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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru, 5336 posts) 28 Aug '07 13:38

Hey everyone

Well I'm back home quite a number of weeks now after my 18 months travel. The first few weeks were weird, but it generally felt good to be back, seeing everyone again and catching up.

Then I had the distraction of findng work again and settling into a new job.

And now....now I have the worst dose of post-travel blues ever.
Needless to say, I'm not being greeted with much sympathy here. Family and friends think I need a kick in the ass to help me settle down again. Not many of them have really ever travelled, so I suddenly find myself with no-one who understands. Boo-hoo poor me right?

Good old Travellerspoint has always been there in the past, so I thought I'd see if there's anyone else out there who can empathise with how utterly fed-up I feel right now.

I just miss backpacking so much.

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru, 4124 posts) 28 Aug '07 13:49

As you know, the bllues last for a very long time. They only really go when you are in the process of planning your next trip.

I do feel fro you.

3. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member, 591 posts) 28 Aug '07 14:26

If there were a emoticon for a virtual hug I would use it, but I guess I'll just have to settle for <ZH>. I hope things get better for you. It's pretty amazing that you were able to spend that long travelling! Things will fall into place, but don't worry, you're not crazy;) Gotta go, as I leave in about 36 hours and I'm only semi-ready
P.S. Depending on where you live, maybe we could get together. Send me a PM if you like

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3600 posts) 28 Aug '07 15:14

I know exactly how you feel - I got home last June after 21 months of being away (mainly NZ). it was great to see everyone again after so long but I missed Auckland and NZ so much and still do. I found that many people were not interested in my travels at all which was hard to take as I had just had this life changing experience!
the only thing I can recommend is start planning your next trip, or even a period working abroad- maybe teaching English. I think it will really help if you start reading about and planning the next place you want to go, and make you feel like you new job has a purpose.

5. Posted by kombizz (Full Member, 1416 posts) 28 Aug '07 19:52

The best solution is to invite all of people around you to a real Irish Guinness to a nice Irish pub.
I am sure everybody forgive for a mistakes that you never did it in the first place !!!

6. Posted by Drexel (Full Member, 39 posts) 28 Aug '07 22:35

There's nothing worse than the dreaded travel blues, I often find when I get home that I can't even bring myself to look at my photo's or even watch the travel channel on TV!

I soon learnt the best way to get over them is to start planning your next trip, that way you're looking forward to the next trip rather than reflecting on the one you've just finished.

Drexel

7. Posted by kenmc (Full Member, 80 posts) 29 Aug '07 03:54

yeah you'll just have to plan your next trip, thats what we did almost as soon as we touched down - 2.5 months in South America either side of christmas, coming up!

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4402 posts) 29 Aug '07 04:37

As the others have said, the next trip is your way out. You'll forever have the people who knew you before not really "get" you anymore; but that's okay, or will be as soon as they'll have learned to accept the new you who'll be frequently on the road.
And the next trip doesn't have to be a long one; a mere month here or three weeks there will often be filled with enough moments to make you breathe in and remember "oh yeah, that's what I'm doing it all for".
If you're really crafty, you can convince some of your friends to accompany you for one of these outings and thus perhaps give them the travel bug too.

I've survived the last two years on a mix of trips of various length; just returned from three weeks Norway, although this last one was a dangerous one, as it's now filled me with the determination to really do a year WHVing in Canada before I turn 30 (assuming I won't have anything tying me down yet), and at least three months of leisurely wandering around Scandinavia tied on to that.

I do have to say that the more countries I get to *know*, the more I've started to appreciate home and the good things I have waiting here for me. I don't know if I'll be wanting to live the rest of my life here, but for the moment, it's the best place I might want to be for those times when I'm not travelling.

Oh, and seriously, what also really helps is getting to talk about your travels here on Travellerspoint. Most of my friends have been pretty interested in my travels, but that only goes so far. Yet where it ends, there's an endless amount of people here on travellerspoint who're just starting out planning their travels, and who really seem to appreciate me rambling about which places they really need to not miss and what kind of experiences they can expect to have and... :) (Wow, does that ever sound like the cheesiest thin excuse to keep you active on the forums here; but I've honestly found it to be a help for my travel blues.)

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 29, 2007, at 4:44 AM by Sander ]

9. Posted by beerman (Moderator, 1631 posts) 29 Aug '07 05:51

Ev, don't think of it as being "home", think of it as an extended stop on your continued voyage. It just so happens you've been here before and know everyone.

Also, try backpacking to the store or the post...it might give you a sense of still travelling. Or, try carrying all your possessions with you wherever you go....if nothing else, it will make you appreciate a hot bath!!

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 29 Aug '07 05:54

Ah, Ev! I do feel for you. I've never travelled nearly as long, but every time I come back from a trip I need to start planning the next one. So a hug and a two-cheeker to you, and I'd say go out and buy yourself a travel guide to anywhere and start thinking abou thow to fit the next trip in. Just not at Christmas! ;)