Returning home after traveling the world is often fairly depressing. It means saying goodbye to freedom, fun, relaxation, new experiences and adventures everyday and returning back to reality, which typically means being tied down to work and responsibility and potentially getting yourself out of debt. Major buzzkill.
But it doesn’t have to be all bad. Here are some advice on how to deal with the post-travel blues:
Firstly, realize that your post-travel blues are a first world problem and that you were very fortunate to be able to travel. The majority of the people in the world will never have the luxury of world travel.
If you were sad to go home, that means you had a great travel experience. Which is great because it’s always better to end on a high, than a low. And it’s always good to leave something to come back to.
You get the biggest and best hugs ever from the people who missed you.
Focus on the positives: get back to eating healthier, exercising and sleeping in your own bed and not having to share a room and bathroom with multiple people. You no longer have to worry about getting scammed, locking up your things, getting mugged or pickpocketed and you can do and eat all the things you love and missed. My last few trips (to the Middle East and Africa) made me really appreciate home and I was actually ok with going home. For once.
Explore your own city. When you return home after an extended period of time, there will be new things in your city for you to explore (and some things you forgot about, so they seem new), so it’s like exploring a new city… almost 😉
Try new activities. When you’re traveling you often do things you wouldn’t necessarily do back home, like bungee jumping, skydiving, mountain biking etc. Why stop when you return home? Or you could volunteer or take a language class, which always helps with future travels. And with any new activity, you’ll meet interesting people. Life back home doesn’t have to be boring.
You learn more about who you are, what matters and what doesn’t. You’ll find yourself buying less material things because you realize you don’t need them. This will also help you save for your next adventure.
Do something creative with your travel memories. Compile your best pictures into an photo album or your journal into a travel blog.
Keep in touch with your new friends from around the world. Social media makes it impossible not to. A lot of the best people I’ve ever met have been people I met while traveling. And no doubt you’ve had a few offers to stay or meet up with some of these friends again.
And the best way to get over the post-travel blues?
Plan and work toward another trip, so you have a goal and something to look forward to.