Post-adventure high

Abby Tegnelia

Tired but happy

I’ve mentioned several times how energized I feel after travel of any kind, an almost post-adventure high. That touch of magic I feel by doing something new or experiencing a place far from home gets me hyped up to tackle whatever is in front of me — even if what I have next is just another day at the office. Hyper, smiley, talkative: all of those cheesy words apply. I just think that getting out of your comfort is the coolest thing. No matter how tired I am, it is a different tired, a more satisfied one than I get from beaten down by too many days at work, as much as I love what I do as a magazine editor.

Not everyone is like me.

On a recent day-trip to the Grand Canyon, I found it interesting how different everyone was on the plane ride home. One person immediately put headphones on, zoning out to whatever history the automated tour guide was yapping on about. Others were zoned out all on their own. Thank goodness I had my friend Laura to play ridiculous word games with me and take silly photos. Yes, I was tired, but I was hyped up, too. After all, we had woken before sunrise, which we watched over the Grand Canyon from a private plane, taken a helicopter ride, and then ridden around the South Rim on a Harley motorcycle tour. Who cares that I had bags under my eyes and not a drop of makeup left to speak of? I was all smiles, on top of the world.

Just like that, being tired no longer mattered. I had my magic back!

Papillon Tours

The rest of my motley crew, pictured above? Tired and zoned out, with or without the help of headphones.

Even though I had been up since 3:45 am, I ran a few annoying errands when we got back and headed to the Strip to meet my friend Maren for a drink at Spago, on her last night in town. She happens to be the best company ever, truly one of my funniest friends of all time. Next thing I knew, we were with a group of people, laughing and having a great time.

I am usually in bed by 9 or 10 pm, and here I was getting awfully close to being awake for 24 hours. (Not quite.) But that’s what happens when I get a supercharge from adventure activity.

I have some very close friends who only jump on a plane once or twice a year, because they say traveling is tiring for them. That’s fine by me — as long as they get out there when it is right for them. But I don’t pretend to understand that!

Does travel give YOU energy?

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I'm a life-long travel junkie journalist who works hard to find adventure in everyday life after two years of travel and expat living.

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  1. Travel definitely energizes me! I can’t get enough hours in the day when I travel (not that I can anyway). I want to go, go, go, and then when I get to a point where I should crash, I scribble for hours in my journal, trying to recall every moment of the day so that I can relieve it for years to come. When I travel, I normally only get 4-5 hours of sleep a night.

  2. I know exactly what you mean! I’m still buzzed after six weeks in Greece & Turkey.
    Maybe it’s adrenaline?

    But I agree, it’s a good kind of (t)ired 😛 (typo on your cover photo)

  3. We are all so alike lol.

  4. Wow…you capped all that off with a visit to Spago? #ImNotWorthy. Adventures like this do seem to get me all jazzed up…it’s the long, 2 week adventures that in the end leave me depressed when they’re all over…

  5. Travel does give me energy, but I’m still not sure if I could hang on a night out after such an early wake-up call. Wait, what am I saying, I did that when I went to Buenos Aires to see Andi – clearly I’m on your team!

  6. I completely agree Abby! I think that’s the thing that us travel bloggers have in common — travel is the thing that breathes life into us.

    Wow, can’t believe I’m leaving for Vegas in just over 24 hours!

  7. The moment I get on the plane all the stress melts away and even if I was bone-weary moments before, I can take on the world when I’m finally underway. 🙂 So glad you had such a fantastic time. 🙂

  8. I love the thrill of planning a trip, the possibilities always make me more energetic.

  9. Travel junkies unite!

  10. Travel for sure gives me energy that I never knew I had!!! And when I combine it was a couple of cups of coffee…wow! 🙂 You look so pretty in that pic of you!

  11. Yeah, when I’m travelling I can do so much more in a day than in regular life – seeing new sights and experiencing new things motivates and energises me (even when my daughter has had a broken night’s sleep!)

  12. Not travelling is tiring 😉

  13. Yes, travel does give me energy — before, during and after. I know exactly what you mean — it’s wonderful!

  14. You’re crazy lady. I always crash super early after adventures!

  15. I’m like you, travel energizes me 🙂

  16. I never thought about it, but I guess it does. What usually happens is that while I’m traveling I run on very little sleep – very unlike me because I LOVE sleep. However, I crash for about a week afterwards depending on the length of the trip. Although I love to hang out at home, every few months I find myself getting restless for the next adventure. And just like you, I don’t need to go far to find it 😉

  17. I definitely feel amped after a trip. It makes me almost antsy, like all I can think about is when I go on another one.

  18. Travel certainly energises me – especially my travels are mainly to protected areas and high species zones: the thrill of not knowing what my next minute experience is going to be makes me going. There has been days when nothing happens but the silence in the forest itself make the adrenaline go 🙂 & to top this a sudden unexpected sighting of a wild tiger / leopard or an elephant makes the icing on the cake 🙂

  19. Everything about travel gets me excited and energized! The problem is…the money and the time needed to do so! I lived in London for two years where I was able to travel and see the world! I am back in the states now, working and living…and not traveling. So now I find I need to find that travel high from READING about traveling! I know, I know it’s not the same at all…but depending on the book….sometimes that excited feeling in the pit of my stomach returns! “Eat, Pray, Love” did that for me and now I just read the book “Until Brazil” by Bethe Lee Moulton and the feeling is back! It’s about a married woman, in a steady job looking for a little excitement! She goes on a business trip to Brazil hoping for a promotion and instead gets immersed in a culture and an experience that she will never forget! If this doesn’t make you want to travel I don’t know what will. – if you don’t have the money to travel, but have that travel itch – read a good book about an adventurous individual (much like yourself)…and I assure you it will give you that little escape that you need!

  20. Travel definitely energizes me, but not necessarily in a hyped up sort of way. I tend to be more relaxed and content than usual. It’s a kind of quiet energy, if you will.

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