News Fatigue and Travel Blogging

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here, and I apologize for that. To be honest, I have numerous posts sitting in my drafts folder but I haven’t been able to bring myself to push send or put on the final touches.

Why?

Since I returned from my great time away a few months ago, traipsing around Europe, a lot has happened in the US.

Orlando.

Baton Rouge.

St. Paul.

Dallas.

Things seemed to go wild around the world as well.

Nice.

Turkey.

And countless other destructive and fatal events. I don’t talk about it much on here (because it’s a travel blog!) but I’m a television news journalist. In my job, I’m always on top of breaking news, reading and absorbing everything, glued to the  graphic images and emotional footage of devastating events. When others can shut it off by turning off the TV or logging out of social media, my role often requires me to continue to follow the story deeper and far past the limits of casual news watchers. The result of this? I suffered from news fatigue.

News Fatigue aka Compassion Fatigue: The emotional residue or strain of exposure to working with those suffering from the consequences of traumatic events. It differs from burn-out, but can co-exist. Compassion Fatigue can occur due to exposure on one case or can be due to a “cumulative” level of trauma. – American Institute of Stress 

My favorite way to get out of a funk is normally to book a trip somewhere. [insert quote here about not having fear and not letting the terrorists win, right?!] Sometimes it’s not quite that simple. Not only did I not feel like updating my blog the past few weeks, but it almost felt wrong to share photos of frolicking in a new city and sharing tips on how to save money abroad. Like who cares about that when there’s all these terrible things happening in the world? Why would it even matter right now?

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I never came up with the answers to those questions and I may never. But what I do know is that it’s okay to log off sometimes for self-care purposes.

Keep pushing, keep traveling, keep fulfilling your wanderlust. New posts on the blog soon.

xo,

Robin

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