I’m suffering from the post travel blues – seriously .
It’s been almost two months since I got back from being in Australia. Being away for so long is great. Coming home after all this time; not so great. I have had quite a rough time figuring out what I want to do now that I’m back home. At first I literally felt like my life was hopeless. What am I really doing with my life? I’m seeing all my friends buying houses and getting pregnant, while I have “just been travelling”. Luckily, I’m now appreciating the time I’ve spent abroad and the way I’ve decided to spend the last couple of years. It took me a while, but I feel like I have a clear vision of what I want to do now and I’m motivated to pursue my goals. While I’m doing that, here’s some tips on how to overcome post travel depression.
Give your body time to adjust
If you have been away for a long time it’s always difficult to get back into a normal routine. Don’t feel like you have to rush yourself into anything – it’s okay to take a little while to get back into things. Give your body time to adjust to the different time zones. Get as much sleep as you need, eat at the right times, take a shower or a bath and pamper yourself a little bit. Travelling can be hectic and when you get home it’s okay to take a little bit of time for yourself.
Meet up with friends and family
Your friends are probably curious to hear what you have been up to. Show them your pictures, tell them stories and relive your experiences. Also listen to what they have been doing in the time that you’ve been away. Isn’t it nice to have people around you who are genuinely interested in you, even if you’ve been away for so long? Appreciate them!
Write about your travels
If you haven’t been keeping up with your travel journal whilst you were on the road, this is the time to do it. While all those memories are still fresh, you want to get them on paper so you can re-read them in the future. Believe me, you will thank yourself for it. Writing is also a great way to process experiences or lessons you might have learnt. Travelling (alone) for a long time can be quite challenging and confronting, and looking back on it and actually writing down what you have learnt is a great way to organize your thoughts. It’s also a good way to enjoy the memories you’ve made and to see how much you have accomplished.
Reflect on what you want in life
Is the field you’re working in still something you want to go for the next couple of years? Or did you find any new insights that might have shifted your perspective? Do you maybe want to move to a different city, or country even? Inevitable, questions like these will pop up. Take your time to think about these questions and see what your options are. Ask your partner, parents or anyone close to you what they think. It’s normal to have mind boggling questions when you get back from travelling, but it can be quite hard to actually answer them by yourself. Just remember that it is okay, and that you are not the only one who experiences this. Take your time, reflect, ask around – and then decide what you want, and go for it.
Something I tend to do is sit at home and sulk about not travelling. Not a good idea. Force yourself to go outside at least once a day. It can be going to the gym, going shopping, meeting up with a friend or going for a walk – just keep yourself busy. There’s so much to do where you live, too.
Organize your environment
Whenever I come back from a trip – whether I’ve been abroad for two weeks or two months – coming back feels like a new start. One of the first things I like to do is organize my place. I’ll do into every drawer, every cupboard, onto every shell and look at all the stuff (shit) I own and I ask myself: Did I miss this while I’ve been away? Do I still need this? In the end, I throw out a lot of stuff that I don’t really use. Some things I donate to charity, give to friends or sell online (like clothing). This is also a nice way to earn a little bit of money back of everything you’ve spent.
Copy things of your travels into your routine
Are there any things you’ve learned abroad that you want to do here too? I noticed that I was a lot more social and outgoing than I usually am back home, and it made me happier. So I decided that I was going to try and apply that type of me into my life here too. Maybe you found a new hobby, like yoga, hiking, diving or even travelling itself. See if there is a way that you can incorporate this into your daily routine.
And finally… plan your next trip
If you love travelling, there is always a next destination. Where do you want to go to next? Maybe there’s a city nearby that you haven’t been to, or a national park you haven’t seen. Try to see your everyday life as an adventure, and your life will be filled with travels! 🙂
For anyone who’s dealing with post travel depression, I hope you’ve learned something from this, but mostly hoping you get out of your rut soon. Stay positive and please leave a comment or maybe another suggestion on how to get over your travel blues. 🙂