You know what they say – all good things must come to an end. And I’m sad to say that this also applies to travelling and discovering what the rest of the world has to offer.
Heading home after your adventures, or even a holiday, isn’t easy. I felt the brunt of it when I returned from the US after a month of living there over September. I’d felt so carefree, so happy and constantly brimming with excitement and wonder that coming home felt dull, uninspired and stifled.
Sure, you might be looking forward to sleeping in your own bed once again, but that’s just about it…
Travelling the world can really open your eyes to what else is out there, so much so that everything else seems to pale in comparison, especially your old, “normal” life back home.
So, what can you do to make the transition a little easier? Well, read on for 5 things to do when you come back from travelling. Good luck!
How to Survive Post-Travel Blues – What To Do After Coming Back From Travel?
Print those photos
I’m sure that your tech is positively bursting with incredible images, selfies and breathtaking moments from your trip.
So, don’t leave them hidden away forever on a hard drive or within the depths of social media. Get your favourite ones printed and up on display, to serve as a reminder of how wonderful your trip was.
From classic canvas prints to beautiful plastic posters, there are plenty of ways you can display your favourite images and brighten up your day, especially if you’re feeling a little low.
Try a little self-care
I’m sure travelling has opened your eyes and your mind to so much. But, there’s no denying that travelling is tiring and when things go wrong, it can often feel like an ongoing stress that is punctuated with moments of joy and awe.
It takes its toll on your body and mind, so when you’re back home, why not try a little self-care? Get a massage for all those aching muscles. Hit the gym if you’re feeling a little sluggish and unfit. Get plenty of uninterrupted sleep. Enjoy the luxury of air con. Or just enjoy not having to worry about losing your passport all the time!
Start a blog!
This, however, isn’t always the best way to create long-term memories – you may struggle to re-find all of your favourite memories when you’re in the mood to reminisce.
So why not start your own online journal in the form of a blog and keep all your stories, anecdotes and advice all in one easy to find place. Who else could benefit from your experience abroad? Do you have some amazing stories to tell? The more you travel, the more you can add to it!
Try something new
You’ve gotten used to handling new environments, new people and new experiences, so don’t stop now! Use your newfound confidence to help you to learn something new and keep your mind busy and active.
Discover a new language class, or try a new skill like baking, sewing or take up an instrument.
Plan your next trip
The best way to get over returning after your trip? Book your next one of course!
It’s true that once you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, it can be hard to escape it. If you’re lucky enough to have the funds, then you can book your next adventure as soon as you get home.
Or if you’re not in the best place financially right now, that’s alright. Save what you can and while you’re building up those pennies, you can still plan where you’d like to visit next and even start an itinerary.
It’ll get you motivated into returning to work and you’ll always have something to look forward to and will certainly help keep you feeling upbeat and positive.
Unpack that case
We’ve all been there – you get home after being away on an amazing trip and you’re exhausted.
You pull out the essentials and leave the rest of your case mostly full in the corner of the room and tell yourself that you’ll feel better after some sleep and you’ll sort it all out then…
Normal life and daily responsibilities kick in and suddenly you’ve been back 3 weeks and you can’t find that top you wanted to wear tomorrow and you guiltily remember that case lurking in the corner.
Don’t let this be you! I know it can look like a long and boring job, but you’ll feel so much better once it’s done. It’s a great way to go through any treasures you’ve brought home to remember your trip by too.
Keep in contact
Whether you meet while sunbathing at a poolside or got chatting while queueing up for an exhilarating experience, meeting new people and making friends can be one of the best parts of travelling.
Even if you now find yourselves on opposite sides of the world to each other, staying in touch can make it seem like you haven’t left everything behind from your amazing trip, so getting back into normal life feels a little easier.
After all, the best moments are often ‘you had to be there’ style, so keep up with the ones who were there and you could even have a ready-made travel buddy all set for your next adventure!
Carry on those good habits
You might have surprised yourself while travelling by picking up a good habit or two – I had a newfound love of hiking from conquering the mountains in Japan; I also find myself taking better care of my skin because of all the sun from Hawaii. Living out of a small suitcase has helped also helped me hone my organisational skills and realize I don’t need much to be happy.
Keep up with these good habits when you get home. Take them and work them into your everyday life, and I guarantee there will be a great hiking spot not too far from you that is waiting to be discovered or re-explored with your new outlook.
We all know these are great habits to have but getting started is often the hardest part so all you have to do now is keep it up.