Post travel depression

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1. Posted by tour_guy (Budding Member 4 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone has gone through the post travel depression problems. I had my last trips in mid 2019 to SEA countries and later due to Covid, travel became a day dream!

It has been almost a year and half and I still can't get through the post travel blues Any suggestions/advices to overcome this problem?

Cheers!

[ Edit: Edited on 31 Mar 2021, 05:59 GMT by tour_guy ]

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2304 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

The regular members of this site travel frequently (some for months at a time, some without a regular base) and have often done so for many years. There are hundreds of thousands...millions?...of people who have been unable to visit loved ones abroad. There are travellers who have been unable to return to their home bases because those homes are not in the country of their citizenship. I personally know someone who has been unable to return to his home (and his animals) since March 2020 and who is still unable to do so.

I'm sad and frustrated about not being able to travel but I'm certainly not 'depressed'. Depression is a serious mental illness which needs medical help. If you truly are depressed I urge you to seek that help as soon as possible.

But I suspect you're not truly depressed: you're just feeling the same frustration and sadness that millions of us are feeling.

>Any suggestions/advices to overcome this problem?

The root cause of your frustration and sadness is that you, like most of us, are used to doing what you want to do when you want to do it.

But, like the rest of us (and hundreds of millions of people elsewhere in the world), you simply have to accept that you are living through a pandemic. Hard though it may be you can no longer do everything you want to do exactly when you want to do it. That acceptance is called 'acting for the greater good'.

Suggestions:

Walk your neighbourhood with 'visitors' eyes'. Look for the small things and look up: you will see things you've never seen before.

Even if you live in a city, start noticing nature (birds, plants, trees, clouds) and its daily changes. Maybe start photographing it too.

If you can, take daytrips to other places and do the same things.

Start writing about your past trips on this site or set up your own travel blog.

Organise your travel photos and be certain they're backed-up. Maybe make a travel photo book for each trip. With luck, eventually you'll be too old to travel and you'll need the names and dates of those photos so you can talk about them to family & friends.

Plan for future travels and start saving up even more so that you can fund them.

Be grateful for simple facts: you are healthy and safe, have enough food, have a roof over your head, have access to medical treatment...and, in normal times, you have the means and ability to travel. Millions...billions...of others are not that lucky.

Be patient, accept that the world doesn't dance to your tune and make the best of what you have. Eventually, travel restrictions will be lifted and we will all be able to return to something nearer to our normal travelling life.

[ Edit: Edited on 31 Mar 2021, 06:53 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by tour_guy (Budding Member 4 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

The regular members of this site travel frequently (some for months at a time, some without a regular base) and have often done so for many years. There are hundreds of thousands...millions?...of people who have been unable to visit loved ones abroad. There are travellers who have been unable to return to their home bases because those homes are not in the country of their citizenship. I personally know someone who has been unable to return to his home (and his animals) since March 2020 and who is still unable to do so.

I'm sad and frustrated about not being able to travel but I'm certainly not 'depressed'. Depression is a serious mental illness which needs medical help. If you truly are depressed I urge you to seek that help as soon as possible.

But I suspect you're not truly depressed: you're just feeling the same frustration and sadness that millions of us are feeling.

>Any suggestions/advices to overcome this problem?

The root cause of your frustration and sadness is that you, like most of us, are used to doing what you want to do when you want to do it.

But, like the rest of us (and hundreds of millions of people elsewhere in the world), you simply have to accept that you are living through a pandemic. Hard though it may be you can no longer do everything you want to do exactly when you want to do it. That acceptance is called 'acting for the greater good'.

Suggestions:

Walk your neighbourhood with 'visitors' eyes'. Look for the small things and look up: you will see things you've never seen before.

Even if you live in a city, start noticing nature (birds, plants, trees, clouds) and its daily changes. Maybe start photographing it too.

If you can, take daytrips to other places and do the same things.

Start writing about your past trips on this site or set up your own travel blog.

Organise your travel photos and be certain they're backed-up. Maybe make a travel photo book for each trip. With luck, eventually you'll be too old to travel and you'll need the names and dates of those photos so you can talk about them to family & friends.

Plan for future travels and start saving up even more so that you can fund them.

Be grateful for simple facts: you are healthy and safe, have enough food, have a roof over your head, have access to medical treatment...and, in normal times, you have the means and ability to travel. Millions...billions...of others are not that lucky.

Be patient, accept that the world doesn't dance to your tune and make the best of what you have. Eventually, travel restrictions will be lifted and we will all be able to return to something nearer to our normal travelling life.

Thanks for your feedback and suggestions! :)

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