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Post Travel Depression - Big time!! :(

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1. Posted by ilove_oz (Budding Member 17 posts) 7y

Hi Guys,

You have helped me plan my travels in the past so im back for advice!
Ive been back from a 2 year travelling trip for 4 months now. I spent the majority of my time in Australia and absoloutly fell in love with place.
Now im back i feel totally depressed, all the confidence and happiness that i felt whilst travelling through Asia and Australia has closed to dissapeared, it hurts even to look back at my photos and journal because of how much has changed.
To make things worse ive never been a "homebird". The town where my family are from has never been homely to me and was a big factor for me leaving and going travelling. Iv struggled to get work and am close to tears most days just reminising about what an AMAZING trip i had.
The good thing to come out of it all is i met my amazing boyfriend whilst travelling, we are both desperate to go back to Australia but he really wants to settle for a year to get more work experience in his field but this seems such a long time :(rolleyes:
All i think about is travelling, Australia, all the amazing people i met, the warm sun everyday, the easy lifestyle. I feel myself getting older and older im only 23 but feel like if i stay here before i know it il be 40 with 4 kids and a mortage lol.
Has anyone else been in this situation? I know post travel blues is common but i feel like i cant move on with the rest of my life until i sort these feelings out.
I used 2 years on my WHV for Oz so theres noway of going back unless my BF is sponsered or we get a skilled visa which could take years.
Any advice or shared stories could really help :)

Thanks guys xx

2. Posted by miket.rtw (Budding Member 32 posts) 7y

You could do a WHV in japan, canada or new zealand...there i go putting ideas in your head :)

3. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 7y

Yea, Canada is supposed to be good for a WHV...

To make you feel better, working full time here is probably not much better than working full time there. I try to make my post travel depression useful, like planning my next trip.

4. Posted by Jane3908 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Take care, this happened to me and after many years find there is actually no cure. You think moving may be the cure but for some it never is. The structered life we are supposed to lead is expected everywhere and somethimes it is that some need to escape.