Hello. My name is Tabitha and I am lazy. It all started when… Wait, this isn’t Lazy People Anonymous. Nevermind.
Ask anyone who knows me: in my home life, I am truly lazy. Yet whenever I travel somewhere, I feel the need to pretend I’m going to do everything. I only end up doing (maybe) half. Of course, I do basic research before going, but always pretend that I can be a go-with-the-flow kind of traveler. Sometimes I actually can be. Other times I get caught in the trap of not being adventurous enough and retreating back to wherever I’m staying. This really only happens when I travel alone… unless I make friends in a hostel and they pull me out of my shell.
I identify as a traveler, but sometimes I’m not sure if I deserve that label.
…Particularly because of my laziness. In my defense, I did have two jobs for awhile and I am generally exhausted. So I don’t have as much time as I would like to be able to travel or the energy to plan it, but honestly, that’s barely a valid excuse. If you love something and you are passionate about it, you do what you gotta do. I say that, but then my laziness likes to waltz back in with a TV remote and pizza.
You would think, as a lazy traveler, that I would choose trips that are all about relaxation. But noooooooo. I have to pick the trips where you gotta get out and see/experience things. I’m not even good at being a lazy traveler.
When has my laziness affected my travels?
Like I said, I try not to over-plan my trips, but then I can leave feeling like I missed out on so much. Not that I ever regret my trips and travels, but FOMO is real. For example, my friend Jessica and I were in Havana, Cuba for three full days and we saw a lot, but I still feel like we skipped over some “must-see”. Don’t ask me to tell you what, because I have no clue – it’s just a feeling I get after leaving a place. I honestly cannot think of a trip I’ve taken where I don’t feel like I missed out or forgot to do something. Maybe it’s just the eternal itch to travel and see everything. So then the self-loathing and old habits of feeling like a lazy bag of bones kicks in.
Do I wish I made more of an effort to not be a lazy traveler?
Of course I do, but it’s not always a bad thing. There have been a few trips where I’m constantly on the move (generally when I’m with others). In those situations, a lazy day (or even a couple lazy hours) might just be what the doctor ordered. Not everyone can go-go-go constantly, and I am definitely one of those people.
Sadly, laziness is one of those things that kind of gets ingrained in who you are over time. If I want to travel more in the future, I do know I’ll have to work on getting out of that bad habit. I am definitely going to try. We’ll see how it goes.