I wrote this a while back, then decided not to publish it because I had no idea what the point of it was. After being at home and finally readjusting to normal life, I think I’ve figured out what to do with this old post! So, here it is!
I wrote this two days after landing in Singapore:
I’m back home in The Little Red Dot! Coming home and surprising family was so wonderful; I didn’t realise how much I had missed everyone until I was receiving big hugs from them!
As happy as I am to be home and surrounded by so so so much love (#blessed), I’ve also found myself really antsy. Antsy to leave home again.
Usually I find myself enjoying extended periods of time in one place, as relocating can be hard, but this time ’round, I just want to get back on the road and make more memories.
There’s something about travel that changes you; it doesn’t matter how long you’re gone or how many places you’ve been. Once you leave home, you’re thrown into a whirlwind of new experiences and cultures, things you’ll love & things you’ll hate. As cheesy as it may sound, you come back home a different person.
Frankly, saying goodbye to travel STINKS.
Aaannndd, that’s where I stopped writing. But here we are, almost 2 weeks later, and I’m reviving this old post!
I present, my..
5 WAYS TO MAKE COMING HOME A LITTLE LESS SUCKY
- Give yourself time- As embarrassing as this is to admit, I was concerned that I’d never be able to get back into the groove of everyday life. I questioned what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, the career that I wanted to go into, who I was… Nothing seemed clear to me anymore. Now, sitting here, I’m realizing that I’m still the same person! I’ve just got this burning desire to travel and have to learn how to blend my two worlds (the backpacking one and then the real one). I’m happy even though I’m not traveling, something I was afraid wouldn’t be possible after landing home 2 weeks ago. Time heals everything!
- Keep exploring- I know, I know, some of us don’t have the luxury to do what we please with our time. Work & school and & life just get in the way. But if you do have the luxury of even one day off, take it! Explore things around your hometown. Make it seem as if you’re still traveling. Even if you think you know a place like the back of your hand, I guarantee that you haven’t seen everything your home has to offer.
- Write!- I have my journal that I religiously keep up with, and I find that writing in that helps clear my mind. However, maybe if journal writing isn’t your thing, you can write a book! Sounds crazy, but there are plenty of self-publishing companies out there, and writing about your travels may help you relive it! If you aren’t serious about getting your book on shelves, or if you’re on a strict budget (saving up for future travels maybe?), blurb has tools that easily allow you to create books (starting at $2.50 for a 24 page paperback).
- Reinvent yourself- If you think that you’ve changed SO much over your travels and can’t seem to express that in words or actions, show everyone! When I returned to Singapore, I felt like a totally new person, and to match that, got glasses and a haircut. Change the things you have control of to match the person you want to be 🙂
- Make a photobook- A way to look back on your travels and appreciate the time you’ve had abroad