Most of the time, we travel for the taste of the unknown and the desire to be surprised!
We want to see new scenarios, meet new faces, and live alternative lives. We want to be transported to other realities and experience new ways of seeing and being.
But you probably did not see it coming …
Trying so many new things can have an unexpected impact! Be it to the good side, or the bad side. In rare, exceptional cases, travel changes the way we see the world, without even being counted on.
The Wanderlust, we meet travellers who came back different after experiencing extreme cultural clashes, very long journeys, or extensive contacts with people from other places. To some, it seems to them that they “have not returned”, that “they can not integrate”, that “they are here, but the head is elsewhere”.
If this is what you are feeling, do not worry! We want to give you a new meaning to life and your next days with this post!
First, let’s study our enemy.
After all, what is Holiday Blues?
Imagine a kind of spectacular action movie with lots of exciting scenes, intense experiences, and one that we watch in fast-forward! That is, in short, what you lived during your trip was a whirlwind of new experiences that stunned you. You probably know, deep down, that only after it ends, you can process everything you’ve been through!
The arrival and the days that follow can be of strong emotions. Let’s pack them:
The euphoria: Travelling is good, and after so much action, it is good to see friends, family, sofa, cat! … Be able to dazzle others with our latest adventures. Mission accomplished! Will it be?
Depression: Days have passed, and we’re back in the rut. There is no longer trekking in the morning, and beach in the afternoon. Now there is only the work from 9 to 5 and return home with some unenthusiastic plans. Volt to the bubble, and there is no more world to see, worlds to transform. Back to the Matrix! “My life no longer makes so much sense.”
The questions: How am I going to get past this? Is it time to make changes in my life? What are they? Will I be able to “get back to myself”?
Keep reading, and you will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Golden Rules for Passing the Holiday Blues
1. Admit that you need a moment of reflection.
Try to take an hour of the day or another moment of your routine to reflect on the trip.
You do not necessarily have to look at a wall thinking! Browse your photo album, write about the landscapes you saw, make a list (physical, or mental) of the good things and bad of this destination. Make a keepsake box. Save all emails related to this trip.
In one way or another, slowly try to fix this drawer, which represents all those mixed feelings that you are feeling. Move away from the ghosts from some bad experience you’ve lived. Remember with a smile, and not with tears, the people you met and who made you the most.
Above all, and at the end of this (re) organisation, you must be able to realise what mattered to you.
2. Value what you retained.
Get rid of bad thoughts, and keep good episodes or learnings. It’s time to nurture the relationships you’ve created!
Send a message to someone special you met. Thank you to the lovely couple that host you. Go to Trip Advisor to leave some recommendations! Suggest to your friends a donation to the NGOs in which you worked. Share with your family, children or friends, everything that you lived.
To externalise what has gone on inside you will also help you close the chapter of reflection.
3. What you lived was incredible, but what you have now is also unbelievable.
It is time to relativise. It is also the time to draw very personally, and very divergent, conclusions from person to person. Finally, it is the time when ideas gain maturity.
We leave you with some examples: some conclude that “also could not take that life forever”. Or that professional, family, and responsibility goals speak louder than the desire to walk. If you have been in underdeveloped countries, it is time to understand that we are still lucky to live in the world we live in. Realise, for the first time, the irony of “first-world problems”. And, somehow, experience the relief of having been born in a place of the world more peaceful, and happier.
This is an excellent time to accept our new (and old) reality.
4. One, two, three… Action!
Now that your soul is more at peace, and your goals more definite, use that serenity and cold-blood to reinvent yourself!
Put into practice what will make even more sense when you return.
If there are people you want to help, it’s time to realise how. If you came up with an innovative project, it’s time to put it on paper. If you came with a new business idea, get your hands on it!
If you decided that you are only happy to continue your “odyssey in space”, travelling and exploring unknown worlds … Now is the time!
5. The best is yet to come.
1 – Do not give up like a finished project, and
2 – You have not seen anything yet!
A significant part of this inner journey is to realise how much we still have to learn about the fantastic world that surrounds us. It is aware of the countless people, landscapes, religions, beliefs and ways of being that are still strangers to you. Remember, the greater our sphere of knowledge, the greater the sphere of the unknown!
Last but not least – next time, psychologically prepare your arrival. Seriously! Now that you know the power these journeys have in you do not underestimate the transformative power of your next adventure.
Prevention is better than cure:
– Take everything you need to enjoy the experience to the full
– Think about what will be the “new you” after this trip
– Save some money and time to get reinstated
– Prepare the new challenges that will appear, and … Keep Only the Positive!
– Get perspective! Make (or book in your head) your next trip
It’s a wrap!
Remember: it is not we who change the world. It is the world that changes us.
Change always begins within each one. It is essential that you experience it, that you live it (at all costs!) And that you understand it. After all, this is the most considerable wealth of travelling!
You’ll see that at the end of the trip, you’re not just another good traveller. You are a more conscious, more alert and more human being. And that there is something extraordinary about this change.