Hey guys, as most people decide to buy a travel journal or start a blog before a big trip, and then a month in, or maybe a week never write again. Well that was me, but I am finally back after 13 months of globetrotting and wow it has been 10 days feels like 5.
I decided I am back to writing in this thing. In my 13 months of travel I visited so many incredible places and learned soooooo much about traveling cheap, fun, light, and all the other describing words. I want to share it all with you. I want to list all the must visit places and how to do it on a budget.
In this post I will be talking about how to get over the post travel blues. Obviously it will be hard to adjust after a holiday away even if it is only a few weeks or a month. Your life at home takes a pause for you but no one else, everyone still goes by doing their everyday things, meeting up, celebrating birthdays, getting engaged, having babies and you see the changes via facebook at times if you are lucky. Personally I missed so much, people starting and ending relationships, babies being born, careers taking off and much more.
For me transitioning was always easy I would just slip back into University and work, but this time it was different. Before I embarked on my adventure I left work and finished uni, when I came back I had nothing and it was so strange not having a purpose. I was in this limbo of transition. I missed the adventure I lived with for the past 13 months and the friendliness of strangers. I loved being back with my friends and family, when I was with them it felt like I was only gone for a week.
I began to brainstorm on how to get back to my life at home and still be happy. Below are nine tips from me to you. Enjoy the read.
- Let your friends know you are back, and not just by a long ass post on facey telling everyone how much fun you had and how sad you are it is over. Pick up the phone and call them or send them a message, especially if you haven’t reached out while you have been away. You may feel a little left out that your friends haven’t invited to any events but that is probably because they don’t know you are back.(Photo from Acatenango Volcano, Guatemala)
- Organize to catch up with your friends. I know it is easy just to wait for someone to invite you somewhere but why not make the first move. Your calendar will fill up faster than you can say “Would you like to catch up on…?”.
- Continue exploring. Explore your own city you would be surprised how many cool touristy things you can do around where you live that you haven’t ever heard off.
- Go do the things you love doing when you are home, go to your favourite bar, see some local live music, eat at your favourite café, cook in your own kitchen, lie in your own bed, go to your For me its been cooking in my kitchen and going to my beach. (Photo from Perth, Australia)
- De-clutter your life, as they say, “out with the old and in with the new”. You obviously came back home with lots of new things why not sell the old and start saving for your next adventure.
- Engage in some life admin. Write a to do list of all the things you need to sort out now that you are back. It could be paying outstanding bills, making that insurance claim, applying for a job, completing your tax return, washing the car, catching up with mates. After start ticking off the tasks, and when done look over everything you have completed and feel proud!
- Do something that did while you were away. Sometimes people think that you can only do certain tasks while on holiday but try and in cooperate those little things you enjoyed so much into your daily life. For me it is reading and hiking, I never had time to read and never bother to go on at home but it gave me so much joy while I was away. For you it may be cooking, horse riding, swimming, scuba diving, dancing salsa, you know better than I.(Photo from Viñales, Cuba)
- Don’t stop yourself from enjoying life. I know most people come home with a huge debt after traveling or feel that now they are at home they have to act different, but don’t let that stop you from occasionally treating yourself. Sometimes ask yourself, “If I was travelling would I say yes to this?”, if the answer is yes why are you saying no just because you are in a different location. Just because you are home doesn’t mean you have to stop doing fun and adventurous things.
- Get back into shape. Most of the time we come back with a few more kilos or just less fit than we were before we left this could effect our self esteem. Get back to your usual work out scheme whether it be re-joining the gym or finding some community events to help you get motivated.