I came on this site looking for some tipe, but I couldn't find what I was looking for, so I started my own thread hoping someone might have some answers to give me! Here's the thing. I just got back from 14 months of work and travel abroad and it was amazing! I lived in and visited so many gorgeous countries, met great friends and even fell in love! But now, I'm back home, broke, living with my mother again in a boring small town and I have a case of the POST TRAVEL BLUES. Some of you might be familiar with this feeling. Do you have any tips to help me? Thanks!
Yeah, this is a known feeling. People who've never done long term travelling just don't understand how it is; you have seen and done so much, while they've just had their everyday life grinding away at them. They might be interested in hearing a little bit about your trip, but can't really relate.
What helps (not enough, but somewhat) is planning your next trip. Working toward making it happen. Making it real. You've been bitten, and likely will never be free from the travel bug again.
And also finding a travel forum (like this one!) and diving full in, helping the bright eyed first time travellers who as of yet have no idea what they'll see and do, but who appreciate any and all help making their trip even better. And I'm serious about that. Over here, I get to share details and experiences from my travels with random strangers. Details and experiences which I never get around to telling to my friends back home. They lack the context, while these random strangers actually and really appreciate what you're saying. And every so often you bump into a fellow traveller in one of these threads who mentions staying in the same hostel as you did, or having the same experience with some tour, and you get to keep out and reminisce about it a little bit with them, and that's just good.
Also see these old threads for some more advice:
Post Travel Blues
Post Travelling Blues
Really when you have such nostalgia it means your mind transforms to something that has been and now gone from your self, I made 4 long term trips, after the first trip I just felt the same, and after the last one I don't have this nostalgia anymore because idea of a traveling got so deep inside my mind that I don't need to travel to be a traveler. I see the world as one place, not divided by countries, I hold a memory of the world inside me..Now I am a source of inspiration, I inspire myself and the world around me by vision of this..adventure and discovery... people are getting @@ eyes anytime I open my mouth.
Find a photo of Christopher Columbus, see his eyes and you will understand him better than anybody who wrote books about him. That's a destiny of becoming a traveler, you will know the planet and planet will know you, this is the final discovery which you should get to.
While you're not traveling, well get money to travel again, start work and save, and travelling goes on forever in your mind, through books and friends.
I made 4 long term trips, 3+ years in total, I've seen 90 countries, that's a lot of cities..every backpacker I met hates big cities What I did, I bought an apartment 20 times cheaper in a small village with amazing Austrian like landscape where I work online and where I go in a forest every day and it is inside this small village that traveling takes places, you do feel earth differently, it's an every day discovery just around you, probably it takes time and experience to value this, but now I do.
So your next step is to get a job, get a book about traveling, like Thor Heyerdahl or any blogs about traveling online , and look at your photos and dream...cuz one day you will board the plane and go again...
Now you made me to go and buy that cheap car and get from Egypt to south Africa...yes...you know that feeling..
Sander's probably right in saying that you need to be planning your next trip as soon as you get back. Although work prevents me from travelling for six months at a time, I do get fairly regular holidays and I'm fortunate that my pay allows me two overseas holidays a year. Generally we plan and buy air tickets for a two month Christmas trip in March and for a two week July trip in October. So before we set off on one trip, we're in the early stages of planning the next. Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos next month, Beijing, Xian and Shanghai in July - and probably Central America next Christmas. :-)
I've gone through the exact same. Living with the parents in a small boring town after 12 months off traveling around the world. It took 3 or 4 months to settle back into work again and 3 years later, I still go through stages of the blues.
I've found booking 2 week trips twice a year helps and gives me something to look forward to but this only helps a little. I still have that urge to go away for a 3 month trip but my job doesnt allow it.
Luckily, I've managed to get a transfer through my job overseas though so I'm hoping it satisfies my urges. I'm already dreading coming back before I've even left yet though!
[ Edit: Edited on 27-Oct-2013, at 20:51 by phatpat ]
I totally understand. When you've been travelling a lot of the time people don't even ask questions or seem very interested, and you can start to feel like you've lived in the wild then gone back to captivity. It will be difficult to settle back in and can seem like you lose you're sense of direction, but try to remember what you have missed about home. For me it's simple things like taking the dogs for a walk, or eating a decent roast dinner. I find that keeping busy and planning your next steps can really help too whether you're planning travel or a change of career, or taking up the gym. Hope you feel better soon