Reverse Culture Shock 0 15423

Culture Shock; “the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone when they are suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes”.

If you’ve ever traveled before, you’ve probably experienced some sort of culture shock when trying to get used to your new surroundings.

If you’ve ever had a gap year, you’ve probably struggled to make friends or felt like you didn’t really fit in.

But you’ve also probably learned to adapt to your new environment pretty quickly, because in reality, you don’t really have a choice.

Traveling can teach you many things, things that you cannot learn when sitting in a classroom.

8 years ago I sat in a maths class learning about algebra and parallelograms, and not once in my adult life have I had to work out what ‘x’ or ‘y’ equals.

I learnt about the periodic table of elements in Science, yet the only time I’ve ever thought about it again is when I’m sitting in the living room trying to guess the most obscure answer on BBC 1’s Pointless.

I never learnt about how to manage money, pay taxes or stand up on my own two feet.

However, when I went traveling, that all changed.

Moving to another country for me was the most eye-opening experience I’ve had. 11 months in Florida for my placement year from university, an accumulated six months in New York, two months in China, and four months in England.

But the strange thing is, I actually find it easier to live away from home and experience something new as opposed to moving home and going back to normality.

You see, reverse-culture shock does exist. And it’s harder to deal with than living 8,000 miles away from home.

If you can imagine moving somewhere new; an unfamiliar environment, somewhere that is so different to what you’re used to. Imagine yourself trying to adapt and integrate yourself to this new place.

Different people, food, culture and ways of life. You have to learn to deal with that and become independent enough to not give up and leave before your adventure has even begun.

And when it comes to the end of your traveling, you have to ram everything in to your suitcase and mentally prepare yourself for the toughest part; which is coming home.

Before you leave, you get yourself in to a somewhat euphoric state thinking about seeing your family again after so long, eating your favourite foods and settling back in to your old routine.

This feeling soon fades away. The gradual adjustment back to normality quickly becomes more difficult to deal with than it is to move half way across the world.

Having your dinner ready for you when you get home from work every night and having your washing done for you is great – but there’s no sense of fulfilment in this.

As ridiculous as it sounds, it was nice to live in China and have to do my own washing and hang it up on the balcony for two days before it was dry.

It was refreshing to walk home from work and visit the local market to buy some potatoes to make for dinner when I got home.

It was educational and enriching to learn a few simple words to be able to order food in a restaurant and not feel like an outsider.

Reverse-culture shock can feel like being a foreigner in your own country, even though your surroundings are the same as they’ve always been, and the only thing that has changed significantly is YOU.

It’s like viewing normal life from a fresh perspective and trying to get used to that all over again.

It’s like culture shock, only reversed.

The implications of this can vary, and can have a huge effect on someone’s life.

It can make you feel homesick even though you are at home. You can be misunderstood when you are always longing for more enrichment and fulfilment in your life. You can feel alienated even though you once found it so easy to make friends in a place you never thought you’d fit in. You can feel isolated, because you’ve grown up and left many of your friends behind and lost contact. And it can be a kick in the teeth sometimes.

But the thing that keeps you going every day is the dream of one day being able to visit the places that you once created such wonderful memories in. The thing that keeps you motivated is the aspiration to broaden your horizons and experience new things because this is what you do and who you are.

“If traveling was free you’d never see me again”.

Via: The Diary of a Quarter Lifer

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2 Year Old Travels the World, Inspires Everyone With Her Photos 0 913

Originally, this adventure started out as a bonding experience for little Esme with her mom and dad, a way for them to spend time together in those early months while exposing Esme to the wonders of the world.

Now, little Esme is 2 years old, and the adventure continues! What started out as Karen’s maternity leave has now turned into a lifestyle. Karen– under the name Travel Mad Mom– and Shaun– going by Travel Mad Dad– are still travelling the world with Esme. From Africa to Europe to Asia and more… This little family is covering some major ground, working from the road and sharing their adventures on Instagram. Their photos mostly capture Esme in some seriously gorgeous settings.

Check out their adventure below!

Porto Venere, Cinque Terre, Italy

Paradu Tuscany EcoResort, Italy


Venice, Italy

San Marino

Rome, Italy

Manarola Coast, Italy

London, England

Vinales, Cuba

Varadero, Cuba

Tuscany, Italy

Mayfields Lavender Fields (London)

Paris, France

Chapman’s Peak, South Africa

New Taipei City, Taiwan

Bangkok, Thailand

Siam Reap, Combodia

Via: inspiremore

20+ Great Gift Ideas for Travellers Besides Actual Plane Tickets 0 52829

1. Sticker World Map, Remove the Stickers From the Countries You’ve Been

Find it here

2. Scratch Off World Map

Keep track of your travels by scratching off countries you’ve been to with these awesome scratch maps. Available here 

3. Travel Quote Passport Covers

15+ Of The Best Traveler Gift Ideas Besides Actual Plane Tickets - Lord Of The Rings Quote Passport Cover

Available here

4. A Worldwide Travel SIM Card

There is nothing worse than struggling to find a shitty wifi connection in a city you’ve never been before. Fit this international SIM card into your mobile phone and you can stay in touch in over 195 countries world wide.

5. Floating Tree Tent

15+ Of The Best Traveler Gift Ideas Besides Actual Plane Tickets - Floating Tree Tent

Suspended in the air by 3 cables, keeping you safe from wild animals and serial killers, camping doesn’t get much cooler and safer than this.

6. Custom Passport Stamp Phone Case



This custom passport phone case is especially interesting as most countries aren’t stamping passports anymore. Get yours here

7. 100 Places Scratch Off Poster

Find it here

8. Wanderlust Travel Watch

Featuring a spinning airplane as the second hand, this watch is a must for alll travel addicts. Available here

9. Travel Journal

Keep track of your travels with a beautiful retro journal available here.

10. Foreign Currency

This is great for travellers that are about to leave home, still in the planning stage. Nothing gets you more excited to travel than a big wad of foreign moola! If you feel like going the easy route, you can read about how to do it online here for free.

11. Word World Map Wall Sticker


Easily decorate your wall with this awesome world world wall sticker! Available here

12. Travel Inspired Tattoos

13. World Map Bed Sheet

You can find this here

14. Blank Globe, Letting You Color The Countries You’ve Visted

Color in this globe as you travel the world! Available here

15. Adventure Awaits Money Jar

Find it here

16. Personalized Travel Milestone Marker

Available here

17. Travel Inspired T-Shirts


Find some here

18. Cookies

Making me hungry and want to travel at the same time

19. Travel Patches

Available here

20. Travel Quote Necklace Pendant

Find it here

21. Cork Globe

22. World Adapter

One of the main staples for any international travel. Get these here

23. Country Flag Pillow Cases

Find them here

24. Custom Stamp Passport Cover

Create a custom passport cover with your favourite stamps here

25. Pack This Checklist

Find it here

26. Airbnb Credit

You can find some free Airbnb credit when you (or a friend) signs up here.

27. Custom Airport Departure Board

What better way to keep track of your travels then have your own departure board in your bedroom? Available here

28. Color in Chalkboard Map

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