The transition back in to real life after travel can be extremely challenging, often this period of time immediately following travel can be filled with emotional ups and downs, not to mention the inevitable jet lag that you’ll be fighting for the first few days.
If you’ve been traveling for an extended period of time that might mean emotional highs of seeing your friends and family when you return, doing the things you love in your hometown and eating the food that you just can’t get anywhere else. Unfortunately this can be followed by the emotional lows of everyday life once the bills start to roll in and you’re job hunting or back to work again.
If you’ve gone on a vacation or holiday the reality of being back to the daily grind can be just as challenging. Once the suitcases are unpacked and you’ve eaten the last of that special chocolate you picked up in the South of France you can actually feel quite down, a huge contrast to the massive high of going on vacation in the first place.
Keep yourself busy
In the days and weeks following a return from travel it’s important to keep busy. If you’re not returning to work straight away ensure you’re spending your time actively doing tasks to keep your mind active. You’ve just come from a period of extreme activity by visiting new places and having new experiences so keeping your mind active is an extension of that.
This could be as simple as creating a photo book or video of your travel memories, leaving the house and going to the movies or simply catching up with some friends over drinks. Whatever you choose to do keeping your mind active will ensure you’re not thinking about the reality of the everyday and give you something to look forward to doing if you’ve returned to work straight away.
Make plans to try something new
Making plans to try something new after travel really gives you something to focus on straight away. Planning to start a new hobby or sport is a great way of staying focused on exciting things that you can be doing in your normal, non-traveling life and gives you something to keep your mind off the fact that you’re not currently sunning yourself on a beach somewhere beautiful.
Soaking up all of the new cultures and experiences while you travel has likely sparked your interest and given you some inspiration in this area so now is the time to put your plans in place so you can action them!
Book something else
This is one of my most highly recommended transition actions. Book something else. Decide where you’re going next and book it.
There’s nothing better and more motivating than having something else to look forward to. The best part is you don’t actually have to part with your cash in order to do this straight away – you could simply make a decision as to where and when you’ll be going and start researching that destination or book a hotel with book now/pay later just ensure you can cancel it in case you change your mind.
In addition to this, it doesn’t have to be on the scale of the travel or vacation you’ve just returned from. It could be as simple as a weekend away from the city in the next few weeks or a short road trip to somewhere new.
Doing this in the first few weeks of returning to real life really gives you something to look forward to, a new countdown and something to plan for.
Consider your diet
It might be a little strange to bring up diet as a transition point however I actually think this is really important. It’s likely that if you went on vacation you may have tried to lose some weight before leaving and reduced your calorie intake, followed by eating whatever you wanted whilst you were away from home because, you’re on vacation! Calories don’t count on vacation!. The swings in terms of what you’ve been eating and drinking can be extreme and it’s easy to fall in to a position of not really caring once you leave your vacation.
It’s important to establish positive habits again once you return home, so if you had a diet and exercise regimen start doing this again straight away in order to lose those inevitable vacation pounds and keep yourself motivated. The longer you leave this it’s likely you’ll regret not doing it sooner.
If you’ve been traveling for an extended period of time and traveling is more like every day life it’s likely you ate more mindfully so it’s important when you return home to not spend too long a period of time eating all of your favourite comfort foods and ensure you’re following a normal eating pattern as part of settling back in to life. Comfort food, in moderation is highly recommended!
Prepare before you go
Before you go away on vacation or traveling for a long period of time it can be extremely useful if you prepare for your arrival home before you even leave. For a vacation this includes tidying your home before you leave so you come back to a nice clean space and ensuring your laundry is done so you’ve got clothes for work especially if you’re returning to work quickly. Arranging for a supermarket order in advance is also useful so you don’t have that task to do when you’re tired from your journey.
If you’re traveling for an extended period of time this can be a little more difficult because you probably don’t know when you’ll be returning home. However this can be as simple as arranging a place to stay and a person to give you lift from the airport on your first day back that way you’re not arranging too much from another country and you can simply call them with the details.
Traveling is such a huge part of life that it can often be difficult when returning home. Do you have any top tips for a transition home? Add them to the comments!
I love blogging. I’ve been a blogger for a long time in various different blogs. I’m blogging here now. I’d love to teach you how to blog!
Starting a new blog
Starting a new blog is like buying a new pair of shoes. Running shoes, not the Manolo Blahnik’s you’ve had your eye on for months and have saved every last cent for. No my friend, starting a new blog is more like going to the Nike store and picking out the shoes that you know will keep you comfortable for many miles on the road. A blog is great when it’s shiny and new but it needs work and there’s always room for improvement. As you evolve your blog does too – that’s what I love about blogging.
What I’ll be blogging about
My life has changed a lot since my older blogs. I used to blog secretly – my friends and family knew very little of my blogging and I used it as an outlet to discuss things happening in my life.
Life is so different now – I’ve changed my lifestyle and incorporated a lot of fitness and have some great goals I’m working toward. It’s very much a journey and I’m looking forward to sharing that on my blog.
I now live in Sydney, Australia which is a city begging to be explored. I love Sunday afternoon coastal walks and all of the great festivals and attractions that are around the city. It’s worth the flip side of expensive rents and long commutes.
I also love to travel. We go to Walt Disney World; a lot. I’m a huge Disney fan but I also love travelling in general. This year we’re going to New York and Las Vegas as well – I’m so excited! We’re also planning a trip back to Europe in 2019.
How can you start a blog?
I feel like if I’m blogging just for me – it’s a lifestyle blog but not much more than a diary and no one wants to read about my choice of Lululemon tights to pass their time – let’s be honest. One of my goals for this blog is to include something that helps others in every single post. As I’m now a bit of a veteran in setting up a blog and getting blogging I wanted to share how you can do this (it’s so easy!).
- Choose a name for your blog. This is important as you’ll need to set everything up so it reflects your blog name. From social media accounts, email and the web address where people can find you.
- Once you have a name you’ll need to decide where you’re going to host your blog.There are two options here, you can use a free website to host your blog like Blogspot or wordpress.com . These websites will host you on their platform and you can set up a blog for free. They have a number of great templates to choose from so you can customise the look and feel of your blog a little.
- If you want something more than what the free blog has to offer I recommend setting your blog up as self-hosted from the beginning. Self-hosted simply means that you own your domain name (www. address) and have purchased hosting or where your blog lives that is connected to your chosen domain name. I recommend this because as your blog grows you will control your own platform and have maximum flexibility. You’ll also be able to install wordpress.org which is powerful blog software that will give you ample flexibility.There are many places to purchase self hosted blogs and domain names. I recommend you look around and decide what works best for you, some sites will have specials on hosting and many will even give you a free domain name. Some of the most popular are Go Daddy, Bluehost and Squarespace. I personally use Go Daddy and purchased their wordpress hosting, they installed the software for me and within a matter of minutes I was ready to start setting things up.
- Now you’ll get to choose your theme which is basically the look and feel of your blog. I have purchased my themes in the past. I would recommend having a look at ETSY to find a theme that suits you this could be a reflection of your personality or simply how you want your blog to feel. Ensure you check your blog software and buy the correct template for whatever you choose to use. I use WordPress self-hosted on my domain name with the theme Irony by Hipster Themes.
- Finally, you’ll need to decide what plugins you want to use on your blog; these are little programs which help you with the look and feel. I suggest googling what is recommended for this as I could write about it but it would be a whole other post worth of content.
- When you’re happy with how you’ve set your blog up, which takes longer than expected if you want to play around a bit. You’re ready to blog!The only thing you really have to be set on is your blog name so you can set everything up how you want it from the beginning. Everything else can be changed later on.