I love traveling. I love going to the other side of the world, exploring new cultures, meeting new people, and getting lost eating my way through a city. I love discovering the unexpected and living life outside of schedules, routines, and a phone. But this post isn’t about what I love about traveling. It’s about the one thing I hate about traveling.
What I don’t love is the inevitable post-travel blues that always follows. No matter if I’m away for a week, a month, or a year, after the first few days of getting back home and enjoying having my own space and a shower I can leave my products in, I always get the post-travel blues that leave me aching for another adventure.
I inevitably fall back into a routine of real life. Work, eat, sleep, repeat, and somewhere in between daydream of all of the places I still have yet to go.
I know it’s coming every time, which is why each time I try my best to stop it. To find some way to cure this depression. While I haven’t found a cure-all, I have started finding little things that ease the pain. So here are a few tips of mine to beating this curse.
Try a new hobby
Some may call it a distraction from your reality but I what better way to, let’s not say forget, but ease the pain of loss than to fill that void with something else? After my year in Australia, I came home and quickly bought a piano because that was something I had always wanted to learn how to do. I finally invested in it because I knew I would be in one place for a while this time and what better way to make life better than to invest in yourself and a little treat-yo-self.
Now, of course, you don’t have to buy a piano but think of something you’ve always wanted to try or learn. Piano, guitar, a new sport, art, a new language, anything!
Explore where you live
Wherever you are living now, go out and explore that area! I guarantee there are cool parts that you’ve never explored yet and you’ll be amazed at what you find. I personally grew up in Austin, Texas, and though I took it for granted for years. But coming home I finally began doing all of the things that people love Austin for. Paddleboarding, hiking, eating at the amazing restaurants and exploring the music scene. Suddenly I feel so lucky to live in my hometown. Who would have thought?
Okay, this is really just escaping reality but read about traveling. Read about amazing places and get lost in different worlds. I’ve always used reading as an escape and if you can’t travel in real life than there are different books for every type of travel, place, experience you want.
So these are just a few of my top tips for getting over those pesky travel blues. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below!