Post-travel depression is a real thing, even if your non-travelling friends don’t believe it. You’ve been living a dream, seeing amazing things, and experiencing weird and wonderful cultures – so of course, it’s a little bit of a downer to have to come back home. Here are seven signs that you’re suffering from post-travel depression, and what you can do to feel better.
1. You no longer understand work
Get up in the morning, go to work, stay there for hours and hours doing repetitive, meaningless tasks, come home too late to get anything done… why do we all work, exactly? Since having the freedom of travel, you can longer understand the desire to ever work again.
You should spend your lunch break learning interesting facts about other countries to reward yourself for showing up. Even if it can’t cure your post travel depression, it will take your mind off of work, and perhaps give you some new, exciting ideas where to travel next.
2. You can’t remember why you wanted to come home
You spent at least some of your trip thinking about home and remembering how great everything is, but now that you’re there again, you really can’t understand the appeal. How is this better than exploring South American jungles or sampling sushi in Japan? It’s not, is the answer.
Cheer yourself up with a short weekend break somewhere close by so you don’t have to break the bank – consider renting a room in someone’s home for a cheaper trip. This can’t possibly equal to a real journey, but changing your immediate environment, even if only slightly, is bound to improve your mood.
3. You start to think it was all a dream
Did you really go there? Did you really see that? With the reality of everyday life settling in around you, it can start to feel like you were only dreaming about being somewhere exotic and fun. We know – we’ve been there. A fun solution is to watch a film or TV show set in the locations you visited. You’ll enjoy screaming “I’ve been there!” every five minutes, to the annoyance of your friends and family.
4. You feel anxious that you wasted your time
You had so much freedom, so much free time, with nothing to do but explore. How could you have been so wasteful? Every moment spent in bed now feels like it was a stupid decision, even if the hotel bed was extra comfy. Learn some new travel hacks to save you time when you next travel to get over this feeling.
5. Your social media feed is nothing but travel
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter – they all work on an algorithm that rarely gets it wrong. That’s why, when your entire feed is full only of travel pictures and quotes, you know that you’ve got it bad. When your best friend’s big announcement gets buried under a stranger’s travel photos, that’s when you know things have gone too far. Maybe try to limit your obsession by setting up a different account for travel stuff – and banning it from your main account.
6. You’re questioning your future
You had it all set out: go travelling for a while, live the dream, and then get back to work. Get a promotion, get married, have kids, rise to the top of the corporate ladder. But now that you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, you’re not sure whether it’s all worth it anymore. Maybe it is time to reconsider your future after all – could you make a living as a travel blogger or find a way to travel without work. That way, your future doesn’t have to clash with your dream.
7. You can’t stop looking at your photos
You’ve seen them probably a million times by now, but your hand just moves on its own and opens up those travel photos again. You can’t stop dreaming and remembering how it was. The only solution for your blues? Get your next trip booked, ASAP.
Post-travel depression doesn’t have to rule your life. Get over it with these tips, and you’ll feel better – until next time you come home from a trip, that is!