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7 Ways to Deal With the Post-Travel Blues

All good things must come to an end. You’ve heard it a million times. You know that it’s true. Still, the clichés do little to help cure a case of the post-travel blues.

Returning home from a life-changing trip is never easy. You might feel a little silly feeling so down about something that is relatively trivial, but in fact, a severe case of post-travel blues is actually a clinically recognized condition called post-travel depression (PTD).
If you’re feeling unlike yourself after returning from that trip of a lifetime, here are some things that might help you.

Ease Back Into Routine
If you can, try to give yourself a little window of time to get readjusted. That might mean returning on a Saturday, so that you have Sunday to get organized and grounded before the hectic weekly schedule gets underway.

Eat, Sleep, Exercise
A diagnosis as old as time: recover from wonky sleep schedules and that blah feeling that comes with long car, plane, and train rides by squeezing in some exercise, eating properly, and getting a solid night’s sleep. The more you take care of your physical body, the easier it will be for the other pieces to fall into place.

Write Your Heart Out
So your friends don’t want to pore over your 2,000 travel photos with you. Or they’re rolling their eyes because you’ve told that hilarious story about the crickets, oh, a dozen times. It’s time to share your feelings elsewhere. You’re probably filled to the brim with ideas, stories and thoughts, so write them down. Whether it’s a journal, a blog, or just a word processing file on your hard drive, writing out your experiences will feel therapeutic. Plus, it’ll be fun to look back on one day.

Embrace the Familiar
In contrast to whatever magical place you just returned from, your hometown might feel incredible boring. But think hard: what are some of the things you missed while you were away? The feeling of having your own pillow, maybe, or the potato chip brand that wasn’t available where you were. Become reacquainted with your familiar favorites—it’ll make you realize that being home isn’t so bad.

Recognize That Life Goes On
Life goes on—and indeed, it continued onward while you were away. You might feel as though you changed so much in your world travels and that the rest of the world stayed perfectly stagnant—but that’s not the case. We all know the person who comes home from a trip and can’t talk about anything else. Don’t be that person: ask your friends about their lives, and listen as much as you talk.

Be Inspired
Turn those blues into something productive, whether it’s learning a new language, practicing replicating those exotic meals at home, or getting involved in causes that support the country you were visiting. Use the post-travel momentum to get things rolling.

Get Planning
Sometimes, the best way to mend a broken heart is to meet someone new. On that note, it’s never too early to start planning your next adventure. Researching is fun and exciting—and will keep you too busy and distracted to notice your post-travel blues.


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