Travel is weird. We don’t know what to expect from travel, but we know it will be good. We build an image in our minds of everything we expect to encounter. We look forward to it. We talk about it a lot. Then, when we actually we get there and see the place and do all the things we want to do, we have mixed feelings on whether the destination met our expectations. But one thing is for certain, returning home is no fun. None whatsoever. We miss travel. We miss the different and interesting things that we know are right there, and we begrudge having to come home, wash our clothes, and be back in work for 9AM Monday morning.
Today, we’re going to look at ways of breaking that cycle. A few practical tips to help you cope between airport visits. Ready?
** This post is written in partnership with Hello Canvas and we have been compensated for our time.
What you resist persists
If you’re trying to forget about travelling, good luck. That’s the worst thing you can do. Instead, embrace it. See hellocanvas.co.uk for memory wall ideas. Watch YouTube videos on where you’ve been – find a channel hosted by someone that you think you could be friends with, and watch the host’s other videos on all the places they’ve been (if you think you could be friends with the host, and if they enjoyed a particular destination, there’s a good chance you will enjoy it, too). The basic point is that it’s called the ‘travel bug’ for a reason. If you ignore it, you’re only going to feel a stronger sense of desperation to get back to planning your next trip. Which leads us nicely onto the next point…
Nothing’s ever dead if it’s alive in your mind
If you’ve returned home from an enjoyable trip to face the daily grind, and if you’re feeling a little down at the contrast between exciting days seeing new things and meeting new people in comparison to rainy commutes and spreadsheets, remember, travel isn’t over. Travel isn’t sleeping or dormant. Travel is simply now in the planning phase. That’s how you should think of it. And that’s an exciting prospect.
Think about it. Where are you going next? Have you decided yet? No? Undecided? You need to do your research and start imagining all of the possibilities. On the other hand, if you have picked where you would like to go next, it’s time to get down to some serious planning. Hotel. Flights. Car hire. Perhaps some new gear – a new backpack, a new portable phone charger, some new footwear. When travel is in the planning phase, the excitement builds – even if the planning phase has to last months and months, that’s better than having no plans and feeling cut off.