When we first decided to go on this major undertaking of a trip, we decided to keep certain maximums in order to ensure we do not die of exhaustion. One of the major maximum that we were adamantly clear about was the driving times. We wanted to ensure that we weren’t spending days and days in a car with each other. That wouldn’t be good either for our relationship or for meeting and interacting with people from other cultures.
Being in a car too much has the possibility of isolating you. One of the reasons, we decided to do this trip is to experience new cultures and meet new people. You cannot do either if you are stuck in a car for 14 hours a day. We wished to keep the driving time to a maximum of 5 hours, so we can spend the rest of the time exploring new places, eating new foods, meeting new people, and doing a lot of people-watching.
It also ensures that we do not become jaded from the trip. A friend of Thenix’s made the comment that she wondered how we would feel after months of travelling like this. She did a month long road trip and she was already ready to come back home. But she also said that after a month of being back home, she was ready to leave again. That is where the key in our travels lasts. Balance between movement and rest will ensure that we do not get jaded on the trip.
If we ensure that we keep enough momentum going to keep us interesting, but get enough rest to ensure we do not burnout, we will have made it. Of course, doing it in reality is much harder. It is definitely an experiment we are running here. You will be with us on this journey and you shall see how we fare in this battle against the burnout. Maybe my hand would start twitching when Thenix would go close to the edge of a cliff – just one little push, I might think. Jk.
If you haven’t heard of the Big Trip yet, you are in for a treat. Boom and Thenix are travelling to the southern most tip of South America, through the West Cost of US, Mexico and parts of South America and back up the East Coast. We are planning on leaving on or around June 21st. We have made a detailed budget for the trip and we have included it here for those of you who are curious about how much a trip like this would cost. We will travel for a total of 50,000 kms to around 22 countries. If you have any other questions about the trip please see our post on The Big Trip or check out our Archives Page.