Arriving home from a trip is hard, everything seems so boring in comparison to your adventure packed days while on the road, everything is the same as when you left, you’re back to the routine of work and worst of all it can feel like you never left.
Often the problem with coming home is that it’s so easy to get stuck at home! I’ve seen it happen so many times with people I’ve met travelling. We’ve stayed in touch with on Facebook, they’ve gone home, they said they’ll be travelling again soon but in the midst of it life they got in a relationship, found a job they liked or felt they ‘should’ be a ‘grown up’ and settle down which resulted in them not leaving, and now, they probably won’t leave to go travelling again.
I’m not being judgemental (well maybe I am a bit) because if that’s what they really want, that’s fine. But I have this little feeling that that’s not always what they want and I can tell this by the type of messages I’m often sent or the comments I get about my travels.
From a personal level, I’ve always been very conscious that on any of my return trips home I wasn’t going to stay at home and I would always leave again eventually.
I actually wrote the below points in 2015 after a few backpacking trips but that was before anyone really read my blog and I really liked this post so I’ve re-vamped it a bit and shared it again because I think these are very handy tips on how to settle in at home after a trip but most importantly, make sure you leave again on another trip soon, because that’s the dream right??
1) Have a goal
Have a country or section of the world in mind that you want to visit next and set a realistic time frame, this always helps me as I can ‘see the light at the end of the tunnel’ before I’ve even landed on UK soil and it will help focus on saving money ready for that trip.
Counting Countries helps me make sure I leave again soon! I DO Count Countries and This is Why!
2) Save money!
If you’ve gone from really budgeting whilst travelling I know you’ll probably want to indulge once you’re earning again- buy a new phone, arrange drinks with friends you haven’t seen in ages, buy new clothes etc etc but you need to remember the more you spend the longer you’ll be at home! (If you are home for money reasons which let’s face it, most of us are!)
Think of it in relative terms, a night out that costs £40-£50 could get you over a weeks accommodation in South East Asia and I know what I’d prefer, so keep this in mind!
3) Be a tourist in your home Country
Just because you’re home it doesn’t mean the travelling and exploring has to stop. Being away has made me realise just how beautiful the UK is and moving to London really helped me appreciate Europe being on our doorstep too.
I also think it helps to remember what people said when you told them where you’re from, if you’re speaking to an Aussie they think the UK is awesome and will probably want to visit at some point, I then tell them how lucky they are to be Australian because I think Oz is amazing!
Look at your home Country/Town from a tourist perspective and you might just see it differently than before.
4) Appreciate the little things
Now is the time to appreciate all the things you missed when travelling, whether that’s being able to cook what ever you want when you want, drive a car, watch Sky TV, have brilliant internet connection, a comfy bed, your own room (this is a biggie if you’ve been spending a lot of time in hostels!), appreciate it now before it’s gone again!
5) Catch up with people
Another thing we miss while away is our friends and family. Now you’re back make the effort to see them. Depending on how long you’ve been away for some friends have probably got used to you not being around and now have a new circle of friends but if you make the effort to get in touch I can guarantee it will be like you saw them last week.. with a few extra adventure stories to tell.
6) Use the friends still travelling as motivation
Another way to make sure you leave again to go travelling after you return home is to keep in touch with people you met travelling. Some may still be travelling, others may have settled in a new place to live and work, keep stalking them on Facebook and Instagram, not in a jealous way, don’t get yourself down about it, but use them as a motivation to know that soon you’ll be back out there and living that care-free, full of adventure life once again, as it’s so easy to forget what it’s like to be a backpacker and have no responsibilities as soon you get home.
7) Use this time as planning time
Personally I like to plan, not over plan but have a good idea of where I want to go on my next trip, the best route and what there is to do in each place. Use this time at home (and the good internet connection) to plan your next move, look into visas, travel costs, things to do ect. Not only will this help know how much money you’ll need but it will keep you focused and excited.
A Saturday evening spent at home in your bedroom in order to save money isn’t as bad when you are researching destinations!
If you’re in the planning stages now, have a look at my Destinations page as hopefully I’ve been somewhere you want to go and I can give you some advice!
8) Don’t be in a job you hate.
Try to get a job that you don’t mind getting out of bed for. Being home can be hard enough if you don’t want to be there and you don’t want to be completely wasting and hating your time at home by being in a job 5 days a week that you do not like. Remember that having a job that pays less that you enjoy each day is better than a job that pays more that you hate, even if you are doing it for just a few months!
9) Book a flight!
Finally sometimes the best motivation we can get to save more money and leave again to go travelling is to book a flight!
Make sure you’re realistic about the date you book this for, you don’t want to be too keen and not have enough money by that date, but don’t operate out of a fear and book it too far in advance either.
Having a flight booked and knowing when you are leaving again also makes it so much easier when people ask (and they will ask, and often in a mocking/jealous tone) ‘so when are you off again??’ as you can give them an exact date and stop any apprehensions that you might just ‘stay at home and settle’… because let’s face it, that’s not the life for us!
I hope these points help you out and give you some motivation, let me know in the comments below or by tweeting me @wandering_quinn
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