - the archetypal boring ass bourgeoisie soul who cannot apply themself to any worthwhile hobby that actually requires mental effort. The more you travel, the more you encounter these basic b!Tches (men included), and they tire your soul.
    Jul 22 3
    • Google Geist
      I feel personally attacked.
      Jul 22
    • American Express uktg07
      Hogwash. I am an avid traveler and I’m very creative and excellent with my hands. I have tons of skills that are also hobbies and I even get paid for them. Speak for yourself.
      Jul 22
    • Amazon / Product crowcrow19
      By definition, when I’m saying anything I’m speaking for myself. Bravo that you don’t fit the archetype of basic b!tch, but no need to get triggered
      Jul 22
  • Microsoft HIcjcjcHx
    I photoshop myself in a different country every weekend. Maybe you can try that.

    On a serious note, stay in smaller cities; try being purposeful in your travel. Arrange some volunteering, hiking, etc ahead of time. Others have echoed similar sentiments; hiking, diving, climbing while eating/drinking in different places rarely gets old. Monuments and getting smashed? Kinda boring imo.
    Jul 22 0
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    Travel without purpose is not just boring it’s idiotic and a harm to environment. I’m not an environmentalist by a wide margin but when people pack up the jets and aimlessly go to some “destination” it strikes me as pointless. This whole self development thing leads to nowhere. What have you accomplished by just going to some place? Especially a solo travel is pathetic.

    Marco Polo wasn’t flying on a jet to take Instagram pics in Asia. Yes, his main driver was probably curiousity but he was actually discovering something new to his people and perhaps left a nontrivial impact on the economy and politics.

    Next time you want to go somewhere think of a purpose other than just killing time or talking to coworkers after. It has to have some purpose and use for other people
    Jul 22 0
  • American Express uktg07
    Speak for yourself. I’ve visited dozens of countries and lived in a few different continents and love every minute of it. If I weren’t looking to start a family soon I’d take a job with lots of travel!
    Jul 22 0
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    It’s awesome in your 20s, and then it flattens. A friend told me once: Since I have a kid, the world is incredibly interesting again...
    Jul 22 0
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    Janitorque

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    Enjoying travel needs historical context. So, read the agony and the ecstasy before seeing Michelangelo's works. Or mad enchantment before a trip to the musee d'orsay.
    Jul 22 0
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    GloriaEx

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    GloriaExmore
    Also: Can you visit the Cuban countryside and just travel unplanned? Casas particulares offer great stories...
    Jul 22 0
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    hmboy17

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    hmboy17more
    You totally don’t know what to do during traveling ..
    Jul 22 0