Getting Over The Post-Travel Blues: Readjusting after your big trip

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To travel is to truly live life – post-travel it gives us the feeling of freedom, a knowledge that can’t be taught, and a respect for the world we never else would have know. Travel completely changes a person and makes one’s heart that little bit more full.

However, constant travel can’t always last forever. Money doesn’t grow on trees and commitments cannot be swept under the carpet. There’s a very powerful message we once heard that goes something like this: “The more you see, the more you realise you haven’t seen”. Oh, how we can relate to that… Coming home from a trip is hard, let’s not beat around the bush. Travel withdrawals are common, and the want to be back where you just left can sometimes be overwhelming. We’ve all been there, and we all wish we knew how to cure those post-travel blues, so we’ve come up with a few things that can help:

Don’t Be In Denial

You’re feeling crappy about being home – that’s okay! Ride with it a little, don’t completely deny yourself those feelings. Trying to ignore those post-travel blues definitely won’t help. Write down the reason you are feeling down about being home. Once you see them written down it becomes a lot easier to digest. Keep reading them back when you are feeling down and start adding positive points next to them. For example, ‘I miss constantly meeting new people and being in new environments’ BUT ‘I love reconnecting with old friends and remembering what I love about my hometown.

Keep Your Adventurous Spirit Alive In Your Own Town

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Heard the phrase ‘be a tourist in your own town’? Yup, do that.
Now you know what it is like to travel the world, I bet you’ve realised you’ve never really travelled much around your own country. Look at guidebooks, read blog posts, go to tourism centres – all the things you would never think of going because you live there. Take your camera, go and explore what is immediately around you. Who said travelling had to be going abroad?

Start Something Completely New

I don’t know you, but I KNOW you learnt something new on your trip. I know you probably learnt how to speak another language (even if it was badly), how to finally get a good photo, or how to not feel awkward in a social situation. I KNOW I learnt something new, and you do too. So use that – in a way you never have done before – grab your camera and keep learning, the world is a blank canvas now. Or join a language class, laugh with others about mishaps, mistakes and travel memories.

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Get Planning

So you know you love travelling, you know you want to be back, so what now? planning trip dream Get planning of course! Work out when you realistically can next go away. Check out up-and-coming public holidays and plan around those if you don’t have any holiday left from work. Hey, if you live in Europe, pop along to another country this weekend instead of having another drunken night out in your hometown! Planning is all part of the fun and a great way to beat those holiday blues.

Share The Love

With all of those travel stories inside you, it would be a crime to keep them to yourself. Share them with your friends, family and even strangers like us reading this now. Start a blog, a Pinterest board or just get Instagramming. You would be surprised how many people want to listen to what you have to say.
After all, you’ve just been somewhere that millions of others haven’t – never forget there is always someone that wished they were in your shoes – and if they can’t be, to hear your stories.

Let Travel Change You

Don’t be the same person you were before you left. Let travel improve you, let it soften you, let it make you less worried, less angry and less jealous. Let travel make you all the good things you saw in others. If you let yourself be kinder you will lose those blues a lot easier – mainly because you will realise that although you are home and you would rather be back on the road – you will only regret the chances you didn’t take, not the ones you did.

23 replies
  1. Rebekah Cutter
    Rebekah Cutter says:

    I’m travelling now, and yes it’s fantastic. But real life doesn’t stop and it’s ok to go back and rediscover what was there all along. Travel changes you in ways you realise and equally don’t realise at the time. I haven’t been home yet but when I do a whole different life awaits. Setting up my own flat, getting my first job after uni, reconnecting with those best friends whose life didn’t stop just because you left. Travel and adventure is right on your doorstep. The best times are still waiting to happen. Plan & do.

  2. Don
    Don says:

    Have guitar will travel… Best thing about being a busker is that you just have to find a city busk for a few days then stay for a few months… Or turn it into a business …. why not

  3. Elly
    Elly says:

    Find a project after travel and become a Workaway host! We decided to move to Italy and have renovated a house for the last year and a half with the help of over 40 workawayers. This way you still get the buzz of meeting new people from all over the world and share travel stories and learn from people who understand, and now we rent out rooms to travellers to fund our future trips. Life doesn’t have to go back to normal when you get home!


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