Sorry to hear you're feeling down. We all get a bit like that on the road at times.
I've been travelling for over 4 years and have my moments! Like you, I'm older (38) and I'm travelling alone.
One thing I've found that helps is to find some where for a few days and allow myself some totally 'me' time - reading, wandering about, people watching from coffee shops etc.
Travel can be exhausting and cuturally shocking too. The first time I backpacked 10 years ago I took 3 months to cross Russia, Mongolia and China and by the time I reached Vietnam I was emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted. I went to the beach for a week and did absolutely nothing but sit in a hammock and read, have massages and linger over long lunches... it worked and I carried on for a further 6 months but learnt to take time off every so often. I also treat myself to a nicer hotel every 4 weeks or so for just oneor two nights. I enjoy a long hot shower and nice bed in quiet surroundings and some cold beer!
I realise not everyone is the same and perhaps travel is not for you but, like other posters, please don't give up just yet. In a week I'm sure you'll have a different outlook.
Think of lovely Scotland in freezing weather - now go and chill out!
With the right kind of thinking and with support from your loved ones, however, you can overcome this.
- Call home when you can
- Do something you enjoy
- Try to be proactive
- Take necessary items that make you feel more at home
- Be positive
I landed in Bangkok 10 days and have been working my way across Cambodia as I am due to start teaching in Vietnam a week on Monday. I have been getting bad bouts of sadness and seem to be constantly questioning if ive done the right thing. All ive really wanted to do in my life is travel but I am actually slightly wondering if I should go home. I did meet some good people in all the places ive been so far but I miss my mates back home. I think im the type of person that needs a longer time to really build friendships. Also the people I have met have been a fair bit younger than me which doesnt help. Im 32. Hopefully when I start teaching for my 3 month contract il be a bit more settled. After that the plan was to go to Australia and then New Zealand to be away for a year as I have a years career break from work. Hence if I go home id have no job. I really didnt see this coming as I was so excited beforehand. Anyone got any thoughts or advice?
may be you can touch with your family, email, videos, phone ？if i were you i would go straight home as i'm the person who rely on family.