Beating the Ruts!

2 Jun

It happens to everyone once in a while- you got on a trip and it just doesn’t go as planned. After thinking it over, maybe your expectations were too high? But for whatever reason your left with a bad taste in your mouth. I’ve been pretty lucky and this has only happened twice, however I’m embarassed to say the first time I tried to sleep through it and then the second time I didn’t eat, I over slept and I burned through all of my cash because I was “angry”. Whatever way you cope with these ruts, bumps or whatever you want to call them, the important thing is you get over them because why would you want to be miserable while doing something you love. I’m writing this in hopes of deterring anyone from having a pity party and repeating my mistakes.

So here are my 5 golden rules for avoiding a bad trip.

  1. Get around people: Don’t go in to a shell. Make yourself get out there! Get loaded if you have to. Being around people who are excited and amped to be at a place will help you out of your funk. Its a proven fact happiness is contagious and its easily transmitted and at the risk of sounding like a Stepford wive.

  2. Get arty: Draw, listen to music, read- WHATEVER! Start making something. I’ve found writing about what is bothering me helps me get specific about what it is that has got me in the rut. Usually I can get out of it and never fall back in because I can see the signs.

  3. Get loud: Go to a club, bar or concert- not only will you probably meet some new friends you won’t be able to hear your thought through the bass.

  4. Get try something new: Make it your mission to trying 5 new things a day. Not only will this goal keep you busy, but it will keep you distracted. So with any hope eventually you will forget about your crappy time.

  5. Make plans for the next day: This is probably the single best piece of advice. Everyone has seen the guy/girl who is just floating along and not enjoying it. They don’t seem to have anything going on except waiting to move on to their next destination. Even if its just jumping on the next train do it! And leave the bad juju at the last station!

Getting bummed on the road can easily derail you for a day or two but theres no reason it should make you lose your will to travel. Failing on the road romances, fights with friends or just a boring town is no reason to waste a moment of your trip.

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