Being an introverted teacher and traveler, it is easy to say that I am pretty much ALWAYS exhausted. I love being a teacher and I love traveling but it knocks me out most days. So what do I do to survive?
Believe it or not, as an introvert, I LOVE to travel with other people. When you travel alone you make a lot of memories but you don’t have anyone to share them with. So when I decide to go on a trip I get friends who I know will allow me to be introverted at times (maybe all the time). I have some amazing extroverted and introverted friends who just let me be.
As an introvert there are times when I am super talkative and energetic. Then there are times when I am far removed from the real world. In those days, if you rely on me to keep a conversation going, I’ll let you down miserably. Having friends who will allow me to be crazy and energetic one day and quiet and exhausted the next day is important to me when I travel.
2. Trip Planning
Some people suggest that an introvert should travel slowly. That is probably wise advice. However, I always have the desire to see it ALL. Since I am a full time teacher, I only get to travel on my vacation days. Which means I usually only have 4 days to get to a place and do all the touristy things. This means I often feel like I have to GO GO GO!
That is why I end up getting pictures of market districts at night…when all the stores are closed (see picture below). I went to so many places during the day and ended up missing the shopping. But hey, that day I ended up visiting tunnels and view an imploded volcano. If I wasn’t going full blast I would have probably missed something else cooler than shopping centers. Right?
3. Listen to your exhaustion
Though I like to see everything there is about a new place, there are times during my travels where I can’t go any more. If I was to make myself go at full speed I would be grouchy (no one likes a grouchy travel companion) and probably wouldn’t find the newness to be as neat as it really is. So I find it to be important to listen to my exhaustion. When those moments happen I usually talk my travel partner into hanging out in a cafe for hours.
Also, as an introvert, sometimes being stuck (said in the most loving way) with the person you are traveling with can be suffocating. NO mater how awesome the person is. So a day where you establish a base (like a coffee shop…see a theme?) and then meander off alone can be very refreshing.
5. Comfort Stuff
Sometimes when traveling, as an introvert, you get tired of all the new. Even though a part of me LOVES the adventure of experiencing new things, another part of me gets so tired of all the unfamiliar experiences. When in Jeju for 5 days I talked my travel partner into having McDonald’s for breakfast every day. It was refreshing to start the day off with something I knew and did not have to anticipate the unexpected.
It is completely survivable for an introvert to travel. Just realize the little things that help you stay energized. I listed five general topics above. When you travel a lot you pick-up survival methods unknowingly. You learn to deal with all of the new adventurous things that you come into contact with when you travel.