Post-Travel Withdrawal

I have been that post-travel withdrawal that happens after coming home from travelling. For anyone who has travelled, you will know exactly what I mean…it goes something like this:

A.) You plan a trip – Awesome!

B.) You research, pack and prepare – Excitement grows!

C.) You travel – Life experiences everywhere, everything is new and thrilling!

D.) The end of your trip approaches – A nagging realization that it will all be over soon. But not yet!!

E.) You’re travel ends – Sudden sadness and the realization that you felt so alive and fulfilled while abroad.

F.) A few days post-travel – You feel like you never left and begin to long for another adventure.

Sound familiar? Many people experience this on a small scale when they go away for a week or so and have to head back home. These effects can be multiplied when you do something really out of the ordinary or are travelling for a prolonged period of time. I know when I travelled to Peru and went hiking through the Andes to Machu Picchu, my post-travel-crash was particularly difficult. The impact of coming home to “real life” once such an intense and impactful adventure had concluded, hit me like a ton of bricks. To give you a sense of how bad it was, I will admit there was an intense longing for months afterward and yes, there were even tears…

One way to “curb the crash” is to make your adventure part of your life at home (or to travel full-time, but that’s for another post!). I have found that hanging pictures of your travels, talking about it with friends and family, and writing about your experiences can be helpful.

But, not always.

I have always had a passion for travel. I want to see, smell, taste and feel all of the things this world has to offer. I want to meet people, experience different cultures and marvel at all of the beauty in this world. However, I am aware that not everybody feels the same way, and it’s important to respect that. Definitely feel free to share your stories from abroad, but don’t be surprised if not everyone wants to hear them. That is why joining online travel groups and forums can be a really great way to connect with people who share your passion and can relate to your post-travel woes.

At the end of the day, if you are someone who makes seeing this world your priority, you will always feel that pull, drawing you toward your next adventure. You will always feel that sense of sadness when a trip comes to and end. But that’s okay. I have learned not to fight it, instead I use it for inspiration and to help me focus on the next adventure. Focusing on your goals (travel or otherwise) can be a powerful tool to achieving amazing things…

So, where to next?? 🙂


~ Earthly Traveller

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