Coming home after travel can cause a range of feelings. First, there’s the sigh of relief as you step through the door. You’re back in your own nest. You know where everything is…and you can wear different clothes again. Your familiar bed awaits. You feel safe and secure.
You’re home…now what?
Then, maybe a sense of let-down. After all the planning and anticipation, as well as the full-time immersion of your trip, suddenly everything is behind you. You’re back in the real world, getting caught up with mail and restocking the refrigerator. It’s funny, when we travel we enjoy seeing the everyday life of others: We take public transportation, visit grocery stores, stroll through parks. Somehow, these normal activities seem exotic compared to our own routines.
And what to do with your new knowledge and perceptions? Travel is transformative; we always return a little different after seeing the world with fresh eyes. Maybe we tried–and liked–a local food. Maybe we learned how to use a bidet. Or maybe our opinions about a place and its people got changed. We’ve returned home with new ideas to sort out and assimilate.
Some travelers struggle with post-trip depression. They’re sad about coming home, sometimes even during the last few days of their journey. They lose energy and feel there’s nothing to look forward to. They have a hard time finding someone who understands how it feels to explore the world…and an equally hard time explaining it.
The cure: Another trip, of course!
Eventually, we do settle back in…and of course, start to plan our next trip. Because we’re travelers and want to explore the beautiful and magnificent world!
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