Does the memory of travel make you want to spend all of your rent money on a plane ticket? Are your friends on the verge of disowning you because you can’t stop talking about how much cuter the guys were in London? Have you been comparing everything at home to how much better it was abroad? Well, congrats my friend…you’ve got a case of the post-travel blues. Don’t worry we have all been there and it’s one thing people rarely warn you about when preparing for travel. I remember when I returned home, thinking that nothing would ever compare to life in Spain, or with the Yacht Week, or Australia…okay pretty much everywhere I’ve been. I promise it gets easier and to prove it, I made a list of ways you can work through your post-travel blues!
- Make a video or photobook of your trip. I have a new habit of videotaping every trip I take and making short movies. I love doing this because it not only allows you to relive your experience, but it takes a lot of time (so instead of focusing on being sad, you can use this energy as a positive and creative outlet). Another great idea is to make a photobook as either a memory for you or as a present for someone you traveled with.
- Spend time with the people you traveled with. Whether that means making a Skype date or grabbing lunch, who better to talk about your trip with than the people who actually traveled with you? They know everyone you met and are probably wishing they were sipping sangria on the beach in Barcelona just as much as you do. Trust me your friends back at home can only listen for so long…
- Explore your hometown. A major cause of the post-travel blues is boredom. Going from running around foreign cities, visiting amazing museums, and trying world-renowned restaurants to sitting on the couch watching reality T.V. is just not acceptable. Keep that adventurous mentality and use it to explore places near home that you have never been to before.
- Incorporate their culture into your life. Missing your daily siesta, eating a trdelnik on your way home from class, or having dinner at 10:00 pm? Who says you have to stop! Introduce these fun customs to your friends and family at home.
- Start planning your next adventure. (No surprise there) Nothing makes me happier than the anticipation of another trip. Keep that good energy flowing and never lose your travel bug!
Let me know if there are any special ways that you like to deal with the post-travel blues in the comments below 🙂
Little Brantley Abroad