Everyone has those post-travel blues upon returning home from their adventures, and although these emotions can be inevitable, there are things that you can do, and that I do personally, to combat these and stay positive and inspired before you take off again. If some of my suggestions don’t work for you personally, like forming routines, that’s okay. Find whatever works for you personally and if you ever need to take the time to come back to yourself first, make sure you set aside the time to do so. Our breaks in between trips don’t have to be boring. In fact, they can be very enjoyable with the right mindset and a little bit of creativity. I hope these few tips help you have a great time once you nestle back into the ways of your hometown, and let me know in the comments below what things you do to help you get out of a rut.
Start Planning My Next Trip
What better way to cure those blues than to start planning your next adventure? Financially, this might not be feasible for some, but I still think that it’s a lot of fun searching for flight deals, Airbnb’s, and unique places to go for a new destination that you have in mind. While I’m not too big of a planner, this does help me get a grasp on the entirety of the trip and get some of the best deals since I can keep up with them early on. Sometimes I don’t always know where I want to go next, so I wait for that gut feeling to come and then I get to planning and scouring Pinterest for the most helpful tips and tricks from fellow bloggers. If you do find the cheapest flight deal or the perfect place to stay, watch them closely to make sure they don’t book out for the time that you want to be there, or secure them a little early (if it has a flexible cancellation policy) so you don’t end up spending more.
Use Pinterest As Inspiration
Pinterest might be a downer for some since it is stuffed with endless travel photos and wanderlust inspiration, but I genuinely love scrolling through it and finding photography inspiration and even information for new locations! If you don’t want to use it for travel’s sake, but really who doesn’t lol, you can use it to find a new DIY project for your space or some new fashion looks to style for the new season. Better yet, you can awe at all of the beautiful home decors and start pinning to your dream home board. I have found some really solid vegan recipes to try out while I am home which is all the more special since I don’t get to cook as much when I travel. Use Pinterest as a tool to get back into your favorite things before you head out again.
Limit Social Media Use
In the last year, there has been tons of controversy over how bad social media is and how it’s a toxic environment for mental health. Personally, it all depends on how you look at it. Do the people you follow inspire you? Do they make you want to be a better version of yourself? Are they stimulating growth? Do they spark jealousy and self-hatred? Ask yourself these questions when you scroll through it and unfollow the people that aren’t putting a positive message into your life. I like to go through who I follow around every month or so and sort through the people that I don’t really want to be following and unfollow the people that aren’t putting thoughtful messages into my life. This helps me cater towards the posts that will make a positive impact on my life and it reduces the number of posts I see so that I am on there less because there isn’t much to look at if you don’t follow a lot of people.
I use social media every day and I have actually been trying to be on it less because I was wasting a lot of time just mindlessly scrolling through pages and pages of things. I do believe too much of anything is a bad thing, so to combat this I have set a time limit on my social media through my iPhone and that helps me stay on track for the day and put into perspective how much I am actually on my phone. It will even give me weekly updates and let me know how much time I spent on it that week and what that number is compared to last week’s stats. I give myself around thirty minutes a day, although I do tend to spend a little more time on itn (I am working on it lol), and it has drastically changed my mood and productivity.
This is hands down my favorite outlet to reminisce on my past adventures. I have found photos that I don’t even remember taking and stories that make me smile every time I think about them. It’s like I am reliving my travels months after I went on them. In this last year, I have traveled a lot, but I didn’t start taking my blogging seriously as a business until around August of this year. Wild, I know. With that being said, I have loads of content to write about and I am set to go well into 2019 with blog post ideas, but knowing that actually takes some stress off my shoulders since I know that I have the time to make detailed posts about the countries I have been to and by the time I head on my next flight, I will be fully caught up! Having this platform is also a great archive of adventures and my favorite photos all in one spot. AND it helps keep all of my friends and family in the loop of what I am doing and where I am headed. If you don’t have a blog, try journaling and write like you’re telling the story to a friend, or try crafting a little travel journal with all of your favorite photos.
Try New Things / Learn New Things
No matter where you are in the world or where you go home to, there is no shortage of new places and foods to try. I know for a fact that I have not been everywhere in my hometown, and that makes it all the more special. When I go home I like to go to new photography locations, restaurants, and recreational spots, or I like to head onto Pinterest and try out a new recipe. Venture out and try out a yoga or spin class if you love to exercise or learn about something new. You can learn some of the language of the next place you are visiting or dive deeper into astrology, herbology, digital design, marketing, business. Anything you can think about learning about is at the tip of your fingertips on this world wide web, literally.
I know there is a rush with travel since everything is completely new and you have all these options, etc., but don’t forget that you are able to try cool new things back home too. Going back home doesn’t have to be boring or mundane, and it shouldn’t be.
Set Reminders For Myself
It’s inevitable that we are going to feel blue upon our return home. I follow a lot of travel photographers on Instagram, so sometimes I feel like I am not doing enough sometimes, but I reassure myself through simple affirmations throughout the day. I tell myself that I don’t have to be out there seeing it all within one year; this isn’t a race. Also, I always remember that I will be where I am supposed to be, always. Sometimes I get caught up in wanting to go to a bunch of different places but then I remember that that is not where I feel like I needed to be at the time, and that’s okay; I will get there. One thing that you could do is set a background on your phone with an affirmation like, “I am exactly where I need to be”, and by repeating this to yourself and seeing it every time you open your phone, a sense of peace is going to flood over your whole body knowing that if you were supposed to be somewhere else, you would be. Enjoy right now.
Set New Goals
For me, it is extremely hard for me to form new goals while I am abroad (besides a standard morning routine) because of the fast pace of travel and the on-the-go lifestyle. While I do adore every minute of traveling, sometimes I want to be able to set new goals for myself that are easier to get into whenever I have a standard day-to-day plan like whenever I am home. My goals ever since I got back from Japan, but more so in the last month, have been to start getting to the gym and getting fit before my next trip. I also want to start writing every day in my journal and doing my moon journals on a regular basis. Believe it or not, I actually fall out of my habits when I come home, so these are the things that I want to work on personally but find a new goal that you want to set for yourself and work each day towards it.
Visit My Family
I try to visit my family as much as I can, but after moving to Texas, I really only see them about once or twice a year now. I always make sure that I block off at least a week or two to see everyone since we’re all very spread out. It fills me with so much joy and love to be able to go and see everyone in one place enjoying homecooked meals again. While I do love being away from my hometown and on to new endeavors, I really do just need to see my family sometimes; and I think that is the case for a lot of us when we have been away for a while.
I touched on this in my post about how to reconnect with yourself after traveling and this is the one thing that really helps me get out of the rut after returning home. Trust me, I do get bored with doing the same stuff every day sometimes, but it’s comforting to know that it’s in these days that I am enjoying this time to relax a little bit until I head out again. I like to form my morning routine again whenever I return home and get back into the swing of things, and sometimes it’s hard to break habits, like carrying around my daypack everywhere with me (my boyfriend had to remind me that I didn’t need to carry a bunch of stuff with me whenever we went places lol). If routines aren’t your thing, try doing something new every day or try some of the new things that I listed above.
Explore My Hometown
I think as world travelers we often forget that we have playgrounds in our own backyard. For me, this was finding out about all of the national parks in Texas that I had yet to visit. If you don’t have much in your hometown, try and find things to do that might be a little bit of a road trip or you can go all out and spend the weekend in another state, or another part of Texas in my case, and explore some new scenery for a couple days. You can go pitch a tent somewhere or go to an amusement park; the options are endless. I believe you can make adventures and memories out of any place if you have the mindset for it.
Until next time,
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