I wanted to talk about something that not many people mention you deal with after travelling. It’s the wanderlust blues of returning home. It can vary how it affects different people and the reasons also behind why you decided to return, but overall it’s not an easy thing to deal with.
It’s been a few months since I got back from being in New Zealand and I sometimes wonder if coming back was the right choice, but it seemed to be at the time I made the decision to do it. It’s not that I’m not happy to be back, because I am for the time being. I’m so grateful to see my friends, family and move back to the amazing city of Toronto. I think the thing I am having the hardest time with it missing the excitement of being in a foreign place and the unfamiliarity of new places and experiences. Toronto feels the same as when I left it. The second hardest part of being away is the amazing friends I had the opportunity to meet along the way and build some deep connections that travel relationships can build.
Bali August 2017
So that being said, I think it’s so important that we talk about the wanderlust blues and it really helps to share those feelings with people. Talking about it helps to understand our emotions and allows for others to provide support, even if it’s just an ear to listen. These feelings can lead us to feeling down and even depressed, so talking and communicating those feelings can be so beneficial. Mental health is so important, so please talk to someone if you feel down!
Another thing I find has helped a lot is to look back on old photos of my travels and really remember how amazing the experience was and feel grateful for the experiences that I got to have and the people I met along the way. Looking at certain photos take me back to that place and puts a smile on my face immediately.
Stay in touch with the people you met travelling as well. Social media really makes this easy. Keeping that contact allows you to feel connected to your travels even if you are back home and away from them. The world is a big place but when we connect with people from all over it can feel a little smaller. Bonus, having friends from all over allows you to visit cool places and also have somewhere to stay. I always tell friends I meet abroad, if they come to Toronto, my couch is your couch!
Take your time to adjust and settle into your new lifestyle when returning home. Understand that this is a big new change and there will be a lot of different emotions that will come and go. Keep yourself busy with friends, a job, hobbies, staying active or whatever you enjoy doing. I also find journaling is great to get those feelings out on paper and release whatever it might be that I am holding onto internally.
I hope this post helps you if you have just returned home after being abroad and might be having a bit of a hard time adjusting and dealing with the wanderlust blues. It takes time, be patient and kind with yourself. It will get better!