Soaking it all in
Obviously it takes a great deal of planning and saving to voyage to the opposite side of the world. And a person who's gone to the trouble of doing that would be pretty silly not to take advantage of the opportunity to see and do on their travels all the things they can't see and do at home. BUT. There is a limit. And at certain points on a crazy ramble through four countries over six weeks some travellers just might hit it. Several times. This means that, mystifying though it might seem to those at home who are expecting the distant traveller to pack their days with ancient buildings and various increasingly esoteric historical sites, sometimes they'll just want to veg. To soak up the scenery, to recharge the batteries. They may, not unreasonably, consider their trip also their holiday for the year (or longer). And they're not evil for wanting to enjoy it. Even if that means they miss out on some stuff they could conceivably have seen if they had raced around the place. Europe, for example, is a big continent, containing big countries, with big cities, full of sights and sites with at least some interest and point to them. But you can't possibly see everything. And the more you see, the less special and unique each individual sight becomes. You can see a few things and ponder them slowly, or you can try to cram everything in and be left with a meaningless blur. Sure, you'd be able to tick all the boxes on the Things You Must See In Europe checklist and impress your more shallow friends (ah yes, I was there! Here's a photograph of me pointing at it!) but so what? Is that really why you spent 22 hours on a plane two weeks at sea?