If you ask anybody who has experienced long term travel, dealing with post-travel depression is a serious battle. Returning home and adjusting to normal life after long term travel isn’t easy. You’ll probably feel out of place for a while like no-one really understands you. Your friends and family will be happy to see you, but they probably won’t ask you about your travels. Because, to be honest, they probably don’t care or they have more important things going on in their life now, like newborn babies, a new spouse or a new career.
So how do you adjust to your old life after and deal with post-travel blues after you’ve been out roaming the world, meeting amazing people and doing crazy things you’d never do at home? How do you adjust to no longer having the freedom to move from place to place as you please, to partying every night and to sleeping in late every morning?
Here is my expert advice on how to deal with post-travel depression and adjust to life at home after long term travel
Move to a new place
I know a lot of people are usually excited to come home to the familiar surroundings of their hometown or city and their family and their friends. But for me, going back to my hometown will never be an option, because there is nothing there for me. I have lived in five different cities/towns in Australia, including where I grew up and where I am now. I like to move around. It’s just what I do. So moving to another place post-travel is a whole new adventure again. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t easy always uprooting my life, but it sure does keep it exciting.
Exercise and get into a routine
I love this one. As much as I love long term travel and leaving every day open to anything, I also love having a routine, and it’s such a good way to adjust to normal life. I love waking up at 5 am and going for a run, a walk on the beach, surf or doing some form of exercise. I love my morning coffee and drinking my delicious breakfast smoothie. It’s a nice change to have a bit of structure in your days after so long of waking up in different beds every day, unsure of what the day will bring.
Switch off from social media
The day I arrived back to Australia, I deleted both Facebook and Instagram from my phone, and nearly four months later, I’m still not using them. I had no idea how badly I needed the break. Being a massive social media user, I was posting on Instagram and Facebook daily during my travels. It’s been so refreshing not to have to worry about it. It has allowed me time to focus on more important things like spending quality time with my family, writing this blog and seeking out new friendships.
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Find new interests
I learnt how to surf in Mexico last year, and I have been able to make this a new hobby living here in Perth.
Finding new interests and new activities is an excellent way to keep your life exciting and active, and beat those post-travel blues. So find something new that you enjoy doing and make a goal to stick at it.
Explore your own stomping ground
The best part about moving to a new place when I come home is getting to explore. Everything is new to you, and there is so much to discover.
But you don’t have to move to a new place to do this. I bet there is so much that you have never seen or done in your home town or city that you could explore.
Meet new people
Expand your friendship circle. Seek out people that also love to travel and do the things you love to do. Couchsurfing and meetup.com are great communities for meeting likeminded people. Just because your home doesn’t mean you should stop putting yourself out there to meet new people. You never know who you are going to meet in your very own town.
Reconnect with loved ones
It’s been about seven or eight years since I’ve lived in the same city as my mum or my brother. Now I currently live a thirty-minute drive from my brother, his wife and my seventeen-month-old niece. It’s so lovely to have family close by again. It’s never really bothered me living so far away as it just became the norm, but now that I am here, I’ve realised how important it is to make time for your family.
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