The Lazy Tourists of Agra, India

by Brenna Holeman

Agra, India

Once in a while, when you’ve been up since the crack of dawn and you’ve already seen one of the most beautiful places in the world, sightseeing just doesn’t appeal anymore. We had Canadians, Brits, Austrians, Norwegians, one German and one Dutch person in this group, and we were all exhausted and completely disinterested by the time we got to our final destination of the day. We had simply seen too much in too little time. I’m sure if I went back to the Red Fort today, I would love it, but at that moment…all I wanted to do was go back to the hotel and drink some chai.

Have you ever felt this way? Has sightseeing ever seemed boring or tiresome? 

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Sarah Dobson January 22, 2013 - 3:04 am

Ha! This reminds me so much of being on safari in the Serengeti. On the first day I snapped about 300 photos of zebra and wildebeest and squealed watching them gallop an frolic but by day 4 my safari mates and I agreed that we couldn’t care less if we never saw another zebra of wildebeest for the rest of our lives after having seen lions, cheetahs, leopards and elephants! (I take it back now, I love zebras!!)

This Battered Suitcase January 22, 2013 - 5:04 am

Sarah – Ha ha! Yes, I’ve totally been there. It’s incredible how quickly “amazing” things become the norm when we travel. I try very hard to never take things for granted, but sometimes I just get overwhelmed/tired/bored…which is totally human! Great story about Africa…

Antastesia. January 22, 2013 - 12:06 pm

When I was in Sweden, in Stockholm I was so tired that I fell asleep in the tourbus( the choice to get in one was already the consequence of me being so tired), so I ended up seeing … well nothing of the city!
I really didn’t like the city though, but at that time the only thing I wanted was my bed!

[Ali] To Be Continued... January 22, 2013 - 1:16 pm

I felt exactly the same just the other day in Tikal “oh, mooore ruins… *sigh*” haha xx

Christine loves to Travel January 22, 2013 - 2:42 pm

It happens..after a couple of churches in Europe, it all feels the same. I feel the fatigue and I cannot go to another “must see” monument/building.

Wondering and Wandering January 23, 2013 - 12:39 am

Unfortunately this has happened to me countless times while traveling. I’m currently in Japan, and yesterday I went to yet another temple and it was just the straw that broke the camel’s back! Too many temples in too little time! No more temples! But then you always can’t help but feel a bit bad if you don’t go see that next “must see” thing…

This Battered Suitcase January 23, 2013 - 2:38 am

I’m glad to know I’m not alone! Thank you so much for your comments, everyone…

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures January 23, 2013 - 2:39 am

Yes, I have felt this many times! I didn’t feel this way in Agre though. I couldn’t get enough!!!

This Battered Suitcase January 23, 2013 - 2:48 am

Andi – I had already been in India for a few weeks, with heavy sightseeing every day. We were all just so exhausted, ha ha!

girlunstoppable January 28, 2013 - 5:44 am

Haha, looks like it’s a good thing that I didn’t have a chance to go to the Red Fort (my train to Agra was several hours late). I’ve experienced this kind of sightseeing burnout… in SE Asia we called it being “templed-out”. Many of the great sights of the world can be truly special, but there are a lot of recommended places that are lackluster. Sometimes it’s more fun just to wander around town or people watch at a cafe!

This Battered Suitcase January 30, 2013 - 6:06 am

Girlunstoppable – I totally agree with your last two sentences! I often feel that I get more of a sense of the location if I just hang out or walk around.


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