2 weeks ago
Preparing and leaving for travelling is hard, but what about coming home after an amazing time abroad? post travel depression is a real thing and i wanted to talk about it.
i came back from a 3 month life changing solo trip in december last year, and i definitely think coming home has been the hardest part.
it’s amazing seeing my friends and family again, but you get to realise that everything just seems a bit... dull. nothing has changed since you left and you realise that the only person who’s changed is 𝘺𝘰𝘶. people are interested in your travels for about 5 minutes, but generally not more.
you’re no longer with 100% likeminded people. no longer experiencing the thrill of seeing and doing something completely new and exciting every single day. no longer have the complete freedom to do whatever you want, when you want, without having anyone looking over your shoulder judging you.
travel fever is a never ending cycle because there are endless amounts of things to experience, and it fulfils you and changes you in ways you can’t explain. it’s the feeling of yearning for new places, new adventures, meeting new people, cultures- and when you come home, not being able to express that in a way so people can understand.
a fire which can’t be extinguished and only people with a passion for travel can understand. travelling has made me redefine what “home” means- you no longer feel like you have have just one home, but many, and you have friends scattered literally from all around the world.
and at the same time, i feel horrible for feeling this exact way, of not feeling like i belong at home anymore because i know i am so lucky to have had the experiences i’ve had, and i’m so grateful for everything that made me able to chase that dream.
i don’t have all the answers as to what’s going to happen now. i’m still looking for a job related to my degree, travel and adventures. i don’t think this should put anyone off travelling for an extended period. just go! it will change your life. just know that it’s normal to feel low when coming back, and take comfort in knowing that it won’t be your last amazing adventure 😊