Yes, post travel depression is a thing. People who have just come back from traveling abroad will know what I’m talking about. You’ve just returned home from a life changing adventure with visiting new places, meeting foreign people and crazy experiences being almost a daily occurrence. The reunions are over, your travel stories have been told and you’ve finally realised that, apart from a new 7-Eleven opening up down the road, nothing has changed.
Everything you would’ve thought to be exciting about coming home is now about as interesting as eating nothing but cabbage for a year straight. Looking at Facebook photos just makes it worse and the very thought of having to get back to a full time routine has you rolling your eyes and wanting to do nothing but climb back into bed.
I know, it’s shit, but in this post I will try to look at the positive side of heading back home. These are my 7 tips for dealing with post travel depression.
Try Not To Work Straight Away
There’s nothing worse than coming home on a Sunday and returning to work on a Monday. The contrast in lifestyle is enough to make want to pour some of the free hot office coffee over your boss’s face and tell him you quit.
Why not take some time to settle in back without the added pressure of a work environment? Use this time to reflect on the awesome adventure you’ve had, even if it’s just a couple of days, it will definitely help.
Take Advantage Of Your Travel Vibe While It Lasts
Constant stimulation of the mind is something that most people aren’t used to when they’re stuck in a daily routine, but you have the advantage of just coming home from one of the most stimulating things on the planet: travel. Ever noticed that people seem to be drawn to you while you’re on holidays? It’s because they are usually picking up on a certain vibe you’re giving off. It’s fun, it’s care-free, it’s a feeling of being up for any adventure that comes your way. Instead of being a hopeless nostalgic jerk, concentrate on using this to your advantage. It’s difficult to keep, but try your best to use what’s left of your travel vibe while you have it.
Explore Your Own TownEven after living in my home town for decades I really didn’t go exploring because I didn’t feel the need to be a tourist in my own country. Having to return home gives you this exact opportunity. Try taking cheap weekend trips to a nearby place you’ve never been before. You may think you’ve seen everything your home town or city has to offer, but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you find. I know I was.
Stay In Contact With People You Met On Your Travels
Don’t allow your new travel buddies to become just another Facebook ‘friend’ you never talk to. These people are one of the reasons you had such an awesome time. Say ‘Hey’ once in while. Ask them where they are and where they’re planning on going next. You never know, you may end up in the same place in the near future.
A very high percentage of the world doesn’t have the opportunity to travel as much as you do. Some people have no idea what holidays or vacations are! Think yourself lucky that you were able to have some time off to explore a foreign country without having to worry about how you were going to afford food or accommodation. Travel is a privileged that most people go without.
Implement What You’ve Learned
Although you may look similar, you are not the same after you return home from a lengthy backpacking adventure. Your mind has begun to open, your idea of how the world works is now not how you were taught it should be in school. Use what you’ve learned to inspire others and if you don’t believe your trip changed the way you think, even a little, you didn’t go for long enough.
Plan Your Next Trip
This is the best part. Although you’ve only just returned, it always eases the mind to plan your next trip. It may not be possible for another few months or even years, but it’s always a good idea to have a goal to work towards.
Anyone else had experience with this? What has worked for you?