I am due to go on my RTW trip in 5 months and cant wait. Recently alot of my friends have said "what you gonna do when you get home"......and my response was:
"I have no idea, to be honest i dont want to come back to the UK. But we will cross that bridge when we get to it!"
I will be quitting my well paid job and not really that keen on getting back into the same field when i return therefore it is something that is at the back of my head because the last time i came home from travelling I had the post travel blues for at least 2 months!
Just wanted to know what everyone else did when they returned home and how they felt? Happy or sad? /
I think the best option would be to look for a fun job first - just so you have a reason to wake up in the morning, earn a bit of money (lord knows you might even be skint by this time and need some!) and know that that it isnt about a whole day/week of meetings and stressful deadlines.
Don't worry about trivial things like that - just enjoy your travels. just think - there are loads and loads of people out there who would do anything to be in your shoes ;-)
Travelling (for two years) gave me the confidence to avoid the whole "get a job" ratrace altogether and to just go freelancing. Been doing that for a bit over two years now (three years if you count doing the same while travelling), and haven't regretted the decision for a moment yet.
It's still work, of course, and doesn't solve the post travel blues, which people back home never understand - but hanging out here at travellerspoint and plotting the next trip makes it bearable, and meanwhile I'm taking a lot more enjoyment out of my work than I would otherwise.
Just wanted to know what everyone else did when they returned home and how they felt?
Don't return home! It's worked for me.
I find that you need periods of work or being loosely based somewhere (whether it be "home" or somewhere else) are actually important to help give your travels etc some kind of perspective, and help you appreciate them even more. Having said, actually going"Home" (which means different things to different people) is something i can't even begin to contemplate, and i hope i never will. (((in this context for me, i'm talking about home being as living in the UK on any kind of long term or permanent basis)))
But don't worry about what you are going to do afterwards, If you do, you won't enjoy the trip in itself, and lots of things can happen whilst you are away, lots of new ideas or new options which open up for you, which will change your thinking anyway.
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 3, 2008, at 6:17 AM by Gelli ]