Maybe I sound like an idiot for sinking so low after my first travel experience, but it happened and I can’t change that now. I hope no one does have to experience those same feelings I described in my previous post Travelling Blue: My personal account, but if you do hopefully the below will be of some help!?
1. Are you ready to come home?
If you’re not ready to come home, don’t. Easier said than done, but if you have no deadline to come home for, why come home? Money could be a major factor in this, but if you ask very very nicely there is always the chance of a cheeky loan from the parents. They’ll want to see you happy and I think it’s better for you to see everything you want to see rather than going home feeling like the jobs only half done.
If you HAVE to return home, having not seen everything you’d have liked to, use that as motivation. Work had, save up and go finish what you started. Don’t get yourself down about what you’ve missed, set a target and work towards it. You’ll be rewarded in the end!
Upon your return, try to establish a routine in your life. Even if you don’t have a job, at least establish an exercise routine, something that will get you out of the house and stop you thinking about travelling, for even the briefest of moments.
As with point 2, set goals! Now you’re home what’s next, what do you want to achieve? If you want to go away again, why not!? Give yourself a point of focus and something to get you out of bed in the morning.
5. Friends and Family
Try to realise that other people’s lives didn’t stop just because you’ve been away. They had their own stuff to deal with, so if they aren’t asking about how your travels were the second you step foot back in the country, forgive them! Are you asking about their lives too or is it all about you? Be realistic in your assessment of others.
6. Memories (i)
Do not go and buy all the films/music that remind you of travelling and watch them over and over. This will only make you feel worse.
7. Memories (ii)
Similarly, don’t make up your scrap book as soon as you get off the plane, leave it a while, till you’ve adjusted to being at home and then saver the experience of looking back through old ticket stubs and wrist bands. It’s not something to be rushed. Reconnect with old friends and your family first IMO.
8. Meeting new people
Don’t lock yourself away believing that no one understands, you met new people whilst you were away, why not try to meet more new people now you’re home? Take what you learnt travelling home with you, don’t instantly revert back into a mode where it’s unthinkable to talk to a stranger on the train.
9. Travelling friends
Keep in contact with your friends from travelling. They’ll understand the humour behind your stories. Arranging ‘reunions’ is very common. In a small way it’ll make you feel like you’re still part of the backpacker community.