Experiencing feelings of sadness, nostalgia and discontent is common after returning home from a vacation or trip around the world. Even after two-week vacations people experience the post travel blues and are unhappy returning to their monotonous routines. Now if you have only ever taken a short holiday, you wouldn’t have experienced the same level of post travel blues as someone who has sold all their belonging, packed their lives into a bag and moved overseas.
When I returned to Australia after a year of backpacking I spent weeks struggling to settle in. Looking back I have put together a list of things I should have done to reduce my post travel blues. I recommend you take my advice and…
Don’t convince yourself you won’t get it
You probably will! Sure, you will get home, it will be exciting to see your family and friends, visit your favourite café and head to your favourite local spot, but once the “honeymoon” phase ends, you will want to be on the next plane out.
When we travel, we learn so much and change so much, but often don’t realize this until we are back at home, where nothing else has changed. Your friends and family will be working full-time, settled into their routines and living their lives. Expect to feel lost and displaced on return, but don’t let it stop you.
Get into a healthy routine
Exercise, eat healthily and get into a healthy sleeping pattern. This will allow you to bounce back faster.
Get back to work
You won’t want to go back to work, but waiting will only prolong the post travel blues.
Get a job as soon as possible, find a house and buy a car. If you do these things sooner rather than later, you can start enjoying your life at home faster, and start saving for your next adventure.
I have taken 2-year long trips around the world and on both occasions, I came home with $0. It goes without saying that having money on your return certainly relieves the feeling of stress.
Relive your trip
For as long as you can! Look through your pictures, read your diary, reminisce and be thankful for the good times and all the amazing people you met.
Share your experiences with friends, show them photos and share your stories and passion for travel and other cultures.
When I backpacked through South and Central America for three months, I moved every few days and was exploring every day. I never had time to appreciate what was happening because I was always finishing one adventure and packing for the next.
In a way, it is nice to have time to really appreciate and embrace experiences and how they changed you.
Limit your time on social media
Spending a lot of time on social media, watching other people globetrot endlessly certainly doesn’t help with the post travel blues. Instead of sitting around feeling jealous of those who seem to have no limits to how or where they travel, get outside and ….
Be a tourist at home
Never stop exploring, there is always something around that you haven’t seen, or an activity you haven’t done.
Go to local hostels and meet tourists, stay connected with other cultures, share their journey with them and show them your home like a local.
Set new goals
Now you are home, you have time to achieve your goals. Start by working out what your goals are, then create an action plan to achieve them. Your goals may be around saving for your next trip, advancing in your career or improving your fitness and health. Whatever your goals are, you can be sure that taking steps to achieve them will make you feel good.
Sure, you can have goals overseas, but it is much easier to get distracted.
Learn something new
When we travel we are constantly trying and learning new things, so why not do the same at home. Sign up for that salsa class around the corner or start studying a new language. Doing these things will help you beat the post travel blues because you will feel like you are still travelling.
Visit your family and friends
I’m sure at some point on your overseas trip you experienced homesickness. Now you are home, make the most of it and spend time with your loved ones.
AND FINALLY…. Start saving and plan another trip!
The best fix for post travel blues is planning your next adventure! The sooner you get a job and start saving, the sooner you can get out into the world again. A Travellers Footsteps has destination guide from over 20 countries to help you plan your trip. And my overseas travel checklist is a MUST! You can download it here below.
Start a blog
Blogging is one of my favourite ways to relive my trip! I love looking over my photos and creating destination guides and itineraries. It helps me relive my trip as I create, and will always be here for my memories. If you want to start a blog, I have created a detailed guide walking you through every step, using video tutorials. Click here to start a blog.
So there you go, my strategies for dealing with the post travel blues. In summary, get on with it, get into a routine, find work, start saving and NEVER STOP EXPLORING!