There’s nothing that will sadden your spirit more than the prospect of returning home after your travelling journey. Even if you’ve been feeling withdrawn from travelling and getting homesick more and more over the past few weeks, most travellers will tell you that arriving back home after a whirlwind of travelling adventures is somewhat of a reality check. And not always a good one.
It’s easy to feel a little lost, lonesome, even trapped at the idea of sinking back into everyday life. But don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be this way. I’ve gathered 5 things to do when you return home from travelling. Which hopefully give you the boost you need.
Get Your Mementoes on Display
You’ll have some incredible souvenirs from your trip, whether that’s a stunning piece of jewelry you bartered for in India or those once in a lifetime images of you enjoying every moment of your journey.
Make sure you don’t forget about them; each item, object, and photographs hold a story. So put everything on display so you can revel in your memories and adventures. Create a photo collage with your favorite images and display all those souvenirs where you can see them.
Find a New Challenge
Put all those new skills you learnt whilst travelling to good use! Fill the gaps between your employment and your adjustment with volunteering, or even taking up a new course in languages so when you hit the road again in the future, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the culture even more than you did the first time round.
Keep in touch
Chances are you’ll have made some friends for life on your travels, so make sure that you keep in touch. It’s so much easier these days to stay in people’s lives, but you still have to make the effort.
Head to Facebook, Instagram or even send your travel buddies an email. If you make some new travel plans or if they visit a country not too far from your own, perhaps you could make plans to meet up? Don’t be afraid to mix your “normal” life with you “travelling” one.
Look for a new job
I know, I know. But did you know that having your travelling experiences on your CV might actually play in your favour when you’re job hunting? Sure playing bongos on the beach in Thailand might raise a few eyebrows on a CV but if you’ve been volunteering, mention it.
Trying to figure out the safest route back to your hostel after missing the last bus? You’re good at problem-solving.
Managing to keep calm when you’re completely lost, and you don’t understand anyone? You perform well under pressure. You’ll be amazed at how transferrable your new skills are. Embrace them!
Book Your Next Adventure
Once you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, you’re hooked for life. So, plan and book your next adventure.
You might have to wait a little so you can work up the funds, but it’s something for you look forward to!