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Yes, It’s Perfectly Fine to Have a Non-Travel Day

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 “So what did you do today, Raphael? The Roman Colosseum? Vatican City?  Ostia Antica…?” my friend Tara asked me.

“Actually, today I did nothing. Well, I did many things. It’s just that not any of them were travel related. I actually just left the house once to get some food.” I replied.

You see, when you travel you sometimes feel as if everyday has to be special. You feel as if you’re wasting time by not traveling. You feel that you should live every single day as the last one thanks to that silly YOLO hashtag. But for me? For me, it’s perfectly fine to have a non-travel day.

In fact, I absolutely love them. Here’s why.

Non-travel days allows you to calm down and re-organize yourself

Every once in a while, short-term travelers go back home and proceed to unpack and re-organize themselves from their latest adventure. Long-term travelers? We don’t have a home base and often we live out of a suitcase.

Therefore, a non-travel day is a blessing from the heavens since we can organize our upcoming itinerary and read an interesting book while we do the one and only dread that every single traveler dreads: laundry.

Sure, some hostels and hotels can offer to do your laundry for a small fee but most of the time, you are better off doing it yourself (especially since you’ll avoid loosing socks that way!) and so you’ll need at least half a day in order to go to the local laundromat.

Just remember to separate white from colors or that crisp white shirt of yours will end up turning pink!

Laundry day at Cappadocia
Laundry day at Cappadocia

Locals don’t travel every single day. Learn from them and enjoy the moment.

One of the main benefits of a non-travel day is that instead of sightseeing and enjoying the culture of museums and religious sites, you can actually go and observe the culture of the locals who go on with their daily lives.

From the baker to the office worker, each local you meet in your travels has their own story to tell. Just sit back, relax and watch how life unfold before your eyes. My favorite part? Going to the supermarket and watching the interactions between mothers and their children.

You’ll be surprised to know that trying to buy as many candies as possible is an universal constant in every single country.

Local food market at Italy
Local food market at Italy

Just slow down and enjoy the little things in life

In the end, a non-travel day will normally end with me cooking the food I bought at the supermarket, folding my freshly washed clothes and enjoying the sunset with a good glass of wine. It’s non-special days like those the ones that allow you to appreciate more the special travel days where the craziest adventures happen.

There’s nothing wrong with taking it slow every once in a while in order to avoid travel over-burn and in fact, I actually love taking a small break from a life of travel in order to catch up with my friends abroad and to keep on building my many online businesses.

So yes, next time that you find yourself in the need of slowing down and to stop traveling…just do it. Trust me, there’s nothing as liberating as a non-travel day. I love them, don’t you?

Wine at Santorini
Sunset wine at Santorini

But until the gates are open I just wanna feel this moment!

And of course, there’s always those travel days that actually turn into something else, such as the time that I went with my friend Tara to the nearby town of Marino in the Castelli Romani hills in order to attend the Chocolate Festival and explore the city museums.

The result? We ended up buying a 5 liter bottle of wine for only 12 euros and got involved into a series of hijinx including taking a photo with the annoying Peppa the Pig. Seriously, don’t you just hate her? Stay tuned for the complete story this week!

Have you ever had a non-travel day during your travels? Share your best ones with me in the comment section and remember to always keep on enjoying the moment!

Because today I don't feel like doing anything
Because today I don’t feel like doing anything

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Sammi Egan

Wednesday 12th of November 2014

I am an old lady. I need a break. This summer, I had two days between tours in Split, on the first day I wandered around Split and took in the sights. On the second day, I had a lie in, sunbathed and napped on the beach, had a fat greasy burek (but it was healthy because it had spinach in it) for lunch. it. was. great. More recently, I went to Iceland for 4 days. I didn't exactly have a non travel day, but I'd been travelling since 3am, visited the Blue Lagoon & got to my hostel bang on check in time. Plans for the rest of the day.... a nap before my Northern Lights tour at 9pm. It might've been a bit naughty, but there was NO ONE else in my dorm room, I was super tired & the duvet and pillow looked FLUFFY. It was calling me to get in, so I did!

Don't Forget To Move

Thursday 6th of November 2014

Totally agree! We love having chill days on the road. Sometimes we feel guilty for not going out and sightseeing, etc. but its super important to take a break and relax for a bit or you'll get burnt out!

Bianca @ItsAllBee

Thursday 6th of November 2014

Great post. Non travel days are great! Like you said they allow you to just sit back and take it all in and just enjoy the smaller things in life rather than work through a long list of 'must-sees'.

Geeky Explorer ✈

Wednesday 5th of November 2014

I have been advocating this in all my travels. In medium-long term ttravels it's so important to have a day to rest, reorganize yourself and enjoy other stuff than monuments and landscapes!

JoAnna Kopp

Tuesday 4th of November 2014

I just had a nontravel day! I was staying for two days in Lucerne, Switzerland after travelling nonstop for 10 days through Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. When I got to Lucerne, I was so burnt out and exhausted that I spent almost the entire first day in my hotel after walking around for a bit and stopping by the grocery store (I made a little excursion down the street to buy a Swiss Army Knife, hehe). I felt a little guilty, but I'm glad I did because I regained all my energy so that I could explore the next day! Non travel days are so important for a little bit of rest and rehabilitation.

Cheers! JoAnna

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