Is there anything worse than that moment on your trip when you know you've reached the halfway point and each day is just bringing you closer and closer to your return home?
Oh, right... actually returning home!
It's a weird feeling, and I'm experiencing this myself right now. After 3.5 months on the road, I have returned to my normal life in Sydney, Australia, and the situation, not to mention the weather, is hard to wrap my head around. Even a simple task like unpacking my backpack is proving to be difficult because of my current case of post-travel blues.
In order to battle this problem, I am planning to partake in some of the following:
Plan a new trip
Oh yes, this has already been in the works. Nothing makes me forget that my past travels are over better than planning for new! I think something Eastern European is in the cards, including a stop in Georgia, the home of amazing wine and delicious food.
Make yourself busy
Normally after a trip I need time to decompress, but it is also during this time that I start to feel sad because I have the free time to do so. Instead of lounging in bed and letting my mind wander to the travels that were, heading out to meet friends, jumping back into work, or taking up a new hobby or two (like a 2nd language course) is just what the doctor ordered to battle post-travel blues.
Travel your hometown
I often forget that I live in Sydney, one of the greatest cities in the world. With hundreds of suburbs, countless beaches and gourmet restaurants galore, I can easily get lost trying to learn more about the city that I call home. And why not head off for an entire weekend “away” in the process?
Bring the life of your travels home
What made your travels so exciting? Was it the food, the music, the scenery? For me, it was often the food, many dishes of which I plan to recreate in my kitchen at home. Delicious handmade noodles, Turkish lentil soup and Russian dumplings are all dishes I can cook to make it feel as though I'm still traveling.
Know that appreciating the mundane makes travel exciting
As hard as it is to believe, if you travel long enough, it will get boring. Going home and back to a normal life helps to reset travel before it gets to that point. It also gives you a way to make more money so you can head off to see the exciting world yet again!
What tips do you have for battling the post-travel blues?
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