We all love getaways – travel gives us a break from reality while also allowing us to see the world. But nobody really talks about the deflated feeling that we often experience once we get back. No matter where you've been, coming back home can hit you hard. So how can you get those negative feelings to go away?
Bring your travels to you
Okay, so you've had to leave your dream destination – that doesn't mean you have to totally push the whole place away. Incorporating some of the things you liked about the place you visited can help you along the way to “recovery”. Consider learning the local language or visiting local festivals celebrating the cultures you experienced abroad. Or you could write a blog, reflecting on all of the best parts of your experience.
Food is one very easy way that you can incorporate what you've seen and learned into your everyday life. Perhaps you learned to cook local foods through a Thai or Italian cookery course, or although the food may not be quite as authentic as the dishes you experienced locally on your trips away, there are now so many cuisines that you can find much closer to home. Services like Deliveroo bring the foods of many countries to your door, so you can enjoy them again and again. From Asian fusion to straight up Chinese takeaway, if you close your eyes, you can picture you're still there – wherever “there” may be.
Live your own life as a tourist
No matter where in the world you've been, remember that people who live there would probably be excited by where you live. It's not often that we live like tourists in the place we've settled in, but we really should. Hop onto TripAdvisor and find out the top-rated attractions in your city. You'll probably be surprised at how much you've neglected to date.
You should also fill your life with fulfilling things too. A lot of the reason a lot of us get so much out of travelling is that we feel like we're always busy. Perhaps we're hiking, surfing, swimming or learning a new skill – in reality, you can do a lot of this at home. Getting out there will help you to avoid feeling like you're living solely for the next time you can jet off again.
Look into ways to travel more
If you're guilty of going on one vacation and find yourself living in the past, change that. If travel is a passion in your life, you can make it a bigger part of that.
You could even consider moving abroad to work for a while. Plenty of countries have working visa schemes which might make it possible for you to put down roots for a while. And there's also the trend of being a digital nomad, which is on the rise. Being able to work and travel gives you the freedom of seeing everything you want to while still being able to earn. At the very least, why not speak to your boss and try to negotiate a few more vacation days?
If you're feeling bad after a trip overseas, just try to remember to savour the memories. Lots of people aren't lucky enough to travel – and you should try to appreciate the comforts of home while you can.