A Traveler’s Post-Travel Syndrome (returning back home)

Coming back home from a long period of travel usually ends up to be a lot harder than expected.

When you leave your home for a new adventure abroad you expect to experience a lot of new things. You’ll have to adapt yourself to new environments and you’ll be meeting new people from a different cultures. You’ll be growing your personality.

You want to see the world, explore, learn and have fun. Right? Travel is a wonderful way to get to know more about yourself. Because you’re out of your comfort zone.

When you travel, you won’t think a lot about how things will be when you get back home. That makes sense, because you’re too busy with enjoying yourself. You shouldn’t be bothering about it because you’re having the time of your life. But I have to tell you that in the end, getting used to society again can be a struggle.

In this article, I will tell you about my experience of coming back home after a long period of travel. I gave this occurrence the name of “A travelers’ post-travel syndrome”.

Part 1: welcoming the first week back home

Whats better in life than being able to sleep in your own comfy bed? This feeling, plus getting to eat your favorite food and to see your friends and family again will be a relief after a long period of travel. The first week of coming back home will be wonderful. When you have to miss people for a long time, you realize how much they really mean to you. And when you see the people you care for again, you feel great. Those are precious moments.

Getting back home from a long period of time of travel often brings up a feeling of nostalgia. Memories from long before your trip come to your mind and the feeling of a warm home brings up a touch of euphoria. You’ll be able to tell stories and show pictures of your travels to people you know. It will be wonderful to look back at your experiences abroad when you get back home.

Part 2: planning on how to save money for future travels

After you get home from a holiday, you’ll want to go traveling again soon. Especially because your normal life back home asks for of responsibilities and duties. You need to plan ahead if you want to save money for your future travels. It will not be easy. Getting used to society again can be difficult as it sobers up from your travel mood. You’ll want to save money again for your next trip as soon as possible, but still enjoy your life as well. And life is costly, let’s not argue about that. It’s especially tough when you have to build your savings back up from the start again. From zero. That’s why it’s always a good idea not to spend all your money on your trip.

Part 3: being nostalgic about how good your life was as a traveler

After picking up your life again back home, you’ll get used again to the routine of your daily life. You will probably need a job to save money again. It’s a fact that you’ll be daydreaming about your travels in the past. Nostalgia will jump up in your mind whenever possible: in the train, bus, or when walking on the sidestep of the road. Relentlessly, these moments are precious as they are filled with joy.

unnavigated-back-homeHiking in the magnificent nature of Crete in Greece.

Missing the daily adventures and the ‘joy the la vie’

When you get back home after a long period of travel, you’ll start to miss it. Because when you travel you had a lot of adventures and shared great moments with other people. These were great moments of joy. It feels good to try and re-imagine those moments when you get back home. The solution: embrace these memories and dream ahead about your next trip!

Part 4: the inevitable return of traveling the world

A supreme moment: months or years have past whilst you have been trying to save money for a new adventure abroad. You found a right new timing to start traveling again. The dream of it has become reality. After you click that button to book your plane ticket, everything changes because you’ll have something amazing to look forward to. The next steps now will all be about planning your trip ahead. Because you’ll be sitting on that plane soon. It will feel great to be on the road again.

Anxiety will come as you move closer to your date of departure.

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A Travelers’ Post-Travel Syndrome: Coming Back Home
A Travelers’ Post-Travel Syndrome: Coming Back Home

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