...and here I am in Georgia again, where it is a wonder how I survived a hot summer without once setting foot on a beach and where my beloved sushi is a mission to find.
That's so funny! My other half and I were on the Metro this morning, still pining over our recent trip and planning how many days we'll spend with his family in May and how may days will be left over to go somewhere else in September. So I said "We may have to make it somewhere not too far..." and he replied "Well, we've never seen Savannah..." and we did that light-up-our-eyes thing and I've been in a good mood ever since!
My niece is moving to Savannah for school very soon, she loves it there! Haven't been(I live a 3 hour drive away from there).
I don't know, I'm in a mood this morning where I'm finding the recession more depressing than ever, plus I always felt more at home when I was away from home, and I'm getting very close to taking one of my friends up on an offer to marry for a visa so I can move on out of here again. The only thing that really has me optimistic about being happy in my country is Obama, but even then, he can't change the system overnight plus most peoples' attitudes here will probably never change in their lifetime.
Its a horrible feeling and one that I don't think you can really get over... I did for 10 years and the answer for me was to get back home and book the next trip/plan the next trip. It always helped but it didn't help the fat that you were spending most of your time in a plae you didn't have much liking for ('home')
Then in April 2007 it was my 30th birthday. The next day I flew to Boracay Island in the Philippines for a 2 week vacation, woke up to catch my flight home 2 weeks later, walked to the beach with my bag on my back, looked out at the view and turned back and checked back into the room.
Called my employer and told them I was suffering from depression and that was it - was paid for 7 months as I supplied Doctors certificates from the local Doctors and spent my time 'recovering' on one of the most idyllic beaches in the world. Soon after the sick pay expired I managed to get a job as the Vice Principal of an International School on the island (without any experience) and loved teaching kindergarten kids full time for less than 100quid a month!!!
In March 2008 met the man of my dreams in Boracay who moved me to Singapore where I now live happily knowing that I was never meant to be in the UK for the rest of my life.
My case is unique because it could have all gone horribly wrong. But it didn't and I urge anyone who really does have a yearning to get out of their situation and live somewhere else, to take risks and make it happen.
PTS82, my friend!
You've caught reverse culture shock... fairly typical.
Took me a YEAR to like my city again after being abroad for a few months.
The way I got over it was to treat my hometown as a 'tourist' would... explored my own hometown, checked out places I never went to before, or hadn't been to in years.
Helped out any tourist I came across figure their way around the bus system...
... and if all else fails, save up until you can travel again
ive been home about 3 months from living in holland for about 2 years and im not over it. i fell in love with that place (tho most hollanders will ask me WHY, i cant tell you tho :P) and i want to go back.. however life gets in the way sometimes, and i have a uni degree that i need to finish. once thats done, who knows where the wind will blow me?
until then i have to try and recapture the feeling of living not just existing, and being excited by the place i live in, and Perth, west australia does NOT do that atm. the expat life suits me, cos the ppl you hang around with are often expats as well and theyre ppl who understand what youre doing and you seem to have more in common with them. n everything in australias so bloody far away... its hard to do weekend trips to somewhere i havent been, since ive been alot of places closeby!
im just looking forward to my trip to queensland next month, hopefully itll give my spark back.
Western Australia is the State Of Excitement
The next 7 days are gonna be hot (90 - 105 degrees), you can't go in the Indian Ocean for great white pointer attacks and sightings, the pyros are already getting into setting bushfires and threatening people's homes and the South Africans thumped us at cricket just over a week ago.
Hello people. I am new out here. Feeling of coming back to home after a long business visit is great. It sometimes brings tears in my eyes. Once I had to be away for 6 years from my parents. Now I will never take such chance.
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
WA is great when youre on holiday... but when youre in a tiny farming town and have to work, it sucks. altho im glad not to be in perth atm, that damn shark, and its too hot up there atm, was 39 yesterday and no beach! im wondering how many drunken young girls got taken to the first aid tent on perth cup day...
anyway, it doesnt matter if im on holiday or not, id rather be back in holland. sometimes i see or hear or think of something back there and it all comes back, the feeling, the smells... australia will have to do until i can get back there!
Last week I arrived back in cold wintry Ireland after 4 fabulous months travelling in South America. I thought I would be really happy to get back home to my family in the run-up to Christmas but I actually feel really low. I miss my friends that I met on my travels and long to be back out there with them. Is this normal?
I am currently unemployed and the thought of getting a job and just settling down here again is extremely unattractive at the moment. What I really want to do is get straight back on a plane to Buenos Aires and live and get a job there but again I dont know if Im thinking rationally or simply being silly and nostalgic over the great times that I had there.
Anyone else have similar experiences when they come home?
hi mate, i'm gonna be heading off to south america for 3 months at the end of 2009, what did u think of it? i've a mate out travelling there at the moment as well, he's in columbia but is due home in a few weeks. did u just wing it when u where there or have any sort of plan, what about trips? is it best to pre book or wait until you get there? i'd be interested in what u have to say being from northern ireland as well.