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1. Posted by findemundo (Full Member 127 posts) 11y

I'm traveling, have some money and time left on my hands, and suddently, finding I'm a little bored, or is it homesick? Just want to know how do YOU know when it's time to go home? Thanks.

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I think if you're tired of traveling, and you're thinking that being home would be nice...then its time. If I started feeling the way you described I'd head home and save my money to take another trip (when I'd probably enjoy it more).

As much as I enjoy traveling, I also enjoy coming home.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

I usually have a return ticket, which tells me when it's time to go home :)

But seriously, if you're getting bored, it may be time .. Either that, or find an atlas and see if it inspires you to visit some other place.

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

An alternative is to just find somewhere comfortable, and start doing your everyday things. Such as hot showers, television, music. Go shopping just like you would back home

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

This is something I have been thinking about a lot. Obviously if I'm travelling around the world solo for a year or more, there are going to be some dark days when all I will want to do is book the next flight home.

Is it better to stick it out and keep going? (you're only going to be back to your old dull life when you get back home anyway....)

or

Is it foolish to force yourself to keep spending time and money when you are really feeling miserable?

Has anyone had this dilemma? What did you do? Did you regret your decision?

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

This is something I have been thinking about a lot. Obviously if I'm travelling around the world solo for a year or more, there are going to be some dark days when all I will want to do is book the next flight home.

Strangely enough, at 19 months and counting I haven't had a single day like that.
There've been a handful of days that I felt really depressed and miserable, but not a single one where I even remotely thought about packing up and going home.

I wonder how common that is. But in any case, don't assume you'll be feeling like that.
There's way too much beauty and wonderful sights still left to be seen in this world. Seriously, every time I saw a couple of cockatoos flying over in central Sydney, that added several more months that I could keep going, just like that. :)

As for the original question: yeah, if you don't feel like the above anymore, and can't easily find the inspiration either - then maybe heading home to recharge and prepare yourself for the next trip might be the most worthwhile thing to do.

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Quoting Sander

Strangely enough, at 19 months and counting I haven't had a single day like that.
There've been a handful of days that I felt really depressed and miserable, but not a single one where I even remotely thought about packing up and going home.

I wonder how common that is. But in any case, don't assume you'll be feeling like that.
There's way too much beauty and wonderful sights still left to be seen in this world. Seriously, every time I saw a couple of cockatoos flying over in central Sydney, that added several more months that I could keep going, just like that. :)

That's good to hear Sander. I hope that will be the case. The length of my trip just seems to becoming longer and longer now. I've stopped planning past the first few countries at this stage....I think I'm just trying to mentally prepare myself for all eventualities, so that I dont turn back too early and then regret it later.

Encouraging to see that you're still going strong after 19 months!

8. Posted by findemundo (Full Member 127 posts) 11y

Thank you, everyone, for replying. I love the diverse thoughts, and it's gratifying, in the very least, to know I'm not the only one wondering (sic) around this topic. This does not close this thread, any other thoughts are welcome

9. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

One of the symptoms or signs of culture shock is extreme homesickness, and the sudden intense feeling of loyalty to your own culture. There are many other symptoms as well.

Once everything becomes dull and routine, then the honeymoon stage of being in another country / culture is over. Time to go home or adapt to the new surroundings

10. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

When I was travelling on my own without a return flight home I never was lonely and I have met many beautiful and amazing people I connected with very well. But one day after 11 months right out of the blue, I knew now I want to go home and share my experience with my closest friends and family. I was on the next plane and it was the right decision. Guess, I never miss the place called home, but the people who are there!