Tourism is one of the most popular activities worldwide, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, at least not in the way it’s often marketed. If you’re someone who gets bored easily while traveling, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Many of us prefer to work or balance tourism with productive activities.
Tourism can quickly become tiring if you love your life
It’s worth noting that if you enjoy your job, in my case as a programmer, it can be difficult to disconnect when you need to. The problem is when several days go by without working. You start to feel like you’re wasting your time and not doing anything worthwhile. It’s like you feel like you’re wasting time. At least, that’s how I feel!
The famous work-life balance and tourism
I’ll play it politically correct and tell you that it’s important to remember to take breaks to recharge and maintain a good balance between work and personal life. Unfortunately, this is entirely subjective, and it all depends on what interests you and what makes you feel like you’re making progress. For example, you could read a book on a programming language or how to meditate to be more focused. Even sales courses or watching a documentary about a new business that interests you. In that case, I would say that work-life balance is worth it.
Taking lots of photos during trips
On the other hand, I don’t see the point in taking so many photos during a trip. While my wife loves to document every moment, I feel like it’s something that takes time away from enjoying the present moment. Although it makes me feel good when I see the photo. It’s a completely contradictory feeling. Having said that, I suppose it’s essential to find a balance between capturing memories and living in the moment.
Tourism and destinations that aren’t worth it
Another point is to do tourism in repetitive places that aren’t worth it or that you visit just because they’re cheap. Maybe no one can understand why you’re going to those places! I sometimes revisit places because I have a great time every time I go, but the day I do it for mere economic convenience, I think I’ll feel bad about myself. It’s necessary to clarify that I usually go to places that are economically convenient, but at the same time, I have a great time in my free time when I’m not working, as it’s a win-win.
Slow and deep tourism
If you’re like me and you like to explore cities while you work, a slower and deeper type of tourism may be an excellent option for you. By staying in a city for months and moving from one Airbnb to another, I’ve been able to see the city from different perspectives and experience local life more authentically. I also spend my free time doing tourism in the city, exploring its monuments, museums, neighborhoods, and emblematic squares. But I don’t stop working, so at the same time, I capture the experience in a different way.
Immerse yourself in the culture like a local
This way of traveling has allowed me to immerse myself in the local culture and learn more about the customs, history, and cuisine of the region. I can interact with the locals and make friends, and have a more enriching and authentic experience.
It’s true that this type of tourism requires a greater commitment, as it’s not a quick visit but a more extended experience. But I personally love the idea of discovering a city more deeply, as if I really lived there. It allows me to learn its secrets, lesser-known places, and have a more authentic and enriching experience.
Therefore, if you identify with me and like the idea of getting to know cities while working, I recommend that you consider this option on your next trip. You can research destinations that interest you, look for accommodation in different areas of the city, and plan your free time to learn more about local culture. I am sure that you will have a unique and unforgettable experience. Perhaps you do not work remotely and have a fixed job. In that case, you should reconsider what you are doing and at least analyze if you are happy with your profession. Remember that life is too short to spend it doing something that does not fulfill you.