Have you ever arrived back home after an epic travel experience and just felt ‘meh’?

I first got the post-travel blues in 2004. I had come back from India, having spent ten days in the jungle spotting tigers during the day and dancing with local villagers in the evening. I’d had a crazy day visiting the landmarks of Delhi and a quick look at the mighty Taj Mahal. I’d flown into the region of Madhya Pradesh on a plane with an interior decorated with 1970’s flock wallpapered. I’d travelled out on a local train where the porters carry ten bags balanced on their heads and you share a bunk with too many cockroaches for comfort. It was all wonderfully weird and exhilarating and I was dying to tell everyone about my amazing adventures.

But no-one was around. London seemed very lonely. In comparison to my wild weeks away, everything was, well, boring.

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So how do you manage feeling low once you have returned from a life-changing trip? Here are some tips to boost your state of mind after travel:

  1. Reconnect with Family and Friends

Before you come home it’s a good idea to organise meeting up with your friends and family. You might want to arrange a big shindig to celebrate your return or maybe a few small get-togethers with people on a more intimate level. This gives you an opportunity to share your photos and stories with those who care about you the most and catch up with their news too. Talking is very therapeutic and can also be very comforting, lifting your mood.

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2) Be prepared

Feeling deflated after such a life-changing journey is not uncommon and to be expected. It is useful; it can be a real motivator to continue travelling and for longer. If you are prepared to feel a bit down once you are back home then you can cushion the blow. Make a list of all the things you missed whilst you were away, such as your favourite food or your sofa all to yourself and indulge in these once you return. Appreciate these little pleasures; after all, this is what travel helps you do.

3) Remember the Good Times

Now that you are back it’s a great opportunity to commemorate your time away. Have your favourite photos printed and display them, learn to cook some of the exotic dishes you tried, or get crafty with some of your souvenirs such as money, tickets, and maps. Being creative can result in beautiful reminders of your adventures.  You can also reach out to the people you met on your travels; keeping in touch is a great way to keep your memories alive. What is important is that you take the time to reflect on your journey: acknowledge what you learned about yourself and the world. Looking back, appreciating the good times and smiling is a great way to move forward.

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4) Look Closer to Home

Getting away from it all is great, but there are plenty of tourist places much more accessible and affordable closer to home. Try experiencing your local town or area as if you were a tourist. There are probably many places you have never visited, even though they are on your doorstep. Pop into your local tourist information centre and see what they have to offer. It could be a museum, hiking trail or traditional crafts store. It’s fun to explore your neighbourhood as if you have never been there before!

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5) Looking forward

The world is your oyster and you feel the need, the need for more travel. So perk yourself up by planning your next adventure. Research research research is key to choosing your next destination and having a wonderful time. You might need to start making some extra cash, saving money and finding out how to travel for free. Indeed, just the thought of another trip can cheer you right up.

6) Positive distraction

It is always nice to have a new goal to work towards and immersing yourself in an activity can be very uplifting. This could be anything, from study to exercise or volunteering. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do (travel!) put your time and energy towards what you can do. Maybe there is something that you found out about yourself during your last travels that you want to work on, now is the opportunity to use that insight for personal development. Improve yourself, save the environment or help others, whatever makes you feel good.

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7) Find Like-Minded Souls

Travel can change you and sometimes the people you know back at home just don’t understand that wanderlust. As you have broadened your mind and experienced different cultures it is useful to find other travellers to connect with. There are several apps that can help you, including MeetUp and UrbanSurf or groups such as Internations and Facebook travel groups. Meeting people who are just like you, whether they are seasoned travellers in your community or visitors looking for a friendly face, you can relate to them. Recanting stories with other wanderers or showing foreigners around can make you instantly feel more at home, now that you can connect to like-minded souls.

Travel is good for the soul, but not travelling can be soul destroying. Hopefully using one or all of my tips will help you banish the post-travel blues. I’d love to hear your feedback on whether they were helpful and please share any ways you cope in the comments below.

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